"The Rev. Capt. David Parsons will become Anglican bishop of the diocese of the Arctic in early 2013. Elected co-adjutor bishop during the Arctic synod in Iqaluit, Nunavut Bishop Parsons will succeed Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk, who is retiring. Parsons was consecrated on June 3  at the opening of St. Jude's Cathedral, newly rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 2005. Parsons currently serves as regional dean of the Mackenzie Delta and is the incumbent at the Church of the Ascension in Inuvik. The Rev. Darren McCartney was elected suffragan bishop. McCartney spent several years in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, as rector of St. Luke's and speaks fluent Inuktitut. He comes from Knocknamuckley, Ireland". [Text of entire article.]
"Reconciliation between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and between Inuit and Dene students who attended residential schools in the North will be a focus of the second Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event this month [June 2011]. 'Conflicts among school children along these two religious and ethnic lines are part of the residential school story in this region and across the North', said the TRC in its concept paper for the event, scheduled for Jun. 28 to Jul. 1  in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (NWT). The majority of Inuit children attended Anglican-run residential schools, while most Dene children attended Catholic-run schools in the North". "The second TRC event is being hosted by the diocese of the Arctic under the direction of Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk. The Rev. David Parsons, Church of the Ascension in Inuvik, is coordinating local Anglican participation in the national event".
"Be it resolved that this General Synod express its gratitude to:
- Archbishop Harold Nutter and the Diocese of Fredericton for all the work they have done on our behalf, and particularly for the dinners they extended to us;
- Dean Rhodes Cooper and the local Arrangements Committee for the welcome we have received in Fredericton and New Brunswick, and also to the Dean and people of the Cathedral for the opportunity to worship in that historic place;
- the University of New Brunswick and the employees who worked so diligently for us;
- those people in Fredericton and elsewhere who welcomed us into their homes during Synod;
- hundreds of lobsters who at King's Landing made the supreme sacrifice for us;
- the staff of the General Synod for all the work before Synod, and especially to those members of the staff who have worked so hard behind the scenes during the Synod;
- Joy MacLaren and the Anglicans in Mission Diocesan Directors for their work through the whole of Anglicans in Mission and presence during the Synod, both of which added substantially to our ability truly to Rejoice;
- the persons in dioceses and parishes who designed and created the Anglicans in Mission banners and the triangles which have brightened our horizon;
-those who responded to the invitation to set up displays in the Aitken Centre;
- those who conducted the orientation sessions for Synod members;
- the Sessional Committees, especially the Agenda, Nominations and Resolutions Committees for their work on our behalf and for much grace under much pressure;
- the Worship Committee, both for their work and for their sensitivity to the variety of worship within the Church;
- the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer for unremitting prayer among us and for us;
- Professor Douglas Richardson, the Canadian Church Historical Society, and the Diocese of Fredericton Archives Committee for one of the most creative reports to the Synod;
- those who arranged, and those who made themselves available for, noon and evening events around the Synod;
- those who organized the spouses' program;
- Christopher Earl who staffed the public address system;
- Paul Gibson and his electronic device for the "Daily Review";
- the Assessors for their rulings quickly given and thoroughly thought out;
- Bishop John Sperry and Chitra Fernando for their daily call to us to deepen our understanding of the theme "Rejoice";
- our ecumenical and overseas partners for the gifts they give us to see ourselves as others see us, or in the words of a less[er] Celtic saint, for their ministry to us in speaking the truth in Love;
- the press for their efforts in the interpretation of our work to the outside world;
-Andrew Atagotaluk [sic i.e. Atagotaaluk], Eskimo language translator, for dealing with a difficult agenda with integrity and ingenuity;
- tous ceux parmi nous qui ont osé s'exprimer en l'autre langue officielle de cette province et de notre pays;
- the General Secretary and his staff for their steady guidance of our process;
- the Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor for gracious and competent chairmanship in the stead of the person last, but first in our thanks, namely
- the President of this Synod whose stature in our midst and in the worldwide church grows each year, for whom our affection and admiration grows each year, and whom we remember daily in our prayers and thanksgivings as 'Edward our Primate'."
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The Primate declared the Synod prorogued and the Closing Eucharist was celebrated.
"The synod of the diocese of the Arctic, meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut from May 27 to June 3 , passed a motion criticizing decisions by four dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada that support blessing same-sex unions". "It also passed a motion expressing 'strong support .. for those in the Southern Cone dioceses, recognizing them as members of the Anglican Communion'." 'In an interview Bishop Atagotaaluk said the decision by the synods of the dioceses of Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara and Huron to ask their bishops to give clergy permission to bless homosexual marriages 'kind of let us down from trusting that we had a process that everybody can work with'. He added that since the 2007 General Synod defeated the motion affirming the authority of dioceses to offer same-sex blessings, 'there was no message saying that we could all go our own way'." "'We have serious housing issues -- we used to provide housing for clergy and they're all aging and needing to be replaced or renovated and there are no funds available for that kind of work', [Bishop Atagotaaluk] said". "During the synod a draft of the new English/Inuktitut hymnbook, 'Voices of Worship', was distributed to delegates and used for the duration of the meeting".
The first stained glass window ever designed by an Inuit artist has been dedicated in Appleby College in Oakville. It was designed by Inuk artist Kenojuak and created by stained glass artist Sue Obata.
The House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry reported on the work it had done since its establishment in the spring. Membership of the task force included Bishop Ashdown, Bishop Atagotaaluk, Bishop Coffin and Bishop Lawrence. Following a presentation of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples at the spring 2002 meeting of the House of Bishops, they had been asked by the Primate to do some work on the topic of the non stipendiary ministry.
Bishop Atagotaaluk began the session with a prayer. Bishop Ashdown, the chairperson of the task force, reminded the House of how the working group had come into being and then gave an overview of the presentation. Bishop Ashdown said that non stipendiary ministry was being examined in the interest of the Church justly compensating its ministers. He said that non stipendiary ministers often have to work full-time in secular employment, and then volunteer up to 40 hours for the Church.
Bishop Lawrence presented the theological reflection he had been asked to write on the non stipendiary ministry. Bishop Lawrence said that it is the responsibility of the episcopate to look after the ordination, employment and deployment of the clergy. He said that the concern about those in the non stipendiary ministry had been brought to the bishops, and that they were the people who were ultimately responsible for those clergy.
Bishop Atagotaaluk said that because the task force's report hadn't yet been presented to the House of Bishops, he had only shared the opinions of the task force with the members of the ACIP at their most recent meeting. He said because he hadn't known the mind of the House about the report, he hadn't felt that he could have a discussion about it with the members of the ACIP. He reported that the ACIP were concerned that whenever there are issues involving aboriginal people, frequent studies done on the topic are then followed by little action. Bishop Atagotaaluk passed on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples' request that the bishops do more than simply receive the report of the House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry.
Bishop Coffin offered the assistance of his office to the bishops whenever they were in Ottawa. He said that because he was the only member of the task force who was not a member of the Council of the North he had brought a different perspective to its work. He commented that while the presentation of the report to the House of Bishops brought the work of the task force to an end, the members of the task force were still very much committed to the issues of the non stipendiary ministry. Bishop Coffin concluded with a prayer.
Archbishop Peers thanked the task force for their work, adding that he had heard two challenges. The first was to the Council of the North, and the second was about having a conversation with the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. He said that he couldn't imagine how the latter might occur, except by the two groups meeting together sometime in the future.
Bishop Ashdown said that the ACIP had already named people to represent them on a Joint Working Group on the Non Stipendiary Ministry. They are Ms. Maria Jane Highway, Ms. Lorraine Still, Mr. Andrew Wesley and Ms. Eunice McMahon. He indicated that the members of the House of Bishops' Task Force on Non Stipendiary Ministry were prepared to continue working on the issue. Questions and comments were invited from the floor.
That the House of Bishops request the members of the Task Force on the Non Stipendiary Ministry, Bishop Ashdown, Bishop Atagotaaluk, Bishop Coffin and Bishop Lawrence, to continue their work in liaison with the representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous People. CARRIED #HB-02-10-05
DRAFT report for consideration by Council of the North, House of Bishops, Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
1. The New Agape for the whole church
In order for the New Agape to become a reality that serves the whole Anglican Church of Canada, our whole church needs a justly-compensated aboriginal clergy.
2. Justice principles for the whole church
Principles of justice for aboriginal clergy should apply to all clergy serving in non-stipendiary ordained ministries. At the same time, it is vital that the initial energy for justice, arising out of the experience of aboriginal clergy, continue to be recognized and honoured. A solution for the whole church cannot include continuing injustice for aboriginal communities and those who serve them.
1. For the good of all, each community has a responsibility to be a self-sufficient as possible.
2. The first responsibility for providing resources for ministry rests with the local community.
3. The diocese has primary responsibility for overseeing, encouraging and affirming ministry in its communities.
4. The whole church is responsible for sharing resources to enable all the parts to exercise their fullest ministry.
5. There must be mutual responsibility and accountability at all levels.
A way forward:
1. That Faith, Worship and Ministry be asked to convene a consultation among those who prepare clergy for ministry to explore how such providers can ensure a common standard of preparation for ordained ministries.
2. That the interim commitments of the House of Bishops be actively pursued in the dioceses. (recognition, inclusion, payment of ministry expenses)
3. That a National Fund be established to assist certain dioceses with funding for just compensation for clergy now not receiving a stipend.
The National Fund:
1. The maximum support available from the National Fund would be 50%, on a matching basis for local financial support.
2. Dioceses put forward proposals for funding that include a plan to move towards self-sufficiency.
3. That the National Church, in partnership with dioceses, identify or provide resources (stewardship, congregational development) for self-sufficiency in local ministries.
4. That a moratorium on further ordinations of non-stipendiary priests be established, to be reviewed for the General Synod of 2010.
5. That decisions about support be taken by a board including representatives from ACIP, Council of the North, other affected dioceses, and General Synod.
6. That ordained ministries involving more than ten hours per week of work, or in cases where a person has responsibility designated as or similar to that of a "priest in charge" be understood normally as ministries requiring compensation (cash, housing, utilities, benefits) beyond expenses.
Joint Task Force on Non-Stipendiary Ministry
Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples
House of Bishops, Anglican Church of Canada
October 2, 2003
Priestly Ministry- Qualities, Knowledge and Skills
Exhibits love, compassion and caring and humility
Trusts self and others
A representative of Christ, recognized and accepted by the community as Christ-like
Confirmation of a call, evidence that God is the author of this ministry
Helps people develop a relationship with Christ because he/she lives that relationship
Fees on scriptures as the living Word of God- doesn't just read them
Prayer-filled - doesn't just read prayers or "take services"
Able to model the faith with integrity
Sensitive to a respectful of the community's rituals
Loves to learn and approaches learning with discipline and joy
Knows his/her own limitations; knows when, where and how to ask for help
Knows the tradition of the Anglican Church
"big picture" - chronology, "the story of salvation"
the story of Israel
the story of Jesus, the apostles and the church
Creeds - the teaching of the church across the ages
Order - the shape of ministry and authority
Community - the story of Jesus as it has been known in this local community
Knows what makes people, groups, communities and cultures "tick"
Cultural knowledge of this particular community - language, history, culture, spirituality of those with whom he/she is sharing and interpreting the Christian story
Able to share the story of Jesus and the Christian faith with others in a way that they find themselves in the story
Teaching at critical life events - baptism, marriage, grieving
Teaching the life of prayer
BAS and BCP Eucharist, Baptism, Marriage, Funeral
Planning worship and involving others in leadership
Administration and management
Encouraging teamwork and delegating
Enable people to talk with others across differences of culture, spirituality, values