"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).
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate. "[Major Maude] Parsons-Horst has served as a chaplain in Newfoundland, the U.K., Ottawa, Edmonton and Petawawa, Ont. Now she is a team leader co-ordinating the work of the chaplains in Afghanistan. She says she is amazed every day by the strength and dedication she sees in the troops. 'I've never been so proud to stand in uniform as to stand in uniform with the guys over here'. 'Working as a chaplain with the Canadian Forces is a privilege and an honour', she writes in email correspondence from Kandahar with the 'Anglican Journal'. 'The men and women who serve in our army, air force and navy .. and their wonderful families .. are special people who contribute to our country and our world as a form of duty. They are subjected to risks, to long times away from each other, to constant moves and disruptions to their lives, and all for the good of others'." Also includes text of poem 'Mission Bound" written by Parsons-Horst 14 June 2010, Kandahar.
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate. Brigadier-General Karl McLean is an Anglican Church of Canada priest who was appointed as Chaplain General to the Canadian Forces in September 2010. "Now with 3,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan, the challenge is greater than it has been since the Korean War". "Care for the chaplains is a high priority. Recruiting the right balance of chaplains from different faith communities is also a significant piece of the work, says McLean. The chaplaincy currently has two full-time Muslim chaplains and three Jewish chaplains. A plan to create a network of aboriginal elders to help care for the spiritual needs of aboriginal members is also in the works. While all the chaplains minister to people of different faiths, having a balanced representation of the faith groups means that they can move around and offer a variety of services, he says".
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate. "As head of the Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada, Bishop Ordinary Peter Coffin is often asked what our chaplains do in Afghanistan. 'They look after troops, they deal with the wounded, they go out on the convoys, they perform services', he says ... Military chaplains or padres also carry out important duties on the home front, caring for the families of military personnel, and helping them cope with the strain of long separation, injury and death. The Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada -- the ninth largest grouping of clergy and laity in the Anglican Church of Canada -- reflects the role of the chaplain branch of the Canadian Forces. The 46 regular force chaplains and 32 reserve chaplains who make up the military ordinariate provide sacramental, liturgical and pastoral care to Anglican military personnel and their families. They also facilitate the worship of people of all faiths. 'We care for all .. who come to us for assistance, regardless of where they may be on their spiritual journey', says a statement on the military ordinariate's new website at www.anglican.ca".
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate. "Lieutenant Navy Carol Bateman is a battle group chaplain who travels to visit the troops at forward operating bases in combat zones. She usually spends three to five days in each location. During these visits, she connects with the soldiers, often letting personnel know she's in came by serving meals. 'Everyone, of course, eats .. and you get a feel for what the morale is, if they've had a rough day, if they've had a good day'. She offers a worship service during the visit and talks with anyone who has a specific family concern or who has expressed a need to talk with a chaplain". "The main task for any chaplain serving in Afghanistan, says Bateman, is to 'be present' -- as soldiers leave for patrol, in the back of a vehicle on a road move, in the flying kitchen, at the card game, officiating at a ramp ceremony or at Sunday service".
"When the House of Bishops met in Niagara Falls, Ont., from April 13 to 17 , they discussed some contentious issues, including possible amendments to the marriage canon and a call from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) for significant changes to church structures. But Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said there was, nevertheless, 'a spirit of hopefulness' at the gathering". "The bishops discussed the document, 'Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to Church Leadership', in terms of what they thought needed more clarification, what they found encouraging and what they found challenging." "Hiltz observed that what underlies much of these discussions is the question, 'What is everybody's understanding of self-determination ?' This is a conversation that needs to continue, he said. People are not sure what self-determination will mean in terms of concrete changes, said Hiltz". "Bishops also endorsed the #22days campaign calling Anglicans to commit to working toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... Hiltz noted that Bishop Robert Hardwick of the diocese of Qu'Appelle shared plans to ring church bells for murdered and missing women and girls, and other bishops decided that could be done in all of their dioceses".