Around the dioceses, May 2019

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UVic students to walk Camino

A group of University of Victoria students has been preparing for a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Co-led by the Rev. Ruth Dantzer, Anglican campus chaplain, and the Rev. Henri Lock, United Church chaplain, the pilgrimage was scheduled to begin April 28 at the monastery along the ancient Camino Frances route. After two nights of immersion in Gregorian chant and Christian contemplative thought, the students will begin the 250-km trek to Santiago.

“Beginning in September, Henri and I facilitated a regular course on the topic of pilgrimage that was held at the Interfaith Chapel on UVic’s campus. We selected eight UVic students to participate in the pilgrimage journey, students who were active in regular programming at the Interfaith Chapel,” Dantzer said.

“Going on a pilgrimage is evangelical in nature, as participants will have the opportunity to walk an ancient path that is infused with historical, traditional and spiritual significance from the Christian religion.”

The initiative is supported by a Vision Fund grant from the diocese of British Columbia.

—Diocesan Post

Seafarers mission sees increased volunteer need

Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario has sent out an urgent call for volunteers for the 2019 shipping season.

“Our people were doing double and triple duty at the Oshawa mission last season because ships were coming in so frequently,” said the Rev. Judith Alltree, the mission’s executive director and senior port chaplain. “It was great for the seafarers, but we’re going to need a lot more people.”

Changes have also been underway for the Southern Ontario mission. It opened the Terry Finlay Seafarers Centre in the Port of Oshawa in June 2017, and it has been busy there ever since, Alltree said. Volunteers there will need to grow from seven to 12-15 to keep up with demand.

Volunteers are also needed at the Toronto mission, which is moving to a new space in PortsToronto’s Cruise Ship Terminal. The mission, which relies entirely on donations and grants, has been unable to sell its former Pier 51 location; pipes burst on January 30, leading to flooding and rendering the building unusable.

—The Anglican

New Westminster visits Northern Philippines

On February 17—and after more than 13 hours of flight—a team of travellers from the diocese of New Westminster arrived in Manila for a 10-day visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP), part of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

The team attended the EDNP’s 48th convention at the cathedral in Bontoc, toured the region and visited many churches.

Among those who visited were Archbishop Melissa Skelton, Deacon Eric Stroo, the Rev. Tellison Glover, the Rev, Arvin Amayag, Diocesan Council youth representative Jade Martin-Seedhouse and three newly ordained clergy.

—Topic

Priest launches book on diet, body image

A diocese of Niagara priest has written a book to offer Christian perspectives on health and diet to churchgoers, pastors and wellness counselors.

The Living Diet: A Christian approach to food and diet, written by the Rev. Canon Martha Tatarnic, “combines personal, communal, and theological perspectives on eating and body image,” according to Church Publishing Inc., publisher of the book.

The publisher said the book responds to increasing anxiety and isolation people feel around their bodies and food choices. “Drawing on a rich assemblage of personal and collected stories grounded in the teachings of Jesus, The Living Diet offers a joyful alternative to the desperation and dissatisfaction that have become cultural norms for both eating and body image, inviting us to consider our choices in the context of community.”

Tatarnic is rector of St. George’s Church in St. Catharines, Ont.

—Niagara Anglican

Churches open their ovens for Trappers’ festival

In a place where the winters can seem unending, the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival brings the communities of The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation together for all things northern: championship dog races, log splitting and flour packing. You can also witness contests of practical skills like bannock making, fish filleting and tea boiling, all done on a fire that competitors must build by axe and match.

Local churches get involved by opening their doors—and ovens—to Trappers’ participants, providing homemade meals for hungry participants and spectators. In The Pas, Christ Church’s Anglican Church Women and Men in Aprons served stew, chili, authentic tourtière, pie, bannock and hot drinks. At Opaskwayak Cree Nation, members of Church of the Messiah hosted breakfasts and lunches; the Anglican Church Women at Church of the Redeemer offered the same, with traditional food donated by community members: fresh-fried pickerel, rabbit stew, moose meat, wild raspberries and saskatoons.

Funds raised during the outreach effort will support church programming and community initiatives.

—The Mustard Seed

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Matthew Townsend
Matthew Townsend has worked in editorial, journalistic, and web development roles with a variety of organizations, including the The Living Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY, and the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. He is a member of Episcopal Communicators and has consulted with a variety of ecumenical organizations, including Atlantic School of Theology, the Presbyterian Endowment Network, and the Associated Church Press.

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