Giving Our Thanks & Praise Workshops 2019

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Giving Our Thanks & Praise WorkshopsStewardship is a core element of Christian practice. It is how we follow Jesus in our daily lives and live his mission as a parish. Giving Our Thanks & Praise is a guide and resource to increase giving, generosity, and gratitude in your congregation to support God’s Mission.

It also aims to shift conversation to inspiring faithful living and participation in God’s mission, rather than merely funding a budget.

You can start anywhere or anytime, building on what is in place in your parish to further serve the mission of God in your community.

To help you get started, Clergy and Lay representatives from the Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa Centre, and Ottawa West Deaneries are invited to our Giving Our Thanks & Praise workshop. Led by Susan Graham Walker from the Anglican Church of Canada, the day will include a presentation and workshop on congregational resources for a faithful, intentional, and generous response to God’s Mission.

This workshop will introduce a program that:

  • Is grounded in Anglican theology and culture
  • Will inspire people to participate in God’s mission through gratitude and generosity
  • Can be adapted and customized to the context of their congregation
  • Engages people in deepening their faith and understanding of discipleship
  • Offers ways os inspiring, inviting, and thanking people in support of God’s mission
  • Contains tools required to implement a strong giving program
  • Registration includes refreshments and lunch.
  • Each registered parish will receive a free Giving our Thanks & Praise package.

Presented by Susan Graham Walker,
Resource for Mission, Anglican Church of Canada

*Giving Our Thanks & Praise is a parish program to promote stewardship – generosity, giving and gratitude. It is developed by and designed for clergy and lay people in the Anglican Church of Canada. Its development was supported by a 2017 Ministry Investment Fund grant. Staffing for this project is facilitated through a partnership between the Philanthropy Unit of the United Church of Canada and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.



Date: March 30, 2019 for the deaneries of Arnprior, Carleton and Lanark
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: To be added
Date: June 1, 2019 for the deaneries of Pembroke, Pontiac Renfrew and West Quebec,
Date: September 21 or the deaneries of Ottawa East and Stormont.

(full details to come)

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.


Synod 2018 Election Results

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Election Results, Synod 2018
Advisory Panel on Termination of Clerical Appointments
Rev. Canon Catherine Ascah; St. John the Evangelist, Smiths Falls
Ven. Peter Crosby; St. Thomas the Apostle, Ottawa
John McBride; St. Matthew’s, Ottawa

General Synod
Rev. Canon Beth Bretzlaff; St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa
Kim Chadsey; St. Thomas the Apostle, Ottawa
Ann Chaplin; St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa
Lizzy Jones; Youth Delegate
John McBride; St. Matthew’s, Ottawa
Canon Monica Patten; St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa
Ven. David Selzer; Executive Archdeacon
Rev. Monique Stone; Julian of Norwich, Ottawa
Rev. Mark Whittall; St. Alban’s, Ottawa and St-Bernard-de-Clairvaux

Diocesan Council
Rev. Geoff Chapman (Bishop’s Appointee); Epiphany, Ottawa
Rev. Tim Kehoe; Parish of Renfrew-Pontiac
Rev. Jon Martin; Parish of South Dundas
Canon Monica Patten (Bishop’s Appointee); St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa
Rev. Victoria Scott (Bishop’s Appointee); St. Luke’s, Ottawa
Garry Smith; St. James, Manotick
Continuing: Rev. Canon Catherine Ascah, Rev. Deacon Peter Cazaly, Rt. Rev. John Chapman (Chair); Rev. Simone Hurkmans, Pat Leach, Canon Robin MacKay (Chancellor), Peter Martin, Rev. Eric Morin, Very Rev. Shane Parker (Vice-Chair), Alan Preston, Ashley Russell, Georges Tadros, and Rev. John Wilcox

Trinity College Corporation
Jane Waterston
The Rev. Canon Roger Young


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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.

Register Today

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.

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