Part of four page "Anglican Church of Canada : Annual Report" published as pages [5-8] of the September 2021 issue of the Anglican Journal. Individual articles and photographs separately indexed.
Primate Linda Nicholls reflects on the past year 2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on the the world and the church. "Church House staff shifted to working from home and seamlessly kept our national ministries actively supporting the life of our Church in every area. Meetings, from the Council of General Synod to standing committees to the House of Bishops and many others, shifted to online gatherings. We also discovered the drawbacks of Zoom fatigue and the gaps where in-person relationships are still needed. The Strategic Planning Working Group shifted gears from a traditional process to listening deeply across the Church to what was happening and to discerning what new directions might be emerging. Dismantling racism, already a focus for CoGS, rose to increasing prominence in the face of public events and deaths. Faith, Worship and Ministry began a project to reflect on our eucharistic life in the face of worship transformation online. Indigenous Ministries quickly shifted to online training for lay pastoral caregivers in light of community lockdowns. Everyone adapted their work to meet the challenges. We have shown that we are more creative, more flexible and more resilient that we could have imagined at every level of the Church. Our staff are a team of skilled leaders committed to the work of our Church. Although we cannot yet see very far into the future we remain confident that the faithfulness and resilience already demonstrated will carry us into whatever God is calling us".