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Speaker 3: Terry LeBlanc

Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq-Acadian and has been married 37 years to Bev. He has taught as a sessional and guest lecturer at various colleges, seminaries and universities in North America and in other global contexts. In his regular work with indigenous communities Terry facilitates asset-based planning and development workshops on holistic, sustainable community development methodologies […]

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Speaker 2: James Penner

JP is a Lethbridge-based speaker, author and sociologist who researches and consults with parents, educators, and professionals about youth and youth issues. He has a strong conviction that youth have a unique ability to offer themselves to the world for positive change. His style is dynamic, his approach is warm, and his effect is inspirational. […]


Speaker 1: Bishop Graham Cray

Bishop Graham Cray’s ministry has been to close the increasing distance between the Gospel message and the world. As a leader in Fresh Expressions UK he is showing the church how to proclaim the Gospel afresh, not only in word but in shape and location. His special concerns are the engagement of the Gospel with contemporary […]

Grandparents Sunday

Noticing that there were very few children (none) in attendance at the Worship at St. Augustine’s of Canterbury we declared July 29th “Grandparents Sunday”.


Clergy Transportation

Upon their ordination, August 5, 2012, six Diocese of Buyé deacons (pictured here with Bishop Sixbert Macumi) were presented with new bicycles. In Buyé diocese, clergy often walk 40 kilometres, or more, between parishes. The bicycles were purchased with a donation from the Parish of St. Augustine’s Parkland in Spruce Grove. “Thank you for your […]

Cross Talk Day Camp

July 30-August 5, 2012

Weekly Diocesan News Updates including Upcoming Diocesan and Parish Events and Events and Job Listings beyond the diocese.

Synod Planning Team

Many volunteers and staff share their time and ministry gifts to organize a meaningful and productive synod. Members of the Synod Planning Team are listed here. Please contact the Synod Office if you have questions for any of the Planning Team members.

63rd Synod Official Notice

The 63rd Synod of the Diocese of Edmonton will be held on OCTOBER 12th and 13th, 2012. The proceedings of Synod will begin on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th at All Saints’ Cathedral, 10035–103 Street, Edmonton. Registration will commence at 5:00 pm, followed by Eucharist (including the Bishop’s Charge) at 7:00 pm, the Call to Order, and various items of business. The proceedings will continue on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th at St. Matthias Anglican Church, 6210–188 Street, Edmonton, with the Call to Order at 9:00 am. Official Notice attached.

Capital Region Interfaith Housing Inititative

Interfaith Housing Initiative General Meeting Highlights

The Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing General Meeting was held June 7, 2012. The meeting focused on ways to help Edmonton’s aboriginal population overcome obstacles regarding homelessness and affordable housing. The meeting also included updates on: the Welcome Home Program, which has launched an appeal for donations to its Activity Fund, Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, Congregational Housing Action Guide Workshops, Edmonton Homelessness Commission, Do Likewise Society Neighbor Centre and Homeward Trust’s efforts to end homelessness. The minutes from the meeting, including links to frontline support agencies and upcoming events, can be read here.

Cross bearer Lori Bach from Nazareth Lutheran Church in Standard, AB, leads the procession followed by Pastor Daranne Harris of Hope Lutheran Church in Calgary carrying the Holy Bible, and candle bearers, Pastor Kristian Wold of Bethel Lutheran in Camrose, left, and Canon Jacques Vaillancourt of St. Andrew’s Anglican. Photo: Colleen McGinnis/Celebrations/Canada Lutheran Insert

Unity in Diversity

St. Andrew’s, Camrose Rector, the Rev. Canon Jacques Vaillancourt, participated in the opening worship and first session of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Synod of Alberta and Territories Convention, held at the U of A Augustana Campus (Camrose), May 24-27th. Following the conference, Canon Jacques wrote this reflection on ecumenism


Fresh Perspective on Stewardship

At the end of April, the Edmonton Diocese held a Saturday morning session about stewardship at Christ Church. The speaker was Mark Anschutz from Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The workshop was attended by the chair of the diocesan stewardship committee. Read why David Barnum was inspired by Anschutz’s presentation.