The Rev. Geoffrey Monjesa, development officer for the diocese of Masasi, took a group of Canadian Anglicans to the water pump in Ndomoni in southern Tanzania. "Until the pump was installed at the end of January 2017, most of Ndomoni's 1,321 residents walked up to eight kilometres to the nearest village to get water, or relied on surface water from ponds, which required boiling. Now, because of a project funded by the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) as part of a nutrition and food security project (known locally as the Community Health Improvement Project, or CHIP, which came to a close in March 2017), this walk has been shortened to a little more than a kilometre. The Canadians are members of a PWRDF delegation that has come to the diocese of Masasi to learn more about All Mothers and Children Count (AMCC), a larger project that builds off work done during CHIP. Though AMCC is focused on maternal and newborn child health, Monjesa uses this trip to the borehole to show how interconnected different aspects of the development projects are: there is a vast web of factors that affect health, and water is one of the most essential".
"In May , staff writer Andre Forget travelled to Tanzania with a delegation from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund to visit projects supported by the Anglican Church of Canada. He files these stories and photos, the second of a three-part series".
"On November 18 , Indigenous ministries and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) laid out concrete steps for how they will continue to pursue self-determination within the national church over the coming years. The plan is to start small, with Indigenous Anglicans from three or four regions that want to pursue self-determination, Archdeacon Sid Black, ACIP co-chair told the fall  meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS) ... A focus group, co-chaired by former Indigenous ministries co-ordinator Donna Bomberry and Archdeacon Larry Beardy will oversee the details, and the initial goal will be to select leadership in a way that is in line with Indigenous practice" (p. 1, 6). "Advice on incorporation will come from former General Synod prolocutor Harry Huskins" (p. 6). "According to [Indigenous CoGS member Lay Canon Grace] Delaney, of the approximately 150 Indigenous clergy serving in the Anglican Church of Canada, most are unpaid" (p. 6). "Quebec Co-adjutor Bishop Bruce Myers, whose diocese includes the isolated Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach, wanted to know whether this leadership model could be used there" (p. 6). "In response, Canon Virginia 'Ginny' Doctor, Indigenous ministries co-ordinator, said Indigenous ministries has already explored options, such as a 'moveable seminary' that would bring teachers to communities for intensive education, or doing the reverse and bringing Indigenous leaders in-training to a local centre for intensive, short-term education. She suggested either of these models might work in Quebec" (p. 6).
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has asked the faithful to pray for those affected by the deadly attacks in Charlottesville, Va., and Barcelona, and to work for a more peaceful world. In a related development, the Anglican Church of Canada joined more that 50 organizations -- some religious, some secular -- in a joint statement against hate". "In a statement August 18 , Hiltz said the violence in Charlottesville and activities being planned by white supremacy movements 'have been a painful reminder that racialized violence is a sad reality of our time, not only in the United States, but in our own country too'." "Reacting to the van attack August 17  along the Las Ramblas Boulevard, in Barcelona, Hiltz asked Anglicans to pray both for 'all those traumatized by this atrocity' and for 'those who with such malicious intent inflict such horrific suffering on others'. At least 14 people were killed and more than 120 injured in the attack, which Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy blamed on 'jihadists'."
Describes the plight of three young Christian women from Eritrea who arrived in the United States in December 2016, crossed into Canada, filed refugee claims in January 2017 and came on to Toronto. "As anti-immigrant rhetoric has flared south of the border, an increasing number of asylum-seekers are opting to come to Canada. Those who arrive in this manner, however, often face greater challenges than sponsored refugees. .... They often turn to community refugee settlement organizations such as Toronto's Romero House, an organization founded by Catholic human rights activist Mary-Jo Leddy to help refugee claimants find support, legal aid and shelter". An Anglican couple, Murray McCarthy and Martha Asselin, responded to "an impassioned plea in the January 2017 issue [of 'The Anglican'], asking Torontonians if they 'had a room to spare' to temporarily house recently arrived asylum-seekers" and took in the three young Eritrean refugee claimants. The Rev. Jeremy Metcalfe has also opened his apartment home to a 17-year old Afghan refugee. "Metcalfe and [Romero House director Jenn] McIntyre both said that while the initiative has borne fruit, longer-term solutions are needed. The city needs to provide more [homeless] shelter spaces, but it also needs to create more affordable housing. 'It is a national crisis, and to solve it is going to take planning', said Metcalfe".
"At its May 1  assembly, the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) unanimously passed a historic resolution asking the synod of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and the Yukon to recognize APCI as a territory with rights to elect a bishop through its own nomination and electoral processes" (p. 1). "If APCI becomes a territory, it will be named as a geographic area and it will 'enshrine our unique governance model', said [Bishop Barbara] Andrews" (p. 1). "APCI's members would like to attain a greater degree of autonomy over their affairs, but they also do not seek to become a diocese. Bud Smith, speaking on behalf of the bishop's task force, explained the reluctance to return to a diocesan form of organization as being rooted in a commitment to practicing concrete reconciliation" (p. 16). "As part of this, back in 2001, APCI committed to placing the needs and considerations of its indigenous members first, followed by the needs and considerations of the non-Indigenous parishes, and finally, the administrative needs and functions of the ecclesiastical province. It is a commitment that APCI has attempted to realize by providing its Indigenous members with 15 extra seats with voice and vote at its assembly, in addition to those already held by delegates from Indigenous parishes" (p. 16).
"Indigenous Anglican leaders stated at a recent meeting of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) that they hope their most recent call for greater self-determination will be the last one needed". "The statement, titled 'Where Are We Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', was presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) in November and has already led to some discussion among the council and at the House of Bishops. Feedback from those discussions has led to a second draft, which ACIP presented to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, during ACIP's annual meeting in March 20  at the Six Nations territory in Ohsweken, Ont" (p. 1). "Changes have been made in the language and tenor of the text, said National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. 'We know that some things we said got people's backs up'. The revised statement notes that ACIP has experienced 'a significant level of co-operation and partnership' with the House of Bishops and CoGS' (p. 11). "One of the key barriers, many ACIP members suggested, was the bishops. Freda Lepine, of the diocese of Brandon, noted that bishops were not consistently accommodating of Indigenous needs or co-operative with Indigenous leadership across the church. 'Some are co-operative, others aren't', she said. 'I don't know whether it's the fact that racism still exists or that they still don't understand what we're trying to do. We need to evaluate that, and where we stand relative to that'" (p. 11).
"Bishop Duncan Douglas Wallace, 10th bishop of the diocese of Qu'Appelle, died in Regina from cancer on June 22  following a short illness. 'Duncan was a humble man', recalled Canon Michael Jackson, who served alongside Wallace as a deacon since 1978. 'He did not have a big ego, and he did not need to be the centre of attention'. Jackson also added that the late bishop also had 'a great love for liturgy and a great liturgical sense' in addition to being an accomplished pianist and spoke glowingly of 'the liturgical tradition that he helped build up at St. Paul's Cathedral, which we're still benefiting from'. Jackson also noted that Wallace had a heart for First Nations ministry and sought to involve Indigenous people in leadership within the diocese". He was elected diocesan bishop in 1997 and resigned in 2005.
Bishop John Timothy Frame, eighth bishop of the diocese of Yukon from 1968 to 1980 died of a stroke 4 August 2017 at the age of 86. "Frame, who had a reputation for conservatism, opposed the ordination of women to the priesthood. He was, however, committed to remaining a part of the Canadian Anglican church regardless of what future changes came". "In 1980 he returned to parish ministry. He became dean of the diocese of British Columbia and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, where he played an important role in developing the Christ Church Cathedral Schools, while maintaining his life long passion for gardening. Frame retired in 1995, but remained active in his local parish, St. John the Divine, in Courtenay, B.C."
From 13-14 March 2017 Wycliffe College and the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto co-sponsored an urban ministry conference designed "to offer tools to those ... who are looking for new approaches to doing ministry in cities". The conference was led by Mark Gornik, director of the Harlem-based City Seminary of New York and author of 'To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City". "Being mindful of the world around them, of the smells and textures of the city and the ways those smells and textures reflect and shape the lives of the people, is one way those involved in urban ministry can approach this work more intentionally. Gornik stresses the importance of conscious practices, like walking through a neighbourhood while praying for it, as a way of using the senses to approach urban ministry". Angie Hocking, outreach program co-ordinator at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto "who has been following Gornik's work for some time, says it underlined the importance of paying attention to the physical context in which ministry is done".
"Archbishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil and bishop of South-Western Brazil, visited Canada in October  to speak to the synod of the diocese of Ontario about the church's role in transforming the world. Da Silva has a number of connections to the diocese of Ontario. Not only was his home diocese of South-Western Brazil a companion diocese with Ontario during the time of his predecessor, he is also a friend of Ontario's Bishop Michael Oulton, whom he met at the Canterbury course for new bishops. 'Despite not having a formal companionship agreement', da Silva said, 'we are very, very close dioceses'." "Transforming the world is a key part of the church's mission. 'Every community in our church is challenged to have a clear kind of interaction with the social context'."