The Very Rev. Michael Gardener has retired after forty-one years of faithful service to the Diocese of the Arctic. He was the first principal of the ATTS [Arthur Turner Training School] and until his retirement, dean of the cathedral.
The territory of Nunavut which came into being on 1 April 1999 lies within the Anglican diocese of the Arctic. Many of the new territories 27,000 people (of whom 85 % are Inuit) are also active Anglicans. The Very Rev. Roger Briggs, dean of the Arctic, notes that two recently ordained deacons include one, the Rev. Mike Ferris, who is now a deputy minister in the Nunavut government. "Nunavut is the culmination of a dream: an Inuit homeland where self-determination and self-government are now a reality".
"We are very happy to present this special edition of our Arctic News readers. This special edition is devoted to St. Jude's Cathedral and the restoration project. We wanted to devote this edition mainly to tell our story and the history of our igloo shaped cathedral. We are proud of the outstanding efforts being made to fundraise for our rebuilding project and we wanted to share some of these with our readers."
"A groundbreaking service for St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit has been scheduled for June 3 , Trinity Sunday, to mark the rebuilding of the igloo-shaped church, which was damaged by arson in November 2005 and demolished in June 2006". "Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk, diocesan bishop of the Arctic, said the diocese's fundraising efforts has so far raised $1.5 million of the $6 million needed to rebuild the cathedral, one of the most recognizable buildings in the North. He said that he and the fundraising team in Iqaluit are redoubling their efforts to meet the target". "Bishop Atagotaaluk acknowledged that he has received 'about one or two' letters from Anglicans who declared that they would not contribute to the rebuilding of St. Jude's because of its controversial declaration in 2005 banning the employment of, among others, 'homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals'." "In the absence of a cathedral, services are being held at a nearby parish hall, which used to be a gathering place for outreach and other ministries.
Story originally published by Anglican Journal, Anglican Church of Canada.
"Among the Inuit, naming is an important part of the culture, It binds members of the extended family together. .... Naming also has the potency to create strong bonds among the families of a community". Author tells us how in the Inuit community the naming of a child for a recently deceased person binds the child securely to the community. "[A] kinship is created, a kinship often as strong as blood, but uniquely different because it is based on choice."
The Rev. James C. Barlow has come to Iqaluit from St. Francis Church, Estes Park, Colorado, which is part of the Traditional Anglican Church. TAC is not in communion with the Anglican Church of Canada. "Normally clergy who come from a church not incommunion with the Canadian church would be expected to be ordained in Canada, since the receiving church would not recognize the validity of their orders. However, Mr. Barlow was ordained in 1992 in the Philippine Independent Church, which is in communion with the Anglican Communion. Mr. Barlow, who is 55, grew up in Wisconsin and has previously worked in Canada, serving as rector of St. Timothy's parish in Rigolet, Labrador from 1995 to 1997". Mr. Barlow was chosen after a phone interview. Bishop Larry Robertson said that Mr. Barlow's "work with a church outside the Communion was a concern. 'That made us nervous,' said Bishop Robertson. 'He had to sign a statement that he would be obedient to his bishop and to the Anglican Church of Canada. I was quite emphatic that he knew what he was getting into'." "As a dean without a cathedral building [which burned down in November 2005], Mr. Barlow faces the challenge of participating in a $6-million fundraising drive to rebuild which he is meeting with optimism." "He is currently engaged in developing the cathedral parish's soup kitchen, thrift shop and bookstore, a project that will benefit the growing territorial capital and will be supported by $1.3 million of federal funds, he said".
"33 Anglicans -- nine teenagers from four parishes along with 24 adults -- left Ottawa August 13  for a weeklong visit to the capital of Nunavut, as part of the general effort of the diocese of Ottawa to support the diocese of the Arctic. In November 2005, an arson fire destroyed much of St. Jude's Cathedral, prompting the northern diocese to launch a national fundraising campaign. [Pianist Angela] Hewitt played a benefit concert at the celebration of the cathedral's reopening in June 2013. The idea of taking teenagers to Iqaluit to learn about the Arctic and encourage friendships between Northern and Southern Anglican youth, with a plan to encourage future exchanges, originated with Frances Macdonnell, an accomplished organist and former choir director at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa". "Dean Jonas Allooloo and others welcomed the Ottawa group to St. Jude's Cathedral on the visitors' first Sunday in Iqaluit". "The teens helped local youth organize and co-ordinate workshops at the Iqaluit music day camp, which gives children a chance to engage in musical activities. The day camp was started by music teacher Darlene Nuqingaq in 1996 and she has operated it ever since". "It is foreseen that some of the Iqaluit teenagers will be brought to Ottawa for a return visit in the summer of 2017".
"In a stunning reversal, a July 12 recount of the vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church of Canada showed that while the motion was reported the previous day to have failed by one vote in the Order of Clergy, it had, in fact, passed there by one vote" (p. 1). "A two-thirds majority was needed in each of the Orders of Laity, Clergy and Bishops for the motion to pass, and it had been widely assumed that there was not enough support among the bishops. ... In fact, the motion appeared to have been scuttled by the Order of Clergy, with the vote originally recording 51 of 77 clergy in favour of changing the marriage canon. As it turned out, this number did not include the vote of Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada. With Thompson's vote counted, it became 52 of 78 in favour, nudging the vote above the required threshold of a two-thirds majority. Incorrect information sent to Data On The Spot, the electronic voting services provider contracted to manage the voting by clickers, led to the mistake, according to Thompson"(p. 1). "After the change was announced, several members from the diocese of Caledonia, including Bishop William Anderson, walked out of the plenary hall, followed shortly by a number of members from the Arctic, including Bishops David Parsons and Darren McCartney" (p. 12). "Bishop Rob Hardwick, of the diocese of Qu'Appelle, chastised the house for not extending sympathy and care to those who had opposed the motion to change the marriage canon" (p. 12).