"The April 8-19  meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka, Zambia, was marked by a sense of unity and common purpose, according to Canadian delegates Bishop Jane Alexander and Suzanne Lawson". "There had been some uncertainty leading up to the meeting about whether or not disciplinary measures would be imposed on The Episcopal Church (TEC) following a call from the Primates' Meeting in January 2016 for TEC to face 'consequences' for its decision to perform same-sex marriages. But the ACC declined to impose any sanctions. Nor, according to Alexander and Lawson, was there much discussion of Canada's upcoming vote on same-sex marriage -- which, both admitted -- came as a surprise. 'Nobody asked me [about it]', said Lawson. 'I was all ready to engage, [but] no -- I think people were just delighting in the relationships that were being built'". "The meeting saw the election of Alexander to the ACC's standing committee, which means she will be involved in the council's work for the next three to four years until its meeting in 2019".
"A collaborative anti-poverty initiative co-chaired by Jane Alexander, [Anglican] bishop of Edmonton, will receive $2.4 million in funding from the city over the next two years -- and the diocese is undertaking a slew of its own projects to support it. Alexander says she was thrilled when Edmonton City Council unanimously approved funding for the EndPovertyEdmontonImplementation Road Map, a city-wide initiative of which she is co-chair, December 13 " (p. 1). Don Iveson, mayor of Edmonton, and Bishop Alexander, were co-chairs of EndPovertyEdmonton whose published report was titled "End Poverty in a Generation". "The church's involvement in EndPovertyEdmonton, Alexander says, allows the church to show it's serious in living out the gospel's promise to the poor. 'It opens the door for us to actually say what we mean when we say that the gospel [is] good news for the poor, I think -- and so I am unashamedly do it that way because this is what it's all about', she says".
From 23 to 27 February 2015, an Anglican "eco-bishops conference" was held in Cape Town, South Africa. National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and Bishop Jane Alexander of Edmonton, joined 15 other bishops at the conference which "was hosted by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, which is dedicated to fighting climate change. On Good Friday, April 3 , the bishops -- representing 15 provinces of the Anglican Communion -- issued a declaration urging Anglican worldwide to recognize climate change as 'the most urgent moral issue of our day'" (p. 10). Bishop Jane Alexander "admitted to being particularly struck by the difficulties illustrated in a story told by the bishop of Fiji, Apimeleki Qiliho, whose diocese includes a number of small islands that, it is predicted, will be submerged within a generation". "But there were challenges inherent in such a diverse meeting as well. Much work still needed to be done to bring everyone onto the same page, according to Ncumisa Ukeweva Magadla, one of the conference organizers. 'I felt like they were coming from two different worlds, the Indigenous churches and the Western churches', she said. 'I really did think that some of the bishops -- especially the ones coming from the Western side -- did not understand the issues that were going on in those Indigenous countries like Fiji, like the Philippines, where they face water literally at their doorstep'" (p. 10).
"The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has endorsed 'in principle' the newly-created department of philanthropy's plan to help the Anglican Church of Canada achieve 'financial equilibrium' through fundraising efforts that will emphasize giving as 'a faithful expression of Christian vocation'. CoGS also approved the establishment of a philanthropy committee that will provide 'leadership and support' to General Synod's philanthropy work." "The plan has four goals:  to enhance the level of co-ordination and co-operation among various fundraising initiatives within and beyond General Synod;  to establish a more 'professionalized and productive' fundraising operation for the ministry of General Synod and incorporated partners (Anglican Foundation, Anglican Journal, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund), dioceses and parishes;  to establish a permanent investment fund 'that will provide sustainable financial stability for the ministry of General Synod into the indefinite future';  to launch 'the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the church's history designed to reach a new level of support for the ministry of General Synod', its partners, dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada."
"Participants in the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, at the end of their fifth meeting May 22 to 25 , said they have come to realize that reconciliation is 'far beyond agreeing to disagree' but is about seeking 'not only to tolerate but to understand'. The consultation, which gathered six bishops from Canada, two from the U.S. and 15 from various countries in Africa, met in Coventry, England". "Meeting at the cathedral has been 'providential', said the bishops in a statement. 'We have come to see the challenges of our present life as being less a failure of our life together than an opportunity to live out the truth of what we have been called to be'." "Bishop Jane Alexander, diocese of Edmonton, said the change in the level of understanding among bishops has been 'huge'."
Article includes colour photo with caption: "Canadian Bishop Jane Alexander and Kenyan Bishop Johannes Angela".
"Jane Alexander, rector of All Saints Cathedral and dean of Edmonton, was elected on March 8  bishop of the diocese [of Edmonton]. She was chosen on the third ballot. A relative newcomer to holy orders, she was ordained to the priesthood in 2001, served several parishes in the diocese and has served as dean since 2006. She began her professional like in 1981 as a music teacher in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England". "She will be installed as bishop on May 11 . She succeeds Bishop Victoria Matthews, who resigned last year".
At the July 2019 meeting of the General Synod, clergy and lay delegates will elect the 14th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. "The 'Anglican Journal' asked the five primatial candidates to share how they would serve the church, and where they see Good leading the Anglican Church of Canada. To read the candidates' complete responses to primatial nominee forms, visit the General Synod website at gs2019.anglican.ca". Five nominees: Jane Alexander, Bishop of Edmonton; Ronald Cutler, Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Bishop of Calgary and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land; Linda Nicholls, Bishop of Huron; and Michael Oulton, Bishop of Ontario.
"How would you serve the church as primate ? I would do my best to be a servant of the church, understanding the primacy as a role which relies on faithful relationships and shared vision for God's church. .... Where is God leading the Anglican Church of Canada ? I think that God is leading us into a time of change where we have to be open to the many ways of being church outside of the traditional Sunday service. It is also a challenging time because our attendance figures show us that we need a very different strategy for reaching younger people and more flexibility in forming church commiunities."