Have you read the interview with our new Primate Linda Nicholls in the Anglican Journal? In it Primate Nicholls speaks about change, challenges, strengths and finances. All things that we face at the parish level as well as in our own lives daily.

Here is an excerpt from the online version which I encourage you to read in full. Please pray for our new Primate, that she may be guided and supported by the Holy Spirit, and that we may support her in unity and truth.

“The Anglican Church of Canada’s new primate says her top priority will be a review of the church’s mission and ministry—a re-examination of its role that could result in “painful” change for some as the church adjusts to challenging times.

Linda Nicholls, bishop of the diocese of Huron, was elected the church’s 14th primate in Vancouver on July 13, partway through General Synod. She is the first woman in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada to hold the position.

In her first interview with the Anglican Journal as primate, two days after the installation, Nicholls said her first priority would be to get started on a strategic review of the national church’s ministry and mission. The review, mandated by General Synod after a vote July 14, is to be undertaken by the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which the primate chairs, and is to culminate in the presentation of a strategic plan to General Synod when it next meets in 2022.

The process, Nicholls said, is likely to bring improvements as well as change that some will find difficult.

‘I think people in general find it easiest to stay with what we’ve always done, because change is always painful—it doesn’t matter what change,” she said. “It means losses and it means gains. And sometimes we can’t see the gains because we’re too busy grieving the losses. And so, until we can see that the gains will be life-giving for us in new ways, we’re reluctant.’”

See you soon, Mother Lucy

Full article: https://www.anglicanjournal.com/new-primate-foresees-time-of-change-for-national-church/

 

Hard to believe September is upon us. Soon I will be plagued once more on my commute by high schoolers heading to class instead of people heading to the PNE! Parents will breathe a sigh of relief as they no longer have to worry about occupying their young ones or finding sitters. Teachers will begin facing the inevitable knowledge loss that follows the summer holidays. So what are we doing as Anglicans as September approaches?

We’re observing a season of creation!

Christians around the world are invited to give particular attention to praying and caring for God’s creation as part of the global Season of Creation, observed from September 1 to October 4 every year. General Synod 2019 passed a resolution adopting the Season of Creation in the Anglican Church of Canada as a time of prayer, education, and action and encouraging dioceses and parishes to participate.

There are many ways your community can participate in the Season of Creation. Hold an ecumenical or interfaith prayer service; worship outdoors; go for a hike with members of your parish; work to reduce your plastic or energy consumption; or advocate for stronger environmental policy.

How are you going to participate in the global Season of creation? What could we do as a community?

See you soon,

Mother Lucy