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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. churched@anglican.ca

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.

Travis Enright (left) and Quinn Strikwerda (right) are ferried across Cohoha Lake on the Burundi-Rwanda Border.

Home from Burundi!

The Ven. Alan Perry, the Rev. Canon Travis Enright and the Rev. Quinn Strikwerda have returned to our diocese with stories of hope and goodwill from the Diocese of Buyé in Burundi, Africa. We invite you to check out Alan’s blog, Edmonton Buye, a day-by-day travelogue featuring many colourful photos of the beautiful country of Burundi and the beautiful people of the Buye diocese.

Travis and Quinn surrounded by kids

Buye Diocese Visit in Pictures

Here is a photo gallery of the trip the Ven.  Alan Perry, the Rev. Canon Travis Enright and the Rev. Quinn Strikwerda took to the Diocese of Buye in Burundi, Africa. Please feel free to visit Alan’s blog, where he updated us on their daily outings and the beautiful people they met along the way.

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Growing Healthy Churches with NCD

Under the leadership of Carol Blair, the diocese launched a three-year Natural Church Development (NCD) Initiative in 2012. NCD is one tool offered to churches to encourage, enable and equip people for ministry. For many years a number of churches in the diocese have used NCD to better understand and develop their congregations. Thirteen parishes were invited to take part in the diocesan pilot project. Click here to read on.

Experience Easter at St. George's

An Easter Experience at St. George’s, Fort Saskatchewan

From April 4-7th, the parish of St. George’s, Fort Saskatchewan hosted an interactive Easter Experience – a visual expression of the last days of Jesus’ life. Participants visited six stations of the cross, retracing Christ’s journey on the day of his passion. As participants moved from the glory of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the […]