"Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson of the diocese of Qu'Appelle has been elected the new bishop for the diocese of Calgary. He will be installed Sept. 29  at Calgary's Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, and succeeds Bishop Derek Hoskin, who has retired. The election took place June 15  at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Calgary. In all, five candidates were considered for the position. Bishop Kerr-Wilson describes himself as an 'evangelical, charismatic Catholic with liberal and conservative tendencies'. He is focused on local leadership 'rather than simply thinking about survival', he says. 'The church's capital is its people and their faith'." [Text of entire article.]
"The synod of the diocese of Calgary has asked the diocesan bishop to allow the blessing of same-sex union". The 14 October 2017 motion "passed with 57.4 % of votes. Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson, diocesan bishop of Calgary and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land, confirmed October 20". "As of press time, Kerr-Wilson has said he expected to announce his decision on the request in mid-November". Both Kerr-Wilson and the Rev. Brian Pearson of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Calgary, who supported the motion, "say that despite high levels of anxiety and tension around the issue, the debate in synod was respectful". "Pearson was among a number of clergy in the diocese who received a warning from the bishop after jointly blessing the civil marriage of a non-heterosexual couple (a woman and her transgendered partner) last year".
"For more than 50 years, the late Goichi Gordon Nakayama served as an Anglican priest in the dioceses of Calgary and New Westminster. But the outwardly affable Japanese-born canon was an abusive priest, who preyed sexually on young boys in his spiritual care. On June 15  in Vancouver, survivors of Nakayama's misconduct received a formal apology from the two dioceses. In 1994, Nakayama, father of the poet and novelist Joy Kogawa, admitted his history of abuse, and shortly before his death in 1995 he signed a written confession of his misconduct to Archbishop Barry Curtis, then diocesan bishop of Calgary and metropolitan of Rupert's Land" (p. 1). "On June 15 , about 60 people gathered at the Vancouver Japanese Language school for the apology delivered by Calgary Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson and New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton. Among those present were representatives from the dioceses and the Japanese Canadian Working Group (JCWG) -- formed to address the abuse issue" (p. 12). "Mary Kitigawa, 80, whose uncles were among Nakayama's victims, received the signed apology" (p. 12).
Colour photo with caption. "Regina. The historic signing of a covenant between the Anglican diocese of Qu'Appelle and the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Regina commits the two south Saskatchewan dioceses to annual shared services with the two bishops and joint activities in worship, mission, education and social justice. Show above, Anglican Bishops Gregory Kerr-Wilson (left) and Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel Bohan celebrated Pentecost Sunday together at Holy Rosary Cathedral here. They signed the covenant earlier this year , marking the culmination of a two-year process. The complete text of the covenant is available online at quappelle.anglican.ca". [Text of entire article.]
"Separate offerings were made by the ELCIC's [Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada] National Convention and the General Synod of the Anglican church for those affected by severe floods that hit Calgary and southern Alberta on June 20 . There was also a moment of silence in memory of at least 13 people killed by a devastating freight train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Que., on July 6 . The bishop of the diocese of Quebec, Dennis Drainville, travelled with his wife, Deacon Cynthia Patterson, to Lac-Magantic on July 7. They met with clergy and other survivors and evacuees housed at the local high school, some of whom were asking how God could allow such a tragedy to occur. 'The issue is not coming here to provide answers. The issue is to be with people', Drainville told the diocesan newspaper, the 'Gazette'. 'At the very core of a crisis like this, the need is to let people know that they are not alone'. In Calgary, the diocesan bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson urged members of his diocese to reach out to congregations and individuals who have been affected by the severe flooding in southern Alberta". "The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund sent an initial $15,000 grant to the diocese and announced that it is also accepting donations that will go toward areas of priority identified by the diocese. These include providing for the immediate needs of people from Siksika First Nation, where 1,000 people have been displaced and 280 homes destroyed, and drinking water has to be trucked in".
"The Anglican Church of Canada is no exception. In an age ruled by electronic forms of communication, the bishops and archbishops who are some of the most visible leaders of the church are increasingly expected to maintain a regular online presence, to communicate with Anglicans and the wider public" (p. 10). "Bishop Susan Bell of the diocese of Niagara, who uses Facebook and Twitter, believes that the effect of social media on episcopal ministry has largely been positive" (p. 10). Bishop Bell comments: "'For Anglicans in particular, the Reformation taught us that communicating the gospel in the vernacular was a core value .. Well, social media is the vernacular now, and we are bound by our polity, tradition and the Great Commission to preach the gospel to the whole creation using whatever tools the Lord makes available to us" (p. 10). "'Social media has allowed me to put a human face on the office of bishop each and every day', [Bishop Michael] Oulton says, 'Social media has also allowed me to stay connected with the folk among whom I serve and the church, both nationally and internationally, in ways that were not available to my predecessors'" (p. 10). "Archbishop Kerr-Wilson describes himself as 'slightly sceptical' about the underlying impact pf social media in any significant way, other than as another means to connect people within the church .... It's quantity, but not particularly quality, [in] my experience. By the time you've done with all the emails that come through .. to go and then do Facebook stuff on top of it means that your life starts to be dominated by electronics, rather than by face-to-face communication'" (p. 10). "Lee-Anne Matthews, web and social media co-ordinator for the diocese of Montreal, meets once a week with the diocese's Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson to ensure they are on the same page. While Matthews runs diocesan social media accounts, Irwin-Gibson posts photo from her work as bishop on her personal Facebook page" (p. 10-11). "Since Bishop Andrew Asbil, of the diocese of Toronto, took over as diocesan bishop at the beginning of 2019, [Martha] Holmen [digital communications co-ordinator] has worked with the bishop to determine how to best use his own social media platforms, which include an episcopal Facebook page. .... 'People in general are on social media -- that's where they gather to talk to have conversations about any kind of issue, including religious issues', Holmen says. 'So having a bishop on social media gives them access to people who are already there and lets them speak directly to them'" (p. 11).
Colour photo with caption: "Diocese of Calgary Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson met Pope Francis following a papal audience at St. Peter's Square in Rome late June . Kerr-Wilson was attending a week-long course at the Anglican Centre in Rome, an organization established to help improve relations between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church". [Text of entire article.]
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 see carrying out the ministry of the primate as working collegially with the bishops and all of our members through the councils of the church and in a ministry of presence, teaching and encouragement .... Where is God leading the Anglican Church of Canada ? I would say that two of the core pieces which need to lead and fuel our life as a church are the Great Commandment and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20 / Mark 16:15). ... While we have talked for quite some years now about how we no longer live in 'Christendom', I believe we are still strongly influenced by a Christendom mindset ....".
"Five bishops were nominated to stand for election as the 14th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada at the national House of Bishops meeting March 27 . The nominees are: Bishop of the diocese of Edmonton Jane Alexander; Archbishop Ron Cutler, bishops of the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada; Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson, bishop of the diocese of Calgary and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land; Bishop of the diocese of Huron Linda Nicholls; and Bishop of the diocese of Ontario Michael Oulton. The primatial election will be held during the meeting of General Synod in July . Archbishop Hiltz will resign as primate July 16 ". [Text of entire article.]
"A workshop at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle, held August 16-22 , brought together individuals from across the country who have experience with Indigenous urban ministry. Some issues around Indigenous urban ministry may be the same across the country, but regional dynamics make the context different for each city, said Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert's Land and bishop of Calgary". "The Rev. Barbara Shoomski, an honorary assistant at All Saints' Anglican Church in Winnipeg, spoke about one of the successful program she in involved with: a moms' group that provides mothers with advice and support in parenting and life skills. 'I'm the elder there, so if they have problems, they can come and talk to me', she said".