www.bc.anglican.ca/~diocesanpost The Diocesan Post is published as a section of the Anglican Journal www.anglicanjournal.com ‘Sing a New Song’ The Bishop NEW John Bell pens a note about Columnist is coming to Victoria! TRANSITION Ian Powell Page Fifteen Page Five Page Thirteen DIOCESAN POST Diocese of British Columbia Volume 41, No 7 September 2007 EJC 2007 ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE CAMP Environment Justice Camp ~ Mending Creation ~ participants imagine themselves by The Reverend Ken Gray as a sustainable forest with Co-Chair Peggy Wilmot (front centre) as a fir tree. Justice Camp was for me as a priest a career highlight. I experience and practice The EJC 2007 ran for six days in May with over 60 participants priesthood through the lens of engagement. from across Canada and as far away as Australia. I develop and implement liturgical events, where people encounter and are transformed “Now that the camp is over, we are into by divine presence. something really exciting: the wave phase. The In our worship, in our study, when we potential exists for a nationwide eco-justice thrust our hands into the earth or salt water, youth movement; this being a not-so-humble little then we dug ditches or studied blueprints, we suggestion that crept into a few conversations and engaged in God’s mending of creation. wasn’t chased away.” Those who led and participated in EJC Anna-Maria Galante-Ward 2007 are forever changed. Activist & Journalist Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI So who mends creation? The One who created it? “I have been involved in a number of Or those who find themselves transformed environmental organizations, however this by it? is unique because it’s the first time I’ve ever In truth, there is a co-operation, God with looked at Ecojustice and spirituality together. I human, within creation. No human can produce plan to develop a program to educate about the a life-giving process which mends creation; interconnectedness of the ocean. I hope to use we must simply stop harming that which gives the skills I developed through the Shorekeepers us life! God alone brings growth, healing and program on the West coast. I feel encouraged both wholeness. as an activist and as a Christian.” As Walter Farquharson wrote many years Derrick Lovell ~ Student ago: University of Toronto God who gives to life its goodness … Give us now creative spirits, “I came to EJC to spend with a group who, Minds responsive to your mind” (CP 428) together study and learn from one another about our approach to environmental concerns in a “Mending Creation” was the sub-theme Christian context. Connecting with others who for Environment Justice Camp held in our believe in faith in action is powerful, encouraging, Diocese May 13th to the 19th. As we take stock, nourishing. I am going home reenergized and the question for planners is, how will such encouraged to continue in action. I also will strive mending occur, and were participants in fact, to continue to work towards more sustainable transformed? agricultural practices on our farm. I look forward The data is not completely assembled but to working with other Manitobans I met here at EJC some early responses include the following: – leadership on projects promoting environmental responsibility from a justice-based perspective. “In the face of the serious challenges The unique blend of youth and more seasoned we all share, the note of celebration which I participants is second to none. The immersion carried away was the theme of “abundance” experience is also second to none.” – living beyond sustainability into a life of Jan McIntyre ~ Anglican Farmer respect, simplicity, and gratitude. All in all, a Manitoba stimulating and challenging week, helping me to keep the greening of our ways at the forefront “My activity in Environmental matters in my of our agendas.” home community will become more active. I am Andrew Twiddy ~ Priest on an advisory group on Bowen Island that makes Three members of the ‘Shorekeepers’ group Diocese of BC See “EJC 2007” on Page Two... catalogue habitat at Cadboro Bay Beach Diocese of British Columbia Page Two September 2007 “EJC 2007” continued... recommendations to the local municipal “I want to know my environment academic centers to re-consider the SUMMARY council about proposed developments, better and discover how I can help place of humanity in creation, and to In sum, the camp was not without and our current council is interested change the situation on a Christian experience “earth” in a new way. shortcomings. I must say however, that in green building standards as well as perspective. During camp, my values 5. Members of the EJC leadership as I recover my strength after what sponsorship of affordable housing on our on the environment took a turn and I team will work with local First Nations, I consider a “career highpoint” that island. I hope to introduce a Shorekeepers learned a lot on interdependence. My with aboriginal leaders and teachers in the experience, outcomes, efforts and program on Bowen island. I appreciate activity in Environmental matters in programs around Spirituality and Water celebrations of the camp leave me proud the opportunity to participate although I my home community will become more and Cultural Restoration, these at the to be Anglican. Proud to be a person of have no organized religious affiliation. I active. My values have changed and invitation of Tsarlip elder, John Elliott faith. expect to benefit from hearing from I intend to save more, and waste less, and with the assistance of PhD candidate My moderate interest in science those who so and from the young people. and reprimand my environmentally Darlene Sanderson. grew, my social awareness was expanded, Always great to hear from the young.” unfriendly colleagues who waste and my connection with our global and Nerys Poole much. The information received was NATIONAL OUTCOMES local faith community deepened. Community Organizer useful and made me realize that even 1. The Justice Camp Initiative Camp fostered all of these Bowen Island, BC one person can make a difference and work continues with two future camps in relationships. Camp envirhed all these that our actions are responsible for the the development stage, one most likely relationships. “In returning home I hope to earth’s destruction.” in the North around issues of Culture, My original hope was to engage and reduce my ecological footprint in my Kujang Jessica Kandaru and one in the Maritimes around trade draw out the next generation of activists, community, home and church. The camp Student & Refugee from Kenya and economic issues and experiences. reflectors and leaders for Ecojustice in made good use of outside resource people; Halifax, NS 2. As the General Synod will our church and community. especially through presentations on the consider an amalgamation of the work I believe this has happened in part Salish Sea ~ a local ecological overview, There are more testimonies but of the Partners in Mission Committee through our efforts these past weeks. and a local manifestation of Al Gore’s An these can suffice for now. What about and the Ecojustice Committee, a new Profound thanks to Bishop James, Inconvenient Truth. Reflections like “the outcomes. Funders want measurable generation of faith-based activists, to the diocese and all funders for their tree exercise” and a focus on journaling, outcomes. Those who plan such events academics, organizers, and reflectors considerable support. were very good. also want to track action in response has been identified. A huge thanks and profound gratitude My small group focus was on to the provocation that such a camp 3. The disconnect between youth to my Co-Chair Peggy Wilmot, advocate, inland waters. We examined among provides. Here is an initial list of local, and folks in midlife has been addressed educator, organizer and friend. other things, Victoria’s Water service national and international outcomes and greatly reduced through this effective To Stephanie, Bob, Chris, and the system and worked with a organization from EJC 2007. pedagogical model. incredible Margaret Gibbs who produced called Stream keepers, a volunteer based 4. Through camp, social the finest “conference” food I have ever group that gathers data and restores and LOCAL OUTCOMES networking and regional strategic seen ~ thank you. maintains inland streams. 1. 14 locally recruited and trained planning is well underway and will be To our amazing immersion leaders So I was in gum boats and up to immersion leaders have now engaged in- monitored and supported over time who all have day-jobs and other my elbows in a creek measuring pounds depth an area of special environmental through electronic means. significant commitments ~ thank you. and riffles, water quality, assessing concern or activity on Southern 5. Portions of the camp will be To all those who “dropped in” with riparian zones, counting invertebrate Vancouver Island. televised on the religion program 100 gifts of wisdom and experience and populations. Other groups focused on 2. Through the presence and Huntley Street in due course; there were information ~ your words and actions environmental construction, power and activity of two UVic chaplains and the small features in local media as well. are greatly appreciated. energy, transportation, coastal waters & head of continuing studies at Royal 6. Articles are being written by And finally to all the participants, community planning. All Fascinating. Roads University, we have a closer camp graduates, for both secular and both local and ‘from away’ ~ your In it all, we stopped to think deeply relationship between our church and two church media, for parish newsletters and presence and exuberent participation about God’s place in all this: about post-graduate teaching institutions. NGO periodicals about the experience made the 2007 EJC a success that will creation, the land and water. Its spiritual 3. Through their involvement with and process of EJC. inspire me for years to come. dimension, its biblical foundations. I am EJC, as many as 20 local academics, Thanks be to God in the power of beginning to realize that our relationship activists, politicians, and faith leaders INTERNATIONAL OUCOMES the Spirit for all goodness and grace in with the earth is more than that of utility are acutely aware of the church’s role 1. The Justice Camp Model will and through EJC 2007. AMEN and stewardship. There is a fundamental and passion in connecting with our likely be exported to Australia and Editor’s Note: Beginning next connectedness, a rootedness. Creation environment in fresh and challenging elsewhere in the Communion. month for the next nine months there has an intrinsic value of its own. It has ways. 2. Camp “graduates” will likely will be Guest Writers providing their purpose. While we may think it needs to 4. Through our sharing of the six assist with hosting the forthcoming insight on the environment and the be restored, renewed and sustained, the Ecojustice principles, and through the meeting of the Anglican Communion planet and our interaction wth each earth also is healing.” curriculum developed by Dr. Christopher Environmental Network in Halifax, JS through editorials. This will be in Peter John Hobbs ~ Priest Lind, a model is now available for faith during May of 2008. addition to the Footprints Column that Diocese of Ottawa groups, public interest groups and will make it’s return next month. NEW Diocesan Post Email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org The following links can be found Diocesan Post on the Home Page of the Diocese of BC’s Web site. 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When we heard meeting with the many faces of eco- done, to ground this in our faith and love in Victoria, British Columbia? about the forthcoming Environment justice, taking time to give something for Creation and to take this back to our What could we have in common Justice Camp we decided that this back to the communities with which own communities. that would draw us to this camp? may hold the key to change so almost we interacted and focusing on what we It was interesting to note just how We are Anglicans. immediately committed ourselves to could take back with us. much work we all need to do on this. We are members of a diocesan coming. Ken Gray and Peggy Wilmot both Twice, as we traveled after the based Environment Commission. The Community immersion group reminded us that we need to work to see camp, had Anglicans say “This isn’t the goal received from Immersion Group inclination become reality. Anglican Church we know. Where is it We are part of a newly emerging leader Deborah Curran just made us all That is one of the key thoughts we happening?” Australian Anglican Environment the more certain that this was where we have brought home with us. This may not be an uncommon Network. should be. statement about our multi-faceted church So, we have a lot in common. “To share a vision of community Another is the need for us but it made us even more aware of Ken’s In Australia we saw Diocesan based on environmentally sustainable to redefine our meaning of concern that in taking back so much, Environment Commissions established and economically relevant principles environment. we ensure that we do our best to turn an in four dioceses in 2002. There are now of development… through engagement inclination into action that spreads. seven. with visionary planners… youth and The justice element is there We met so many wonderful people, In Grafton Diocese this involved two indigenous people.” but not explicit in the way the music was uplifting, the leadership parishes considering their environmental On our first day this “camp” that the Canadian Church team dynamic, the locations beautiful, impacts and implementing a range of concept was presented to us as a means and the Justice Camps we have been given so much to bring strategies to reduce this impact. At the of achieving the General Synod goal Initiative set it out in home with us we are truly grateful to diocesan level we produced a Green of developing a “dynamic, national, thought and action. you all. Handbook for parishes giving in point engaged, Christian community, Our sincere congratulations on form some hundred or more practical unapologetically faith based”. The Earth Bible project may be an an excellent model that seems to be actions we can take to reduce our impact This suggested we might find a Australian initiative but we had to come going from strength to strength. It will and contribute to a more sustainable key to a more explicit grounding of our to Canada to really get excited about it. certainly influence what we do in the environment. But we felt there was environmental action in our faith. The energy evident throughout future. something missing. The explanation of the camp the camp was truly inspiring, so many ~ Rosie Catt &Lyn Comben Following our study trip to the UK approach appealed, designed as it was people of all ages and backgrounds Grafton Diocese, Australia Engaging an Inconvenient Truth... by The Reverend Andrew Twiddy We confess that the Spirit is involved St. Edmund in recent months, including Under the local and vibrant in the ongoing work of creation, and this a viewing and discussion of the movie leadership of Peggy Wilmot has implications for our understanding “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore. and Ken Gray ~ the Rector of of our relationship as humans to the Special thanks are due to the The Church of the Advent world around us. Robert Mercer, Penny Mercer, and in Colwood, this program more The topic of the environment, and Catherine Watson-MacDonald for their than met my expectations in our care for it, is at the forefront of contributions to the leadership of these terms of the quality and breadth popular consciousness in a way and to a events, and to the work of greening our of the participants, the rich degree that it has rarely been before. parish. diversity of programming and No politician can afford to ignore People are saying what do we do exposure to and awareness this any more. next? of varied issues surrounding The Reverend Andrew Our national church is in the process I would like to share my recent environmental stewardship, and Twiddy in discussion with a of combining its EcoJustice committee experience of “Mending Creation: an our responsibility for the care of Environment Justice Camp”, a week- the planet, “this fragile earth, fellow participant during the and its Mission committee ~ a way of saying that these two things are much long program designed by the EcoJustice our island home”. Environment Justice Camp more closely related than we have said committee of the national Anglican There was a balance of in the past. Church, based on the UVic campus and participants from across the country, between those from BC and those from Locally, we have held two public involving various other locations in and almost equally divided between those elsewhere. forums within the parish of St. Anne & near to Victoria. over 30 and those under 30, and See “Engaging” on Page Four... Diocese of British Columbia Page Four September 2007 “Engaging” continued... There were also a few international John Elliott, a teacher and an elder The messages from the academics One key learning for me was to representatives, and a few non-Anglicans, of the Saanich band opened the event we had a chance to speak with are... practice decision-making using the in addition. in drumming and prayer in the gardens triple-bottom line approach: For those of us in the retirement at UVic. It was quite stupendous to be • Climate change is already here, belt of church life, it is so good and warmly greeted by someone who is one and it is going to get worse before 1. What is the impact financially? encouraging to see young people so of 18 remaining speakers of his language it gets better, and by this we mean 2. What is the impact in terms of actively participating in the life of and who carries the stories of the earth several generations. human and social development? the church. In addition to the formal on which we all in this diocese live and • The considered opinion of the 3. What is the impact in terms program, there was good down time for make our living. physicist and economist we dealt of ecological impact and the people to network and make friends and long-term stewardship of the connections that will endure into the environment? future. In the context of group presentations In the face of the serious challenges and small-group discussion, we we all share, the note of celebration examined various theological principles which I carried away, was the theme of of EcoJustice, emphasizing the “abundance”. To find a way of living interconnectedness of all things, the beyond sustainability into a life of intrinsic worth of all creation, the mutual respect, simplicity, and gratitude. care offered by humans and other parts of All in all, a stimulating and the creation, and engagement in faithful challenging week, helping me to keep resistance to injustice and abuse. the greening of our ways at the forefront Work here was based on the “Earth of our agendas. Bible Project”, a forum of biblical One suggestion is the signing of study coming from South Australia, petitions and contacting our elected and emphasizing the way that the earth leaders to press the issues of climate itself has a voice in Scripture, and may change. And, here’s one Web site that especially be trying to speak to us now! An Immersion Group is engaged in discussion seems to be doing influential work in We had lively liturgy, with strong on the lawn of the UVic Interfaith Chapel affecting world leaders, with the specific musical leadership from the band of link to their climate change email musicians and vocalists at the Church of I participated in an immersion with was that we need to bring petition, which I have signed is... the Advent. group which was dealing with the effect nuclear energy back to the table. www.avaaz.org/en/climate_g8/tf.php In the Eucharist, held in a circle in a of climate change on the use of power • Carbon-use taxation, combined church gym, we made moving confessions and energy. Other immersion groups with reduced income taxation, This is a brand new venture in our to our misuse and poor stewardship of looked at the effect of climate change would be a more effective long- region for you to inspect as well... the earth, and we reconnected to the on buildings, transportation, community term control on emissions. www.greeningspace.ca earth through symbol, prayer, scripture, development, coastal and inland waters, • There are creative local ways to It is an electronic gathering place and music for the healing of creation. and land and forests. conserve energy and use off-grid for Anglicans of BC and the Yukon Among our site visits was a hydro sources, and these are beginning who share a passion for the stewardship The First Nations component plant at Jordan River, and also we looked to become more mainstream. of creation and are prepared to pledge to the program was strong, at alternative forms of off-grid energy • Solar panels are expensive action in its care. vital, and a reminder that and ecological building designs. because they require manual the non-Aboriginal people We participated in lectures and labour and take nearly a year to Let all creation sing God’s praise! especially, have much to discussions with UVic professors make, counting the development Let the voice of the Earth be heard! learn about stewardship involved in the economics and physics of silicon crystals. from First Nations’ ways of energy. Sincerely, and stories. Andrew + Church of the Advent in Colwood plays major role in EJC 2007 The Environment Justice Camp 2007 ~ Mending Creation ~ was hosted primarily by the parish of the Church of the Advent in Colwood. Since the end of the camp the reports and feedback being submitted have been generous and very enthusiastic. The Justice Camp achieved a high degree of engagement between campers and our local environment, between participants from all over Canada and even two from Australia where the camp will likely be repeated ~ all supported by an army of volunteers who seemlessly coordinated their efforts to make the camp a resounding success. Immersion groups built cob houses in the Highlands, worked at the EcoVillage at EJC 2007 Participants after a banquet Shawnigan Lake, studied selective logging projects in Cedar, toured the Race Rocks at the Church of the Advent Marine System via Zodiac speedboat, were from Church of the Advent ~ Maureen Garry, Wally Eamer and toured the Dockside Green development in Sharleen Thompson. Bob Stevens organized logistics, Stephanie Deakin downtown Victoria and learned the craft of was the camp registrar, Monica Gurzinski assisted Ken on a daily basis habitat inventory and restoration at two sites with vital tasks as requested with great energy and Rohan Rupf from the in Gordon Head. parish was one of the camp participants. Other volunteers drove before, Ken Gray, rector of the Church of the during and after camp, a small army worked in the kitchen, handled Advent co-chaired the project with Peggy preparations throughout the church and hosted overnight billets. And, Wilmot. He had attended the previous camps the parish band led music for worship on the Monday night!! in Winnipeg and Ottawa and was able to Rector’s Note: Profound gratitude and thanks to everyone who utilize the individuals who organized those participated in so many ways!! ~ Ken Gray as well as his first hand experience. Editor’s Note: EJC Co-Chair Peggy Wilmot organized a giant The next camp in Canada will likely card with the camp participant’s signatures to thank all parishoners be on the shores of James Bay in Northern of the Church of the Advent for sharing their rector with the camp EJC 2007 Participants Quebec. and for their support of Ken in the long months of preparation at the Church of the Advent Of 7 immersion group leaders, three leading up to camp. Diocese of British Columbia Page Five September 2007 TRANSITION... July 1, 2007 saw us welcome The Some of the recommendations of Into this time of transition and Reverend Gary Nicolosi, his wife the DMRT Report to Synod have been resulting stress, comes Gary. Heather, and their daughter Allison to implemented, and all are being considered the Diocese of British Columbia from as the work of the Implementation Team • Is he the ‘Saviour of the World?’ the Diocese of Newark in the United continues. It continues because the “No.” States. Gary has begun work among findings of the DMRT served notice to • Is he the one, in Deuteronomy us as Congregational Development us that we have to change. 30:11-14 ,“who will go up for us Facilitator. New country, new home, Thus, our time of transition. to heaven, and bring it” or “who new community, new neighbours, new Many of us knew that we needed to will go over the sea for us, and diocese, new church, new job, new… change how ministry is carried out by us bring it?” “No.” new… new… a major time of transition. as a Diocese. We knew this, but have not • Is he someone who will Bishop James Cowan Times of transition, even when been sure what to do about it. supply the answers to us, and, they are happy times, are times of high Some of us have been frustrated by seemingly like magic, transform the following year, yet others. As well, stress. struggle for survival, we have denied the Diocese of British Columbia through a variety of workshops and Even when there is much that is need to change, we have been angry into what God calls us to be? training events across the Diocese, and familiar the learning curves are high, at having what we have said about “No.” through the ability to contact him at the expectations abound from all sides, and ourselves reflected back to us, we have Diocesan Office, each of us will have stress can run rampant. Many of us are nit-picked at minor details, and we Gary is a man of faith, a man of opportunity to work with him, worship familiar with this, and some of us are have tried to negotiate with whoever prayer, a man with training, and a man and pray with him, learn with him, immobilized by stress run rampant. we could get to listen. Others of us are of experience, who will work with us and act with him for the extension and still seeking, wondering what we are in this time of transition. Gary does not well being of Christ’s Church on these Stress can, however, be able to do, immobilized, and waiting for have the “answers” to all our questions, Islands. focused, channelled, and someone to come and do something with but he can certainly help us to focus on I look forward to all of this. used for good. or for us. the questions which need to be asked and Yet others of us have heard the acted upon. And he will work with us. I welcome Gary, and his family, to This Diocese is in a time of DMRT, and have acted, in some cases, This in itself is an energizing thing; the Diocese of British Columbia, and I transition. with surprising, but laudable swiftness and a way in which our stress as a commend them to your prayers. to the concerns raised, and renewal of Diocesan Community, and as individuals The Diocesan Ministry Resource spirit and of energy is evidenced among in it, can be focused, channelled, and May we all in this time of transition Review Team did its work, presented its us. used for good. be blest by God, and used for His glory. report and recommendations to Synod, Ways to harness and focus this Over the coming year (2007/2008) received approval for their work from energy and spirit are being sought. Gary will be working with specific Synod, requested Action Plans from There are very few of us who want parishes and areas which have been Parishes, and assisted in the process nothing to change in any way which designated for specific attention. A for the hire of the Congregational will directly affect us, maintaining an different list of parishes will be named Development Facilitator. attitude of “not in my back yard.” as his primary focus in 2008/2009, and The Journey Continues… of Change, is an in-between time when much a part of the seminary again. How the retreat. The retreat is at Bethlehem the old is gone and the new has not fully great though, that in the middle of the Centre in Nanaimo and Paula and I arrived yet. For me it is unsettling and I packing and readying myself for my find that we have a wonderful space to try not to be anxious. ordination, I am able to study something ourselves. The retreat is five days and I One of my life verses comes from that I am passionate about. More plans to consider it one of the amazing blessings Jeremiah 29.11: “For I know the plans I give me hope! of my summer. have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to On my return from summer school, As the retreat ends and I am only prosper you and not to harm you, plans I busy myself with packing and more hours away from my ordination, I am to give you hope and a future.” packing. It seems that we have done a excited and anxious and sad all at the I read this verse often, trusting that lot of that this year and I am glad that same time. The Reverend all will be well. we will settle for several years before we And soon the plans become known start this again. I use the labyrinth to Kathy Hoodikoff to me. My curacy is arranged and I am Before my thoughts can turn toward consider all these events and on the day going to Christ Church Cathedral. This the move and my ordination, I have quickly find that journeying is exciting and scary all at once. Many volunteered as Chaplain at Girls Camp the labyrinth is a metaphor of her ordination! times I have been in the Cathedral; at at Camp Columbia and so I head off for for my own journey. Synods and when visiting Victoria over a a week to do that. Camp was amazing… So three years of schooling and my weekend and I have often wondered what 58 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 So many parts of my life are ending; convocation all have come and gone! As it would be like to serve at the Cathedral. and we had fun! my life as a layperson, my life in Campbell I returned home in May, I felt very much I am excited that I will find out! I had no time to anticipate or agonize River, my life as a seminarian. like a young bird that is sent from the Very quickly, Doug and I must over what the plans held for me. It seems I have not properly grieved nest to fend for themselves. The lessons arrange housing in Victoria. This is not I returned from camp so encouraged the loss of these things and yet it is hard have all been taught and now the young an easy task and it looked at times like by the work being done at camp and by to grieve as so many excellent plans are chick (in this case, old bird) is on its we may not find anything. But then the the remarkable cabin leaders and camp coming into my life. own. plans again became clear and we end up staff. This is an amazing ministry and I My new life in Holy Orders; my This really is a time of a change and with a splendid apartment on St. Charles certainly see God’s plan in this work for new life in Victoria, a city I have always all that goes with it; there is the letting Street! Plans for a future! hope and a future! wanted to live in; my new life as clergy go and the anticipation of the new. This summer that I thought would Back home again and back to at the Cathedral; a new phase in my What will the new be? be lots of rest and relaxation, starts to packing but only for a few days as I now writing for the Post as a curate. The old is passing away and yet the fill up. I had decided to take a course at head off for my pre-ordination retreat. As this new journey unfolds, I look new has not started to unfold. summer school in Celtic theology and so My retreat leader, The Rev. Paula forward to sharing with you about my This middle space: a second in early July, I find myself back at VST Porter Leggett, was my field education ordination and the work that I will be phase of change called the Neutral (Vancouver School of Theology). This supervisor as I attended St. Faith’s doing at the Cathedral. Zone according to Bridges in his book too is nostalgic as I stay back in my old parish in Kerrisdale during my time Plans for hope and a future! Managing Transitions, Making the Most residence at Sommerville, and feel very at seminary and now joins me to lead The Reverend Kathy Hoodikoff began as Curate for Christ Church Cathedral on August 15th and will continue as a regular columnist for The Diocesan Post! Diocese of British Columbia Page Six September 2007 Letters to the Editor Some would say that nothing was left out at all. These are the words of God written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit and it’s all we need. Yet, Dear Editor, Dean Elliot, stating clear support for while the scriptures contain “all things If we are to put the subject of human proceeding with SSB now, and the other, necessary for salvation”, they are not the sexuality to theological consideration Bishop Matthews, in full support of SSB total revelation of God. we must return first to fairness and but, for reasons of Church unity, believes I’m still curious. tolerance. Though we may find what we should wait. We could call these the I am curious to know why John was are called orthodox, conservative or activist positive and the pastoral positive inspired to write that verse at the end of biblically straightforward convictions for SSB, or the micro-pastoral and the his witness. Perhaps he was telling us in letters to the editor of the Journal or macro-pastoral positives if you will. there is so much more to discover and our own Diocesan Post, it is rare to find Where was the voice of opposition? was encouraging us to keep searching. articles that counter Same-sex blessings Is this voice too old and tired? The Good News of salvation (SSB) in the body of these publicans. Is a voice in opposition to SSB through Christ cannot be limited to the Why? categorically negated for political or written words of the Evangelists because For whatever the reasons, the official spiritual reasons? “God’s power, at work in us, is able to narrative of our community is being It is often said that we have been The Reverend Jack Rose accomplish much more than we could shaped towards SSB. talking about this for 30 years and ever ask or even imagine”. Those who do not think this is the correct move for the Church are nothing new has been said for 10. Why should one voice and not the Unwritten The “God in a box theory” does not allow for such dynamic action. increasingly marginalized intellectually. Yet, for all the official silencing of opinion, there is persistent inconsistency other be silenced in such an impasse? Are we so convinced of the moral progress narrative in our community Truth Trying to place everything we believe within neat, tight boundaries may be simple and comforting but it is in our communal decision making on the that it is simply time to select out the “Jesus did many other things as hardly reality. issue. Though the strategy, conscious or aged teaching lest it hinder us too long? well. If every one of them were written These were some of my thoughts not, of framing the debate will likely I cannot help but wonder how our down, I suppose that even the whole as I listened to the presentations and bring the desired result eventually. votes might turn out if we allowed world would not have room for the books discussions of the Special Synod. We Take the ‘poll’ from our special an official voice to rational-spiritual that would be written.” John 21:25 have so much to learn about the wonders synod in June. opposition to SSB. That’s quite a claim when you think of the kingdom that are not written. As Out of 5 choices given to express If we are serious about sorting about it. I wonder what was unwritten St. Paul said, “now, we see through a opinion on SSB, one was a clear positive, sexuality out theologically, and I have that Jesus said and did that would help glass, darkly”. We yearn for that time 3 were soft positives, and one a hard heard this opinion from both sides, we us in the year 2007? when we shall see all things clearly. negative. A balanced poll would have will need to allow all reasoned opinions Was there something about the In the meantime, we must listen had one hard positive, one soft positive, a place at the table. If we only mean that environment; same-sex relationships; the carefully to the whisperings of the one neutral, one soft negative and one we need to generate solid theological equality of women; colour discrimination; Holy Spirit. As promised, the Spirit is hard negative. grounds for SSB, we have lost both the origins of the universe? revealing to us those things that are not Too much was made of this poll for tolerance and rationality. We can only speculate. And we do. written but are truths nonetheless. Some a vote as to whether we should send a Some say we have talked too long Speculate that is. of these truths may surprise us while memorial to GSoC stating support for about this, I think we have barely begun We presume to know the mind of others may follow logically from what SSB was taken from the floor, the Chair to scratch the surface. Unless we have Jesus by the few words and actions we believe to be the mind of Christ. did not even need to call for a count. the courage to bring the underlying contained in the New Testament. I hope that I can continue to listen This means no more than 40% were in theological principles that divide us out To be sure, the Gospel writers and, as Bishop Matthews said, “to stay support. We clearly have a large segment into the light of day, we will be halted by recorded those events and sayings that at the table”, because I do not know that votes inconsistently on the issue. an uncertain unity. were most important to them and to their through which brother or sister in Christ The official speakers at the Synod age, but I am curious to know what was the Spirit will be revealing an unwritten reflected the ‘poll’; we had one speaker, ~ Scott Henthorn, Victoria left UNwritten. truth. Homosexuality: compulsion or not The following Letter to the Editor not some kind of learned, or deliberately problem and asked if it was safe for me That should stop them. was submitted by Dr. Ellis, Ph.D., chosen sinning perversion. to use their computers. They said they Let me explain. R.P.Biois who is a parishioner at St. It is widely believed that learned, could handle the problem, so I started Experimental biological science Dunstan’s Church, Gordon Head. He or perversely chosen, behaviour can be again. uses test and control subjects, and can was a lay delegate to the Diocese’s rectified in some way. If this is so, then A summary of what I found prove that certain consequences follow Synod in June, is a retired Professor for homosexual inclinations, the person follows: from certain actions. An example is of Biological Science, and a Registered could be returned to being a “normal” First of all though, take note that the use of what are called double-blind Professional Biologist. heterosexual. there are procedural difficulties. I did get experiments. Sets of sick patients are Editor’s Note: ‘Googled’ means As a biologist, who had not some scientific articles with Abstracts given either a test chemical (chosen ‘to search the internet using a search researched the issue professionally, I of the content. These were very useful. from a theory about its potential engine called GOOGLE’. figured it was time to do so. This article But I also got book advertisements, antibiotic action) or a placebo, and they Recently our parish had the relates what I discovered. and references to other articles, which do not know which they have taken. The opportunity to view the Diocese’s DVD First I Googled “Genetics when I tried to reach them, the computer experimenters also do not know who is on Same-Sex Unions. We had a group Homosexuality” and got some links required me to sign in and pay for the getting what. Someone else has prepared of 10 parishioners gather in our house, that looked interesting. It appears, from privilege. the two sets of pills, to look identical, view the DVD, pausing and discussing what I started to read, that there is some Also there were some strange and labeled them by random numbers. as requested. We had animated, but not evidence for a genetic basis, based on messages, which suggested to me that The results may, or may not, prove intemperate, discussions, which stayed what I call “Observational Science” as the library computer was coping with that the theoretically chosen antibiotic more or less on the questions posed by opposed to “Experimental Science” (I’ll more troublesome attacks by viruses. can work. If antibiotic action is proven, the DVD, and on time (about 2 hours). explain those terms later). But I had to Before digesting the documentation, then the theory about the chemical is However, there was some stop googling, and won’t try it at home I had to clarify for myself how the changed to: the chemical will be an disagreement between us on the genetics again, because someone had put a virus differences between two forms of effective antibiotic in the real world, not of homosexuality, and the significance of into one of the links. My computer’s science, experimental and observational, just under test conditions. science to the issue. For example, some security system went frantic, cut in, and would apply to this issue. Then observational science takes confidently maintained that a genetic cleared out the virus. Especially, how do the two scientific over. basis for homosexuality had been So be warned: it is dangerous to methods approach theorizing and proof. Observational science does not try to proven, and others, equally confidently, your home computer to search for the There is no one scientific method! prove a theory but uses it to predict, and that it had been disproven. Someone scientific evidence on the extent of Don’t be taken in by non-scientists monitor, what should happen with another commented that science was irrelevant genetic influences on homosexuality. who say that Science has proved or application in the future. If monitoring to the issue. Presumably some extreme homophobe disproved something. shows that the prediction didn’t work, The point about genetic origins for out there is trying to stop us researching Ask them for details, and try asking then the theory is inadequate, or may homosexuality is that if there is a genetic, the issue. whether was it proven or disproven by even be taken as disproven (wholly or in hence compulsive, basis for it, then it is So I went to a library, explained the experimental or observational science. See ‘compulsion’ on Page Seven... Diocese of British Columbia Page Seven September 2007 DANCING WITH DIRTY FINGERNAILS AT THANKSGIVING There was a time a decade or two services where he was a chorister. The I eat meat but have only once ever been in total night darkness? Has a ago when one could see liturgical dance children had to memorize the Collect participated in the slaughter of an failed crop ever caused you to experience as part of worship services. for each Sunday; that he did without animal. hunger or even the fear of it? Beautiful young women wearing difficulty. “I would jump to my feet and Though we may indulge in a little In other parts of the world, Anglicans wide satin skirts would perform simple gabble word-perfect, the half-page of nostalgia about the good old farm live with these realities. steps while using their arms and hands sonorous syllables. It came through the days (which never were all good), our The earth “continues to yield her expressively to music. eyes and out the mouth and left no trace agrarian-based festivals are a vestige of increase”, praise God! It didn’t last. of its passing.” a past which will not come again. Most of us have very little to do with Maybe the repertoire was limited I don’t believe him entirely; his Should the church still follow the it except as consumers. or we tired of it because it was not command of the language as a writer plough? My mother, born during WW I, tries participatory? suggests those sonorous words did leave What’s the alternative? to describe what it was like to taste the Nevertheless, didn’t we sense a trace. Structure our liturgical year around Spring’s first fresh greens. the rightness of it: dance as a form of The life and liturgy of the village Back-to-School sales, Halloween, A delight we can hardly imagine, our worship. was a seamless conjunction of ancient Christmas shop-and-eat, Hockey season, salads being trucked up from Mexico all agricultural practices with pagan (“of January Sales, Valentine Day, Mother’s year round. “Dancing unto the Lord” is the field”) ceremonies and values. Day, Go-south-for-sun Season and Lawn For our African brothers and sisters, as ancient as civilization, an Christianity was an overlay but no Mowing Season? much closer than we are to the life of archetypal cross-cultural one worried about it or tried to split the We’ve distanced ourselves from our the land, our situation must be hard to human response to the joy seam. “The church followed the plough”; earth roots and what replacement will imagine. of life and the mystery of the Christian festivals were intertwined satisfy our souls? As hard as it is for us to imagine the creation. with the seasonal cycles. The web, malls, cruising? village life of Dorset a century ago. In this Diocese, most of us live in an Seems a little flat, doesn’t it? Many of us are not in a position to How far have we come from those urban world and can go from year to year Our agricultural based liturgical grow our own produce but everyone can roots and is it to our benefit? Could we without pulling a year seems flat dance! dance communally as worship? Maybe carrot or seeding now to young September is the start of a new we need to invite a delegation of African wheat. There are people, secular or year. January may be the chronological Anglicans to come to our Diocese and young people of Anglican alike. start but now is when we make new teach us. Move the pews at Harvest my acquaintance If you’ve never plans, schedules and prioritize our Festival and circle dance around the who could not tell seen a shepherd or commitments altar? you in what months walked through Here’s my top two: I’m going to In CIDER WITH ROSIE, The a farmer plants or a wheat field or plant some winter kale seedlings and at English poet Laurie Lee gives an harvests. Many city pressed grapes or Thanksgiving I intend to do some body exquisite account of his growing up in dwellers could not taken honey from movement during the hymns. a Dorset village almost a hundred years tell you the phase a hive, the poetry Join me; a communal dance with ago. It was essentially a pagan life. of the moon without and narratives of earth under our fingernails! This is even though he and his family checking the night scripture may not Editor’s Note: Hannah was The faithfully attended Sunday school and sky or consulting resonate in you. Greater Victoria Public Library’s “Poet both morning and evening Sunday church the web. Hannah Main-van der Kamp Have you of the Month” for July 2007. ‘compulsion’ continued... part) and has to be re-formulated in some normal heterosexuals to see if they Apparently homosexuality occurs It is presumably more difficult to way. So if the example antibiotic which become homosexual. unusually frequently among the last overcome such a physiological compulsion worked in the test doesn’t work in a real In other words you can never prove few children of families with all (say 3 than if the behaviour was learnt or chosen population then the theory that it will the genetic basis for homosexuality in or more) of the same sex. The maternal for perverse gratification. do so is inadequate, or even disproven humans (although you might be able to biochemistry presumably reacts to the Learned behaviour can often be depending on the precise wording of the do so with animals such as rats – animals series of same-sex gestations, such that unlearned by one or other simple forms of theory. do such things. I have seen cows mount later fetuses can have biochemical and de-conditioning. Even DNA, or other modern genetic each other, and I can tell the difference neurological embryology leading them Inherited, or embryologically induced, or biochemical, testing is observational between a bull and a cow). in later life to direct their sexuality to behaviour may be unchangeable. science monitoring. But even if you can’t prove their own sex. Hence if same-sex love is expressed It is highly technical rather than homosexuality has a genetic basis, you For information on the biochemistry in socially compatible ways, through long- simply visual, but still is observational can accept a theory that there is a genetic of love (heterosexual only) see the term, committed, caring relationships, our not experimental science. basis for it. National Geographic Magazine of society might actually be better off rather It was by observational science Observational science might later February 2006. than implementing a culture of hounding that Darwin developed and checked support or disprove the theory. The perpetuation of homosexuality homosexuals. the theories of evolution and natural There has been no such disproof to over thousands of years in many So in conclusion, to me there is fairly selection. The theory potentially can date as far as I know. widely different social cultures, in strong, scientifically documented, support be proved wrong, or incomplete, by Numerical data, documented by spite of widespread, often murderous, that there is a physiologically compulsive observational science. observational science, shows a tendency disapproval also gives support to a basis for homosexuality in some people. For example, if ever human fossil that if one member of a family is physiological compulsion for it. We should act accordingly. bones were found in the fossilized homosexual there is a higher probability Why would anybody learn, or choose stomach of a carnivorous dinosaur, the than random chance that others will be. to do something, if they knew that they ~ Derek Ellis, Ph.D., R.P.Bio long-standing theories of the timing of The same applies to identical would be killed if found out? evolution would be disproven, and we twins. Also, at least one chromosomal But people are so odd, maybe some Editor’s Note: Dr. Ellis I would like would have to rethink that timing. abnormality has been found in people do make those choices. to extend our thanks to you for the time The theory that homosexuality is homosexual twins. All this seems to me So, what does a compulsive (and trouble) you took in researching genetically based has to be supported or to support the theory of some genetic biochemical basis for homosexuality this from a scientific point of view. This disproved by observational science. basis. (Note the “some”). mean for the church’s issues with same- has certainly added a new dimension We can’t do the appropriate kind There is another aspect of compulsive sex blessings? It means that some people to the discussion which will in fact be of proving experiments on humans, homosexual behaviour. Homosexuality will have a compulsion to be attracted to continuing for years to come. such as doing a double blind transplant may be physiologically compelled a same-sex partner rather than a partner The Diocesan Post welcomes all experiment of a suspected gene into without having a direct genetic cause. of the other sex. letters and all points of view. Marketing to Christians ~ Is it okay? When I go in to the Christian I’m pretty sure this can People started giving me very ugly Christians were getting a bit uppity in bookstore, I’m struck by the fact safely be added to the list religious artifacts, well meaning people their statements. They were not upset that Christians are now marketing to of things Jesus would not who thought that as I was a Christian I about their goddess getting usurped, Christians and using the fact that we be thrilled with about our would like it. what they were really upset about was share a faith as a marketing strategy. culture both Christian Well as the years went by I started to that their Artemis goddess statue making Now I’m sure this was used at the culture and the worlds collect it, because what the heck, I had the industry was going to be harmed. temple by those guys selling the lambs, culture. It’s almost as if makings of a collection anyway. Things Isn’t that incredible, but what they doves and sparrows to people coming to we’ve taken the worst of both like the led-lit, mirrored and sparkling went to riot about was that Artemis was make a sacrifice, but that was a service worlds – the Christian and picture/clock of the holy family – that going to be defamed. they needed, not quite the same things as the secular – and combined one came from Venice. As well as glow So is this just an ancient example say, “testaMINTS”. them to be a force for bad. in the dark statue of Mary the mother of of the economy versus religion? Is that Is it really okay to expect people to Jesus. what is occurring today? buy things based on a shared presumption Find the Christians and get them to I don’t’ know why, but then I have to Are the motives of the people who of faith? part with their money, by using the age ask, is it the same thing? Am I supporting produce Christian music, videos, art, etc, The movie “The Passion” was huge in old foundation of advertising “You’re this albeit weak marketing by collecting those of supporting and encouraging the this regard, it was marketed very heavily not good enough as you are, but we can these items, or is it understood that they body of Christ, or are we simply another to churches and Christians almost to the make you better”. are simply for collective status. market that needs to be tapped? point of the unspoken instruction, that There are some things I do like. It has been happening since early if you hadn’t seen it you weren’t a very I have an ironic appreciation for times. The story in Acts 19 about the Captain Ian Gibbs good Christian. some of the religious “art” out there. angry statue makers who felt that the Diocesan Youth Coordinator Sue’s take on it... We are consumers in all aspects of sic foundational knowl- the start of my school day God instantly’ breath freshener, ‘Last our lives, from where we buy our food edge. from the age of 4 years Supper, After dinner mints,’ & ‘Jesus and clothes, to what we believe and how In part I be- onwards, and in Action Figure’ as discussion starters, we live that belief out in the world. lieve this is due high school (11- with my youth group and ‘non Christian’ Exploitation is not a new thing as Ian to the lack 14 years) I at- friends, as I found I had to go back to ba- points out with the example of the go- of reli- tended reli- sics, giving opportunity for discussions ings on in the temple; however, whether gious gious ed- that might otherwise be more difficult to it is clever wordsmanship or pure cheese education ucation broach. (Vieux Boulogne) I am there, with my in the public classes as I am sure Jesus understood the value Jesus action figure in one hand and my school system. part of the of satirical humour in sending out his Last Supper lunch box in the other. This is a VERY mainstream cur- message, granted it appears this was at As youth workers we use contem- strong statement... but riculum (and then 14- the expense of the Romans. porary culture to explain the Gospel, I got to thinking “Do we 16 as an option for my Where the Romans were once the as you saw in our last article; however need it?” My sister works GCSE’s). This does not ap- biggest opposition; today we are often there are examples of contemporary cul- in the Education System in the pear to be the case in the Ca- our own worst enemy. ture seeking to do our job for us, and a UK, and gets increasingly frus- nadian Public School system, and mighty fine job some of them are doing trated with inevitably, as There is a gap in the Church. too, providing us with a segue in to the the hypoc- the UK has be- I’m not sure if you have lives of the youth we are working with. risy of policy come a more noticed the lack of those It used to be easy to tell where a per- over cur- Sue Jenkins multicultural people in their 20’s & 30’s? son stood with regards to faith, however riculum de- Family Ministry Coordinator society, and it has become more difficult to distin- livery, “how at St. John the Divine in Victoria schools have Their absence is not because they guish as Christian Kitsch has managed is it” she adapted, so to have a problem with the teachings of Je- to reach both the Christian and secular says, that & Captain Ian Gibbs has the mes- sus but rather a suspicion of the estab- community, for example the popularity the Govern- Diocesan Youth Coordinator sage, it has lishment or organized religion, (the use of the Teenage Millionaire Jesus is my ment ploughs become more of the word organized may sound out of Homeboy and Mary is my Homegirl T- funding in to a moral les- place for some of us in the church.) shirt collection. “initiatives” for healthy living to reduce sons, rather than explicitly Christian. Being able to laugh and not take There is some concern that kitsch obesity, when they have taken Home So now, I wonder, with these chang- ourselves seriously and to still remain products oversimplify complex theo- Economics out of schools because it’s es how can we pass on the foundational true to what you hold your faith to be in logical ideas, this may be true, however too expensive, how on earth can people knowledge? spite of everything is not exploitation, there is one distinct difference between eat healthily if they can’t even boil an As a tool in the past I have, and but liberation. Christian youth work in Canada com- egg? still continue to use some of the Chris- pared to the UK and that became clear to It is the same with religion, working tian kitsch I have collected over time, Sue Jenkins me early on in my work here. here and the U.K. through my own purchases and gifts Family Ministry Coordinator The difference is a severe lack of ba- In England, Religious Education was from friends, including the ‘Believe in St. John the Divine, Victoria An evening with Meg Hickling U2CHARIST Does God Make Testicles? Meg has over 25 years experience as a sexual health educator, and is the author of Worship, Celebrate ‘Boys, Girls & Body Science: A First Book About Facts of Life’ & ‘The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know’ & Share in the Holy Eucharist Wednesday, September 19th @ 7:00pm For Parents & individuals who work with children & youth With the Music of U2 Thursday, September 20th @ 6:00pm For the Whole Family & individuals who work with children & youth Friday, September 14th 2007 @ 6pm To Register please contact Sue Jenkins by phone 250.383.7169 The Church of St John the Divine, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org 1611 Quadra St, Victoria Diocesan Youth in Our Diocesan Youth interacting MEXICO The Village of ‘No Hope’ with few driving rules, couldn’t build for her as with the village children nothing green, people it turned out she didn’t and noise everywhere. own the land. Kathryn assured us this you had to be there!) Life is lived was typical of Mexico! • being able to provide money June 30 th saw 6 teens and 2 adults exuberantly there! We clambered back on our little for each of the churches we did loading a 15 passenger van in Tsawassen We were staying with Pastor bus, prayed for God’s will and within 15 children’s programs with. and heading for Tijuana Mexico for 2 Guillermo Ortega and family at his minutes, were led to another family who • Being cheerful even when various weeks. 3 of the teens – Nicola Windjack, ministry centre in Pipila, one of the were expecting us. They built alongside team members were throwing Gloria Figueroa and Ryan Campbell were ‘suburbs’ of Tijuana. us and at the end of a week, they had a up – and when cleaning it up! from St. Matthias, Hayden Coopsie from Kathryn has been there many times 16’X 20’, 3 room house with a concrete • Kathryn being able to do a St. John’s Duncan, Willie Razzo from St. and has built strong relationships with floor and electricity. The total cost was women’s prenatal teaching John’s Ladysmith and Graeme Saunders the people and has the privilege of being $5500 Cdn. We developed precious program from First United in Ladysmith. The involved in their lives and the big picture relationships with both parents and their • being part of birthing a two adults were Kathryn Coopsie from of their ministries. 3 young boys, even with the language children’s daycare ministry in St. John’s in Duncan and Peggy Watson Guillermo is responsible for 5 small barrier. They weren’t Christian, so this the village of Terrazas from St. Andrew’s in Sidney. community churches in 5 different was a fabulous opportunity to share the • renewing relationships with so Loading the van was the culmination villages. He oversees the ministries, love of Christ and as we stood in a circle many of 4 months of planning and fundraising. helps with the needs of the people, and on the last day and prayed for them and • working alongside Pastor We had many planning and praying provides training their home and told Guillermo and encouraging meetings and did group fundraisers and for the pastors. He them it was a gift people and churches everywhere individual ones. also operates Pipila from God, there we went. We prayed for abundance and God which incorporates wasn’t a dry eye! • God enabling Gloria to do a answered our prayer! a church, a We also did great job of interpreting. We raised almost $7000 to spend preschool for 160 children’s programs • Ryan’s water bottle staying cold in Mexico as well as the $8000 for our underprivileged in 5 different villages all day in 35 degree heat! own expenses (this included a generous children and a and one orphanage. donation from the Diocesan Mission place for refugees We sang songs, did How did God speak to each of us as Fund). to stay until they a bible story drama, we left Mexico and drove back home? In The parishes involved also donated can afford to be on crafts and games. many, many ways! Here are quotes from over 100 gift bags for children. their own. There were usually some of the team members: 3 hours of waiting at the US border, We stayed in 2 about 100 children “I learned that God answers prayer; followed by 2 ½ days of driving found us rooms in the back and they thoroughly he kept my water cold all day in the crossing the border into Mexico. of the ministry enjoyed every heat!” The difference in a few feet is centre which minute! “I didn’t pray a lot before we went, astounding! Kathryn’s church The end of but now I find myself praying numerous We left behind green grass, clean had been involved each day found us times every day.” roads and vehicles and entered a country with building for returning to Pipila “I don’t think it’s really prayer, but I hot, filthy, exhausted have conversations with God all the time and so very happy. now.” We spent one “I know that God is right beside ‘The Gift Bag’ afternoon at a very me.” poor community by “I went to Mexico thinking my a ‘river’ ( really just family didn’t have much; I came home refugees a few a smelly slough). The people who live realizing we have so much.” years ago. It there call it ‘No Hope’. “God has given me peace; I’m not so boasted hot We walked the streets and handed angry anymore.’ running water, out rice and beans and gift bags for the “I know that Jesus is calling me a shower and a children, then finished with a children’s to intentional women’s ministry in lot of ants! program and clothes for the adults. Mexico.” We There is a tiny church there – new “I feel that God is calling me to befriended the this year – and we pray that soon the a composting ministry in the villages ants, and Peggy name of their community will change. to teach the people to give back to the was often As a team we shared many soil.” found having experiences, some mundane and some conversations overwhelming, but we always looked for Coming and working alongside the with them! and found God in all of them. pastors there means that we minister We had Our God is so faithful and bonded in ways that encourage and help in the raised money us solidly as one team, spoke clearly to best way possible, not in the way our to build a home us and guided us so often. western eyes see as helpful. for a single It is an incredible privilege to share woman and Some of our highlights: the joys and struggles of the friends her 3 young • completely finishing a house that we have there! daughters, with a small team with very We would like to thank all those but when we little experience who supported us; you were an essential arrived at the • finding a 20 year old girl with 2 part of this mission! site the first children that Kathryn lost track Praise be to Christ for all He did morning, we of 3 years ago. during that 2 weeks and beyond!! discovered • bagging rice and beans one Kathryn Coopsie The Mexican Family with their new home that we evening – zip & slide ( I think St. John’s, Duncan Diocese of British Columbia Page Ten September 2007 CAMP COLUMBIA SUMMER 2007 We’ve had an amazing summer thus far. Girls Camp, Sr. Coed 1, Sr. Coed 2, and Boys Wilderness camp were all full or near full capacity. Our boat ~ see photo to the right ~ has been a huge success and to prove it we’ve used and deflated 2 brand new tubes (both refunded) and are on our 3rd and 4th tubes this summer to date! We have approximately 100 registered for our 60 th Anniversary Camp and more people are expected on Tuesday, August 28th, the highlight day of the 60 th anniversary camp. We had awarded all of the bursary Victoria’s Ethiopian Community’s Fundraising Dinner & Dance money at the beginning of August on the Ethiopian Orthodox New Year and thanks to the answered prayers of God and the faithfulness of the people in support of the YENEGEW TESFA Children’s Circus of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia connected with Camp Columbia, we have received a few more thousand dollars to approve the remaining bursaries for this FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2007 @ 6:30pm summer and have money remaining for summer 2008. 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Can offer ride or Need ride Offering women an opportunity to be together in an atmosphere of support, joy and Christian love Diocese of British Columbia Page Eleven September 2007 Epiphanies at Hi We Care by The Reverend Ken Gray • To affirm the continuing need for the very heart of God through the poetry Tribal rhythms in a traditional choral appropriate and accessible care of St. John of the Cross set to music by milieu... • To promote continuing Lorenna McKennit... architectural changes so that “all O freedom! Freedom is coming, oh yes, may enter” Upon a darkened night I know. Sithi jabula Jesu, jabula! • To study and act upon attitudinal the flame of love was burning in my Oh, I want to wake up in the moonlight barriers of people within the breast singing Jabula! Lalela! Sikhalela izwe church And by a lantern bright lakithi... The Reverend Ken Gray I fled my house while all in quiet rest The organization is shepherded And we finished with Canadian Folk First the church was locked! by Elly Bowerman, herself specially Upon that misty night legend Ken Whitley’s LET MY LIFE BE So we thumped on the door and challenged and blessed with an in secrecy, beyond such mortal sight PRAYER, one of his GOSPEL MUSIC raised the attention of the organist who indefatigable spirit and profound Without a guide or light MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT tracks cautiously let us into the cold downtown Christian faith. Many others have joined than that which burned so deeply in my first produced for Sunday service at folk Church. her over the years, including some with heart festivals across North America... We next found the thermostat and a special calling to assist those who the promised though forgotten resources require support and encouragement. I lost myself to him Let my life be prayer, with which to make coffee and set up for I was invited to share an Epiphany and laid my face upon my lovers breast Surely you will see me through. our program. Day-Apart around the theme of music And care and grief grew dim From the moment that I wake As they said in the movie APOLLO and suffering. ‘Till I go to sleep at night, 13, sometimes you just have to “work While my own special challenge of We cherished those who help us Offer up my work and words, the problem!” Such work is a daily legal blindness seems miniscule with through an evocative text EMILY Bring them to the light, challenge for members of Victoria’s HI! what others face on a daily basis, I REMEMBERS by Toronto Jazz Artist, Let me feel the power to rise beyond WE CARE. suppose I also have a calling to reflect Shirley Elkhart. Emily is her friend who Let my life be prayer If is isn’t gaining access to a locked on human nature and vocation through struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease... building for a meeting, its frustrations the lens of special challenge. One participant noted the unity of with limited transit, poor options for Things are not equal, or equally Emily remembers her weekends in the music, text and experience, so appropriate housing, or health care challenges. available, or in the language of children, country for Epiphany when we celebrate God’s Persons with disabilities have to fair! Those walks down by the river showings, in creation and the human work through many problems in order This affects my understanding of On Sunday afternoons community supported by it. to be a vibrant part of community God, life, love, vocation, politics and Emily remembers her holiday in Paris For more information about Hi! We and church life. As Helen Keller once community. Those evenings at the ballet Care you can contact Elly Bowerman quipped “I do not want the peace which The specific tool for my reflection Beneath an August moon through St. Andrews ~ Sidney ~ passes understanding, I want the on this day was music. So I loaded up If she forgets that I’m her best friend 250.656.5322. understanding which brings peace.” my ghetto blaster with discs I wanted to And how inseparable HI! WE CARE members have share. we were committed themselves to “turn We listened to James Taylor singing If she forgets how limitations into expectations” and an old Stephen Foster song, HARD much she needs me continue to challenge the churches to TIMES... I remember it for respect the dignity of every human being her through a pursuit of justice for all. Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count If she forgets how HI! WE CARE is an acronym for its many tears, much she loves me I “Handicapped Individuals Worldwide While we all sup sorrow with the poor; remember it for her Encouraging Christian Awareness There’s a song that will linger forever in Reaching Everyone.” HI! WE CARE our ears; We shared aims to... Oh Hard times come again no more. AMANDLA (Zulu, • Take a new look at the “Power”) in that contributions of persons with While we seek mirth and beauty and place where music special challenges music light and gay, and justice colluded • Encourage and enlighten people There are frail forms fainting at the in bringing a new as to their own abilities door; politics to South • Ensure a high quality of communal Though their voices are silent, their Africa. life for persons with disabilities pleading looks will say Canadian within local churches Oh hard times come again no more. Stephen Hatfield • To demonstrate the wholeness of creates a brilliant Elly Bowerman on the right being the family of God We traveled from hard times into synthesis of African escorted by an unidentified friend ANGLICAN JOURNAL APPEAL In this issue of the Diocesan Post you will find information about the DAWSON HEIGHTS annual Anglican Journal Appeal. Proceeds of the Appeal are split 50:50 between the Diocesan Post and Retirement Living at the Anglican Journal, our publishing partner. Your generosity means that we can continue to send the Anglican The Cedars Journal and the Diocesan Post to you each month to keep you connected a rural setting in the city where love & laughter lighten our days. with your church: in your home diocese, within Canada and abroad. One & two-bedroom suites available Please send your contribution soon or donate online now at www. Call Adrianne for more information anglicanjournal.com (click the Donate Now button). or join us for a tour and lunch. Thank you for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated! 3710 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria ~ Mary Ruth Snyder, Editor, Diocesan Post 477-4850 Diocese of British Columbia Page Twelve September 2007 From A Long Perspective Signs, Seasons and Celebrations: Reflections on the History of our Liturgical Tradition Part IV: The Liturgy of St Hippolytus & Sacramental Ministries to Sick and Shut-in Members of the Church. The Reverend Canon Dr. Kim Murray One of the features which is, I The celebrant then names the and was at first uncertain that I approved in the congregation would take away believe, still unique in this diocese to administrants, and commissions them of it. enough reserved sacramental species the liturgical tradition of the Parish using the following admonition: But, a careful reading of our sufficient for the daily communication of Salt Spring Island is a moment liturgical history showed me that, of himself and his family. near the conclusion of the service in “We send you forth with far from being an innovation without While I would not wish to advocate which particular members of the laity these holy gifts of our Lord’s credible roots, this form has its basis in the sort of “household communion” are given the reserved sacrament and Body and Blood. We pray the liturgy described by St. Hippolytus, described above, I do wish to commend commissioned to take it and administer that (here those to whom the a 3rd – century bishop of Rome, whose to you the practice of commissioning, it to sick or shut-in members of our sacrament is being taken are writings on the liturgy as it was offered (after due discernment and preparation, parish. named) may discern with us by his church give us the first complete and with the concurrence and licensing I was not party to the development the presence of Jesus in the record of what the celebration of the of such persons by our Bishop) persons of this tradition – it was the work of the breaking of bread and the Holy Eucharist looked like in Apostolic to perform this very special Sunday Rev. Richard Johns in his capacity as sharing of wine.” times. ministry. interim priest during the months prior Hippolytus’ description of the The adoption of this ancient to my appointment as rector, and was After the final blessing and closing Eucharistic rite (still best interpreted in practice has afforded a deeply enriching instituted in consultation with the Rt. hymn, the administrants leave the church, the now venerable work of Dom Gregory sacramental connection between the Rev. Barry Jenks, who was at that time taking the sacrament directly to those for Dix, The Shape of the Liturgy) includes parish and members who are not able to bishop of our diocese. whom it is intended. mention of the moment when, after the be present at the Sunday celebration. After the “prayer after communion” A brief liturgical form which sacrament had been administered to the It is also a profoundly significant has been offered, the celebrant asks includes the collect for purity, the kyrie, congregation, the Bishop would, in a way in which members of the laity are that those appointed to take the Blessed collect and gospel for the day, a short manner similar to that described above, enabled to participate in the “priesthood Sacrament to (and those to whom it is intercession and, after the administration send out his deacons with the sacrament of all believers” into which each of us is to be taken are then mentioned by their of the sacrament, a prayer of thanksgiving for those unable to attend because of admitted through the sacrament of Holy Christian names) approach the altar and the Grace, is employed in the homes illness, infirmity or imprisonment. Baptism. step. Servers then proceed to give the of those to whom the sacrament has been Yet another variation, unique to The Reverend Canon Dr. Kim communion sets containing the elements, sent. the liturgy of St. Hippolytus, is the Murray is the Rector on Salts Spring consecrated at that day’s celebration, to I had not encountered this liturgical description of how, at the conclusion of Island for All Saints-By-The-Sea, St. the persons who have come forward. form until my appointment to Salt Spring, the liturgy, the head of each household Mary and St. Mark’s. I DO Choose by Sara Chu, St. John the Divine Victoria The subject of this life size papier mache sculpture is the story of Christ’s healing of the leper in Mark 1: 40-41. The leper begged, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me whole.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched the leper and said, “I DO choose. Be made whole.” This story has brought me joy and because He shares and understands our tears for over ten years. It is, for me, human suffering. one of the most important stories in the Our Rector’s wife, Claire Munn, Gospels. gave me the idea that inspired this pose The leper’s question contains the for the figures. huge “Why?” question that is at the The face of Christ was inspired by heart of so much suffering. Why is God some works of Caravaggio. The gender allowing this to happen? It is the absence of the leper is deliberately left ambiguous of a sense of God’s presence that is the so that each viewer can identify with the hardest part of suffering. leper. The leper of the Bible is male but Jesus answers “I DO choose” this face came from a black woman. The and in that one sentence He affirms figures rest on a blue silk cloth covered the absoluteness of God’s love, with stars, symbolic of the Cosmic unconditionally and despite all Christ. appearances to the contrary. God always I intended to create the sculpture for chooses our wholeness. The posture of Lent or Easter. When the idea arose, of the figures reflects how God loves us. contributing to the Sacred Expressions He embraces each one intimately. project at General Synod, it seemed He sees into our souls and touches appropriate because the mission of this us with utmost tenderness. particular Synod seemed to be about The nail holes in His wrists are there healing. Diocese of British Columbia Page Thirteen September 2007 Introducing our newest columnist ~ Ian Powell I have been invited to take over My learning will therefore be as a looking back on a time of relaxation and this corner of the journal from Kathy ‘part-time distance Masters of Divinity visits with friends & family. Whilst I was Hoodikoff who you know finished at student’ at Vancouver School of blessed to see my eldest daughter married Vancouver School of Theology this past Theology (VST). in July, which meant the opportunity May and is now going to write from the Unfortunately VST is not yet set up to again meet up with far-flung family, “Curate’s” position. to deal with distance learners and whilst relaxation was not on my agenda this First of all, let me introduce myself. I am attending intensive courses there summer. As you can see from the top, the (and have taken the only on-line course My studies continued during the name is Ian Powell; I’m a 52 year old they offer) this singular path would mean summer with the conclusion of my chap who was born in Leicestershire, my education would take a considerable Thorneloe course on the New Testament England. amount of time. Consequence I am also at the beginning of August and I also I have been married to Marilyn for 29 doing correspondence courses with attended VST for an intensive course on years and we have 2 daughters, Victoria Thorneloe University in Sudbury, ON. Christian Education. - 24 (married to Peter Carmichael) and Work is underway to see if the two I was very fortunate to be allowed Alexandra - 22. We have been in North institutions are able to collaborate and to join the Native Ministries Consortium Saanich since 1998 except for 2 years thus create a multi-route model. for this one, which proved to be a double when we lived in Bermuda, from which This blend has benefits. learning process. The course content is Ian Powell we returned in July of 2006. Intensive courses provide the the obvious one but the privilege of being Well that is the easy bit over with; collegial interaction with VST and a allowed to study with the First Nations’ It also dawned on me that my journey the next is a little more complicated as true connection with fellow students. students was a definite gift. this last 18 months was my subconscious there a few sides to me. I am an hotelier I have been in residence 3 times and The course was presided over by way to break free of the boxes. by profession and currently Managing already I am developing personal and The Rev Canon Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Now I know why I was feeling the Director of Paul’s Restaurant’s Ltd, professional relationships that I know an excellent teacher who’s combining way I was and why I’m now feeling the whose principal asset is the Laurel Point will stand the test of time. On the other of thorny issues with understanding way I do. Inn in Victoria. hand correspondence courses allow me and humour became the hallmark of the Life is to be taken whole not in Some may know me from my 6 years to progress my studies at a far quicker course. parts. at The Empress (98-04). I am a Director pace, when studying full time is not an The funny thing is it takes far less of both The BC Hotel Association and option. One thing that really struck energy to weave them together than it the Council of Tourism Associations of If it works, this combined institution home for me was how my First does to keep them apart, once you get BC. method will be great for other postulants Nations Brothers & Sisters the hang of it that is. From the Diocese of BC side of my in my situation. For now I am the guinea in Christ do not suffer from However, it is a whole new way life, my home church is Holy Trinity, pig, which is just fine by me! the western predilection of looking at yourself and you have to North Saanich and I am a postulant However, all of this makes for a to put the different parts practise being holistic otherwise you run for ordination having concluded my rather complicated life, balancing the of their lives into separate straight back to your boxes. discernment process in May. timetables of each institution with family boxes. You know the drill, I’m trying to weave my strands of This does not mean I will be commitments and the ever-present family goes in one, career family, work, faith, school, (and the decamping for full time school. I will, demands of running a Hotel Company. in another and even faith list goes on) all together. At work, for in fact, be continuing to work and live I must be mad! in yet another. For them the example, I take time for devotions and here in the Victoria area whilst getting No, just very certain this is new bi- various strands of their lives try to ensure that all I have contact with through my studies in a different way. vocational path is what I am supposed to are woven together and like have an appreciation for the faith part of Why different? be doing, so we will make it work!!! anything woven, they are my life journey. It is because upon ordination my Now you know a bit more about me. stronger for it. It’s a work in progress and certainly intent is not to be solely a priest but to be Over the next while I hope to share not perfect, but then neither am I! what Bishop James calls bi-vocational. with you some of my experiences as I go As I sat in class absorbing this very Earning my bread in the secular along this amazing journey. basic notion, I realized that I had suffered Until next time ~ Ian. world and be there for the Bishop and Speaking of which, as the summer from that syndrome for years; everything Diocese when needed. comes to an end, many of you will be had a box and everything in its box. Bronze Plaque Returned Aboriginal Neighbours an organization of the Anglican Diocese of BC to the Fairbridge Chapel… working in partnership with the United Churches of the 60 years after the first Victoria Presbytery unveiling of this bronze plaque there will be a 2nd unveiling cordially invite you to a forum on Ceremony to be held during the Fairbridge Canada Association B.C. Treaties: First Nations’ Perspectives 2007 Reunion the weekend of September 21st - 23rd. Saturday, September 22, 2007 The bronze plaque, was donated to the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School in 1947 First Nations’ Chief Negotiators will discuss to commemorate the two young the issues they are facing Fairbridgians who lost their lives during World War II. with the B.C. treaty process and will respond to questions. On Saturday, July 21st, 2007 the bronze plaque made its way from Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, where it 10:00am to 4:00pm ~ Registration 9:30am was being stored back to the former Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School Chapel Lunch included near Cowichan Station. As fortune would have it, there is a Fairbridge Reunion scheduled for this fall. It Duncan Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan, B.C. will be held in the Duncan area – with Saturday afternoon tea served on the former (.9 km East of Trans Canada Hwy. #1 on Trunk Road) school grounds by the Fairbridge Strata group – this group has developed out of the families who have bought the former Farm School cottages or have built or purchased To ensure a space, please pre-register by September 18th, 2007 new homes on the former Farm School property. The Sunday morning of the reunion includes a service that will be held in the Ruth D’Hollander at: 1.800.661.4630 or 250.383.2156 Fairbridge Chapel. This year will be special as the Bronze Plaque will be unveiled for or Marv Fowler at: 250.748.0595 the 2nd time just over 60 years since the first. It will not only commemorate the two or Jenny Balme at 250.743.2549 young Fairbridge lives – lost in the last World War, but it will be symbolic for all the children, who gave up their lives in Britain to forge new lives in the remote fields of Aboriginal Neighbours and the United Church gratefully acknowledge Cowichan Station in the 1930s and 1940s. the support or the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, the Cowichan Tribes For more information contact Pat Skidmore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Land & Governance Department and the Duncan Christian Reformed Church Diocese of British Columbia Page Fourteen September 2007 K+ LIVING THE QUESTIONS ~ A TWELVE WEEK PROGRAM OF DISCOVERY Koinonia Christian SEPTEMBER 2007 1. An Invitation to Journey Books & Gifts B 2. Thinkng Theologically 3. Creativity & Stories of Creation 1119 Blanshard Street 4. Restoring Relationships Victoria, BC 5. Evil, suffering and a God of Love 6. Intimacy with God 7. Social Justice 250.382.5814 8. A Kingdom without walls 9. Lives of Jesus 10. Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ ministry 1.800.663.6290 11. A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle St. Andrew’s Sidney is hosting “Bridge & Light Lunch” on Monday 12. Out into the world: challenges September 24th, 2007. Other Games will be available as well like... Scrabble facing progressive christianity & Whist. Prizes and a fun time for all!! Tickets $12.50 per person. OR All money raised will go to ‘Grandmothers for Grandmothers’, Stephen CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL ST. JOHN THE DIVINE ~ VICTORIA Lewis Foundation. CALL 250.383.2714 FOR INFO CALL 250.383.7169 FOR INFO Information & tickets at St. Andrew’s 250.656.5322. The Greater Victoria St Mary’s 21st Blackberry Festival The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine Lay School of Theology Saturday, September 29, 2007 St. John’s House, British Columbia St. John’s House, British Columbia Fall Term BEGINS St Mary of the Incarnation 3937 St. Peter’s Road 3937 St. Peter’s Road Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30pm 4125 Metchosin Road Victoria, BC, V8P 2J9 Victoria, BC, V8P 2J9 Chapter Room of Christ Church Victoria, B.C. P: 250.920.7787 P: 250.920.7787 Cathedral 250.474.4119 F: 250.920.7709 F: 250.920.7709 The Reverend Professor Eugen Bannerman Home baking, frozen blackberry pies, E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org will present a series of lectures, “The Last preserves and refreshments. Dance...Encountering Death and Dying”. Come early! Need some spiritual nourishment??? October 26 to 28 (Friday - Sunday) For more information A Silent Retreat please call 250.595.6013. Saint Alban’s Annual Fall Fair The cost for a day long event is $25 Radical Women, Fierce Faith Saturday September 22nd unless otherwise indicated. The cost for a Who were the barrier-breaking UPCOMING EVENTS 11:00am to 1:00pm weekend retreat (room, board, dedicated women of yesteryear? Who are the The Contemplative Society Come and have a good time, meet some retreat leader is $140 unless otherwise boundary pushing women of today? P.O. Box 35021 old friends and find a bargin! indicated. Financial arrangements can Come walk the history, and vision Victoria, BC, V8T 5G2 be made if required. the future. Explore the radical wisdom 250.381.9650 BENEFIT CONCERT of several women from the 12th century Web site: www.contemplative.org for the official launch of the For information or to register, through to today. Reflect on how their Email: email@example.com Welcome House Project. unless otherwise indicated, contact St. fierce faith can nurture you on your own John’s House at 920-7787 or by email: personal journey. Introduction to Centering Prayer A concert featuring firstname.lastname@example.org. The weekend begins Friday 7:00pm Saturday, September 22nd Winnipeg’s Cara Luft, right through until Sunday’s lunch. 10.00am to 3.30pm Hugh McMillan (Spirit of the West) & September 22 (Saturday) Queenswood Centre, 2494 Arbutus With Christopher & Heather Page Daniel Lapp. A Spirituality Spa Day Road, Victoria, BC, V8N 1V8 Knox United Church There will also be wine-and-cheese Men and Women – you are invited Cost: $170 for the weekend 325 Pym St. (at Humphrey) reception and a silent auction. to a Spa Day for your soul! This is an Register through the Parksville BC opportunity to experience the rhythm Queenswood Centre Web site (www. Cost: $45 Friday, September 7 th, 7:30 pm. and balance of prayer and work, and to queenswoodcentre.com), by telephone To Register Call 250.248.3927 Christ Church Cathedral experience the still small voice within. 250.477.3822 or by mail. Email: email@example.com $25.00 per person The day begins at 9:00am with Morning Prayer and meditation. There MEMBERS OF THE CHOIRS OF Welcome House is second-stage ST. MARY’S OAK BAY, Silent Meditation Retreat Day will be a time for reading, rest, shared BEL CANTO SINGERS, Saturday October 13th housing for at-risk refugee and immigrant reflections and prayer, work and some THE NEWCOMBE SINGERS 9:30am to 4:30pm women and their children. community time. The day ends with & THE MONTEREY CHORUS With Christopher and Heather Page Our goal is to provide safe and Evening Prayer at 5:00 pm. PRESENT Glenairley, 6040 East Sooke Rd. welcoming housing for families who Registrations are due by September are experiencing difficulties, including THE SIXTH ANNUAL ‘ LAST NIGHT Cost: $15 (Please make cheques out to 14th. Numbers are limited to two or OF THE PROMS’ “The Contemplative Society” and mail domestic violence, as they adjust to their three. to the address above with a note that new lives in our country. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16th, 2007 AT 7:00pm indicates payment is for “Silent Day”) Tickets are available from: October 13 (Saturday) Cost includes snacks and refreshments. Discover Your Creativity ST MARY THE VIRGIN OAK BAY, Koinonia Bookstore 1701 ELGIN ROAD Please bring a bag lunch. Through Play Victoria 1119 Blanshard To Register Call Faith @ TCS with a Mosaic of Colours 250.381.9650 or Global Village Store Come & sing along, wave a flag and enjoy the familiar words and music of Holst, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 535 Pandora Avenue 10:00am to 3:00pm Elgar, Handel & Parry! Long and McQuade St. Peter’s Church, Victoria The Sorrento Centre Tickets are available at Munro’s Book 2822 Nanaimo Street This workshop is for anyone who Store, Long & McQuaide, Ivy’s Book Silent Meditation Retreat Store, St. Mary’s Office and at the Door Fernwood Community Centre desires to discover their creativity Friday November 9 th 1240 Gladstone Street - maybe for the first time. Enjoy the ADMISSION to Monday November 12th, 2007 ADULTS $10 With Christopher and Heather Page Synod Office 900 Vancouver Street creative challenge, fun and fellowship CHILDREN (UNDER 12) $5 Course Fee: $325.00 of making your own colour-dyed silk St. Saviour’s Anglican Church For More Info Please call 250.589.2212 (includes meals and accommodation) scarves. 310 Henry Street These unique and personally Email: email@example.com EDITOR’S NOTE: Please email your Spiral Café designed scarves make lovely gifts. www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca ADS to 418 Craig flower Road This workshop is designed for beginners as well as those who have had firstname.lastname@example.org Please visit our NEW Web site And at the door! some previous experience. by the 1st of each month prior the www.contemplative.org Christmas Craft Fair Cost for the day: (which includes month it is being published in. Please to find out about Saturday November 17th, 2007 the silk scarf and other materials) $35. do NOT format the text, simply provide CONTEMPLATIVE 10am to 3pm Bring a bag lunch – tea/coffee will be PRAYER GROUPS, LIVING The Church of the Advent provided. plain text in the body of the email PRESENCE GROUPS & 510 Mount View Ave., Registrations are due by October and remember the 5 W’s Who, What, TAIZE SERVICES Lunch will begin at 11:30am 5th. Why, Where & When. Thanks! Diocese of British Columbia Page Fifteen September 2007 ST. JOHN THE DIVINE HOSTS CELTIC FEST 2007 “It’s a weekend festival of Music, Art, Dance, Literature and Spirit,” says Tristan CELTIC CAFÉ Rhodes, director of music at St. John’s and the festival organizer. “What a great Open 8:15 AM to 5 PM, Celtic Café offers an array of beverages and snacks way to celebrate Thanksgiving,” he adds, “No need to cook a turkey when you can throughout the day. To complement your Celtic experience an Irish lunch is available celebrate in style at the Saturday evening Ceilidh” [pronounced Kay-lee.] The three- from 11:45AM to 1PM. All welcome. Location: Parish House Lounge. [Cash or day event held October 5-6-7 throughout the large St. John’s complex will feature personal cheque only.] Celtic entertainers and specialists beginning with a concert by noted Celtic singer, HARPS & FAIRY DUST Mary Murphy and friends and concluding with an Sunday Iona service with Bishop Dorothy Cook and friends – Celtic harpist and balladeers. John Hannon preaching. The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine is located at 1611 Seasoned harpists, songster and minstrels - weavers of ancient and modern Celtic Quadra Street, Victoria. tales, legends, myths - perform and teach the stirring songs that made heroes and WEEKEND PASSES – admission to all events [except Celtic Cafe] the lilting melodies that broke hearts. All are welcome be merry, sing or just listen. Family Pass: [2 adults and 2 children] $55. Location: Church nave. 1:15-2:45 PM. Individual ticket $15 Individual Pass: $35 BEDROCKS OF FAITH Individual Event Tickets priced above. Dr. Elinor Powell For further information & Celtic Fest tickets call 250.383.7169 Beginning in the first meillennium Dr. Powell takes us on a microcosmic The festival schedule is as follows... pilgrimage around those great stone monuments – Ireland’s greatest contribution to world sculpture. Copies of Dr. Powell’s The High Crosses of Ireland: Inspirations FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 in Stone should be available for authograph. All are welcome to unlock the secrets of CONCERT: MARY MURPHY & FRIENDS this ‘golden age’ of chisel and stone. Location: St. John’s Hall – upper level 3-4:30 Well known Celtic singer, Mary Murphy and others of her troop open the Celtic PM. Individual ticket $15. Fest with two toe-tapping hours of Celtic music that are sure to warm everyone’s cockles and mussels. Sing-along included. Mary will make you weep, laugh and sing MONUMENT BUILDERS for joy. Location: Church nave. 7 PM. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets at door: adults $20, Sue Jenkins & Friends students $10. Along the same lines as her morning session, Sue’s young monument builders will tackle the construction of a Celtic [or Romanesque] Arch. Both this and the High SATURDAY, OCTBOER 6 Cross will be on display during the evening Ceilidh and the Sunday morning Iona- RIVER DANCE style service. All are welcome for the fun-fun-fun. Location: Church undercroft. 3- Mairead O’Brien and membesr of the O’Brien School of Irish Dance 4:30PM. Individual tickets $10. An interactive class in classic and modern Irish dance and the music that inspires it. Demonstrations and participation. Experience the energy, thrill and steps that CEILIDH [pronounced Kay-Lee] have taken the dance world by storm. All are welcome to kick up their heels or be A Celtic celebration bringing together poetry, stories, song, dance, food and wall-flowers. Location: St. John’s Hall – lower level. 8:30 – 10 AM, Individual ticket drink. Presided over by well-known Ceilidh Master, Shamus Williams from the - $10. USA, all class and seminar leaders and participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and/or created during the Celtic Fest Ceilidh. Live CELTIC WORDS AND THE BARDIC TRADITION music. Location: St. John’s Hall. 7-9 PM. Individual tickets [includes food] Adult $15, Marcia Williams and friends children 12 and under $10. Infants free. Thrill to the power of such ancient Celtic odes as “The Conversion of Taun MacCairoll.” Interspersed with live Celtic harp music, hear – discuss - write - and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 read your own masterpiece. Unearth and ignite the Celtic spirit within. Poets, poet 9:30 IONA WORSHIP SYMPOSIUM wannabes and all who loves poetry are welcome to be moved. Location: Church Jannett Scott of the Ion Community undercroft. 8:30-10AM. Individual ticket - $15. Explores the significance of the Iona style in contemporary worship. All are welcome without cost. EMERALD ISLE’S GOLDEN DELIGHTS Dr. Elinor Powell 10:30 IONA SERVICE Author of the soon to be released: The High Crosses of Ireland: Inspirations This 10:30 Sunday morning contemporary Iona-style church service features Iona in Stone Dr. Powell unearths the Celts first ‘golden age’ though the treasure trove of music. Created for the Celtic Fest by Jannett Scoot of the Iona Community and Sue golden ornaments that have been and that are still being discovered. All are welcome Jenkins of the St. John’s staff, it features Bishop John Hannon preaching on Celtic to be dazzled. Location: St. John’s Hall – upper level. 10:15-11:45 AM. Individual spirituality. The Choristers of St. John the Divine will sing during the Eucharist. ticket - $15. Come and prepare to be moved. The circle is wide enough to welcome and embrace everyone. All are welcome without cost. STONE & MORTAR Sue Jenkins & Friends CELTIC SERVICE St. John’s own pied piper, Sue Jenkins, and her gaggle of funsters offer a hands- Jannett Scott of the Ion Community on learning experience for kids young and old to design, build and decorate a to-scale This contemporary Iona-style church service features Iona music. The Choristers Styrofoam High Cross that will be displayed in the Ceilidh, seminar and Sunday. of St. John the Divine l will sing during the Eucharist. Come and prepare to be All are welcome for the fun-fun-fun. Location: Church undercroft. 10:15-11:45 AM. moved. The circle is wide enough to welcome and embrace everyone. All are welcome Individual tickets $10. without cost. YOU are invited to SING A NEW SONG... ...a song of joy, of discipleship, of identity, our theology, our spirituality as worship is an expression of human living word... of life, light and shalom Christians. In an era when the temptation culture and history. God’s mission in of God’s transforming horizons. is to follow the commercial media into creation has a horizon that “New Song, New Word, New Church” regarding music as a performance sport, exceeds our own. In our words – drives Christ Church Cathedral’s first it is essential that we swim against and silences, our actions and conference for the whole people of God the tide and enable all God’s people to rest, our rituals and hymns, we to be held this fall. participate.” shape ourselves to be active “We are delighted to bring together This is echoed by the Reverend participants, co-workers with this unique dynamic,” says Cathedral Canon Herbert O’Driscoll. “Something God.” dean & rector, the Very Reverend Logan easily missed in the cultural smorgasbord The conference, to be held McMenamie. “John, Herb and Richard we live in today is the staying power of at the Cathedral, runs from bring a wealth and depth of experiential the library we call the Bible. It survives November 16 - 18, culminating leadership and insight to renew, restore use and misuse. It speaks from the past in a joyous “Big Sing”, on the and refresh our understanding and but in such a way as to speak to the Sunday afternoon, a portion journeying as followers of Christ.” present. If we come to it as merely past of the proceeds of which will go to the McMenamie is referring to renowned we can become isolated in the past. If ministry of Our Place. Iona Community resource leader, John we come to it as timeless we can find Registration forms are available Bell, internationally acclaimed preacher insight into contemporary experience.” on line at www.christchurchcathedral. and author Herb O’Driscoll and liturgical New Song and New Word, encircled bc.ca, the Cathedral office, or by calling visionary, Richard Leggett – a dynamic in the whole that is New Church. 250.383.2714. trio indeed! “Christian worship is an experience At $50 per day, $90 for the whole “At the basis of discipleship and of the ‘already but not yet’ of God’s conference, including admission to the Top ~ Richard Leggett Christian understanding is song,” says mission in creation,” explains the Big Sing, this is a not-to-be-missed fall Middle ~ John Bell Bell. “It is from song that we learn our Reverend Richard Leggett. “Christian event!! Bottom ~ Herb O’Driscoll Diocese of British Columbia Page Sixteen September 2007 Feature Parish St. Peter’s ~ Part One Campbell River, BC Mission Statement “Christians within the Anglican tradition, called to be a welcoming community, inspiring people to follow Christ in everyday life, loving and serving God and one another.” St. Peter’s church began as a mission of St. John’s, Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island, across Discovery Passage from everyday life, Campbell River. St. John’s had been loving and established earlier by the Columbia serving God and Coast Mission. Campbell River was a one another.” small settlement at that time, connected The Gardens only by rough logging roads with the ~ because St. Comox Valley. Campbell River had no Peter’s stands protection for docking facilities, so the on a fairly Union Steamships and Columbia Coast large piece of Mission found safe harbour in Quathiaski property, a Cove, a vibrant fishing community, and proposal was from there supplies and missionaries approved several were brought to Campbell River. years ago by The first St. Peter’s was opened in the parish and 1931. We are now blessed with the Mark, Qualicum in the south, to Christ Diocese, to let An original scroll reads: “This Reverend Blair Haggart as our rector who Church, Alert Bay in the north, and a significant church was erected during the winter is also the Regional Dean and with a two from St. Savior’s, Cortes Island to St. section be of 1930-31 through the co-operation point parish St. Peter’s & St. Saviour’s Peter and St. Paul in Gold River. used for a “Community Garden.” This of members of the entire community on Cortes Island he is busy! As we undertake the new challenges community outreach offers programs in of Campbell River, and the generous The parish is as busy as it’s rector of the DMRIT we look forward to: composting, while learning gardening assistance of friends of the community in with many people offering their unique • new curriculum to enhance our techniques from their neighbours. Many many places...” It goes on to say that “As gifts of service including the Altar Guild Sunday School. of the gardeners and children from our an expression of grateful appreciation to who create a simply beautiful atmosphere • meeting with other youth groups parish participate in the program, “Plant members of other communions who gave often from our own gardens. Several on an ecumenical basis. a Row, Grow a Row.” After the food is so generously of their means and their Prayer Ministries thrive along with Lay • new forms of Christian education, grown, and harvested it is donated to services.”… it extended to them, “the Pastoral Care and Parish Nursing, and starting with an Alpha course the Food Bank or Soup Kitchen. At the use of St. Peter’s for public worship.” some are devoted to the Community Soup for the parish and community in end of the day you will often see the Originally St. Peter’s was shared Kitchen. The parish provides emergency September. gardeners, sitting on the cedar benches, with the United and Lutheran Churches Food Hampers. Staples are purchased • meeting the members of our newly while they appreciate the God given view and was served by the Columbia Coastal in case lots, made up into hampers, and created Nimpkish Region for the of the Island Mountains as they exchange Mission so it was not consecrated until when a delivery is made fresh produce, sharing of ideas, resources and stories and produce. In a world where June 1941. bread and milk are added. visions, while understanding the people are becoming more isolated and Because the community had And, in August, our very own uniqueness and diversity of each lonely, this garden has helped to bring participated so fully in the construction postulant, Kathy Hoodikoff was ordained other. people together. and establishment of the church, St. as a Deacon, by The Rt. Rev. James A. J. • And, the evolving music ministry In 1960, bedding plants were a Peters was viewed as the community Cowan. and the vibrancy that is sure to scarce commodity in Campbell River, church. This designation continued A very momentous occasion as it result! so resourceful parishioners, who had well into the 1970’s, even though the was the first Ordination to be celebrated We pray that this parish will continue an abundance of plants, initiated “The other denominations had established at St. Peters! to keep the “healthy status” given to us Plant Sale” which to this day remains a themselves in the community. St. St. Peter’s Campbell River is the in the DMRT report as we continue, “to major fund raiser. Many gardens in this Peters continues to welcome other geographical center of the newly created be called to be a welcoming community, community have been enhanced with congregations for their special “Nimpkish Region,” reaching from St. inspiring people to follow Christ in these plants for the past 47 years, and services, such as large funerals, when they become overgrown, weddings, as well as community they too contribute to “The based concerts. Plant Sale.” As the congregation grew, it On the morning of the became obvious that the beautiful sale, in early April, customers rustic St. Peter’s was too small. line up an hour or so before Under the leadership of The hand. Reverend Peter McCalman, he After coffee and prayer, met with other groups, this large there is a mad dash, with property was purchased, at the recycled cardboard beer flats same time that our neighbours in hand, to obtain the plants were being established – the needed to beautify their own Baptist Church, the Christian gardens. School and the Sikh Temple with A dedicated group of St. Peter’s being on the corner! gardeners tend the holding The first service at this site beds throughout the year and was held Christmas Eve, 1987. recently installed a sprinkler After Peter McCalman system as the holding beds retired, The Reverend Peter continue to expand. Parker was called to ministry Editor’s Note: This is the here where he stayed for fifteen end of Part One ~ Part Two years before moving to St. will be found in the October Luke’s, Victoria. Community Gardens & Composting ‘classroom’ issue.
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