Colour photo with caption: "Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon, SK. Spearheaded by Mr. Gillespie Wright, an active proponent of long-term care homes, a community society and centre were established in the early 1970s to provide day programs for adults and seniors. A truly ecumenical endeavour, which involved Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Mennonites, Presbyterians, United and AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada], support was given to this centre which provided recreation, reactivation, physical, occupational and aquatic therapy to a large number of day residents". [Text of entire article.]
"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.
"For the Rev. Canon Reginald Stackhouse, public service is part of the Christian vocation. A former priest in two west-end Toronto parishes and former principal of Wycliffe College, Stackhouse also has a long list of elected and appointed public offices on his resume: two terms as a Conservative MP, a commissioner on both the Canadian and the Ontario Human Rights commissions, a regent of Toronto's Centennial College and a member of library and public school boards. For Stackhouse, now 87 and retired, public service is part of the vocation of being a Christian. He points to Romans 13:1, which urges Christians to acknowledge the powers that be as existing by the will of God. 'Government is part of God's creation', he says. 'Whether you're appointed or elected, you're able to use the power of government to achieve things not possible as an outsider'." "As an MP, Stackhouse never played up his clerical status or brought his religion into the house. 'But I never hid it, either', he says. Not making a public issue of one's religion is a positive way Canadian politicians differ from some of their U.S. peers, he notes. Stackhouse admits he would like to have served longer in Parliament, focusing on human rights for the elderly. 'We've made notable advances in rights for women, and I'd like to see the same for older people'."
The Primate reflects on the ministry of the Rev. Canon Sid Davies, an honorary assistant at the parish of St. Michael and All Angels in Canning, Nova Scotia. The Primate was there "for commemoration of its 250th anniversary and the 200th of the opening of historic St. John's Church in Port Williams". "Sid was there, with his wife, Ruth. He is 99 and is looking forward to his 100th birthday on Sept. 1 . A priest for 71 years, Sid is no longer able to travel about the parish as much as he once could. Now he exercises his ministry by telephone. Every week he calls parishioners who are sick or shut-in and brings their pastoral or sacramental needs to the attention of the rector, the Rev. David Garrett". "Deeply moved by this man's passion for the gospel and his perseverance in prayer, I thought of Simeon .... I thought of how he and Anna rejoiced at the presentation of the Christ Child in the temple, that sacred moment we commemorate as Candlemas on Feb. 2. As we keep that feast this year, let us give thanks for the Simeons and Annas in our midst, and for all the elderly whose devotion to Christ inspires our own".
O'Della Grundy, who is in her mid-70s " is a parishioner at St. George's Anglican Church in Kamloops, but she also has an extensive ministry of her own to the city's seniors. And given that 16.2 % of Kamloopsians are over 65 (almost 2 % more than the Canadian average), and that this percentage is projected to increase over the next 15 years, it is a vital area of ministry in which to be involved" (p. 1). In 2014 she performed 44 memorial services. "An added complexity is that many of the seniors with whom she works are not Anglicans. She stressed that 'you have to be aware of everybody, and open to anything happening' to minister effectively to everyone" (p. 1, 8). Grundy went into Education for Ministry (EFM) after attending a retreat at the Sorrento Centre. "She was licensed as a lay minister of word and sacrament in the later 1990s, and became involved in seniors' ministry in 2007" (p. 8).