"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).
"Two Anglican cathedrals in Ontario have joined the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN), a reconciliation ministry of the Church of England's Coventry Cathedral. CCN is an international network of 220 active partners in more than 40 countries who are committed to a shared ministry of reconciliation. The community was formed in 1974, the result of a commitment made by the former provost of Coventry Cathedral, Richard Howard, 'not to seek revenge but to strive for forgiveness' following the destruction of the cathedral in 1940, according to the CNN website. Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, presented a Cross of Nails to the congregation of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., at separate services November 5 ". Article includes colour photo of Canon Sarah Hills presenting the Cross of Nails to the Very Rev. Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.
"The diocese of Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral and its local chapter of the Anglican Church Women (ACW) are hosting a fundraising concert on Oct. 26  to help rebuild the diocese of the Arctic's St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Cathedral Dean Shane Parker said that the evening 'will be specifically geared to the proposed construction of the new Igloo Cathedral in 2009'. This is the second time that Christ Church is hosting a fundraiser for St. Jude's. About $2.2 million has been raised for the proposed construction, but an additional $4.5 million is still needed. National television journalist Don Newman, and his wife, Shannon Day Newman, will be emcees at the concert".
"Christ Church in Ottawa marks its 120th anniversary as a cathedral this year , but along with the celebrations comes word that the heritage church is urgently in need of repair. A consultant's report commissioned by the cathedral's corporation has identified six 'critical areas' needing immediate action and others requiring attention over the next five years". Blair Seaborn is chair of Restoration 120, a fundraising campaign to raise $120,000 for repairs. "In earlier years, the cathedral received small grants from the federal and provincial governments, but money for the restoration has come mainly from parishioners and parish groups. 'The simple truth is that it is a heritage asset, but it's ours to maintain', said cathedral Dean Shane Parker".
"Anglicans across Canada can now access a web page devoted to the primate's Heartbeat of the Church initiative, which invites them to talk about their experiences with the church and express their 'heartfelt prayers' for it" (p. 1). "In his letter, [Primate Fred] Hiltz notes that September 2018 is the 125th anniversary of the formation of the General Synod. 'In marking this milestone in our history, I am inviting our entire Church to listen to its heartbeat through conversation circles in parishes, deaneries and dioceses -- in homes, church halls, outdoors, or even online !' he wrote. Shane Parker, dean of the diocese of Ottawa, served as the project co-ordinator, a role that he said meant helping bring the primate's vision to life ... Parker said the focus was always on creating spaces for people to speak 'honestly from their hearts' about their personal faith and experiences (both good and bad) with the church" (p. 1, 7). "It takes a couple of hours to work through the conversation guide, Parker said, which is why small groups of four or five people are recommended. The language is simple and straightforward, and the questions are meant to prompt deep conversations" (p. 7). "Groups are encouraged to write down and share their prayers for the church by adding them to the interactive map [on the website]" (p. 7). "The initiative will run until May 7, 2018. Hiltz will step down as primate on the final day of General Synod 2019, which will take place in July " (p. 7).