Clergy and pastoral workers have a duty to spot family violence and do something about it. Rev. Marilyn McClung, a deacon at All Saints Cathedral in Edmonton, made the statement at a workshop about battered women in the church.
"Two more dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada -- Edmonton and Rupert's Land -- have now exercised their right to 'local option' and will offer blessings of civil marriage to same-gender couples. At its 2010 meeting, General Synod recognized that the local option has been exercised without the approval of the national church. Parishes in both Rupert's Land and Edmonton will need to pass a formal resolution expressing their desire to have such blessings before they can be offered. And in both dioceses, clergy must ask for the bishop's permission to offer the blessing. Approximately one-third of the Anglican Church of Canada's 30 dioceses now have moved forward with same-sex blessings, an issue that has deeply divided Anglicans in Canada and worldwide". [Text of entire article.]
Canon John Erb visited the civil province of Alberta for eleven days in October 2001. He attended the Diocese of Athabasca synod meeting, held in Fort McMurray, before travelling to the dioceses of Edmonton and Calgary. Along the way he visited a number of parishes and presented plaques to those which had received Anglican Foundation funding.
"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".