"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.]
" [Esther] Wesley, along with Anglican Church of Canada reconciliation animator Melanie Delva, spent two weeks in December  travelling with Bishop David Parsons, of the diocese of the Arctic, to communities on the Ungava Peninsula, in Nunavik, northern Quebec. In Kangirsuk, an Inuit village in northern Nunavik, community member Zebedee Nungak presented the two women with a jug of water. They soon found out that for Zebedee to collect this gift meant travelling upwards of 17 kilometres. Water in Kangirsuk typically comes from a nearby lake, about five kilometres away, but rising temperatures have caused ice to freeze less deeply and become contaminated by silt. The community has running water, says Zebedee's wife, Jeannie Nungak, but the taste is not as good. 'There are more minerals than there used to be ... the taste is difference for tea or coffee'. This is one of the many daily impacts of climate change on Canada's North. 'It's not a theory up in this part of the world', says Parsons. 'We're the canary in the mine'" (p. 6). "When Delva and Wesley visited in mid-December , Ungava Bay hadn't yet frozen. For communities that fish on this ice, and travel across it to hunting grounds, it's more than an inconvenience. 'People are dying trying to get to the hunting ground', says Delva" (p. 10).
"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".
"The House of Bishops met in Quebec City from Oct. 24 to 29  with their counterparts from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and reviewed the Joint Assembly held by the two churches in Ottawa last July . Following the meeting Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the 'Anglican Journal' that generally Anglican bishops considered the time for the Anglican General Synod meetings within the five-day event too short to accomplish all that needed to be done and discussed. Prominent in the Anglican bishops' conversations were discussions of a controversial resolution that asks the Council of General Synod (CoGS) to draft a motion -- to be considered by the 2016 General Synod -- to amend the marriage canon. The amendment would allow same-sex couples to marry, with a conscience clause that would exempt any congregation, diocese, clergy or bishops who objected from participating. 'There's been a huge effort in the life of the church to talk about this as a pastoral response, not a change of doctrine, and now it feels like the ground has shifted', Hiltz said. The change to a question of doctrine creates difficulties in dioceses where bishops 'have worked really hard to hold all voices and all people together', and where some people are asking how this shift happened. The motion, he noted, came from individual members of General Synod". "News that Bishops David Parsons and Darren McCartney of the diocese of the Arctic attended the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Nairobi in the hopes of creating partnerships to help with the diocese's debt crisis (see p. 2) and shortage of priests met with some consternation".
"The newly consecrated St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, may close its doors unless funds are raised to pay the balance of its construction debt, according to the diocese of the Arctic. The diocese has paid more than $7.5 million toward the construction costs, but still owes the construction giant Dowland Contracting Ltd., about $3 million. The diocese has been paying this debt as funds were raised, based on an 'informal arrangement worked out with the [company]', said its diocesan bishop, David Parsons. However, in May 2013, Dowland Contracting Ltd., was put into receivership; it filed for bankruptcy protection in July . The receiver, Alvaraz and Marsal Canada, Inc., is asking the diocese for immediate payment of the $3 million debt, plus $30,000 per month in interest". "In 2005, the igloo-shaped cathedral was extensively damaged by arson and rendered unusable, 'robbing the community and the Arctic of a cultural icon and spiritual home of the people of the north', said Parsons. The diocese 'needs the help of people to get through this crisis' and to help save the cathedral, said the bishop. He underscored the importance of the cathedral's social ministry, which includes outreach to the homeless, prison and hospital chaplaincy, support for transients and youth ministry. 'The church houses the food bank, one which 100 rely to feed their families', he added".
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