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Retirements announced

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Canon Sue Garvey, Executive Director, Cornerstone Housing for Women (Le Pilier), will retire in February, 2019.

Rev. Linda Posthuma, Chaplain, Cornerstone Housing for Women (Le Pilier), on will retire December 31, 2018.

Rev. Deacon Christine Jannasch, Chaplain at The Well/La Source and Pastoral Associate at St. Margaret’s Vanier, retires November 30, 2018.



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It is Bishop Chapman’s intention, God willing, to ordain the Rev. Alana McCord and the Rev. Colin McFarland priests at Christ Church Cathedral on The Feast of St. Nicholas, Thursday, December 6th, 2018.  The liturgy will be at 7 pm; more details will follow later in November.

Registration is Open: Ottawa School for Parish Development

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Rooted in the Anglican ethos, the school shapes church leaders to support and foster healthy, sustainable congregations. The skills and knowledge learned equip people on the individual, team, and whole system levels. Completing the program, you will be prepared to recognize your current reality, discern the future, and offer strategy, goals, and actions to move forward.

Participants will learn through plenary and small group sessions about change processes, facilitation, congregational and organizational development, personality type, and trust development. Working a series of models, case studies, and facilitated conversations, you will finish the two-year program over a course of eight weekends, confident in our ability to put knowledge to relevant and productive practice.

Registrants are encouraged to come in congregational teams of at least two or three people, of clergy and laity, as teams are proven more likely to create successful, positive change.

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Anglican Cathedral Appoints Indigenous Teacher in Residence

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Albert Dumont, a well-known and respected Algonquin poet, artist, activist and spiritual guide, has been appointed by the Very Reverend Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, to be Algonquin Spiritual Teacher in Residence for a two-year term.

Mr. Dumont, whose spirit name is Oshki Nodin (South Wind), “has been deeply shaped by the spirituality of his ancestors throughout his life’s journey,” Dean Parker said.

Mr. Dumont said he is “truly humbled that my good friend has put his trust in me to share Indigenous ways of knowing with his community,” adding he hopes “we will learn from each other about the purpose of spirituality and of strong leadership.”

The residency is intended to help members of the Cathedral community and the Anglican Diocese, along with other faith leaders, to understand the distinctiveness of Indigenous spirituality. Dean Parker says he hopes this residency “will build a relationship between the Cathedral and the Algonquin Community as a whole, based on friendship and mutual respect, which Albert and I have come to enjoy and rely on.”

This is the first appointment of a non-Christian Indigenous teacher in residence in a cathedral of the Anglican Church of Canada and comes with the full support of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Chief Jean Guy Whiteduck, and Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Bishop John Chapman.

Post-Tornado Volunteers Needed

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Following the recent tornadoes in our area, The Rev. Canon John Wilker-Blakley, in consultation with a United Church colleague, was told of a conversation with a clergy-person familiar with traumatic events, that one of the most useful things the Church can offer is volunteers who can help steer people through the labyrinth of insurance and government forms which have to be filled out as soon as  possible after the event. Complex as these forms often are, they are worse if you are working through the fog of trauma. Understandably this is the very time when these often exacting insurance and government forms must be completed. To assist with this, retired insurance personnel or retired government workers who have experience with some of the complexities of such forms, are an invaluable asset to walk with people negotiating these often seemingly opaque forms.

To this end, we are trying to create a list of people willing to do this work for a time, as volunteers, in the aftermath of the devastating September 21st tornadoes. If you or someone you know is willing to help, please contact John directly at  613-592-4747 or

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