Synod Scene January 20-26, 2014




Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for Don, Doreen, Fred, Hope, James, Jean, Joshua, Pat, Paul and Robert.
  • For those who have died, and those who mourn.
  • Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.
  • Bishop Sixbert Macumi and our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Buyé, Burundi Africa.


Prayers for the Sudanese Community: As the violence in South Sudan persists and peace talks are delayed, please keep pastor Akon Akon, deacon John Ayuen and the Dinka community at All Saints’ Cathedral in your prayers. Many family members have been displaced by the political turmoil.

In response to the tens of thousands of people forced to flee from their homes, PWRDF has also contributed an initial $20,000 to relief efforts. You can find the full story here.

There are several ways to donate to PWRDF’s relief efforts:

  • Online: designate your online donation to “South Sudan Conflict.”
  • By phone: call 416-924-9192 ext. 355, or 1-866-308-7973. Contact is Jennifer Brown.
  • Cheques: please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “South Sudan Conflict” and mail them to: The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, The Anglican Church of Canada, 80, Hayden Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2


It is our pleasure to announce that Bishop Jane Alexander intends, God willing, to ordain

the Rev. Heather Liddell to the diaconate in the Diocese of Edmonton

February 16, 2014

Memorial Thomas Bray (Transferred)

3:00 pm

All Saints’ Cathedral

10035–103 Street, Edmonton

Your prayers and presence are requested. Clergy are invited to vest. The colour is white.

Please note that in an attempt to be cognizant of the travel conditions in January,

the time for the ordination has been set for the afternoon.


Synod Office Administrative Assistant: We are very pleased to welcome Rochelle Nieuwenhuis to the synod office team. Rochelle started as part-time administrative assistant at the beginning of January. A member of St. Peter’s, Edmonton and a recent university graduate, she brings many gifts to her position. Friendly and knowledgeable, Rochelle has already produced the Synod Scene newsletter, charitable receipts, news content for The Messenger and diocesan website and much more. If you would like to drop Rochelle a line, her email is  

Prayer Shawls Needed: Five hundred prayer shawls are needed for the TRC National Event, to be held in Edmonton, March 27-30, 2014. Knitters, sewers and quilters are invited to create one or more prayer shawls or lap blankets. They will be given to survivors as a sign of our respect and compassion and desire for healing and reconciliation. The shawls should be large enough to be wrapped around the shoulders or are placed across the lap and can be any pattern or colour. As you create your shawl or blanket, please take some time to reflect on your actions and envision the hope of warmth and good wishes for the one who will receive it. Prayer shawls can be brought to the Churches Listening to Survivors Area at the Shaw Conference Centre on March 27, 2014, or may be dropped off (by March 25) at any of the following church or ministry offices:

  • St. Faith’s Anglican Church: 11725-93 St. NW, Edmonton. 780-422-3240
  • Robertson-Wesley United Church: 10209-123 St. NW Edmonton. 780-482-1587, Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday nights, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • St. Albert United Church: 20 Grove Dr. Green, St. Albert. 780-458-8355, Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • St. Paul’s United Church: 11526 76th Ave. NW, Edmonton. 780-436-1555, Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Sherwood Park United Church: 20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park 780-467-7377, Monday: 9:30 to 3:30, Tuesday to Thursday: 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Southminster-Steinhauer United Church: 10740-19 Ave, Edmonton, 780-435-2028 Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Trinity United Church: 8810 Meadowlark Road, Edmonton. 780-489-0860, Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • On Eagle’s Wings: 10072-164 Street, Edmonton. 780-440-6594, Monday to Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

For further information about the TRC, visit, or

Congregations can download a “Training for Reconciliation Resource Kit” from the Social Justice Institute website: POSTER attached

Week of Prayer for Christian UnityA City-wide Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014, 7:00 pm, at St. Matthias Anglican Church (6210-188 Street). Reception to follow. Hosted by Edmonton and District Council of Churches (EDCC)

Has Christ been divided? (1 Cor. 1:1-17) Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:

  • A City-wide Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014, 7:00 pm, at St. Matthias Anglican Church (6210-188 Street). Bishop Jane will preach at this service. Reception to follow. Hosted by Edmonton and District Council of Churches (EDCC)
  • A University Service will be held Sunday, January 26, 7:30 pm, St. Joseph’s College on the U or A campus. Anglican students are invited to join with fellow Christians from the University community to pray for renewed bonds of friendship and common mission in the service of Christ and of our neighbors. An offering will be taken in support of the Survivors Travel Fund which will assist residential school survivors who want to attend the national TRC event in Edmonton in March of this year. POSTER attached

Christian Education Courses: All Saints’ Cathedral College, a virtual campus providing learning opportunities for both lay and clergy persons, is offering the following courses in 2014:

The Paradox of Power
Instructor, the Rev. Dr. Joanne NealTuesday evenings, February 4 through March 11, 2014
Based on Michael Crosby’s text of the same name (The Paradox of Power: From Control to Compassion), this course looks at how our understanding of power can shape our work as pastoral and spiritual leaders. What responsibilities do we have to be aware of the potential of power to create compassionate and transformative relationships? The short text, The Little Book of Conflict Transformation (J.P. Lederach) and the classic novel, The Scapegoat (Daphne Du Maurier) will also be used. For additional information, please contact Joanne Neal at 780-428-6323. Please note that this course is available as a 6-module workshop series for rural clergy who would like to conduct the course themselves in their home parishes.

The registration fee for each of the above courses is $75, to be paid to the instructor. For more info and to register, call: 780-428-6323, or visit:  Spring 2014 Courses

2014 Clergy Retreat: Clergy Retreat will be held February 25 to 27 at Star of the North Retreat Centre 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert. The retreat will be directed by Canon Stephen Cherry, Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral, Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support in the Diocese of Durham and author of Healing Agony and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2011 Lent Book, Barefoot Disciple. This is a silent retreat. Please bring your Bible, BCP, BAS and Common Praise (1998). The attached registration form must be returned by February 13 at noon.

There has been an IMPORTANT ADDITION to the retreat schedule. Immediately prior to the retreat, you are asked to attend a presentation from CCS, the consulting firm directing the Mission Fund Campaign approved by Synod in 2012. The presentation will be held at Star of the North on Tuesday, February 25. For those living in Edmonton the presentation is at 1:00 pm, and for those traveling from out of town the presentation is at 2:30 pm. Please inform us if you are registering for the Clergy Retreat but will not be able to attend this presentation.

TheFirst100YearsCentennial Corner:

What’s Your Story? Bishop Jane would like to hear “Why Jesus for You?” To share your story, call or email Margaret Marschall at the Synod Office 780-439-7344/ We also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to: Faith stories can be viewed online at

Parish of the Month: In celebration of our Centennial, The Messenger began a special series featuring parishes in the Edmonton diocese. To share the story of your parish in action, please complete and email the attached form along with one or two high resolution pictures, to

National Worship Conference: Discover how art, drama, food, fun, poetry, multimedia, music, movement, nature, spiritual elements, and storytelling can be interwoven with Anglican, Lutheran, and cross-generational threads, to create meaningful and transformational worship. The National ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference: “Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living” will unfold July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton. Together, presenters and participants from across North America will explore diverse, yet intrinsic styles of worship. For more information see the attached postcard and poster, or visit

Share the Gift of Music
In preparation for the conference, congregations are invited to sing the hymn “Great God, Whose Story” during worship. Please email Margaret Marschall ( to share a videoclip of your congregation singing on the NWC 2014 website.

Companion of the Worship Arts
Do you know a Canadian Anglican who has made a significant contribution to worship at the local, diocesan, or even a national level? Why not nominate that person for the Companion of the Worship Arts? The award will be conferred this coming year at the ELCIC/ACC national worship conference. Learn more about the award, or make a nomination

Justice Camp 2014 – “Land”: Registration Now Open! This summer, the Edmonton diocese will host the national Anglican Justice Camp, from August 15-21, 2014. Through a program of directed immersion experiences and hands-on workshops, including trips to Fort McMurray and Jasper National Park, participants will discover ways to safeguard creation. There are seven plenary streams to choose from, including: The Arts and Social Change, Inter-religious Perspectives, Food Ethics, Ecology and Conservation, Aboriginal Reconciliation, Urban Poverty and the Oil and Gas Industry. Through reflection, worship, and relationship building exercises participants will develop skills to become effective social justice leaders within their own local communities. Online registration is now open  POSTER attached


Induction Service for Good Shepherd Rector: God-willing, the Rev. Jonathan Connell will be inducted as rector of the Anglican Parish of Good Shepherd on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the service at 15495 Castledowns Road, Edmonton.

Organ Recital at SJE on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm. Cedric Abday will give an All-Bach organ recital to celebrate the recent refurbishment of the organ, and also to celebrate the wonderful teaching of our own Dr. Kobie Kloppers. Included in the program are such highlights as the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the Dorian Toccata and Fugue, and the organ prelude on “Sleepers Wake”.  Come one, come all!

Induction Services for Edgerton/Wainwright Rector: God-willing, the Rev. Ann Marie Nicklin will be inducted as rector of St. Thomas, Wainwright, 305 12 Street, on Friday, January 31. A potluck supper will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by the service at 7:30 pm. She will be inducted as rector of St. Mary, Edgerton, the following morning, Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 am, followed by a potluck lunch. All are welcome.

St. Matthias’ 25th Anniversary Gala: “Let’s Dress Up and Celebrate!” On Saturday, February 8, St. Matthias (6210-188 St, Edmonton) will host “a fabulous evening of good food, music, reminiscing, dancing and much more.” Please share this exciting event with friends and family. Cocktails at 5:30 pm & Dinner at 6:30 pm. Prices: $40/Adult, $10/Child (12 yr. under); Kids free (2 yr. under). Personal and corporate donations (tax receipts issued) will be accepted to support the event as well as Legacy Projects planned for St Matthias. Please contact for donations. Advance tickets can be purchased by or before Sunday, February 2. POSTER attached.

Induction Service for St. Peter Rector: God-willing, the Rev. Robyn Barnes will be inducted as rector of the Anglican Parish of St. Peter on Sunday, February 9 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the service at 11035-127 Street, Edmonton.


“Transforming Mission” Speaker: Doug Pagitt (Solomon’s Porch) will be speaking on emergent church and the future of church in today’s culture. This will be the first presentation in the “Transforming Mission” speaker series. Doug will be speaking at St. Albert United Church on Friday, January 24, 7 to 9:00 pm, and Saturday, January 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration is $140 (this includes lunch and snacks). For details and registration go to Doug Pagitt Speaks in St. Albert All are welcome.

Foundations for Christ-centered Church Renewal: Last fall, the Rev. Ron Hörst took the Foundation course from the Springs Academy and found it a useful resource for ibuilding community and spiritual vitality: “This is a course for clergy using the book Springs of Living Water by David S. Young. The forward of the book is written by Richard Foster, author of the Celebration of Discipline which has been used since 1978 to encourage spiritual disciplines in the church. In his career, David Young has helped bring vitality to various Anabaptist churches looking for greater depth through these disciplines. He now works with a variety of clergy from all manner of traditions. Classes, five as I recall, were conducted by phone and included individual coaching. I found these phone calls to be a great help. All in all, the material also dovetailed with other efforts my parish is doing to bring about a greater sense of community and spiritual vitality.”

For an Academy brochure, please email or call (717) 615-4515. The Springs website is

Call for Youth Art: The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee plan to launch a public awareness campaign in April. Featured in the ad will be art reflecting how youth feel about hate and its impact on their community. Submissions are due February 15, 2014 and can be emailed to The winning submission will receive a $250 cash prize, a plaque, and a day tour with Edmonton Police officers. For further information, contact or see the attached POSTER

Council of the North Survey: Each year, parishes are invited to host a Council of the North Sunday. The communications team asks for your input in planning Council of the North Sunday resources in 2014. A short survey will provide valuable feedback. All survey responses are anonymous and the information collected will remain private. Take the online survey now at The Council of the North webpage is

Aboriginal Theology and Spirituality Conference: The Dept. of Theological Studies, Concordia University Montreal QC, is offering the conference “Beyond Dream-catchers: aboriginal theology and spirituality in the Canadian context” from January 31 to February 1, 2014. Keynote speakers, including National Indigenous Anglican Bishop the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, bring perspectives on aboriginal faith, film-making, literature and politics. For more info or to register, call: (514) 848-2424, ext 2475 or email: See attached POSTER

DMin Course: Healthy Communities:You are invited to participate in a week-long course offered by the Lutheran Theological Seminary, which will examine the ecological, economic, political, social, cultural and spiritual health of rural communities in an integrated and experiential way. The course will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Camrose, from February 10-14, 2014. Clergy from any denomination are welcome to attend and others are welcome to audit this course. Details and contact info are available at

Upcoming Talks from the Ronning Centre

  • “Servant Leader,” Les Parsons, Religion and Public Life Café (Epp Conference room 2-004), Augustana. Friday, 24 January, 8:30-10:00am.
  • “Is there still a constructive role for religions in debating public issues?” David Goa, Philosophers’ Café, Steeps (11116 – 82 Ave) Edmonton. Saturday, 25 January, 1:00-3:30pm.
  • We will also be hosting a series of talks with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Mumtaz Ahmad 30 January – 1 February. See attached POSTER.

For more details, visit

Potter’s Clay Concert: a fundraiser for the Hastings Lake Bible Camp Come out to Messiah Lutheran Church, Camrose, for a wonderful afternoon of music on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm. There will be a free-will offering for Hastings Lake Bible Camp, with lunch and fellowship to follow. FaithLife Financial will give a grant up to $500 to match offering received at the concert.

“Wounded by God’s People” – an interview with the author: Central Baptist will be interviewing (live-by-Skype) Anne Graham Lotz about her new book Wounded by God’s People, on Thursday January 23, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and you are welcome to attend. See or the attached POSTER for more details.

King’s University College Events:

“The Creator’s Sacrifice” Art Exhibit: King’s is pleased to present a new art exhibit, “Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin (The Creator’s Sacrifice)” featuring the work of Cree artist Ovide Bighetty. This series of 17 paintings depict the Crucifixion-Resurrection story in Ovide’s unique Woodland Cree style. The series was commissioned for the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship. The exhibit is on display at King’s as part of our preparations for the Truth and Reconciliation commission events taking place March 27-30 and will be on display until then.

Youth Ministry Course: As part of its Youth Ministry Certificate program, The King’s University College is offering a one-week intensive summer course entitled Spiritual Formation for Ministry taught by Dr. Syd Hielema (Youth Ministry Coordinator at Redeemer University College). Dates: Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27, 2014, on the King’s Campus. For more detailed information, visit the King’s website (, or contact Dr. Hank Bestman (780.465.3500, ext. 8047).

Older Adults Making a Difference: The Sage Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of people in greater Edmonton who have reached the age of 60. Nominations are sought in the following categories: Arts and Culture, Community Building, Education, Environment, Health and Wellness, Public and Non-profit, Science and Technology, Social Justice and Peace, Sport and Leisure and Transportation. A Sage Awards poster and nomination form are attached. The deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2014.

Star of the North Retreat Centre Programs: Several day retreats and educational programs are available this winter, including Away Days Retreats, Exploration of Scripture Through Biblical Art, Relationship Renewal, Images of Hope: for Transformative Personal Growth and Healing, and Table for Two: Valentine’s Dinner. You are also welcome to attend our weekly contemplative prayer gatherings and Christian meditation evenings. For more details, costs, and registration information, see the attached POSTER.

Providence Renewal Centre: Come and refresh after the Christmas Frenzy. The Providence Renewal Centre invites you to participate in their day retreats and programs. Spend a day in peace and quiet, set aside time for reflection and spiritual self-care, or to learn about the journey of Thomas Merton, a mystic who touched the lives of many. For costs and more details, see the attached POSTER. To register, call 780-701-1854 or go to

Staff Needed at Hastings Lake: Hastings Lake Bible Camp is looking for individuals to apply for special positions at camp for Summer of 2014. We are in need of qualified people for Summer Program Director and Head Cook. If you or anyone you know would be interested and qualified for these positions, please send us an email at

Job Opportunity: Alpha Regional Director: Alpha Ministries Canada is looking for a full-time Regional Director for Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. Please visit for more details. The job posting will be open until February 15, 2014.

“Strengthening Ministry in Town and Country” Rural Ministry Conference: A conference for rural pastors and laity of all denominations will be held February 27 to March 1, 2014 in St. Albert. Keynote speaker is the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, who has authored and co-authored several publications on topics including the ‘sacramental connections between faith and the environment’ and ‘joining multiculturalism and evangelism’. The conference will include seminars, break-out sessions, worship, fellowship, and networking opportunities. It is presented by the Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry (CiRCLe M), Rural Church Pastors Network (RCPN), and Cypress Hills Rural Pastors’ Conferences. For more info or to register, visit: POSTER attached

Athabasca Bishop Seeks Christ Church Rector: The Bishop of Athabasca seeks to appoint a full-time rector of Christ Church in Grande Prairie. Interested clergy may request a parish profile from the synod office in Peace River. Applications will include a response to the profile, a current curriculum vitae, and a short description of their spiritual journey. Applications will be received until March 31, 2014. Diocese of Athabasca, PO Box 6868, Peace River, AB T8S 1S6, 780-624-2767, Job Profile attached

General Secretary Seeks Office Manager: The Anglican Church of Canada is seeking to fill the position – Manager, Office of the General Secretary and Coordinator of General Synod. The incumbent supports the work of the General Secretary as Chief Operating Officer of Church House. A description of the position, including typical duties and responsibilities, may be found at: Please apply by January 24, 2014 by submitting a resume accompanied by a letter describing your experience and the reasons for your interest to: Manager, Human Resources, The Anglican Church of Canada, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 3G2, / Job Profile 


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