The topic arose during the council's fall meeting held here Sept. 12-14 and, according to National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, some dioceses are now in crisis with little or no budget to pay clergy. The council is a grouping of financially-assisted dioceses and areas from Canada's North."We need to explore ways of bringing this conversation to a larger authence, to raise the issue of finding ways to pay our clergy, both urban and rural," said Bishop MacDonald. "Everyone can play a small part in this - it's the mission of the whole church.""Years ago, seminarians could leave school with the understanding that they might not be paid right away, but had the promise that they'd be taken care of for the rest of their days. Today, new clergy don't have those options."
Almost half of northern clergy are non-stipendiary Kelly Fowler Anglican Journal; Nov 2008; 134, 9; Docstoc pg. 7 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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