"Anglicans across Canada are being called to demonstrate -- in the 22 days following the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- that this ending is only the beginning of healing and reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous people. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald have issued a call to the whole church today to participate in #22days, a campaign that will stretch from the start of the closing of TRC event in Ottawa on May 31  to National Aboriginal Day on June 21 . 22days was first conceived of by a group of cathedral deans from cities in which a national TRC event was held and was 'heartily endorsed' by the House of Bishops" (p. 10). "The General Synod communications team has created a web page -- 22days.ca -- that will offer resources, including 22 videos featuring former residential school students and staff describing their experiences in the schools. The videos are not the typical 30-second sound bytes people are used to viewing on television, they are about 15 to 20 minutes each, in order to tell the stories in a more whole and sensitive way, said Anglican Video senior producer Lisa Barry. One video will be added daily to the website during the 22-day period and each will be accompanied by a prayer, written by various people in the church" (p. 11).
"Bishop Sue Moxley, of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, said her life changed in 1993 after listening to former residential school students talk about their experiences. It was then, said Bishop Moxley, that she realized 'The church I loved as this great big black blotch on its history'. In another forum, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, offered an apology to students 'for the years of lost love' and for 'the aggressive efforts to remake you in our image'. 'I am sorry for the bruising of your bodies, the crushing of your spirits and the violation of your innocence', said Archbishop Hiltz. "I am deeply sorry for the terrible pain we inflicted, and for the terrible memories that many of you still carry today. I, and my church, must listen to your stories, your hurt, the humiliation and the burden of our sins on your lives'. The Anglican church first offered its apology to students in 1993". [Text of entire article.]
"Federal cuts to refugee health care will deter church groups from sponsoring refugees, Anglican Church of Canada officials have warned. 'Clearly it would cut down on the number of refugees that we are able to accept because church groups just don't have the resources to pay [for the medical care]', said Bishop Don Phillips of the diocese of Rupert's Land, where more than 2,000 refugees have been sponsored. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Adele Finney, executive director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, have expressed 'deep concern' about the cuts to the Interim Federal Health program. Previously, private sponsors assumed the cost of food, shelter and transportation for a year, while the government provided health care. Under the revised rules, which took effect June 30 , church-sponsored refugees will not longer have access to government-funded health care. One June 26 , the diocese of Rupert's Land and the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, which sponsors refugees with funds from the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land and the Roman Catholic Archiepiscopal Corporation of Winnipeg, announced plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government. 'We're treating those [sponsorship agreements] as legal contracts', said Phillips. 'Our basic action in court is to say that the government breached its own contract'." [Text of entire article.]
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, emerged from his Dec. 6  meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, feeling 'very optimistic about his leadership'. The visit which took place at Auckland Castle, in County Durham, England, was part of Hiltz' annual visit to Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion office. Hiltz also met with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who retired on Dec. 7 ". [Text of entire article.]
"Four Advent devotions, written by four leaders of the Anglican and Lutheran churches in North America, have been made available to members of all four churches". "On October 12-13 , Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, met with National Bishop Susan Johnson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC); Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Church (TEC); and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The meeting, held at the ELCA office in Chicago, was the four bishops' latest four-way dialogue, a tradition of informal annual meetings begun in 2010". "The [Advent] devotions are on the theme of next year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation: 'Liberated by God's Grace', and three of the theme's sib-headings: 'salvation not for sale, human beings not for sale and creation not for sale'." "The four also heard reports on the progress of the two Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical bodies in Canada and the U.S., the Joint Commission for Anglican Lutheran Communion in Canada and the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee".
Canadian Anglican bishops have nominated four from among their number to be candidates in the election of a successor to Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Archbishop Hutchison, who was elected 12th Primate in 2004, has announced that he will retire after the Anglican General Synod in June . The synod, the Anglican church's chief governing body, will choose the next primate on June 22  in Winnipeg.
The procedure to elect a Primate, or national leader, is that bishops nominate no more than five candidates at their last meeting before a General Synod. The bishops, however, do not vote in the actual election. Primates are elected by clergy and lay members of the synod.
Bishops nominated for the election of the 13th Primate are:
- Bishop George Bruce of the diocese of Ontario
- Bishop Fred Hiltz of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
- Bishop Bruce Howe of the diocese of Huron
- Bishop Victoria Matthews of the diocese of Edmonton
Earlier, the bishops considered two motions on the future of the primacy from a task force they previously established. The bishops defeated a motion that would have suspended part of the Canon on the primacy requiring a newly elected bishop to resign his or her diocese. They approved a second motion asking June's General Synod to establish a task force to undertake a "detailed and comprehensive study of the nature, role, duties and authority of the Primate."
The Anglican General Synod, which convenes at the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg on June 19, is the church's chief legislative and governing body. It is made up of more than 300 delegates, including lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses. General Synod meets every three years.
The primatial election will he held at a nearby church on June 22. The new Primate will be officially installed in office the evening of June 25 .
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What does the Canadian Anglican primate do ? "It's not a quick answer. A seven-page canon, or section of church law, explains the Primate's work. He's called a presiding bishop, senior metropolitan and a primus inter pares (first among equals). .... In 2010, a primatial task force reviewed this unusual role. Some parts were clarified, but in short, the group found that Canadian Anglicans wanted a spiritual leader -- a Primate who is both prophetic and caring". "'The relationship piece for me is very important', says Archbishop Hiltz. 'People always say to me, "You're our connection to the national office", so I try to be it'. He's both a spokesman and a servant". "[S]piritual care is central. Hiltz is pastor to all bishops, regardless of theological differences. At meetings of the house, he frequently sees 'one-on-ones' when he perceives a need for personal human contact". "[M]ore than half the Primate's time is spent travelling. He is often invited to diocesan synods, provincial synods and church anniversaries". "Each visit is different. Archbishop Hiltz could stay in a home or hotel. He'll be sent to square dances or to test-drive an new handbell set. He'll eat whatever is put in front of him -- from Arctic char to boiled beaver". "Archbishop Hiltz has an exhausting job. He pays the price in grey hair and health -- including nasty colds from frequent air travel. Though primates can stay until the age of 70, Hiltz, now 59, says he likely won't. He can imagine a return to his beloved local ministry for a couple of years".
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
"Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, expressed the support and solidarity of Canadian Anglicans to the people of Burundi as they continue the difficult task of rebuilding their nation after more than a decade of ethnic-based civil war. Archbishop Hiltz, who visited the east central African nation of 8.9 million people Feb. 12 to 15 , also paid tribute to the Anglican Church of Burundi and, in particular, the diocese of Bujumbura 'for helping transform the lives of Burundians', a majority of whom are the world's poorest of the poor. The primate, along with a delegation of staff and youth representatives from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), toured various church projects. Some were PWRDF-funded projects that address maternal and child health, HIV-AIDS, poverty alleviation, violence against women, and peace-building". The Canadian delegation met with the Bishop of Bujumbura, Pie Ntukamazina. Delegation members included Cheryl Curtis, PWRDF executive director, Simon Chambers, PWRDF justgeneration.ca facilitator, and three members of the PWRDF Youth Council: Maureen Bailey, Heather Pearson and Evan Ridderham. "The  visit marks the second time that a primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has extended a hand in solidarity to the Anglican Church of Burundi and the people of Burundi. In the early 1990s, Archbishop Michael Peers, then the primate, also visited this tiny French- and Kirundi-speaking nation".
The Anglican Foundation of Canada will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a series of celebrations in Vancouver, B.C. in May 2017. "'I think it's just blossoming', says [Archbishop Fred] Hiltz, who as primate is also chair of the Foundation. 'At this particular moment in its history, it's kind of like a springtime of fresh expression, and bursting with new opportunity and new life' (p. 8)". "One of the most valuable things about the Foundation, Hiltz says, is its broad geographical reach. Board member Fiona Brownlee who is also rural and Indigenous communities liaison for the diocese of Edmonton, agrees" (p. 8). "In the early days, the Foundation was focused on physical infrastructure -- helping churches fund roof repairs, installations of new bathrooms and the like. Board members say this remains an important part of its work. Archdeacon Sarah Usher, of the diocese of the Yukon, says that in the North especially, this work is hardly separable from funding ministry. 'If we don't have buildings, we don't have ministry', she says" (p. 8). "The Foundation is funded entirely by donations -- from individuals, parishes and dioceses. Its challenge, Brownlee says, is to continue to build its donor base. 'We actually enjoy giving away money, but we can't do that unless we're supported', she says" (p. 9) "To this end, [executive director Canon Judy] Rois says, the Foundation is trying to get its message out in a variety of ways, from running stories in diocesan papers, to social media, to giving talks across the country -- a challenge she says she enjoys" (p. 9).