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Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 8 Review of African Outreach One Family Meditation THE SOWER Spiderwick at a Time The Way of the Cross 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. On the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 COMMENT 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, From the Bishop 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- THE SOWER 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 faced with a situation that seemed the person is sharing The Story your story. and is a publication of the Diocese of Calgary. Opinions expressed in The Sower are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher. 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 EDITORIAL BOARD 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. 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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. AT THE 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. African Outreach 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 THEOLOGICAL 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 Open Hearts, Open Minds 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 NEWS/OPINIONS 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? AT THE 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 WORSHIP SERVICES 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org- 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 email@example.com. 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 10:30 am 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 Club meets on Saturdays after the 9:00 Street NW, Calgary. Cost: a dona- StEdmunds.Calgary@gmail.com. wisdomcentre.ca/events.html. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email email@example.com. 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 June 22 • • 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DIOCESAN NEWS 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 them happen? 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.
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