"The Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod has requested bishops and deans to focus, for 22 days, from May 31 to June 21 , on renewing the church's commitment to support the work of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation through prayers, participation in awareness-raising campaigns and donations. Early this year , Council of General Synod (CoGS) agreed to dedicate the undesignated proceeds of Giving with Grace, General Synod's annual fundraising campaign, to replenish the fund. For the next five years, the fund -- created in 1992 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement -- will focus on language recovery". General Secretary, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, "stressed that while the Anglican Church of Canada has met its legal obligations under the settlement agreement, 'we're far from finished with our spiritual and moral obligation to continue to support the healing work that is underway among those survivors and in those communities'."
"Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, announced that he will also serve as acting director of General Synod's Communications and Information Resources department. Vianney (Sam) Carriere, the director of communications for General Synod, will be on a leave of absence for health reasons. Thompson invited staff to continue in prayer and concern for Carriere, and his wife Linda. In a brief written announcement to staff at the national office in Toronto, Thompson added that he 'will be looking to [the department's] Senior Manager Bev Murphy for her continuing attention to its day-to-day life and work'. The department of Communications and Information Resources includes the 'Anglican Journal', Anglican Video, online communications, graphic design, a church-wide database and ABC Publishing. The department is also responsible for corporate communications, media relations and the development of resources". [Text of entire article.]
"A working group will be formed to gather information about the pay of employees across the Anglican Church of Canada, with the ultimate aim of achieving fairer compensation, Council of General Synod (CoGS) resolved, June 24 ". "The mandate of the group, Hiltz said, will be to gather the information needed to support a fuller discussion of the issue and guide decision-making around it. The proposal actually arose out os a presentation by [Archdeacon Michael] Thompson on an examination of wages of national office employees he had carried out with General Synod Treasurer Hanna Goschy". In answer to a comment asking "about wages across the national church. Thompson responded that, while he acknowledged non-stipendiary ministries to be 'an ongoing deep concern', General Synod has no authority over the employment practices of dioceses". Bishop Larry Robertson of the Yukon "argued for what he called more leadership from CoGS on the issue. 'I just find, over and over again, that our clergy are subsidizing our mission in the Council of the North' through the financial sacrifices they make, he said". "(Of the 295 clergy in the Council of the North, 134 are unpaid, according to a report delivered at the 2016 General Synod by Michael Hawkins, bishop of Saskatchewan and chair of the council.)"
"Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, told Council of General Synod that support will be available for dioceses that find the costs of General Synod 2016 prohibitive. Thompson updated Council of General Synod on plans for the next General Synod, to be hosted July 7-13, 2016, by the diocese of Toronto. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ont. 'We tried very hard to find a university location, but Ryerson University would not guarantee the availability of space at Ryerson until April of 2016. We thought that was leaving things just a bit late', he said wryly. The only other university within the diocese is Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. But after consultation with the host diocese, it was decided that the distances would make it difficult for volunteers to support the meeting and the distance from airports would be generally prohibitive. Thompson gave assurances of financial support from General Synod for dioceses for which hotel costs would be prohibitive: '.. we are able to push forward some money out of the reported surplus from 2013 into the General Synod reserves, so there will be a larger reserve available for General Synod', said Thompson". [Text of entire article.]
"The Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation has been given a new lease on life in its 25th year, following a decision by Council of General Synod (CoGS) to dedicate the undesignated proceeds of General Synod's annual fundraising campaign to replenish it. In 2015, the campain Giving with Grace raised $15,000 according to audited figures from General Synod. But the hope is that with a dedicated purpose, the campaign will be able to raise $1 million, enough to replenish the fund for five years. In line with the stipulations of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the fund was to spend the last of its money by 2019. Once the money it had been granted through the settlement fund has run out, the future of the fund was uncertain. The last of the fund's money was budgeted for 2017" (p. 1). Esther "Wesley, who has served as co-ordinator since 2001, said the Canadian Anglican church could not 'afford not to go on [supporting]' the Healing Fund's work. 'Some form of [funding] has to fo on if we are serious about reconciliation', she said. 'Not just words but action -- that's what people are looking for'. The decision allows the fund's work to continue, but it will be in a reduced capacity. For the past 10 years, the fund has been disbursing between $300,000 and $600,000 a year, and Wesley said the new budget of $200,000 will require the fund to be more focused in what it supports. Wesley believes the area where the fund can effect the most change is through language preservation" (p. 14).
"The likelihood that the church's revenue will stagnate in coming years mean it might want to think carefully about its priorities, Fraser Lawton, bishop of the diocese of Athabasca and a member of the financial management committee, said in a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) November 11 ". "More than 90% of General Synod's net income comes from the dioceses, Lawton said, but almost all of them are 'having some conversations' about their own financial future. Given this, he said, 'if everything continues as is, the day is going to come when we're going to have to make some very hard decisions'. In a presentation on the proposed 2018 budget, General Synod Treasurer Hanna Goschy noted that over the past few years, diocesan contributions had 'hovered' in the range of $8.4-$8.5 million, but added that it would be very important to keep an eye on the level of giving in future years". "The proposed budget for 2018 projects total revenue at $10.9 million, down from the $11.1 million forecast for 2017". "John Chapman, bishop of Ottawa, said that like many dioceses, his own was facing shrinking contributions from parishes but increasing demands for ministry". General Secretary Michael Thompson "noted, first, that a meeting of the current session of CoGS would 'begin a conversation' about the principles and values the church brings to its decision-making in light of the financial challenges it's facing". "Second, Thompson said a new director of the church's department of resources for mission was scheduled to start work November 27 ".
"Archdeacon Michael Thompson, rector of St. Jude's Anglican Church in Oakville, Ont., has been appointed general secretary of the Anglican church of Canada. Thompson succeeds Archdeacon Michael Pollesel as chief operating officer for General Synod on Nov. 1 ". "Thompson, 55, served as a youth worker for two years (1976 to 1980) before becoming principal secretary to then primate, Archbishop Michael Peers (2001 to 2004). He also has served on many General Synod committees, including Communications and Information Resources (chair). The Council of General Synod ratified Thompson's appointment by an email vote".
"On behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archdeacon Michael Thompson expressed sympathy and solidarity with those who are suffering as a result of the recent violent attacks in both Pakistan and Kenya. In Peshawar, Pakistan, one of two bombings targeted Christians leaving a Sunday service on Sept. 22  at All Saints' Church, a parish of the Church of Pakistan. At least 85 people died and more than 100 were injured. At least 67 people were killed when militants stormed a Nairobi shopping mall on Sept. 21 , but in the aftermath, officials were uncertain how many more bodies were yet to be recovered from the destroyed parts of the mall. 'Whether such attacks target Christians, as the bombing outside a Peshawar church did, or shoppers, as in Nairobi, it is the business of the disciples of Jesus to bear witness to the ultimate futility of violence, even as we express compassion and practical concern for its victims', Thompson wrote".
"Canadian Anglican leaders have upbraided Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak Beyak for her assertion that the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was overly negative in its representation of the Indian residential school system. In an open letter published March 20 , Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald and General Secretary Archdeacon Michael Thompson said they were 'dismayed' by Beyak's comments, and stated there was 'nothing good' about the residential schools". "Beyak has stood by her comments, saying she will neither resign from the committee nor give up her seat in the Senate".
"An unusual refugee sponsorship is underway in Toronto, where the midtown Church of the Transfiguration and staff at the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada are considering the possibility of pooling their resources to bring in and support a refugee family in 2016. Although the plan to join forces is relatively new, Transfiguration and Church House staff have been independently considering sponsorship for some time". Nate Wall, is a doctoral student at Wycliffe College who has just taken up a position with Transfiguration. "The idea to invite Church House staff as partners came from Archdeacon Michael Thompson, an honorary assistant at Transfiguration who also serves as general secretary pf the national church. 'It occurred to me .. that there were benefits that each of us might bring to a partnership', Thompson said, noting that while Transfiguration has a stable community centred around worship and parish life, many of the staff at Church House are very familiar with refugee issues and could bring that knowledge to the sponsorship process".