Synod Scene March 31-April 6, 2014




Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for AnnE, Doreen, Fred, Kathleen, Paul, Peter, Robert and Shirley.
  • For those who have died: James and those who mourn: Shuel family.
  • 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.


Expressions of Reconciliation

Shaw_edited-1teepeeCropWhen thousands of aboriginal and non-aboriginal people gathered last week on the traditional Treaty 6 Plains Cree territory where the Shaw Conference Centre overlooks the North Saskatchewan River, signs of reconciliation were everywhere. Indian Residential School Survivors and their families spoke from the heart about loneliness, abuse, pain, despair, loss of culture and loss of identity, giving voice to a dark chapter in Canadian history. Yet, also expressed during the seventh and final Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event was a collective desire for truth, justice, love, healing and, ultimately, right relationship.

Reconciliation was reflected in the willingness to forgive by many of the 402 survivors who courageously and eloquently shared their stories publicly and privately with TRC Commissioners Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Willie Littlechild and Dr. Marie Wilson. It was demonstrated by the hundreds of volunteers (many from churches) and health support workers who provided care and understanding. Reconciliation was knitted and sewn into exquisite prayer shawls; it was baked into birthday cupcakes and crafted into birthday cards symbolic of the cultural and community celebrations children missed while attending residential school.

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Arlene, a residential school survivor, poses with the prayer shawl she chose.

Arlene, a residential school survivor, poses with the prayer shawl she chose.

On opening day, an Education Day for more than 2,300 students, Premier Dave Hancock and the Hon. Frank Oberle, Minister of Aboriginal Relations, announced that Alberta students and teachers (kindergarten to Grade 12) will now be taught in classroom the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the culture of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Bishop Jane spoke of the Edmonton diocese’s commitment to building right relationship and walking together with our aboriginal brothers and sisters. “We are doing our very best to listen and to learn,” she said while helping to present to the Commission symbols of the Anglican commitment to reconciliation. These included a timeline of the evolving relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Anglican Church of Canada and the Terms of Reference for the Primate’s Commission addressing injustices in Canada’s indigenous communities. “We come with no expectations, but hoping for everything…and we humbly ask for permission to walk with you,” she said.

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Noting the recent appointment of Sharon Pasula as Oskâpêwis/Aboriginal Cultural & Educational Helper for Aboriginal Ministry, Bishop Jane said the Edmonton diocese is committed to honouring the wisdom of ceremony and further reconciliation. Parishes were given a smudge box containing sacred medicines and prayers, which they were invited to use during a special liturgy on the last day of the TRC. Each parish will also receive a chokecherry tree to be planted on Trinity Sunday. A sacred berry, chokecherries were used traditionally by aboriginal people for many things from food, to natural remedies, to teepee building.

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A Choral Eucharist and Act of Remembrance for the 150 known children who never returned home from residential schools run by the Anglican Church, was held at All Saints’ Cathedral. The service began with a smudging ceremony led by the Rev. Travis Enright, Canon Missioner for Indigenous Ministry. The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, lit the first candle of remembrance from the Paschal candle. Members of the congregation, who also lit candles, included Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation, Archbishop Terry Finlay, Primate’s Envoy for Residential Schools and the Hon. Dave Hancock, Premier of Alberta. Choral Eucharist and Act of Remembrance Sermon

In his TRC National Event address, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo recalled words spoken to him by his late grandmother shortly after Prime Minister Harper’s 2008 apology on behalf of Canadians for the Indian Residential Schools system: “Holding my hand she leaned in close and said: ‘Grandson, Grandson. They are just beginning to see us.’”

TRC National Event proceedings can be viewed online at  Watch the May issue of The Messenger for more stories and pictures.

Maundy Thursday Service: Clergy of the diocese are invited to a Blessing of Oils, Renewal of Ordination Vows and Foot Washing service on Maundy Thursday, April 17, 10:00 am, at All Saints’ Cathedral.  

Montage by Barbara Marquis St. Peter’s, Edmonton

Montage by Barbara Marquis
St. Peter’s, Edmonton

Interface Worship Easter Vigil: Holy Saturday, the day of the tomb, serves as a borderland between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, joining the two holiest days of the Christian calendar. Interface Worship offers the alternative liturgy “Altarwalk Redux: Dead Man Waiting,” April 19, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10127-145 St, Edmonton. Through art, music, poetry, scripture, symbolism and communion this multi-sensory worship experience invites congregants to the stillness of the tomb as a place to ritualistically join Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Introduction to EfM: An Introduction to EfM (Education for Ministry), will be offered Sunday, April 27, from 2:30-4:00 pm, at All Saints’ Cathedral (10035–103St, Edmonton).

EfM is a four-year program of study to help Christians personally relate faith to their lives and to fulfill their baptismal ministries to love God, to serve Christ, and to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

The program blends study of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, Theology, and Ethics with work in seminar groups guided by accredited mentors. The heart of EfM is a practice called ‘Theological Reflection’ through which one learns how to become more attuned and open to God’s gracious gifts and guidance.

Bishop Jane Alexander endorses EfM as a valuable learning resource and the Edmonton diocese formally sponsors the program so that people can enroll at a reduced rate.

To register for the Introduction to EfM , or for more information, please contact

Ed Brownfield at /780-474 0724. INVITATION attached

Ascend-logo-climbing-cross (1)Ascend Young Adult Ministry: In September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will move into Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton and live in community for 10 months. Monday to Friday, 9-5, these young leaders will have the opportunity to work. On evenings and weekends they will participate in project activities, including daily prayer, mentorship, and developing their spirituality and leadership skills through hands-on experiences. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. POSTER / FAQs For more information or to apply, visit

PrintMake Room at the Table – University Chaplaincy Dinner and Auction: Join us on May 1, 2014! With guest speaker Mayor Don Iveson, dinner, and a silent auction, the evening will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith and support the student ministries in our Diocese. The event will be held at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, with cocktails beginning at 5:30. See the attached POSTER for more information.

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Married couples…”Grab your Sweetheart” & join us for DATE NIGHT 2014!

See Poster. It’s a dance, social, food & fun on Sat., May 3rd at the Winspear Room, U of A Faculty Club from 7 – 11:30 pm. $25/person. Ltd tickets, advance sales only by Fri., April 25th  or 780-436-0625. Hosted by Edmonton Anglican Marriage Encounter.

(Note) Our next Marriage Encounter Weekend is in Edmonton on Nov. 7-9, 2014.  Is this your year to refresh your good or ho-hum marriage into an AMAZING one?  Registration & Information Form

Lay Reader Training Course: The 2014 offering of the diocesan training course for prospective lay readers has been scheduled. All sessions take place on Saturdays, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, at St. David’s Anglican Church (corner of 79th Avenue and 85 Street in Edmonton). This course is for those seeking to be licensed as diocesan lay readers in their respective parishes, and who have the support of their parish incumbent and leadership. The course covers eight sessions, taking place on the following Saturdays: April: 26; May: 10, 24; June: 7, 21; September: 20; October: 4, 18

A course syllabus will be made available at the first session. To register, or for more information, please contact the diocesan chaplain to lay readers, the Rev. Cameron Burns, at ,or by phone at (780) 469-7530.

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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

Base Camp Registration Coming Soon! After a three-year hiatus, Base Camp is back July 7-13, 2014! Rev. Nick (Trussell) and Dr. Mark (Armstrong) are excited to lead teens on an outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay in William Switzer Provincial Park. Base Camp offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, Christian fellowship and much more in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains! Registration information coming soon. POSTER

Hastings Lake Bible Camp – Registration Opens Feb. 20! Register at
Adult Camp—————————— June 24-27
Kidz 1 ——————————– June 29-July 4
Family 1 ————————————  July 6-11
Jr. Youth ———————————  July 13-18
Family 2  ———————————- July 20-25
Kidz 2  ——————————– July 27-Aug. 1
Single Parent Family ——————- August 4-8
Family 3 ——————————- August 10-15
Sr. Youth —————————— August 17-22

2014NWCPostcardNational 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. 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.

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 / BROCHURE attached


Spruce Grove Students Lend Auggie’s Café a Helping Hand

Auggie's Cafe Boy and Girl ReadingGrade One and Four students from Brookwood School in Spruce Grove held a bottle drive and raised $562 for Auggie’s Café, a place where people in need can go for a warm meal. On March 25th the students walked over to Auggie’s Café (at St. Augustine’s Parkland Anglican Church) to read books and do brain teasers with some the seniors having lunch.

Submitted by: Crystal Doll, Grade Four Teacher, Brookwood School 

“Script Salon” at HTAC: A new monthly play reading series featuring eminent local playwrights is set to begin April 6, 7:30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Old Strathcona, 10037-84 Ave, Edmonton. Script Salon kicks off with Katherine Koller’s “Last Chance Leduc,” winner of the 2013 Alberta Playwriting Competition.

“Last Chance Leduc” will be read by Jesse Gervais, Beth Graham, Darlene Auger and Joe Perry in the Upper Arts Space. After each reading the audience is encouraged to ask questions and provide commentary directly to the playwright.

Set during the 1947 Leduc oil strike, the play is a witty and moving portrait of the desperate life of oil field workers of the time. With a baby and another dry well Evalma and Wes struggle in the push-pull of a young marriage in peril. He wants a gusher, she wants a garden. As the men work all day and all night the neglected Ev meets a lady trapper in the woods, Nohkum, who shows her the power of the river in the difficult landscape of marriage. Admission is free although donations are accepted. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is free. For more info, including upcoming performances see attached POSTER / PRESS RELEASE.

Soup'd Up LogoSoup’d Up Cross Walk: Soup’d Up Worship is a Fresh Expressions Ministry of St. Thomas’ Church (4A Raven Drive) in Sherwood Park and provides a chance to connect with others, engage in conversation, explore faith questions, think creatively, reflect and worship God. We gather in a relaxed, family-friendly setting where youngsters to grandparents are welcomed and optional child care is provided. Each month a different theme is featured with an interactive, media-enhanced message and Contemporary Christian music led by our band, ‘the decided.’

This month, Soup’d Up falls on Palm Sunday. We will walk the path of Jesus’ passion with eight reflection stations. Join us for music and meditation on the mystery of God’s Redemption. Each station, created by members of the congregation, will be child and adult-friendly.

Join us! Sunday, April 13, for FREE soup and buns at 5:00 pm, followed by conversation, children’s program, coffee, tea and dessert at 6:00 pm. The evening wraps up around 7:30 pm.

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Annual Rummage Sale: A Huge Rummage Sale will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 101 St. & 84 Ave, Edmonton, on Friday, April 25, 6–9:00 pm, and Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am–1:00 pm. Featuring: small furniture, clothing and household items, books, toys and treasures. Something for everyone! FREE ADMISSION!

St. Timothy’s Presents “The Fourth Cross”: On Sunday, April 27, 7:30 pm, the choir of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 8420-145 Street, presents “The Fourth Cross,” a cantata by Derric Johnson. Directed by Pamela Graham, the performance features Jung-Suk Ryu on piano and Bruce Hogel as Barabbas. Join us for the story that might have been!

PrintCentennial Celebrations – St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 11203 68 Street, Edmonton:

  • April 13, 2014 – 10:30 am: Service of Baptism, Confirmation and Reception with Bishop Jane Alexander
  • May 3, 2014 – 5:00 pm: Centennial Banquet at Beverly Heights Hall. Tickets $25 per person / RSVP deadline April 20, 2014
  • May 4, 2014 – 10:30 am: Homecoming Service

For more information or to purchase banquet tickets, call 780-477-5458 or email

St. Mary’s has a new website. Check it out at:

Good Shepherd Seeks Music Director: The growing parish of Good Shepherd in northwest Edmonton is now accepting applications for the position of music director. Initially, the position will entail 5-7 hours per week including Sunday worship, one evening’s practice, and other occasional services during Holy seasons. Remuneration will be in accord with RCCO guidelines based upon experience and will be renegotiated as the ministry grows! Interested candidates should contact Jon at or on 780.456.4643. For more info, see attached document


OutdoorWayOfTheCrossGood Friday Way of the Cross: Churches of the city are invited to come together for the 34th annual Outdoor Way of the Cross, a powerful walk of testimony to the relevance of the Gospel in relation to the world today. The prayer walk takes place Good Friday, April 18, 10:00 am, at 9908-106 Avenue (Hope Mission) and returns there about Noon.

This year’s theme focuses on 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love. Love drives out fear,” and asks us to consider how the Christian practice of love can drive out the fears that hurt the lives of many marginalized people.

Each station offers a reflection on an aspect of the overall theme, woven together with music. Participants walk from station to station, on a route of 1.8 kilometres on paved streets and lanes, so it should not be difficult for most children or people with mobility challenges. Participants are encouraged to check the weather forecast and dress for conditions. Light refreshments are available at the end of the walk.

Call Linda 780-466-6327 or Jim 780-218-6989 for more information.

Shroud of Turin Exhibit: An official replica of The Shroud of Turin, authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, is currently on display at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825-97 St, Edmonton. The shroud can be viewed Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 4 and 9:00 pm, with brief presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. On Sundays it can be viewed between 1 and 4:00 pm, with an in-depth presentation at 2:00 pm. There will be an All Night Vigil on Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, from 1:00 pm on April 18 to 7:00 pm on the April 19. Please bring a food bank donation. POSTER 


Ronning Centre Talks: Come, listen, and engage with issues of public life and religion, at the Augustana Campus in Camrose:

  • Saturday, 4 April, 1:00-3:30 pm, “On the road to secularism? Charles Taylor meets Jean-Jacques Rousseau,” with Nicholas Wickenden, Prof of History Emeritus, 11116 – 82 Ave, Edmonton
  • Saturday, 12 April, 1:00-3:30 pm, “Is the prophet necessarily a voice crying in the wilderness?” with Martin Tweedale, Prof of Philosophy Emeritus, 11116 – 82 Ave, Edmonton

Visit for more information.

Star of the North Retreat Centre: 3A St. Vital Ave. St. Albert, AB T8N 1K1

Away Days with Sandy Prather
Through a combination of presentations and reflective time, we will explore the themes and ideas of author Richard Rohr in A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, The Active Prayer, 2011. It is not necessary to have read the book.
Wed.Apr.16: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Advance Registration:       $40.00/day     OR   $45.00 at the door         (lunch included)

Courting the Muse: Renewing Inspiration for Our Work & Our Lives
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways of replenishing our creative energies and to enhance our being in the world. Together, we’ll explore what renews and/or depletes our energy, what’s most important to us, and what holds us back. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Facilitator: Alfred DePew
Thursday, May 1, 2014,7pm. Cost is $29. Please register by April 22.

A Journal Keeper’s Workshop
Join us in a workshop designed to free your imagination, renew your enthusiasm, and have fun in bringing your journal practice to the next level. Together, we will explore such techniques as Dialogues, Drawing, Dreamwork, Maps, and Mandalas, and how they can be used to enhance creativity, overcome obstacles, deepen the inner life, and create new strategies for living. For beginners and seasoned diarists alike. Facilitator: Alfred DePew
Friday, May 2, 2014, 7-9 pm and Saturday, May 3, 9am-4pm
Live in: $149. Commute: $89. Please register by Apr. 22

Call 780-459-5511 to register at least 1 week before program begins.

Providence Renewal Centre: 3005 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T6J 5R5

Join Sandy Prather for THE ‘EASTERING’ LIFE
Friday, April 11 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 13 (1:00 pm)
Let [Christ] Easter in us,” writes the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. What does that mean? What would it mean to know Easter as more than a liturgical event we celebrate yearly? What if we knew Easter as a verb, something we do? Come explore the rich invitation to let Christ Easter in us!

with Bishop Emeritus Gerry Wiesner
Sunday, April 13 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 20 (9:00 am)
We will accompany Jesus on his way to Jerusalem by examining key events along the way. In doing so it is hoped that we will be able to enter into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus in our lives. After all, Jesus did say, “I call you friends.” What is our response to this offer? Come for the week or come for one day.

Post-Easter Retreat! YOU ARE MY WITNESSES: Understanding the New Evangelization

with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie
Friday, April 25 (7:00 pm) to Saturday, April 26 (4:30 pm)
Through input, quiet time, prayer, optional sharing, and ritual this retreat will explore new avenues of evangelization aimed at deepening our call to be joyful witnesses to Christ in our lives today.

For more info, or to register call 780-701-18554

Holy Body-Talk: a Retreat for Women in Ministry: This retreat is designed for women employed in their respective churches as a time away to re-center, to pray for and with one another, to share joys and sorrows of ministry, and to support our mutual call to serve the Body of Christ in all of our churches. The retreat will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from April 27-29, 2014. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Alberta Pastoral Care Association – Annual Conference: Open for clergy, volunteers, social workers, and everyone else interested, this year’s conference is themed on The Spiritual Journey: Embracing Life and Becoming. The conference, taking place in Edmonton this year, will be held on April 28-29 and is an excellent opportunity to expand one’s awareness and skills in pastoral care. See the attached brochure for more information.

Church Admin Lunch & Learn: Taylor Seminary, 11525-23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, invites church administrative professionals to a Lunch & Learn session, Wednesday, April 30, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Microsoft Office specialist Joanne Swensrud of Edmonton-based computer training centre Know It Sooner will present a variety of tips and tricks to use Microsoft Office effectively and efficiently. Please join us for some lunch, some learning and hopefully some laughs too! Sign up at or for more info, contact Heather

Parliament of World’s Religions Conference: From May 1–4, the Edmonton Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (ECPWR), presents “Faiths Coming Together through awareness, compassion, justice “at the University of Alberta. The conference will feature workshops, panels, films, concerts and presenters, including keynote speakers, Amir Hussain, editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Dawn Waring, an environmental activist and professor at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. The ECPWR is a committee of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Action and Education For information, or to register visit: BROCHURE attached

Becoming a Missional Church and Leader: Alan Roxburgh, one of the foremost thinkers in everything missional, suggests that the missional church, ideally, is a unified body of believers intent on being God’s incarnational presence to the surrounding community. This intensive three-day workshop focuses on answering the question, “HOW do we become that church?”
Where: Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB,  7th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders
When: May 6 to May 8, 2014
Cost: $450 including taxes, lunches, and materials (discounts available for groups of 3 or more)
More Information:

Online Crisis Response Training: The Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry (CiRCLe M) is offering free webinars on Rural Church and Community Crisis Response Training, May 15 and 22, 2014, to help churches, EMOs, and other local organizations prepare to respond when crises arise in rural communities. To register, contact CiRCLe M by phone: 306-966-7864; or email:

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