"Bishop John Chapman has given a church in the diocese of Ottawa permission to begin offering a rite of blessing to same-gender couples who are civilly married. The Church of St. John the Evangelist could offer its first blessing as soon as a married couple asks. At least one person in the couple needs to be baptized". "Last Sept. 1 , the diocese of Niagara announced that clergy could bless same-gender couples who have been civilly married. The diocese of Ottawa, on the other hand, has approved this for only one church and did not develop a new rite. At the Church of St. John the Evangelist, the blessing that will be given is one already used in the church for heterosexual couples who have been civilly married".
"[I]magine a downtown church on a busy street opens its sacred space to the neighbourhood with new glass doors that invite people in, not just on Sundays, but every weekday. This is happening now at St. John the Evangelist on Elgin Street in Ottawa, with the help of a grant from the Anglican Foundation". [Text of entire article.]
Conservative members of the Diocese of Ottawa are upset that Bishop Coffin has granted a letter of permission to an American priest in a same-sex relationship. Archdeacon Desiree Steadman has resigned as archdeacon in protest.
The parish of St. John the Evangelist in Ottawa has written the government expressing "serious concern with any approach that leaves the church with a long-term debt to the federal government to pay for litigation and liabilities arising therefrom."
The Rev. Canon Garth Bulmer has retired after 16 years as priest at St. John the Evangelist in Ottawa. He is known for his persistence in asking General Synod to approve a motion that would allow dioceses to approve the blessing of same-sex unions.
"Ground has broken at St. John the Evangelist in Ottawa for their Open Doors Project, supported in part by AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada]. This renovation to the church entrance and narthex will create a more welcoming environment in this busy, downtown parish". [Text of entire article.]