"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).
"A newly-launched website allows Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans to find a place to worship through a few clicks of a mouse, or a few taps on their phone or tablet. Findachurch.ca is the result of a collaboration between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The Anglicans had for some time been considering a church locator site; ELCIC already had one, but wanted to improve it, says Brian Bukowski, General Synod's web manager, in a story published by anglican.ca, the Anglican Church of Canada's official website". "Once a church name has been input and the 'Search' button is clicked or tapped, a list of matches pops up, together with a map of their locations. Users can also narrow their searches, or browse, by diocese, synod, province, address, postal code or other keyword. The site also includes a 'Find a Person' feature to search for ELCIC clergy only; in future, this feature may be expanded, says Bukowski".
"If you life engaging with existential questions, you might enjoy a visit to 'didyoueverwonder.ca' a recent initiative of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada), a gathering of theologians from both churches ... Launched last December , the website features a collection of short meditations, captured on video, by dialogue members on basic questions of faith and existence, such as 'Why is the world the way it is ?' 'What is my mission in life ?' ... Each reflection is accompanied by questions to guide further discussion". "The idea for the project arose in 2011, at a time when both churches were intensifying their focus on explaining themselves to people who might have no church background but were still curious about religion", says Coadjutor Bishop Bruce Myers of the diocese of Quebec and former ARC Canada co-secretary. "Myers says members of the ARC Bishops' Dialogue were enthusiastic about the project, which they believe 'gives tangible expression to what we're always saying, which is, 'Anglicans and Catholics agree on a whole bunch of stuff'."
"An officer with the diocese of Qu'Appelle is warning parishes, dioceses and any other church bodies whose website has an online donation feature to make sure it's protected from fraudulent use. The warning follows an episode last winter in which someone used the diocese's Donate button to test thousands of stolen credit card numbers. Amanda Sather Page, the diocese's financial officer, says that in early February 2018, fraudsters attempted to make more than $90,000 in credit card transactions using the feature, a matters of days after it had been launched". The incident occurred in two waves, the second time after the diocese had purchased more security features from Moneris. "Sather Page estimates that dealing with the incident cost the diocese probably the equivalent in time of three people working full-time for a week. And it still had to pay at least $150 in chargeback fees Moneris refused to waive, she adds. Soon thereafter, the diocese switched to PayPal, another transaction provider, she says, and has not experienced any such incidents since". "Moneris, formed in 2000 by the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal, is Canada's largest payment processor, according to its website".
"A team that conducted an operational review of General Synod's communication platforms has recommended a 'long-term commitment' to the continued publication of the print 'Anglican Journal' but called for a review of its format. It also proposed a 'reconfiguration' of the three websites of the Communications and Information Resources (CIR) department into a 'single news channel'." "It also said that the CIR needs a full-time director and the Journal a permanent, full-time editor". CIR director Vianney (Sam) Carriere said, as a general comment, that the report was 'a mixture of insights and strangeness' and does not 'live up to the potential that a thorough, thoughtful and objective review should have offered'."
"In other news, COGS: Learned about Fred Says, a new food security campaign of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada. 'Have you eaten today ?' With that question, Laura Marie Piotrowicz introduced the campaign, which will be led by the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz. 'Have you eaten today ?' will be one of the 'Fredisms' in the campaign, which now has a dedicated website, fredsays.ca. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about food security, which refers to the availability of food and people's access to it, according to PWRDF. In a video about the campaign that was shown to CoGS members, Hiltz says: 'In Canada, we tend to greet one another with 'How are you ?' But in other parts of the world, where food is scarce, a more common greeting is 'Have you eaten today ?' Fredsays.ca will offer resources, videos, stories and other information about the campaign". [Text of entire article.]
"[W]hen those letters and emails start coming in, responding to what's in the newspaper, I feel alive. Love us or hate us, at least we know that 1. you're reading, and 2. you care, passionately. Now, I want to hear from all 160,000 of you. Wishful thinking ? Nah. We're Anglicans, after all. Conversing is one of our strengths. I am personally asking your to fill out your copy of the readership survey when it arrives in an upcoming issue of the Journal. For those who prefer electronic media, there will also be a copy available at anglicanjournal.com. We want to know more about what you think, not just about the Journal, but also about your diocesan newspaper. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Your response will inform our newspaper content and delivery strategies in the months ahead". "In the meantime, we are continuing to work very hard to bring you a better website experience, too. Our new website was launched with no fanfare just before Christmas . We're still working out the bugs but, among other things, new software will now allow us to post your letters".
"[W]e do not have room to publish even a fraction of the letters we receive. And that's really too bad because love us or hate us, the conversation needs to happen. Our job, as I see it, is to give you news and a place to share your views -- a place where you can have a conversation with your fellow Anglicans as well as citizens of every stripe". "The good news ? I can say it in one phrase: anglicanjournal.com". "Last year, we launched a new site that offered a place to comment on every piece of content that was posted". "Apparently up to 500 visitors [visit our website] each day". "And of course there's always our Facebook page, which will now include a window on the anglicanjournal.com home page". "[W]e're conducting a nationwide readership survey to find out who reads and needs what. And this also gives everybody who is not online a chance to tell us what they think -- about their diocesan newspaper, the national newspaper, the content, the look, the frequency, the size and anything else you can think of. Copies of the survey will be available in print form as well as online. Stay tuned for more details this fall".