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REGIONAL NEWS AND FEATURES
FROM THE DIOCESE OF CALGARY
A SECTION OF THE ANGLICAN JOURNAL | APRIL 2008
Blessing Our Troops
they are going to do good and going you but we are bit scared too. We prayers did include soldiers from
to help people for seven months.” didn’t want it to be about war-mon- both sides of the conflict.
Facts often unreported about gering. We wanted it to be about “I really believe strongly in
Afghanistan are that children have justice – God’s justice. Individual ecumenism and getting along. We
returned to schools and women can parishioners led prayers or read live together; we should all get
now safely collect water because from their pews.” along and get to know each other.
of the protective military presence. Voices coming from amidst It was really special that those fami-
“And even though we don’t the congregation emphasized the lies were willing to come and those
typically think of soldiers this way community involvement. When the boys were willing to come forward
because of war and weapons, God troops received the blessing, lay and receive a blessing. It just gave
does work in our lives and calls us reader Gloria Schirok recalls, “We us a real sense of Medicine Hat
out into various places to do things. always pray for the soldiers and community working together.”
And what was happening there was people who are in these conflicts
the legitimate government of Af- in other places but this really gave Please let us know if you have held
ghanistan asking for the Canadian faces and names to the soldiers a service for troops or civilian sup-
military to come in, help with some who were going to go. It made it port workers in your parish, and
resettling and keep peace and some more meaningful than just praying send us the names of any Anglicans
order.” the Rev. Ronda Ploughman, for all the soldiers, although our serving in areas of conflict.
priest of All Saints recalls.
Ready to serve, 20 year old Jay Young received a blessing in Some of Jay’s friends were
Medicine Hat before leaving for Afghanistan. also going over. Their families and
Canadian Forces Base Suffield pro-
by Tim Christison year-old volunteer reservist Private vide support. To add to the support
Jay Young, says, “That service system, All Saints planned a bless-
A blessing service for three showed me just how much of a ing of the troops. Only Jay’s family
very young soldiers deployed to Af- community this is and I felt over- attends the Anglican Church. After
ghanistan has a powerful and last- whelmed by the support that was determining that they all were will-
ing impact on the members of All evident that morning. Everyone ing to receive the blessing, the ser-
Saints, Medicine Hat. They have came up and hugged us. It was vice was designed to be ecumenical
a stronger sense of community, a quite emotional. It was all a posi- to include all the families. Music
closer glimpse of the impact of sol- tive experience.” and psalms were chosen to capture
dering and their own commission to “Ronda [Ploughman] geared the fullness and breadth of the hu-
pray for the men and their families. the service towards these young man conversation with God.
Catherine Young, a member of men. It spoke to them and it spoke to Ronda reports, “The prayers Proud parents Bill Young (left) and Catherine Young (right)
All Saints and mother of twenty- the parents. Ronda talked about how held all those too. We are praising stand with their son Jay slated for seven months in Afghanistan.
by Laurel Hatch has been running in Alberta since with various members of the parish Calgary Vanning Program’.
1972 and we are pleased to main- they are visiting. Summer mornings We are also looking for addition-
The Diocese of Calgary Van- tain the tradition with another pro- are filled with running the program al volunteers to join our committee.
Road ning Program is up and running
again this summer!
gram starting at the beginning of
July 2008. Vanners will visit rural
and the afternoons with prepara-
tion and some down-time. Before
The Vanning committee oversees the
hiring and training of the Vanners, as
Again If you’re driving the highways
of Southern Alberta this coming
summer, watch for a shiny van
Anglican churches, bringing a Va-
cation Bible School with them. This
program is at no cost to the hosting
hitting the road, all Vanners are
commissioned by the Bishop or his
designate. Dates for the mandatory
well as the leasing of the vehicles,
on-call support for the Vanners, and
much more. To volunteer please con-
carrying dozens of Rubbermaid parish and welcomes children from training weekend will be posted. To tact email@example.com.
bins full of craft supplies and story the surrounding community. apply, please email your resume to If your parish is interested in
books to a rural Anglican church We are currently looking for firstname.lastname@example.org. hosting Vanners, please contact Su-
near you. The Vanning Program Vanners, young men and women To send one team of Vanners zan Pedersen in the Diocesan office
between the ages of 19 and 22, to for a full eight week summer costs at email@example.com.
lead the programs for children in about $22,000. This covers the Above all else, your prayerful
rural communities for the months of leasing of their vehicle, gas, insur- support for the Vanners, the parishes
July and August. The positions are ance, lunches for the Vanners, small they will visit, all the children who
full time and a competitive salary is parish host gifts, craft supplies, will come to know more about God’s
offered to the successful candidates. and much more. Please ask for the love this summer and for the commit-
Experience with children is impor- Lord’s wisdom when it comes to tee would be very much appreciated.
tant, as is a desire to show God’s supporting the program. If you or
love to everyone. Vanners are billet- your parish feel able to contribute Laurel Hatch is the public relations
ed with people in the rural commu- please send your cheque to Doro- and recruitment member of the
Taking advantage of summer in God’s country,
nities where they are running their thy Schultz at the Synod Office Diocese of Calgary Vanning
Vanners bring their programs outside. programs and spend their dinners made payable to the ‘Diocese of Committee.
2 THE SOWER
Dear Friends in Christ, As you responsibly share it, oth-
ers will rejoice that the living God
For the first three months of walks with us, just as He did on the
2008 I encouraged us to think about Walk to Emmaus.
our stewardship of the resources Yes, there are dangers when
which God has given to us, espe- we share our story that is why I
cially with the goal of reducing our said “responsibly” share. How do
carbon footprint. This is one way we learn to do this? We learn in
to approach the question: are we the safety and security of our par-
a Healthy Parish...a Healthy Dio- ish family, in small groups. Such
cese? To rephrase Luke 16:10-12, if groups are available through pro-
we are not responsible in small mat- grams like Alpha, EFM, Cursillo,
ters, how can we expect to be given TEC, and others. As a result of
responsibility for greater ones? these small group experiences we
What is one of the greater become better equipped to share
things that we will receive respon- our story as a way of introducing
sibility for when the Lord judges The Rt. Rev. Derek Hoskin another person to The Story of how
us ready? The most important re- God so loved the world.
sponsibility we will ever receive think something happened or you A Healthy Parish is intentional
during our life on earth is revealed would not be a person of faith to- about helping people articulate
in Luke 24:13-34 (the Walk to Em- day. What has been different in your their story in their own words so
maus). Take a moment to read that life as a result of that encounter? that when the opportunity comes
passage about one of Our Lord’s All of these questions are per- they will be ready to take on great-
resurrection appearances. tinent to our exploration about what er responsibility.
A great story! A story that you it means to be a Healthy Parish. A Where do we begin? Perhaps a
could likely tell to a Sunday School healthy parish is composed of peo- place to begin is to read this article
class in your own words. ple who have a story to share. It is again and wrestle with the ques-
Now, can you think of a time the story of how they encountered tions...not just alone, but as a par-
in your life when you were like the The Story that embraces the Begin- ish family.
disciples in the story? Disheartened, ning and the End of all that was,
confused, at a loss what to do next, is, and will be. In telling their story The Lord bless you as you share The Sower is published under the authority of the Bishop of Calgary
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impossible? What did you do? The of how God brought them out of Derek April 2008
disciples went for a walk. Did you? Darkness into Light. You are that Bishop of Calgary Volume 9, Number 4
What happened on that walk? I person. Your story is important. A Section of Anglican Journal
Dear Readers, as those who have come to Angli-
EDITOR: Tim Christison
canism as adults from other faiths.
PRODUCTION: June Au Yeung
Throughout my life, the arts But we are open to others’ views
BUSINESS: Allan Millar
have nourished and sustained me and our debates are lively and re- CIRCULATION: Barbara Millar
as my vocation and as an avoca- spectful. BOARD MEMBERS: Ellen Lee
tion. Sometimes I confess, I play In an EFM exercise recently, Pauline Hoskin
music or read a book to escape re- we experienced the difficulty in
ality. And who wouldn’t want an achieving a consensus on creeds
escape these days from the confu- or a metaphor for Jesus. Even af- The Sower endeavours to reflect the diversity of the
sion, rancor and litigation that has ter accepting individuals’ image of people and activities of the Diocese of Calgary through
news stories, feature articles, opinion essays, and
invaded our beloved church? I’ve Jesus, we could not agree on a few
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and trying not to read all the press proclaim, “We believe …” DEADLINES
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THE SOWER 3
Images of Spirituality 2008
by Ann Rondeau (St. Stephen hands. Green represents the joy that
Ukrainian Catholic, Calgary) comes from the beauty of nature and
and Jane Jensen (St. Martin’s Christ as the source of this joy. We
Holy Land Trip of the way on the water. flect my Christian beliefs (or that Anglican, Calgary) were invigorated by the symbol of
Dear Editor, of many church members I know) Christ as the tree of life and we, as
All the people I know, clerical Sincerely, Surely it is time to have a public “The Lord has done great the branches, forming a huge living
or lay, who have visited the Holy Mary-Jo Burles conversation about the relevance things for us, and we are filled with vine. Blue represents the spirit. Joy
Land, have been modest income of repeating week by week a creed joy.” Psalm 126:3 is one of the fruits of the spirit. This
people but they managed to pay from the fourth century whose lan- Joy permeated the weekend as translates into creativity, clarity and
their own way. So did we. Questioning the Creed guage of expression belongs to an women of diverse denominations peacefulness. Indigo represents la-
Might I suggest that anyone Dear Editor, entirely different intellectual era. met for an inspirational and joyous ments. Unless we experience sor-
who visits there will have their What a relief! I finally attend- I am concerned that the words gathering of fellowship, study and row we cannot fully experience joy.
trip enhanced by staying at ei- ed a service at an Anglican church of the creed are a deterrent for en- meditation last April at the Images Christ is the root of our joy.
ther the King David or the King in Calgary where I did not have to quirers (both young and older) into of Spirituality gathering at the En- Our lives should be lived as wit-
Solomon Hotel. The buffet break- deal with the moral dilemma of the Anglican church and would theos Retreat Center. Rev. Marty nesses to our Creator so we may
fasts are superb. Try Craig Tours. whether or not to join in the reci- welcome comments and or ideas Tuer and Rev. Helen Smith provid- reach out to others in love and joy
If you take the boat trip across the tation of the Nicene Creed. Even about this. ed a wonderful contrast as they led as was experienced over the week-
Sea of Galilee, be prepared for the though the service was from the the women through group activi- end. Participants expressed joy and
boat to stop midway – they then BCP, a hymn was sung in place of Sincerely ties and celebration designed to ex- renewal and are looking forward
tell you to get out and walk the rest the creed. This creed does not re- Jan Heath plore and experience the presence eagerly to next year’s gathering.
of joy though Christ in our lives. Images of Spirituality 2008
Images of Spirituality is an op- will be April 11-13 at Entheos Re-
Bishop Hoskin Elected Chancellor of the University of Emmanuel portunity for women to escape the treat Center. The gathering ends at
College Senate, and grants degrees distractions of everyday life and 1:00pm Sunday so people can go
Election of Chancellor, University of Emmanuel College
at Convocation. We are grateful to to focus on spiritual growth and to services Sunday evening. The
I am pleased to announce two years as a member of the Col- Bishop Hoskin for taking on this community building. The theme theme is “Be Still . . . ” (Psalm
that The Right Rev’d Derek lege Council. The Chancellor is role and look forward to his par- for the 2007 gathering centered on 46:10a). The guest speaker is San-
Hoskin, Bishop of Calgary, the chief officer of the University ticipation in our May Convocation. joy with each color of the rainbow dra Donnelly (Catholic) and the
has accepted the election of of Emmanuel College, which is Walter Deller, Principal of the Col- representing an aspect of joy. The worship leader is the Rev. Jean Mor-
the Senate of the University of established by Federal Statute. Un- lege of Emmanuel of St Chad, and red represents the blood of Christ ris (Presbyterian). Registration is
Emmanuel College and agreed der the governing statutes, the Chan- Vice-Chancellor. that redeemed us and serves as the $220 (which reflects necessary cost
to be our University Chancellor. cellor must be elected from among healing power of joy. The orange increases at Entheos). Contact Reg-
His term of office is for an ini- the bishops of the Ecclesiastical The note that Bishop Hoskin was and yellow represent the joy of ser- istrar Laurette Roth (St. Pius Catho-
tial period of three years. Bishop Province of Rupert’s Land. The named chancellor of Wycliffe vice, the giving of ourselves out of lic) 403-288-1256 or laurol@telus.
Hoskin has served for the past Chancellor presides over meetings College was incorrect. the gratitude that comes from God’s net for info or to register.
by Dr. Norman Knowles MOV I ES
Unseen parallel worlds the source of the trouble and by sprites and confined to a
inhabited by brownies, sprites, discovers a secret room where timeless realm where he can do
goblins and ogres, the corrupting
force of pride and power, the
he stumbles upon his great uncle
Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to
no harm. The same fate might
well have befell the hot-headed
Walk and Talk in The Rockies
perennial struggle between good the Fantastical World Around You. and obstinate Jared had he not with Professor Tinu Ruparell
and evil, and the universal need Ever defiant, Jared ignores a note recognized the consequences to
for healing and reconciliation warning against opening the book, his actions, not only for himself Saturday, April 12t, St. Mi- tation will look at how we might
provide the central themes of throwing himself and his family but to those closest to him. chael’s Anglican 709 7th Street, go beyond merely a ‘benign tol-
The Spiderwick Chronicles. into the middle of an epic struggle Significantly, it is the elderly Canmore 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Regis- erance’ of our religious others
Based on the books of the between the forces of good and Aunt Lucinda, confined to a home ter at (403) 678 5191. $25 includes towards a position where we can
same name by Holly Black, this evil. Seeking the knowledge because of her ‘delusions,’ who lunch and guided walk. more authentically affirm the dig-
film tells the story of the Grace found in the book to control both has the special wisdom needed Recent critiques of religion nity of difference.
family. Deserted by her husband the magical and human realms, a to defeat the powers of darkness. from prominent atheists such as Dr Tinu Ruparell has been an
for another woman, Helen Grace malevolent, shape-shifting ogre, Ultimately, it is only through Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Assistant Professor of Religious
has relocated her daughter Mulgarath, unleashes a goblin generosity of sharing and the Christopher Hitchens have seriously Studies at the University of Cal-
Mallory and twin sons, Simon army against Jared and the rest of willingness to sacrifice self for misconstrued the nature of religious gary since January 2003. He holds
and Jared, to a creepy Victorian the Grace family. others that the powers of evil are belief. However these critics have a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion
mansion inherited from an In the havoc that ensues, defeated and the grace of healing thrown light onto an area of theol- from the University of Cambridge.
elderly and purportedly insane resentment and rivalry give way and reconciliation received. ogy which needs to be re-examined Previously he was the Director of
aunt, Lucinda. to trust and cooperation as the The Spiderwick Chronicles for our times. This talk will consid- the Liverpool Hope Centre for the
While Mallory and Simon fractured Grace family pulls is an entertaining fantasy that er the nature of religious belief for a Study of Science and Religion in
accept the need to start over, together and learns to value each is sure to captivate young and scientific, ‘post-modern’ age. the UK. His publications include,
strong-willed and short-tempered other’s unique gifts. old audiences alike. It is also a Encountering Religion edited with
Jared wrongly blames his mother As a parable, The reminder that there is more to Living with Ian Markham (Blackwell, 2001)
for the break-up of the family Spiderwick Chronicles illustrates life than what we can perceive Our Religious Others and Dialogue and Hybridity (SUNY
and lashes out at his more the dangers of prideful with our eyes alone. Press, 2008). His research focuses
accommodating siblings. When disobedience. Multi-cultural societies high- upon Hindu-Christian Dialogue, is-
articles begin to go missing and When warned of the danger PG—Some scenes may be light the need to find ways in sues related to Science and Religion
unexplained noises are heard in of the knowledge contained frightening to young children. which we can live with and learn and comparative philosophy of reli-
the middle of the night, Jared is in his field guide, Arthur from those who do not share our gion. He is a member of All Saints
quite naturally blamed for the Spiderwick obstinately refuses The Rev. Dr. Norman Knowles religious traditions. This presen- Anglican Church in Cochrane.
mischief. to destroy his life’s labour. As teaches history and film at St.
Determined to prove his a consequence, he is separated Mary’s University College in
innocence, Jared sets out to find from his wife and daughter Calgary.
4 THE SOWER
HOW WE MINISTER
of this enterprise include employ- ensures more fundraising dinners.
from the Cathedral Outreach Committee
ment for the local community and
an increased source of protein in
You are invited to support the Pig-
gery by attending a dinner, hosting
the local diet. All financial pro- a dinner at your church, or buying
ceeds will go to support the Clinic. a pig (the going rate in Nigeria is
A Place for the Spirit in the our prayers. The first successful fundrais- $100 for parent stock). Please con-
Heart of the City - The Cathedral They are now completing ing dinner - pork was featured tact Peggy Morton at 246-1520 for
Church of the Redeemer congrega- a one-year residency program - was held March 1st. Its success more information.
tion is devoted to fulfilling this man- in Kenya, and then returning to
date but we are reaching beyond South Sudan to fulfill their mis-
ourselves by providing A Place for sion of practicing medicine in their
the Spirit in the Heart of Africa. homeland. Their presence will sig-
The Cathedral has been home nificantly impact the health care in
for years to a Sudanese Dinka An- South Sudan, which has a popula-
glican Congregation. In 2006, we tion nearing 10 million people and The Rev. Dr. Bode Akintade,
met a group of 15 men and women only 50 medical doctors. Three Director of the Christian Health
Center in Nigeria, during his visit Dr. Michael
who were born in South Sudan, mi- of the physicians are in a teaching to Calgary in 2005. in Juba with
grated to Ethiopia during the civil hospital in the South Sudan capital patients.
war and while in refugee camps, of Juba, others are in their home ple. Our members have visited the
were sent to Cuba for education. villages, and two are leaders with clinic, delivered medical supplies
War in Sudan delayed their return State health management. and helped develop organizational
home so they came as refugees to Our hearts and lives were strategies to improve efficiencies.
Canada. Here they worked at non- touched by our brief encounter In 2005, Bode visited with us to
medical jobs, but despite many with these remarkable people, and help celebrate our Centennial.
obstacles they were determined to we continue to hold them in our Last year, funds were raised to
return to their homeland and work prayers. support two micro-enterprise op-
as doctors. Our second African outreach portunities: bee keeping and snail
The University of Calgary and program involves a partnership farming. Proceeds from these busi-
Dr. Daniel with
Samaritan’s Purse Canada part- with the Christian Health Centre nesses support the Health Clinic. many patients and
nered to provide their medical up- Foundation in Idominasi Village, We are now responding to a few resources.
grading program. We joined this Nigeria. The Director, the Ven. Dr. request to fund a third, more am-
partnership by offering the group I Bode Akintade, is an ordained An- bitious micro-enterprise: the pro-
a spiritual home. They complet- glican Archdeacon who completed posed “Cathedral Piggery”. Under
ed our Alpha program and were
warmly welcomed into our church
family. When they completed
postgraduate training in obstetrics
and gynecology in England before
returning home to answer a call to
the direction of an agro-economist
and veterinary assistant, donations
will support the purchase of 40
by Leighton Lee Reflection
their upgrading in October 2006, minister to the Nigerian people. pigs and assist with the required If Easter is on the one some kind of ecclesiastical
the Rev. John Pilling officiated at In rural Nigeria, the Health building and operating costs. hand the most viscerally acces- formula. All we need do, all
a service of thanksgiving and the Centre provides health care and The pork industry is quite lu- sible Christian observance – all we can do, is live lives now
physicians returned to Africa with hope to hundreds of destitute peo- crative in Nigeria, and the benefits those fanfares and thundering which are, in some sense, lives
organs and chanting choirs and of resurrection. That is to say,
gorgeous robes – it is also, of if the resurrection means that
course, on the other hand the all of the darkness and corrup-
most evasive observance. The tion and despair which seems
whole resurrection story seems to characterize human life is
so implausible, so remote, so re- defeated – if even death is
moved from our present reality. defeated – we must make our
In fact the idea of a man (who lives Easter lives, which is to
was also God) who died and say we must live lives full of
then rose from the dead seems joy and hope and peace. But
so ludicrous that most people, in of course you and I can’t make
fact, now practice a benign form ourselves live Easter lives, we
of pantheism believing they can can’t force ourselves to be joy-
worship God just as well under ful and hopeful and peaceful.
the skies or on the mountaintop But what we can do is give
Finally back in his homeland or in beautiful music. ourselves permission to take
where he is able to do what he has But the Resurrection is not time away from the entire hub-
The fundraisers at pork dinner to support the Cathedral Piggery.
struggled years to do.
an otherworldly tale uncon- bub of daily life so that the truth
nected with our present – that of resurrection may penetrate us,
is to say human – condition. It seize hold of us and transform
is the basis and the means by us. Easter faith does not dissolve
which we participate in the life tragedy into comedy; the prom-
of Christ, a life that has now ise of light does not dispel the
been glorified, lifted and liber- darkness. To live by Easter faith,
ated from the strictures and with Easter expectation, is to be
limitations of earthly existence enabled to do, in the darkness,
and abides in indissoluble unity what Jesus did in Gesthemane:
with the Godhead. Christ’s namely, to sustain, in that dark-
resurrection is the revelation to ness, unswerving trust in God’s
us of what God has eternally invisible light. That is the power
purposed for humanity: our of the resurrection, the power
final goal, now made attainable which enables us to proclaim
because it was revealed and today, against all odds and in the
achieved by Jesus, who repre- face of darkness: Christ is risen
sents the truest human, though indeed. Alleluia.
one unmarred by human failing.
We are not asked to un- The Rev. Leighton Lee is
derstand resurrection in a kind Priest-in-Charge at the Cathe-
of scientific, forensic way; we dral Church of the Redeemer
Three young Medicine Hat volunteer soldiers with their mothers received a blessing
from All Saints congregation.
are not required to prove it by
HOW WE MINISTER THE SOWER 5
For several months some sored by our own Cathedral Church
members of our congregation have of the Redeemer on Saturday Feb-
been meeting with members of the ruary 23rd when Imam Syed So-
Muslim communities in the city’s harwardy of the Islamic Supreme
southwest and northeast. Our pur- Council of Canada and the Al Ma-
poses include becoming better ac- dinah Calgary Islamic Centre in
quainted with one another, our two the northeastern part of the city ad-
faiths and building bridges of trust dressed a small but interested body
between us. One of our initiatives of Christians of different denomi-
was the showing of the documen- nations. His abbreviated presenta-
tary ‘The Imam and the Pastor’ in a tion of ‘Islam 101’ was followed
downtown theatre on January 28th. by a question and answer period
It was attended by over 200 from a that exceeded an hour. Further en-
diversity of faiths, and much learn- gagements between the communi-
ing took place! The attendance ties are planned to follow.
of the story’s central characters, Should you wish further infor-
Imam Ashafa and Pastor James, mation or desire to become a part
former combatants in Nigeria, was of this venture please contact Keith
an added bonus as they answered and Joy Newman at (403) 208-
our many questions. 1602, or Michael and Sandra Prior Imam Jamal Hamoud (left) welcoming Imam Ashafa (middle) and Pastor James (right) to showing of the film.
A further initiative was spon- at (403)239-6575 The Imam and the Pastor about their inter-faith relationship.
their search for permanent status
Helping in the community. In summary the
benefits are too many to mention.
the These comments had a strong
effect on one particular person
Homeless who was there as a guest of one
of the Companions an unassum-
One Family ing woman who happened to be
in the right time at the right place.
at a Time She has no direct connection to the
Anglican Church, being a commit-
by David Stauft ted member of the Holy Spirit Ro-
man Catholic parish community in
In November 2006 at a meet- southwest Calgary.
ing with The Bishop’s Companions, She became a link among three
our Bishop Derek Hoskin spoke at elements: the Companions of the
some length about the plight of the Bishop, a purely Anglican organiza-
homeless in Calgary. More specifi- tion; the Inn from the Cold, a totally
cally he talked about the Inn from ecumenical organization dedicated
the Cold program, which is oper- to helping the homeless; and a Ro-
ated by a number of churches of man Catholic parish committed to
various denominations. its role of helping people.
It provides overnight accom- The next day she was in con-
modation in different churches ev- tact with her parish priest to sug-
ery night for families who would gest that perhaps Holy Spirit might
otherwise be on the street. Each
morning they are returned down-
consider taking on such a project.
He referred her to the parish’s Inn
Sri Lankan Women Press for Peace
town in order that the children can
go to school and the parent(s) to
from the Cold organization, which
enthusiastically accepted it. The
in The Midst of Chaos
their jobs. It is not generally known parish adopted a family in March by Keith Knight couragement and support to help tion. She says her organization has
that at least one parent of many, if of 2007. organize the advocacy movement. called upon the United Nations to
not most, homeless families is fully The net result is that 12 months In the middle of the chaos and In 1991, PWRDF brought to Sri send in peacekeeping troops. “I am
employed. They just don’t have the later the adopted family is now in- the turmoil, the women of Sri Lan- Lanka a delegation of 20 Canadian not optimistic about a peaceful so-
funds required for damage depos- dependent, and has “graduated”! ka are strong and resilient. This de- parliamentarians who added their lution to the present conflict,” she
its, etc. for permanent housing. Plans are now underway to adopt spite the fact that there is on aver- support to that human rights move- said this week.
He made the point that if 45 another family and perhaps two. age five abductions per day and ev- ment by visiting many parts of the The plight of women in Sri
churches in our city would each The question that immediately eryone is viewed with suspicion. country. They came in the middle Lanka has improved considerably
sponsor just one of these families comes to mind, is, “How many Kumi Samuel, director of the of intense internal conflict. in recent years, thanks to organiza-
on a permanent basis we could other parishes, regardless of de- Women and Media Collective in The Women and Media Col- tions such as the collective. There
substantially reduce, if not elimi- nomination, are prepared to rise Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a former lective has a 25-year history, dili- is a high literacy rate among wom-
nate, the need fo the Inn from the to the challenge of really making international partner on the board gently engaged in peace-building en, thanks in large part to free edu-
Cold program. a difference in another family’s (1997-2004) of The Primate’s and peace-making. That work con- cation. Most women in leadership
The bishop was quite passion- life?” The answer is one that you World Relief and Development tinues throughout the current civil tend to be about 30 years old, said
ate in his comments. He pointed can provide - one family at a time. Fund, spoke to staff at the national unrest where thousands have been Ms. Samuel.
out that such a move would help Let’s limit the number of homeless office of The Anglican Church of forced to flee their homes and vil- The collective mobilizes
establish each family with a hap- families one family at a time. Canada on Feb. 27. lages, where dissent is not tolerated women. It was instrumental in in-
pier, successful life in Calgary. For further information please She spoke of the long and and where there is a heavy policing troducing legislation on domestic
They could become part of a par- contact the diocesan office at (403) strong connection between PWRDF of civil rights groups. Neighbours violence, which was passed into
ish community, become friends 243-3673. and Sri Lanka, dating back to the are encouraged to spy on each law. Ms. Samuel continues to
with parishioners, and then in turn 1980s when PWRDF staff mem- other and to report any suspicious press for legislation offering land
would be able to network for a start David Stauft is married to bers would visit the country. That activity. rights for women, and encourages
of a more normal family life. The the woman so affected by the led to a vibrant mentoring relation- Ms. Samuel says media face greater participation by women in
emotional boost would also help in Bishop’s speech. ship where PWRDF provided en- daily censorship and intimida- the media.
6 THE SOWER
parish income that could be used to have trouble paying for the pro-
Stewardship calculate an amount of apportion- grams that they would like for
ment to be paid each year. Although their own parishioners?
by Stephen Koning, Director of
Finance for the Diocese
the formula has been adjusted since
then, it is the formula that determines
the amount of apportionment that
All parishes are asked to pay
apportionment as a sign that they
belong to a church that is larger
by Blake Kanewischer MOV I ES
Apportionment is the Anglican each parish is asked to pay. than themselves. The paying of ap-
Church’s way of “apportioning” or Apportionment is paid on an portionment is a tangible expression Driving Lessons (2006) is a and his wife’s. Robert preaches
sharing financial resources among annual basis. Most parishes pay of the idea that all congregations are well-crafted coming-of-age film, a benign, inoffensive, and
the different levels of the church monthly to even out the payments part of the Diocesan family. with some similarities to Harold borderline secular humanist
structure. Thus, parishes pay ap- during the year. For parishes that Why do some parishes pay and Maude. Ben Marshall approach to Christianity.
portionment to the Diocese just pay smaller amounts of apportion- full apportionment and others do (Rupert Grint) is the son of Laura’s faith is expressed very
like the Diocese pays apportion- ment, an annual payment or a series not, sometimes for many years? a Church of England vicar, differently. Which approach
ment to the Ecclesiastical Province of quarterly payments reduces the As explained above, the Roger, (Nicholas Farrell) and to Christianity appeals to you
of Rupert’s Land and the General amount of administrative time to amount of apportionment is de- an overbearing, perfectionist, more? Are they necessarily
Synod (National Church). In fact, process apportionment payments. termined by a formula. However, evangelical mother, Laura (Laura incompatible?
over 26% of Diocesan income goes The money goes to the Dio- a mathematical formula cannot Linney). Ben is quite repressed. Ben is a teenager, and
to pay apportionment to the Prov- cese to pay for (a) the Diocese’s account for the various situations Laura also has a penchant for Evie is a senior. At first, their
ince and the National Church. apportionment to the Province that parishes find themselves in helping people—including 70- relationship is constrained
Apportionment to the Diocese and the National Church; (b) the from year to year. Thus, there are something Mr. Fincham, who by the employer/employee
is paid by each of the parishes in provision of financial support to times when the Diocesan Execu- is living with the Marshalls. dynamic, but eventually evolves.
the Diocese. parishes, clergy, and lay people tive Committee recognizes that a When she suggests Ben get a What can we learn from an
Many years ago a Diocesan within the Diocese; (c) providing parish cannot pay the amount of job to help out about the house, intergenerational relationship?
Synod decided (by adopting a Can- financial support to various min- apportionment as calculated by he answers an ad for a personal Are we better off being friends
on – or Bylaw – regarding the pay- istries and groups in the Diocese the formula. In these situations, assistant to aging, slightly manic with those who, at first blush, are
ment of apportionment) that it was (e.g. the Refugee Committee, the the parish is granted a reduction actress Evie (Julie Walters). different from us?
through paying apportionment that Candidates Committee, the Sower, of apportionment. If the situation After dubbing him Evie nurtures a poetic
they (all the parishes) would fund the Campus Chaplaincy in Leth- requiring a reduction of apportion- “socially autistic,” Evie and / literary streak in Ben,
the operation of the Diocese. bridge, the Executive Committee, ment continues for several years, her young assistant embark culminating in a touching scene
Diocesan apportionment was etc.); (d) providing for the ministry then the apportionment paid will on a journey of discovery that where he reads his poetry to
set by a Diocesan Committee that of the Bishop and other Diocesan be less that the amount calculated takes them camping and along Evie. How do you nurture
assessed each parish with a certain Leaders (Executive Archdeacon, by the formula for a number of an improbable single-lane road your own artistic talents? Who
amount of apportionment that had to Secretary-Treasurer, Archdeacons, years. Parishes receiving appor- to Edinburgh. This journey incubates and encourages your
be raised by the parish and paid to the etc.); (e) the cost of the operation tionment reductions are encour- instills a love of poetry and talent?
Diocese. In the late 1980’s, the Di- of the Diocesan Office. aged to return to the apportionment literature in young Ben, leavened Laura and her cuckolded
ocesan Synod decided that it would Why should parishes have amount calculated by the formula with a healthy dose of life’s husband, Robert, raise Ben
be fairer to adopt a formula based on to pay apportionment when they as quickly as possible. indulgences. The chemistry in a very sheltered world (my
between these two actors is favorite line of the movie:
unmistakable [first observed “Mobiles [cell phones] cause
Refreshing A Successful Ministry briefly in the Harry Potter series]
but here their portrayals are
cancer!”). How do you strike
the balance between providing
In the March Sower, Barbara Simoes related how her experience at Storyline 2007, Canadian Youth Workers Conference in
pivotal and exceptional. a solid grounding for children
Vancouver BC will be translated into her combined youth ministry with SoulSERVivors at St. Michael’s Anglican and Ralph Connor
United Churches both in Canmore With this article, she completes her report.
The most astounding scene and exposing them to the world
of the movie occurs during at large? Ben takes a rebellious
by Barbara Simoes template different crosses, to reflect three aspects, spiritual, service and a church play in which Ben journey (despite his upbringing)
on scripture, use Lectio Divina, to social, to analyze the program’s has the demanding role of a with Evie—what rebellious
Doris Kizinna, Youth and Young listen to Taize chants and so on. A effectiveness; to determine rea- eucalyptus tree. Evie bursts into experiences played a significant
Adult Ministry, BC conference of the rich experience and over much too sonable accomplishments with the hall and proceeds to steal part in your life?
United Church of Canada presented soon. I am introducing this col- the existing resources (money and the show, which catalyzes the This movie pushes the
Engaging Youths in Spiritual Prac- lection of spiritual practices to the personnel) and adjust the program dysfunctional Marshall family PG-13 envelope with a notable
tice. She has been in youth ministry youth group. Their response has accordingly; to continue to pray into action. amount of profanity, in addition
for 20 years, and is passionate about been enthusiastically positive! for the youth program weekly and First-time director Jeremy to quintessentially British
creative worship, building com- The impact of this session on include updates regularly in the Brock, who also wrote the expressions. The film is worth
munity and creating sacred spaces Soul SERVIvors youth program newsletters and bulletin. movie, takes a straightforward watching for its exploration of
where all are welcome. will be to organize a spiritual prac- Youth ministry is one of the approach to the film, eschewing family dynamics and its ultimate
Christianity has a rich tradition tices session with the group and to priorities for our Diocese and I am special effects and technically message of hope and self-
of many prayer forms which allow use a different spiritual practice thankful for its financial support difficult shots. The approach realization woven in amongst
the participant to engage the senses, each time we gather. to attend the conference. Engag- complements the characters’ many classic literary works.
body, mind and heart. Too often A practical discussion of the ing youth within the context of the relationships nicely.
youth evenings just focus on activi- importance for open and clear com- church takes many forms and there I find several themes at play Blake Kanewischer regularly
ties that entertain while youth are munication within a church com- is no “one program fits all.” Attend- throughout the film. One set of reviews movies for The Sower
looking for a way to engage with munity centred on church and youth ing this rich and diverse conference under explored themes in the and in his fourth year of
the Spirit that is authentic to them. ministry politics. The success of a has helped me to refocus on priori- movie is the tension between Education for Ministry.
“Spiritual practices bring us program can be derailed by the dif- ties and to encourage me to keep Robert’s view of Christianity
closer to how God enters our lives. fering expectations of vestry and going – the kids are worth it!
Youth want to belong. Youth natu- the youth leader. Defining a youth
rally seek. Spiritual practices open a program, defining the role of the
space up for them,” she reminded us. youth leader, defining responsibility
To learn prayer is to experience for the three different aspects of the
prayer so Doris set-up stations with ministry, spiritual, service and so-
a variety of prayer forms. Atten- cial and creating criteria to evaluate
tion to detail and making the room the program were discussed. Youth
aesthetically pleasing is critical to leaders are often expected to be a
engaging the participant – reminis- committee of one, able to balance
cent of the mystery that Orthodox church objectives with youth needs
services provided. For 45 minutes while still fulfilling other roles in
we chose stations to learn and the community; hence the high rate
practice the Jesus prayer, to write of burnout and the fluctuating status
a letter to God, to open a box hold- of youth ministry in any church.
ing a great gift, to write a postcard The impact of the session on Irene Norman, former parish secretary at St. Augustine’s, Lethbridge chats
prayer, to color a Mandela, to con- Soul SERVIvors will be to use the with Bishop Derek Hoskin. They served together between 1973-1975.
DIOCESAN EVENTS THE SOWER 7
holding their “Butterfly Tea”, Sat- Anglican Church and an Asistant Those who are unable to attend
urday, May 10, 2008 at 1:00 - 3:30 Professor at the University of Cal- the entire conference are encour-
pm. Admission - $4.00. Call (403) gary whose specialty is the nature of aged to attend the Thursday eve-
244-0198 for information. religion. He has co-authored the book ning film and the Friday evening
Encountering Religion: An Introduc- worship. For more information
YOUTH/CHILDREN tion to the Religions of the World. contact The Rev. Anna Green-
FREE LISTINGS As he says “Religion is simply too wood-Lee at (403) 249-6184.
important for us not to be as fully April 2008
Generation 2008 deadline has been
extended to April 10. Please contact informed and aware as we can be of Stillpoint Pastoral Centre Pro- April 6 - In Our Diocese - Holy
Suzan Pedersen at the Synod office its pivotal and ongoing role in human grams For further information Nativity, Calgary, The Rev.
Eucharists at the Cathedral (403) 243-3673 ext. 103 or speder- history.” There will be two talks with and registration forms please Bryan Beveridge, The Rev.
Tuesday and Thursday at 12:15 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a guided walk, free time and lunch call your parish office or contact Kathy Ratuski
pm. Seniors’ Eucharist and tea is interested in attending. in between. Please join us at St. Mi- Stillpoint at (403) 282-5572 or Companion Diocese of
held the third Wednesday of each chael’s Anglican Church in Canmore. Stillpoint@holycrosscalgary.org. Windward Isles - Holy Trinity,
More Than a Band-Aid - provin- Desert Spirituality for the City
month. Short Eucharist begins at Contact Barb Simoes for registration Castries with St. Mary LaCaye,
cial conference on the hurting kid, Dweller A four week course in-
2:00 pm. Further information call at (403) 678-8749. Cost is $25.00. The Ven. Randolph Evelyn
youth, culture, mission June 6-8, volving teaching, prayer and dis-
the Cathedral at 269-1905.
2008. Cost $125.00. Speaker Mary The Alberta Pastoral Care Asso- cussion Thursday evenings, May April 13 - Our Diocese - St.
Invitation to Anglican Communi- Penner and worship leader Anthony ciation invites you to the 40th An- 15 - June 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Holy Augustine, Calgary, The Rev.
ty at U of C Anglicans are welcome Packwood. Contact Suzan Pedersen nual Conference entitled “Faith Cross Anglican Church, 2828 - 19 Jonathon Gibson, The Rev.
to join the University of Calgary, at the Synod office (403) 243-3673 Based Community Pastoral Street NW, Calgary. Cost: $85 per Ruth Lillington
Lutherans, United Church mem- ext. 103 or email@example.com- Care” to be held on April 14 & person. (Some subsidies are avail- April 13-19 House of Bishops
bers, Presbyterians, and Catholics as glican.ca for further information or 15, 2008 at The Executive Royal able. Please contact Stillpoint.) Companion Diocese - Grace
we gather for an ecumenical Taize registration forms. Inn, 2828 - 23 Street NE, Cal- Deadline: Monday, May 5. Church, Riviere Doree with St.
worship service, every Friday from gary. The keynote speakers will Paul and Christ the King, The
St. Martin, Calgary
12:30 - 12:50 in MSC 317A. Come be Steve Hill, Director of Mission Rev. Ashton Francis
April 19 (SATURDAY) Design 1: SPECIAL EVENTS
back to the Multifaith Chaplains’ for Alberta Catholic Health Corp.,
Parish Event 9:30am to 12 Noon April 20 - Our Diocese - St.
Centre afterwards (MSC 373) for the sponsor group on behalf of the EFM Open House experience a
Aligning values, structures and John the Evangelist, Calgary,
brown-bag lunch and discussion! Alberta Catholic Bishops for 12 session of Education for Ministry
mission with the ideal. Develop- The Rev. Michael Heidt, The
The Rev. Klaus Ohlhoff, Lutheran faith-based Catholic health care program (EFM) at St. Stephen’s,
ing achievable plans and steps to Rev. Canon Bob Greene
Chaplain at U of C. institutions in Alberta and the Calgary on Wednesday, April 16 at
make the vision a reality. Companion Diocese - St.
St. John the Evangelist Dialoguing What Should Be Rev. Bob Glasgow, Chaplain of 7:00 pm in the Canterbury Room. George with St. Vincent, St.
The Feast of St. Mark May 4 - Testing the Water: An in- the Rockyview General Hospital. St. Stephen’s is located at 1121 - 14 Peters, St. Luke and St. Alban
Solemn Mass with Rogation Pro- teractive “Liturgy of the Word” : the If you wish to receive a brochure Avenue SW. EFM provides a com-
cession, Friday, April 25, 7:00 pm World Café approach to dialogue and registration form for this con- prehensive, experiential education April 27 - Our Diocese - St.
Solemn Evensong and Benedic- Summer Season Design 2: Form- ference, please email Kelly at in the foundations and message Laurence, Calgary, The Rev.
tion of the Blessed Sacrament, ing working groups to develop Key firstname.lastname@example.org. of the Christian faith designed to Anna Greenwood-Lee, The
Sunday, April 20, 7:00 pm Strategic Directions/Ministry Goals equip persons to live out the min- Rev. Vic Cabel, The Rev. Don
Faith Engaging the Multi-Sen- istry to which all Christians are McLeod
The Feast of the Annunciation, September Deliver: Special par-
sory World and the Emerging called through baptism. For further Companion Diocese - St.
Tuesday, April 1, Low Mass, 7:00 pm ish meeting to review & commit to
Church A conference with the information contact Larry Nico- David and St. Paul, The Rev.
The Feast of St. George, Wednes- the Vision for Ministry and Strate-
Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, April 17-19, lay at (403) 239-4279 or Norman Clive Thomas
day, April 23, Low Mass, 7:00 pm gic Plan.
2008 at Woodcliff United Church, Knowles at (403) 254-3718.
Compline, every Tuesday, 8:45 pm
Calgary. This 3 day conference is
Sunday Masses at 8:30 am and CONFERENCES/RETREATS
sponsored by the Wisdom Centre What Makes a Good City? Ur- ANNIVERSARY
for Practicing Congregations - a ban Life and Faith in the 21st
Only traditional worship from the Stillpoint Pastoral Centre Pro-
ministry of St. Laurence Angli- Century at Chirst Church, Cal- St. Edmund, King and Martyr, An-
BCP/English Missal. For daily grams For further information and
can. The conference begins with gary - Dr. Elaine Graham, the glican Church, Calgary (formerly
Mass and Divine Office times registration forms please call your
a documentary film on Thursday Samuel Ferguson Professor of Pas- Critchley Mission) - Parish fami-
please contact Fr. Michael Heidt: parish office or contact Stillpoint
evening, all day workshops on toral Theology at the University of lies of Critchley Mission/St. Ed-
(403) 265-5072, Michael_heidt@ at (403) 282-5572 or Stillpoint@
Friday during the day, a multi-sen- Manchester, will speak on Wednes- mund are invited to share memo-
hotmail.com or visit website: www. holycrosscalgary.org. Christian
sory worship service on the Friday day, April 9 at 7:00 pm. This public ries and submit memorabilia as we
stjohnanglican-calgary.ca. Caving: Exploring the Cave of
evening and then workshops about lecture is sponsored by Education prepare for our 75th Anniversary
Your Heart A monthly journey in in 2009. Contact the 75th Anniver-
liturgy on the Saturday morning. for Ministry Canada and the Dio-
PARISH EVENTS prayer and Christian living Satur- sary Committee, 8336 - 34 Avenue
Both a brochure and on-line reg- cese of Calgary. For further infor-
day, April 5, 4:00-5:30 pm. Holy NW, Calgary, Alberta T3B 1R2.
istration are available on the Wis- mation contact the Rev. Dr. Nor-
Round Table Cooking Club: The Cross Anglican Church, 2828 - 19 Phone/Fax: (403) 288-6330 or
dom Centre website http:’’www. man Knowles at (403) 254-3718 or
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am Mass in the Cross Hall, St. John’s tion to Stillpoint is appreciated.
the Evangelist to learn and exchange (As a guideline, the cost of this
recipes and cook them. To join, please program is $10 per person.) No Special 2008 Dates
contact Chris Li at (403) 271-8588 or registration is required.
Check Your Calendar and Join February 5 • 5:00 pm Shrove Tuesday Supper
Spend a Day in the Rockies on Sat- March 1 • 6:00 pm Sock Hop
St. Mark and St. Philip Church, urday, April 12, with Dr. Tinu Ru- THE May 21 • 2:00 pm Founders’ Tea
1802 - 33rd Avenue SW, will be parell. Tinu is a member of All Saints
CHURCH June 14
1:00 pm Ivy’s Garden Party
12:00 pm Parish Picnic
OF THE July 6 • 8:00 am Stampede Breakfast
GOOD SHEPHERD September 6 • 6:00 pm Parish BBQ
As We Celebrate Anniversary Weekend Celebration
50 Years September 26 •
September 27 •
7:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception
10:00 am Children’s Fun Day
of Our Christian Journey!
• 5:30 pm Formal Dinner
(Strathcona Community Centre)
September 28 • 10:00 am Golden Anniversary Service
Bishop Hoskin officiating
Email: email@example.com November 22 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Christmas Bazaar
Phone: 246-8123 November 29 • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Advent Vigil
• 7:00 pm Advent Concert
8 THE SOWER
barded with things which are dark
The Way of the Cross by Cathy Fulton and heavy to handle....) or I could
This article first appeared in the Lenten Edition of The Carillon, St. Stephen, name, seek and claim the light (and
Calgary’s newsletter. Re-printed here with the author’s permission hope) which was behind it or be-
Some years ago, I was sitting to raise my head and my focus to yond it, somewhat further from my
vigil one Maundy Thursday, alone, view the cross, which by definition immediate focus and demanding
in an unknown building in the elevated my thoughts as well, and more from me, for in it I saw the
wee small hours of the night. Sur- thus I became comfortable and in light and hope of living as a person
rounded by darkness....I was soon tune with the stark image in front of the Resurrection.
mesmerized by the backlit cross in of me. Starting with Ash Wednesday,
front of me....up on the reredos of The simplicity of the outline the journey of our Lenten forty
the central altar. spoke commandingly to my spirit days, followed by Holy Week, of-
That backlit cross being the that my faith needed to be the sole fers us abundant opportunities to
only light in the vicinity, I aban- focus of my life, to be central to all deepen our faith journey and to
doned any thought of reading and my daily life and activities, to be more intimately join Our Lord on
my spirit was free to simply ‘be’ the core of my world. the walk of a lifetime: His walk to
in the moment and receive all that Lastly, as I focused on what the cross.
was unfolding. was truly capturing my attention, Shalom to all
Backlit as it was, the cross an epiphany was mine. As for each
seemed immense and demanding of of us, the choice was ever before The Rev. Cathy Fulton is associate
my attention and awareness. Pray- me: I could focus on the darkness priest at St. Stephen’s, Calgary
ing through my vigil hours, and and the ominous nature of the where she is pastoral care co-
those which followed, I needed cross (and who in life isn’t bom- coordinator.
✏ Worth Repeating
From St. Mark & St. Philip’s Website: www.parishofstmstp.com
There you will find this vision statement: The
Anglican Parish of St. Mark & St. Philip’s seeks
to be a joyful community of disciples who
visibly embody Christ’s love in all that we do.
And what caught our eye is this reference to
a sermon by the Rev. Tara Livingston, a deacon,
serving at St. Mark and St. Philip, Calgary.
Reporting back to the parish about the General
Synod, the young deacon had used the Bishop’s
charge as it applied to her parish. Using the
Bishop’s words as a launching pad, she then
challenged the parish to become a healthy
parish. And the parish responded.
What made its way to the website was under the heading,
Healthy Parish, Healthy Diocese.
A sole totally worn through. “I’m so delighted that there was such an
enthusiastic response to my sermon last week.
I asked about how we move forward towards a
healthy parish, so here is the list:
Do I have expectations about what happens at
church that are not being met? If so, how can
I explore what they are and take steps to make
Do I feel that I have voice within the parish
and a say in what happens here? If not, how
can I go about letting the leadership know?
Is this a place where I feel loved, comforted
and inspired? If not, what is missing for me?
If I am holding onto resentments or bitterness
about someone or a situation, have I been
careful to deal with them directly or have I
only complained to other people? And lastly,
What is my responsibility in creating a parish
family and environment that I am proud to be a
The Rev. Jagdutt Singh, priest at St. Barnabas, Calgary baked this
part of and would want my friends to come and
Simnel cake for Mothering Sunday. A traditional British celebration on the participate in?
fourth Sunday of Lent would bring those who worked away from their
parish home for a family visit. Simnel cakes are light fruit cakes with a Remember, this is all about you! There is no
“them,” there is only “us!”
marzipan icing and sometimes with 11 balls of marzipan to symbolize the
loyal apostles - excludes Judah.