"On November 18 , Indigenous ministries and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) laid out concrete steps for how they will continue to pursue self-determination within the national church over the coming years. The plan is to start small, with Indigenous Anglicans from three or four regions that want to pursue self-determination, Archdeacon Sid Black, ACIP co-chair told the fall  meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS) ... A focus group, co-chaired by former Indigenous ministries co-ordinator Donna Bomberry and Archdeacon Larry Beardy will oversee the details, and the initial goal will be to select leadership in a way that is in line with Indigenous practice" (p. 1, 6). "Advice on incorporation will come from former General Synod prolocutor Harry Huskins" (p. 6). "According to [Indigenous CoGS member Lay Canon Grace] Delaney, of the approximately 150 Indigenous clergy serving in the Anglican Church of Canada, most are unpaid" (p. 6). "Quebec Co-adjutor Bishop Bruce Myers, whose diocese includes the isolated Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach, wanted to know whether this leadership model could be used there" (p. 6). "In response, Canon Virginia 'Ginny' Doctor, Indigenous ministries co-ordinator, said Indigenous ministries has already explored options, such as a 'moveable seminary' that would bring teachers to communities for intensive education, or doing the reverse and bringing Indigenous leaders in-training to a local centre for intensive, short-term education. She suggested either of these models might work in Quebec" (p. 6).
"For the first time in its history, the Anglican Church of Canada will enter into a bilateral ecumenical dialogue with Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) following a motion passed at General Synod, July 12 ". Bruce Myers, coadjutor bishop of Quebec, "said that as the Anglican church's relationship to mainstream society changes, it could benefit from talking to a church that has always had a fraught relationship with the mainstream". "Myers said the bilateral dialogue would use a new approach to ecumenism based not on an attempt to minimize differences, but to receive them as a 'gift'." "Earlier in the day, synod had heard from Willard Metzger, executive director of MCC. 'Many of our Mennonite people are finding richness in the liturgical services that are in many of your Anglican parishes', said Metzger, adding that in Winnipeg, a city with one of the largest Mennonite populations in Canada, the term 'Manglican' has been coined to describe those who identify and participate in both religious traditions".
"Canadian Roman Catholics have expressed the hope that the Anglican Church of Canada will seek input from ecumenical partners as it continues discussion concerning a resolution to amend the church's marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. The marriage canon resolution was among matters discussed at a joint meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops' Dialogue (ARCB) and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada). Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls, ARC Canada co-chair, reported on last summer's Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly which included an explanation of the said resolution passed by General Synod. Nicholls assured Catholic representatives that since the resolution calls for 'broad consultation', this could be interpreted to include consultation with the church's ecumenical partners, including the Roman Catholic Church, said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod's co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, who attended the meeting. The ARCB also agreed that Anglican and Catholic bishops could have issued a joint declaration, instead of separate statements, about the controversial Charter of Values and the proposed end-of-life care legislation in Quebec, which would have offered 'an even stronger Christian witness', said Myers". [Text of entire article.]
"Six men were killed and 19 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the mosque as they prayed shortly before 8 p.m. January 29, 2017. Alexandre Bissonette, a university student, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in relation to the attack. The January 29 shooting was commemorated through different events January 26-29 , said Bruce Myers, bishop of the diocese of Quebec". "Quebec City Anglicans have also been helping support victims of the attack. In the immediate aftermath, the diocese, Myers says, contributed to a widows' and orphans' fund set up to support family members of the victims. More recently, Anglicans have lent their support to Aymen Derbali, a member of the mosque who was shot seven times while reportedly drawing the shooter's attention to himself in an attempt to save others". "Myers said the cathedral parish has designated its Christmas Eve offering to the fund -- according to Facebook post by cathedra; Dean Christian Schreiner, this totalled almost $900 -- and a fundraising concert is being organized in the cathedral". "The diocese has been reaching out to Quebec's Muslim community since the shooting in a variety of ways, Myers said, hosting this fall, for example, a gathering of Muslim and Anglican families in the cathedral, with similar events planned for the near future".
Quarter-page colour photograph with caption. "Bruce Myers, bishop if the diocese of Quebec, was caught in a sudden gust of wind while dedicating a new exterior cross outside All Saints' Memorial Church on Entry Island, Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Nov. 18 . 'I feel the winds of God today', Myers quipped in a Facebook post. 'In retrospect, cope and mitre may not have been the best vestment choice for an outdoor service on the windswept Magdalen Islands'". [Text of entire article.]
"Quebec's recently-passed Bill 62, which bans the wearing of niqabs and other face coverings to people both providing and receiving government services, could ultimately threaten the safety of the province's Muslims, say Quebec's Anglican and Lutheran bishops. 'To be secular means to be pluralistic, allowing freedom of belief both in one's private and public life', says Mary Irwin-Gibson, Anglican bishop of Montreal; Bruce Myers, Anglican bishop of Quebec; and Michael Pryse, bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in a joint statement released October 30 . 'The provision of Bill 62, however they are applied, unnecessarily put that fundamental freedom -- and potentially people's security -- at risk'" (pp. 1, 7). "[I]n the wake of threatening or violent incidents like the January 29  shooting at Quebec City's Grand Mosque -- Bill 62 is helping foster 'a climate of suspicion and fear' that threatens the safety of Quebec Muslims, the bishops say. Six people were killed and 19 injured, several of them children, during the incident" (p. 7).
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) was founded in 1944 four years before the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1948. It will mark its 70th anniversary in November 2014 with an assembly in Mississauga, Ont., and public events at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto. "Today, the council has 25 members ... In total they encompass 85 per cent of Christians, who account for 66 per cent of Canada's population of 35 million. .... 'We are the broadest, most inclusive church council in the world, and we are looked to as a role model', says [the Rev. Dr. Karen] Hamilton [general secretary of the Council], noting that neither the WCC nor the U.S. National Council of Churches counts the Roman Catholic Church as a member. She points to 1997 as a milestone year when the council welcomed in the Catholic Church after adopting a forum consensus model in which 'every voice, small or large, around the table matters. We don't outvote each other and money doesn't buy you anything'. Without complete member consensus, no statement can be issued in the name of the CCC". Anglican commentators in the article include the Rev. Canon David Oliver (general secretary 1994-1995), Archdeacon Bruce Myers (General Synod co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations), Stuart Brown (the council's first lay general secretary, 1988-1993) and Henriette Thompson (General Synod director for public witness for social and ecological justice).