Christ Church Cathedral,Victoria, was filled to capacity on Sunday, March 2 as the Very Rev. Doctor Logan McMenamie was consecrated bishop in the church of God and installed asthe 13th bishop of the diocese of British Columbia.
The Most Rev. John Privett, metropolitanof the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and the Yukon presided andwas the chief consecrator.
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primateof the Anglican Church of Canada, was the chief celebrant of the eucharist. TheMost Rev. Caleb Lawrence, assistant bishop and diocesan administrator, and thenewly consecrated bishop, the Rt. Rev. Logan McMenamie, assisted him.
Assisting bishops were thebishops of the ecclesiastical province, including the Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton,bishop of New Westminster who had been consecrated the day before in Vancouver,and the Rev. Greg Mohr, British Columbia synod bishop, ELCIC.
Also present were a number ofretired bishops, along with the Rt. Rev. Remi de Roo, retired bishop of theRoman Catholic diocese of Victoria.
Following his robing, BishopMcMenamie was presented with the symbols of his office: Mr. David and Mrs. AnnMathie presented him with his cross; Mrs. Jane Miller presented the episcopalring and Mr. John Walton presented him with his pastoral staff.
Immediately following hisconsecration, Bishop McMenamie was installed by Archbishop Lawrence as the 13thbishop of the diocese of British Columbia.
In his sermon, the Rev. CanonDr. Martin Brokenleg spoke about changes that are taking place in theepiscopate with the circumstances of time and location. He went on to statethat the model of bishop is in flux. And so he suggested, ?the wisdom of thehistoric people of this island may provide the model of an episcopacy for ourtime and location.? He continued, ?For centuries, the Lekwungun people havesurvived well by following a chief, a Si?em.The Coast Salish word Si?em doesn?tactually translate as ?chief.? It translates as ?head man,? or ?leader,? withnone of the executive, hierarchical or authoritative qualities of the Englishword, ?chief.? ?
Dr. Brokenleg went on todescribe the Si?em, saying that ?thework of the Si?em is to be the headof his loving family, the people he is related to in every way. He knows themand they know him. He maintains the identity of the community; he welcomes allinto the feast hall and ceremonies, and he maintains his position byrelationship, by his familial connection with everyone and everything.? He concluded his sermon by saying, ?This day,we bring Fr. Logan McMenamie, our relative, to be transformed into out bishop,our Si?em in the church of God.
The similarities betweenthe cultures of the church and First Nations were again brought out during theinstallation ceremony when Musgamaqw-Dzawada’enuxw Hereditary Chief Okwelagame, Alex Nelson of Kingcome Inlet, spoke to Bishop Logan on behalf ofthe First Nations people. He said, ?We have the Big House; you have the big cathedral.We have our cedar neck band; you have your great cross. We have colourful robes;you have your colourful robes. We have our ceremonies; you have your pastoralstaff. We have our talking stick. You have your incense: we have our sweet grass.You have your great ceremonies, like this afternoon?s service. You have yourconcerns; we have our concerns.?
The chief went on to thankthe church for the good relationships between the present-day church andKingcome Inlet, in particular noting the financial help the community receivedfollowing the floods two years ago.
Many musical traditions cametogether throughout the service with the Victoria Brass, fiddlers, bagpipes,liturgical dancing, First Nations drumming and traditional and contemporaryhymns sung by members of the various choirs of the cathedral, while the bellsof the cathedral rang out to the city that the new bishop was beingconsecrated.
Ed Lewis is the editor of The Diocesan Post, the diocese of British Columbia?s newspaper.