We invite all - in ways that work for your parishes, towns and contexts - to join in a day of prayer for Ukraine. (See below some of the ways we have included) Please also invite your local ministerials and other faith groups to join together with us. We have created a Zoom link for Friday March 18th that will remain open over the noon hour so that if anyone would like to join us and pray, they would be welcome there.
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"Even so, land and people have suffered together, as invariably they must. Under the rule of industrial economics, the land, our country, has been pillaged for the enrichment, supposedly, of those humans who have claimed the right to own or exploit it without limit. Of the land community much has been consumed, much has been wasted, almost nothing has flourished.
But this has not been inevitable. We do not have to live as if we are alone."
- Wendell Berry, It All Turns on Affection.
The promise of the Revelation is that the whole world will be swept up into glory; renewed and transfigured by the goodness of God. And yet, we are confronted with threats of evil, witnessing the brokenness and trauma. How long will evil dream up acts of defiance? Why is this even possible? Our God is so not like that. God is good and kind, longsuffering and merciful.
In Lent, we remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. But humanity is more than dust, we are God breathed dirt, made in the image of a relational loving God. Now is the time to pay attention to our God breathed humanity. To pay attention to the dust that blankets the flicker of the divine in our lives and relationships. Have we become captive to small dreams we can accomplish, seduced by a way that is average? Instead of being invigorated by Jesus who is two forces of equal measure — fully God and fully man — defining what it is to be a person fully alive.
David Chang in Eat a Peach says, “a bowl of rice is bland. A chili relish is too salty and spicy to eat alone. Eaten together they’re perfect.”(209) Fully God and Fully Man coming together in Jesus is humanity in person fully realized.
This Lent may the Breath of God blow the dust of our image[inations], becoming the body of Christ, authoring God’s story of being a community fully alive.
The Missional Coaches are excited to bring you workshops - especially now that we are able to come in person. We have a foundational workshop which gives the background and helps to understand the history and how that affects our perceptions. Then there are more specific workshops after that, including:
Missional Organization Structures
Missional Youth and Children
Missional Small Groups
Sharing our Personal Faith
We would love to come and work with you as a parish to see how you are already being missional, and how we can support you in small ways to consider a new mindset about becoming more missional. Please contact the Diocese Office to set up a time to chat about your missional goals and book your workshop!
Address to the Canadian Christian Community on the War in Ukraine
His Grace Ilarion
Please find the link to this Address by His Grace Bishop Ilarion, Temporary Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada here.
St. Andrew Anglican Church in Moscow
Please find here a link to a story from the Church of England, regarding the need for prayers for The Anglican Church in Moscow. We ask that you join in praying for them even as we lift the Ukrainian people in prayer.
Annual Returns are now due
The Diocese Office is reminding parishes that the Annual Returns are now due.
Thank you to those parishes who have already submitted their Returns.
The documents needed can be found on our Website. We require the following forms: Election of Lay Delegates to Synod, Election of Officers for the coming year, General & Statistical Information, Financial Information from 2021, Health & Safety Information and your parish Missional Footprint.
As the deadline has now passed, we ask that these forms be sent in at your earliest convenience.
Job Posting - Full-Time Incumbent
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary
Search has begun for a Full-Time Incumbent position for the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.
If you are interested in reading the parish profile, please be in touch with the Executive Officer by email.
St. Patrick's Family-Friendly Event at St. Peter, Okotoks
Saturday, March 19 - 5:30 to 10:00 pm
Come celebrate St.Patrick with us as we host a family-friendly evening with food, beverages and art for sale with live music. Doors open at 5:30 pm, art exhibit with artists present, Food Truck, desserts, cash bar, and music until 10:00 pm(ish).
Advance tickets: $5.00, children under 12 are free.
Visual Artists include: Artrophy (Bhuddi and Kupu); Dianne Goldade; Shirley Mackillop; Allana Shumka; Gerald St. Maur; Susan Torris; Lorrainne McAree; Lorianne Wigens; Tina Winistock
Live Music provided by: Kill the Reverb; Dena Stewart and Steve Anderson; Jazz Trio featuring Tim Korthius, Alanna Shumka and Sam Shumka
Food and Drinks for sale: Il Forno Vagabondo Food Truck, and Ladle of Love providing St. Patrick's desserts.
Cursillo Revival Weekend: Where is Jesus Meeting Us?
Save the Date! Friday, April 29 to Saturday, April 30
The Calgary Cursillo Movement is excited to announce a Weekend of Revival - an opportunity to gather, to reflect and to re-learn the essential core values of Cursillo. This Weekend is open to all Cursillistas - lay people and clergy.
Save this date to your calendars, and watch for more details to come regarding information and registration.
Anglican Laity Retreat
Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre - Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24
After two years of cancellation, we are delighted to offer this Retreat.
This year, The Right Rev. Derek Hoskin (Ret.) will be joining us to celebrate the Eucharist on April 24.
For more information, contact John and Patti Sinclair or calling (403) 288-3294.
Job Opportunity: PWRDF is currently seeking to fill the post of Planned Giving and Major Gifts Senior Advisor. This 12-month contract position offers the opportunity to work remotely. We are searching for a candidate who will bring passion and knowledge to this important work in support of PWRDF’s vision for a truly just, healthy and peaceful world. More information can be found here.
Aid for Ukraine: PWRDF is supporting Ukrainians forced to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion. The initial grant of $20,000 issued to an ACT Alliance appeal has been increased to $50,000. The grants will fund the work of Action by Churches Together (ACT) member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA). How can you help? To make a donation to this response online, click here. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and PWRDF will return your call, or mail your cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2. Please mark Ukraine in the memo field.
Say Yes! to Kids
April 1 to June 30, 2022
Who is eligible? Any parish in Canada with a vision for ministry and outreach to young people.
When? Apply now and campaign alongside your peers nationwide from April 1 to June 30.
- to raise funds needed to bring your church's vision for youth ministry to life
- to receive fundraising and communications mentorship from AFC's experienced team
- to reconnect with families in your community by raising awareness about your youth programs
- to benefit from an AFC-led effort to secure leadership donations, including matching gifts.
I'm interested. What next? Visit our website and register for an upcoming webinar.
Sorrento Programs in 2022
Registration is now open for our Summer programs. Come for one week, or come for them all. You will find environmental and nature-based programs, as well as outdoor spirtuality and experiential spiritual teachings, including core Anglican, reconciliation and interfaith offerings. As always, you will have the opportunity to enrich your heart and soul through arts and craft-based playful creativity. Start planning here.
Join our summer team for part or all of the summer. We will be building a dynamic team of young people to help make the "Summer at Sorrento Centre" experience extraordinary. Job openings are now available in childcare, summer program leaders, kitchen staff, groundskeepers, housekeeping, lifeguarding and videography. Details can be found here.
We'd Like to Hear from You
We are interested in what is happening in your parish and would love to highlight those events and news in our newsfeed.
We look forward to your contributions - feel free to forward your event announcements, your parish news, your stories. Send in your details and pictures to email@example.com.
Please remember in your prayers:
- our clergy and churches as they engage in re-opening to in-person services;
- those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, remembering those suffering from COVID-19 and their caregivers, those feeling isolated and those who are vulnerable;
- for peace within our country, and in the world, remembering especially this week the country of Ukraine;
- for Monica, Howard, Dana, Bob, Terry, Janet, and Dawn;
- those who have died and those who mourn, remembering the Carroll family;
- the victims of violence and natural disasters;
- our Indigenous brothers and sisters, especially remembering their hurt and grief at this time;
- refugees, remembering those fleeing the Taliban regime, and those fleeing war in the Ukraine.
Request a prayer:
Send prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can pray for you. We will only use first names which will be removed after two or three weeks. We will also pray for you during our regular Chapel services each week. Please ensure that you have permission from those whose names you are submitting for prayer, and that they understand their name will be made public to all who subscribe to the Newsletter.