"The primacy has evolved throughout the history of the church. In 1893, the church's first primate was a diocesan bishop chosen from among the metropolitans whose only specific duties were to serve as president of General Synod and of the House of Bishops. Since that time, the office of primate has steadily grown to encompass a national episcopal ministry, in which the primate serves as a figure of unity and a reflection of the diversity, challenges and ministries of the church" (p. 8). "Misunderstandings about the primate's role are common, according to Archdeacon Paul Feheley, who has served as principal secretary to the last two primates. Anglicans on different sides of various debates will often send letters to [the Primate Archbishop] Hiltz asking for him to intervene in order to resolve an issue. But, Feheley notes, metropolitans actually have far more influence over matters than the primate. ... 'If you're looking for a whole ton of power, it's not the position to go for', he adds" (p. 8). "'Many of our early primates died from overwork', says [retired Bishop Michael] Ingham. 'The job is just too large for an incumbent to exercise responsibilities as a diocesan bishop as well. This has only become more true over time, rather than less. In 1969, General Synod adopted the model of a detached primacy, in which primates were no longer burdened by the responsibilities of a diocesan bishop" (p. 9). "[Former Primate Michael] Peers traces the seeds of reform to the 1830s, when Thomas Fuller proposed a synodical model of church government, in which dioceses would be led by a synod, or governing body of licensed clergy, lay representatives from the diocese's parishes, ex officio members, and the bishops. Over the following decades, this became the model the church follows today" (p. 9). "An 1893 [Solemn] Declaration which established the Church of England in Canada as a separate and independent body described the church as being 'in full communion' with the Church of England (as opposed to 'an integral portion'), Peers noted. ... 'In a time when there has been pressure to make the Communion more monolithic, more a single entity presided over by primates, I continue to look to this foundational document'" (p. 9). "'Our primates have been and are people of exemplary faith and integrity, asked to hold together the wide diversity of our Anglican Church of Canada with its challenges of geography, cultural and theological differences', [Bishop Linda] Nicholls says. 'Our primate is a mirror for the life of our church, and deserves our deepest commitment of prayer and support'" (p. 9).
Article includes a large colour photo of the primatial cross with caption: "The primatial cross is the only official symbol of the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was presented to General Synod in 1937 after the submission of numerous designs. The cross is made of silver gilt and features the arms of General Synod and of the four original dioceses of the Canadian church".
"Christmas is a time of hope, and it can be a time to better our communities. From staff writer Joelle Kidd, here are some ways to share Christmas outside the home -- one for each of the 12 days". "1 [One] Use fair trade chocolate and sugar in your holiday baking, and fair trade coffee beans for your morning cup". "5 [Five] Choose zero-waste options for Christmas decorations, like origami ornaments or gift wrapping made from scrap paper and fabrics". "12 [Twelve] Non-profits typically see volunteer interest spike during the holiday season and drop off dramatically in the new year. Sign up to help in a soup kitchen or food bank after the Christmas rush".
" [Esther] Wesley, along with Anglican Church of Canada reconciliation animator Melanie Delva, spent two weeks in December  travelling with Bishop David Parsons, of the diocese of the Arctic, to communities on the Ungava Peninsula, in Nunavik, northern Quebec. In Kangirsuk, an Inuit village in northern Nunavik, community member Zebedee Nungak presented the two women with a jug of water. They soon found out that for Zebedee to collect this gift meant travelling upwards of 17 kilometres. Water in Kangirsuk typically comes from a nearby lake, about five kilometres away, but rising temperatures have caused ice to freeze less deeply and become contaminated by silt. The community has running water, says Zebedee's wife, Jeannie Nungak, but the taste is not as good. 'There are more minerals than there used to be ... the taste is difference for tea or coffee'. This is one of the many daily impacts of climate change on Canada's North. 'It's not a theory up in this part of the world', says Parsons. 'We're the canary in the mine'" (p. 6). "When Delva and Wesley visited in mid-December , Ungava Bay hadn't yet frozen. For communities that fish on this ice, and travel across it to hunting grounds, it's more than an inconvenience. 'People are dying trying to get to the hunting ground', says Delva" (p. 10).
"When Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, archdeacon of the southern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, visited Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, he thought he would never see anything close to that level of devastation again. But recently, surveying the damage in his own diocese in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, he sees that catastrophe mirrored. 'Everything has been decimated', he says". "Classified as a Category 5 hurricane when it struck the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco on Sept. 1 , Dorian was the one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record". "St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour [Abaco] has 'two big holes in the roof', and was flooded with 10 feet (3 metres) of water, he adds; the parish hall was flooded after its rood was ripped off". "The storm was classified as a Category 2 storm when it struck Atlantic Canada, making landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday, Sept. 7 ". "In Dartmouth, N.S., the 'City of Trees' ... the Rev. Kyle Wagner, rector at Christ Church, Dartmouth. Three massive trees fell on church property, one into the parish hall and another onto the building that houses the church's boiler and propane source". "The Rev. Cynthia Patterson, incumbent in the parish of the Magdalen Islands, which includes the parishes of Holy Trinity on Grosse-Ile and All Saints Memorial on Entry Island, says winds were so strong that Holy Trinity's bolted steel doors were blown open, and one blown off its hinges". "On Entry Island, the storm felled another church landmark: a huge lit cross that stood in front of All Saints Memorial. The cross was erected in 1988 in memory of five people who had drowned the previous year".
"Archbishop John Privett, diocesan bishop of Kootenay and metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon, has announced plans to retire at the end of May 2018". "Privett will retire after the diocesan synod. Since his ordination in 1982, Privett has served parishes in Alberta and British Columbia. Privett has served as metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon since 2009, and as bishop of Kootenay since 2005".
"A ministry in the diocese of Edmonton is practicing the art of community. Bleeding Heart Art Space is a gallery and community space in Edmonton's inner city. Partnered with St. Faith's Anglican Church, the space acts as a bridge both between artists in the community and the worlds of art and faith. 'I've also always had a passion to see creativity strengthened in the church', says Dave Von Bieker, arts chaplain of Bleeding Heart Art Space and St. Faith's Anglican Church. A singer-songwriter, Von Bieker long struggled with the tension between his faith and artistic practice". "The gallery is situated on Alberta Avenue, one of Edmonton's oldest neighbourhoods". "Bleeding Heart began in 2012 as a project of Pentecostal church plant Urban Bridge Church. When the church dissolved in 2014, they struck up a partnership with St. Faith's, which is across the street. Von Bieker's role is to help integrate the two communities. On the first Sunday of every month, he runs a Bleeding Heart Service, an arts-infused liturgy that incorporates the gallery's current work as well as music, poetry and interactive artistic elements. The gallery does not receive financial support from St. Faith's, relying on private donations and some art sales".
Bishop Donald Phillips, of Rupert's Land, has announced his "plan to retire this fall , after the election of a coadjutor bishop in June". "Phillips, , who elected bishop in 2000, says of his 18 years as bishop, he considers the last six his favourite, due to both his greater wealth of experience and a slow shift in the 'culture' of the diocese. 'I would say the diocese is less anxious, less fearful and more trusting that it was when I began'. Phillips says he's been glad to see the achievements of his diocese in the area of Indigenous ministries and reconciliation -- 'There's a lot more to do, but I'm pleased with where that has gone' -- and collaboration with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Manitoba/Northern Ontario Synod, which shares offices with the diocese of Rupert's Land. He is also proud of the diocese's emphasis on discipleship, which it began to stress in 2012".
"Rob Hardwick, bishop of the diocese of Qu'Appelle, will spend much of his four-month sabbatical -- May 14 to Sept. 3, 2018 -- bicycling across Canada to raise money for ministry projects within the diocese and beyond. Hardwick plans to cycle from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., a total of about 7,877 km. With one rest day factored in each week, the trip is expected to take 82 days, with Hardwick aiming to cover 114 km. each day that he rides. This may seem a less-than-restful sabbatical, but Hardwick says that the pedalling pilgrimage will be an 'opportunity to pray -- throughout the ride -- for unity and reconciliation, and also for unity across the church'."
"On July 31 , Bishop Rob Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle dipped the wheel of his bicycle in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John's, Nfld., bringing an end to a cross-Canada journey that began months earlier. On May 19 , he had performed the same ritual in the Pacific, at his starting point in Victoria, B.C. Hardwick planned the more than 7,200 km ride across Canada after he dreamed of raising $1 million for the diocese Living the Mission campaign for mission and ministry. He had also hoped to raise as much as $800,000 for the Anglican Healing Fund and Indigenous Ministries. In mid-August , donations to the campaign itself totaled $156,400. But the ride spurred a number of other related donations, bringing the total to more than $250,000. For example, a portion of the money raised was to go towards building a medical centre in Burundi. (The diocese of Qu'Appelle has a companion relationship with the diocese of Muyinga.) Hardwick says this project can now be completed thanks to additional gifts, totalling $20,000, from two families in the diocese". "Hardwick had bypass surgery nine years ago. He turned 62 during the ride".