Joint Assembly 2013


Have we ever really stopped to think about how much water has shaped the course of history? How much the use of water shapes our daily routines? How access to clean water is a given in some places in the world and such a crisis in others?

Palestinian women and children pass through the Bethlehem checkpoint in August 2012. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Shutterstock

Mid-East resolution stirs reaction

The resolution on peace and justice in Palestine and Israel,passed by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada at itsOttawa meeting earlier this month, has met with mixed reactions fromPalestinian and Israeli organizations.

The Rev. Nancy Bruyere, a non-stipendiary priest from the diocese of Keewatin, has been named suicide prevention co-ordinator for western Canada and the Arctic. Photo: Marites N. Sison

New aboriginal suicide prevention co-ordinator

In response to the suicide crisis affecting some native communities in western Canada and in the Arctic, the Anglican Church of Canada’s indigenous ministries department has appointed a new suicide prevention co-ordinator for that region.

The Joint Assembly had a "very positive, upbeat spirit," says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Art Babych

‘Spirit-filled, spirit-led’ gathering

Archbishop Fred Hiltz described the recently concluded Joint Assembly as a “spirit-filled, spirit-led” gathering that can only strengthen the full communion relationship of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

General Synod members line up on July 6 to speak to the resolution proposing a change to the church's marriage canon, to allow the marriage of same-sex couples. Photo: Art Babych

Joy, sadness over proposed marriage canon change

For some Canadian Anglicans, General Synod’s decision on July 6 tobring to its next meeting in 2016 a resolution changing the church’slaw to allow same-sex marriage will bring new life; but others argue itwill only serve to precipitate its decline.

Dr. Christopher Duraisingh told Joint Assembly not to beafraid to be "in love together for the love of the world." Photo: ArtBabych

Mission is learning to love, says theologian

On the final morning of Joint Assembly, eminent theologian Dr.Christopher Duraisingh, who was the keynote speaker, told the Anglicansand Lutherans that he had sometimes turned the words fromthe assembly’s theme, “Together for the Love of the World,” around inhis mind to be “Together in Love for the World.”

Ottawa volunteer Bob Green, (left) Dianne Izzard, Anglican Church of Canada co-ordinator for General Synod, and Jamie Tomlinson, Anglican chair of the local arrangements committee, help unpack delegates lanyards and other supplies at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Photo: Art Babych

Unsung heroes of Joint Assembly

They’ve been training for weeks. Some are local, others from out of town. They are Lutherans and Anglicans, clergy and laity, young and old. They are the roughly 100 volunteers who help run the complex machine that is Joint Assembly.

Bishop Mark MacDonald leads the singing with the ACIP members during their presentation. Photo: Art Babych

Walking the dream of an indigenous church

With Archdeacon Sid Black at the helm, the presentation by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples kicked off with a couple of rousing Gospel-style tunes sung and played by Bishop Mark MacDonald, NIGP (“national indigenous guitar player”).

Bishop Philip Poole, chairman of the Anglican Church of Canada’s pension committee, addresses members of General Synod. Photo: Art Babych

Improvements to continuing education and long-term disability plans

Bishop Phillip Poole, chairman of the Anglican Church of Canada’s pension committee, introduced resolutions on the church’s pension and continuing education plans. The five resolutions, recommended by the trustees, were previously presented to the pension committee and the Council of General Synod.

General Synod 2016 will be hosted by the diocese of Toronto. Photo: Ronald Sumners/Shutterstock

General Synod 2016 to be held in Toronto

The July 6 session of General Synod 2013 ended with an expression of thanks by Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto to the diocese of Ottawa for hosting General Synod 2013. He also invited members to attend General Synod in Toronto in three years’ time.

Michelle Bull, from the diocese of Nova Scotia and PrinceEdward Island, co-author of the same-sex marriage resolution. Photo:Art Babych

Same-sex marriage vote in 2016

General Synod on July 6 approved a resolution that will bring the issueof same-sex marriage to a vote at the meeting of the Anglican Church ofCanada’s governing body in 2016.

Bishop Lydia Mamakwa presents Archbishop Fred Hiltz with a pair of moccasins as a gift, as Archdeacon Harry Huskins applauds. Photo: Art Babych

Tears of joy for new diocese

Bishop Lydia Mamakwa wiped away tears of joy, while Archbishop DavidAshdown and Archbishop Fred Hiltz swayed as a hymn was sung, minutesafter General Synod on July 6 gave its unanimous concurrence to thecreation of an indigenous diocese in northern Ontario.

Members of the Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly held a prayer service focused on the issue of access to clean water for all. Here the crowd carries a large ribbon of cloth representing water. Photo: Art Babych

Praying on Parliament Hill

Hundreds of Anglicans and Lutherans in Ottawa for Joint Assembly converged on Parliament Hill on Saturday morning for a prayer event intended to draw attention to the issue of access to clean water, particularly in aboriginal communities.

The newly-elected members of the Council of General Synod met briefly during the 2013 General Synod meeting in Ottawa. Photo: Art Babych

New CoGS members meet

Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the national church’s general secretary,underscored the importance of the work that’s before the Council ofGeneral Synod (CoGS) at the initial meeting of its newly elected memberson July 6.