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Ordination

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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.

Information session re limited-time funding for sponsoring BVOR refugees

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Late last week, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub announced that together with Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, it will administer a new fund created by the Shapiro Foundation and an anonymous donor that is aimed at facilitating the sponsorship of 1,000 refugees through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program.

All sponsor costs will be generously covered for applications submitted by September 17, 2018, which is the deadline that will allow for the arrival of refugee families no later than the end of the year.

As the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) which will handle many of these sponsorships in our area, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa will hold an information session for prospective BVOR sponsors at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th at Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks St). We apologize for the short notice, but with the cut-off for the funding being only a month away, we don’t have very much time to get organized.

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2018 Great Chapter Dates

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Great Chapters are important gatherings of churchwardens and members of Synod that are held by Deanery. The purpose of these gatherings is to help the members of Synod to become more aware of the strategic plans of the Diocese, to orient and give information about the upcoming Synod, and to give congregations the opportunity to share briefly with others in their Deanery how their faith is lived in their community.

All Synod Members, Wardens, and Treasurers are encouraged to attend the Great Chapter Meeting in their Deanery.

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Diocese dedicates sculpture that speaks on behalf of homeless

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A bronze sculpture depicting Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a park bench has been installed in front of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. “The sculpture represents the voice and presence of people who are homeless or street- engaged in our communities, and our belief that God is present wherever people suffer,” said Bishop John Chapman, of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Bishop Chapman will dedicate the sculpture at noon on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the Cathedral forecourt, and hopes its prominent location will “remind those who enjoy abundance to have compassion, and to work toward safe and affordable housing for everyone.”

The life-sized piece was created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, after he had seen a homeless man huddled under a blanket on a bench and thought, “that is Jesus.” He was “moved spiritually by thinking about this sensitive human being that is looking like a lump on the street.”

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is extensively involved in ministry with those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the city, and runs Centre 454, The Well/La Source, Cornerstone/le PilierSt. Luke’s Table, and The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre. The Diocese has set a target of creating 125 new units of affordable housing by 2021—the 125th anniversary of the Diocese.

The installation adds Ottawa to a growing list of international cities which feature the Homeless Jesus sculpture, including Rome, Washington, Dublin, Glasgow, Toronto, New York, Singapore, Antwerp, Manchester and Madrid.

Service of Ordination: May 30, 2018

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A Service of Ordination to the Diaconate will take place, God willing, at Christ Church Cathedral on the Eve of the Feast of the Visitation, Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 7 pm when Bishop Chapman will ordain Jarrett Carty a Vocational Deacon, and Michael Gibbons and Susan Lewis Transitional Deacons.

Clergy are invited to robe; the liturgical colour will be white.

The Masters of Ceremonies will be the Rev. Hilary Murray and the Rev. Gregor Sneddon. The Rev. Deacon Peter Cazaly will preach.

A reception will follow in Cathedral Hall.
All are welcome.
Please keep the ordinands in your prayers.

UPDATE: Safe Church Seminar

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Unfortunately, due to low registration, the Safe Church Workshop on April 21, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ottawa will be cancelled.

More details will be available shortly in regards to a future Safe Church Workshop, as well as Safe Church Information & Resources.

Safe Church Seminar

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*Unfortunately, due to low registration, the Safe Church Workshop on April 21, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ottawa will be cancelled.
More details will be available shortly in regards to a future Safe Church Workshop, as well as Safe Church Information & Resources.*

This Safe Church Information & Training is for Parish Safe Church Representatives, Wardens, Clergy, and others interested in the latest information on Safe Church Training.

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