TORONTO (June 30) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has announced staffing and structural changes to bring the national staff organization in line with the priorities and focus approved by its chief governing body earlier this month.
The key element in the new structure, as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is a nine-person management team to direct the work and priorities in those areas approved by General Synod in Ottawa.
The restructuring has resulted in the elimination of three staff positions: Congregational Development consultant, Editor and General Manager of the Anglican Journal, and Director of the Anglican Book Centre.
Congregational development work will no longer be initiated at the national level. The Anglican Journal and Anglican Book Center will both come under the management of a new Information Resources Group. This reflects the priority General Synod gave to the development of a coordinated communications strategy that would incorporate all aspects of information dissemination under one umbrella department.
Archbishop Peers said the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal was affirmed by General Synod and will continue under a new editor, to be appointed. Carolyn Purden, who held the editor and general manager position at the Journal, was given a severance package. The new editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of the paper, but not its financial management.
General Synod also called on the national organization to bring more focus and integration to the work it does. It recommended a more consultative as opposed to legislative, style as well as more networks and fewer formal structures.
The management team announced by the Primate will include himself, the General Secretary and seven directors responsible for Financial Management; Financial Development; Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; Partnerships; Pensions; and Information Resources.
In announcing the changes to staff, Archbishop Peers stressed that they were not intended to effect a downsizing in staff. What they are meant to do, he said, is reflect the wishes of General Synod and implement a new way of working.
"In the long term we are looking at ways we can do our work better together, not better with fewer people," he said. "What we have been talking about is reorganization, not downsizing."
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"This book is based on two sets of addresses: the Martin Memorial lectures entitled `The Compass Rose : Flowering of Fading ?', given at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon in May 1999, and three addresses on the theme 'Composing the Lord's Song', given at the diocese of Calgary's `Theology Alive' weekend in October 1999". -- Acknowledgements, p. 7.
"I believe that Anglicanism is characterized by a distinctive way of doing theology. And I believe that a tolerance for diversity is an integral part of being Anglican. So I believe that our current struggles and debates are essential to being who we are, and I am hopeful that our diversity will strengthen us as we respond to God's call to be part of the church, the body of Christ. In `Anglican Diversity', I will articulate a foundation for this belief, then explore how such an Anglican identity can help us to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century". -- Intro., p. 10.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, pp. 126-128.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Strange Land -- The Anglican Church: Yesterday and Today -- The Lord's Song -- Looking to the Future in Worship -- Looking to the Future in Ministry -- Social and Ethical Issues -- Living with People of Other Denominations and Faiths -- Authority in the Anglican Communion -- Conclusion: What is the Future of the Anglican Communion ? -- Appendix A: A Response to the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops / Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars -- Bibliography..
[TORONTO] Dec. 15, 2008 -- What started as an orientation exercise for a national communications committee has turned into an unprecedented display of unity and generosity by thousands of members of the Anglican Church of Canada in congregations right across the country.
More than 500 of about 2,000 congregations that make up the Anglican Church of Canada responded to a request to come together in song on Sunday, Nov. 23, by singing the hymn Amazing Grace. As requested, participants videotaped themselves singing the beloved hymn and then deluged the church's General Synod offices in Toronto with the videos.
Since then, more than 500 of these contributions have been posted to YouTube and today, a 10-minute compilation video that includes segments from every contribution received before Dec. 1 will be posted to the Anglican national website.
Canadian Anglican participants involved in the project were also invited to contribute a toonie to support the Anglican Church's Council of the North, a group of dioceses involved in work and ministry in Canada's North. They responded to that request with donations that total more than $30,000 to date.
The project ended up requiring an unexpected tour de force from Lisa Barry, senior producer of Anglican Video which produced the compilation released today—Amazing Together and from website staff who worked virtually around the clock on the YouTube postings.
Amazing Together provides a never-before-seen glimpse of a church united in a simple exercise of worship and faith. And although organizers had no idea of what the response would be when they issued the challenge, that was exactly what it was supposed to do.
A year ago, the Anglican church's communications committee was invited to puzzle over how Canadian Anglicans could come together is a "statement of faith." What form should such a statement take?
The idea of asking all church members to sing Amazing Grace on the same Sunday emerged from that. "From the beginning, several of us—committee members and staff—felt that the idea could be made to happen," says Ms Barry. "We took it from there and the response was overwhelming."
Amazing Together shows Anglicans in song in churches across the country, on beaches in the Maritimes, in small groups in the North, around a fireplace, on a Newfoundland wharf, in a prison—and there is even a contribution put together from Kandahar in Afghanistan. Anglican bishops at last summer's Lambeth conference sang Amazing Grace as did workers in an AIDS hospice in South Africa.
There are bagpipe versions, a kettledrum version, full-accompaniment versions, a cappella versions and even a rap rendition. Amazing Together stands as a strong example of what Canadian Anglicans can do when something captures their imagination, said Archdeacon Michael Pollesel, the General Secretary of General Synod. "We often hear church unity described as a fragile thing," he said. "This demonstrates conclusively that in the hearts and minds of Anglicans from coast to coast to coast, the church is strong and it is united."
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For more information, please contact: Lisa Barry, senior producer, Anglican Video: firstname.lastname@example.org , (416) 924-9199 ext. 295; or Vianney (Sam) Carriere, director of communications, (416) 924-9199 ext. 306