What a fabulous couple of days I spent with others on our Diocesan ACW Zoom Conference titled, “Stewardship of God’s Creation.”  We had a wonderful turnout of people from all over the diocese and even some from other parts of the country.  

We started the Friday afternoon listening to our Primate, The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, speak on Enviromental Stewardship.  She spoke of personal experiences of her life in God’s creation.  She enjoys time spent in nature and it is a time of renewal and oneness with God.  We are all part of God’s creation and it is our responsibility to work together with the enviroment to make our world a better place.  She asked the question, what could we do in our diocese to make our enviroment a better place?  I think the Diocesan ACW Board will be pondering this in the future.   

Later that afternoon we had the business meeting with the election and appointment of officers, followed by their installation.  The Diocesan ACW has a healthy bank balance, in part due to receiving an annual donation from the Milligan Trust.  We have decided that this year our Thank offering will be shared between the Chinook Country Quilters from Okotoks and PWRDF – Ukraine Relief Fund, each organization receiving $630.00.  

During the meeting we heard of the many events the Diocsan ACW has been involved in this year.  There was a Fall Retreat, Hymn Sings every couple of months, Book studies in the Fall and Spring, and we even hosted the World Day of Prayer, all on Zoom.  Our Zoom account has been well used and we are very thankful to our president for making such good use of it for all women of the diocese.  

We now have a new webpage, www.acwcalgarydiocese.com and we hope that you will keep checking it so that you are kept abreast of all that is going on.  We would also like to receive information from church women’s groups in our diocese, so we can see what others are doing to proclaim the gospel in their regions.  

We are now looking forward to a couple of “in person” events.  First, you are all invited to attend a gathering at St. Peter, Okotoks, on June 4, 2022 beginning at 11:00 am.  Please bring your own lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  As we are still in the theme of Stewardship, you are invited to bring something that you have “repurposed." Then on September 17, we will be hosting a Silver Cross Luncheon at St. Peter, Calgary.  Hopefully, we will be able to have a time of fellowship.  

After the business meeting and a break for supper, we heard from our chaplain, The Rev. Betty Piwowar, on Creation Care.  Betty loves nature and she gave personal experiences of the importance of caring for the nature around us.  She showed us, from the scriptures, how our creator God guides us to care for all that is around us.  She ended the evening with the lovely service of Compline.  

On Saturday morning, we gathered for Eucharist, celebrated by our Archbishop Greg. Following this, we heard from our guest speaker, Janet Melrose (Calgary’s Cottage Gardener), who spoke on the “Religious Significance of Plants.”  Who knew that these native plants have such importance!  She was really full of information for us to absorb.   

In the afternoon we heard from a panel of three women from our Diocese: Connie Blomgren spoke about the Annora Brown Project, a local artist & author; Rosie Jane Tailfeathers spoke of her ancestor’s stewardship of creation and the book, Plants and the Blackfoot; and Kame Staples spoke on her leadership as the Diocesan Rep for PWRDF and projects on Creation Care.  All these speakers were very informative and we all learned that each of us has a part to play in the stewardship of God’s creation.   

Following the closing remarks, we had a final chance to sing hymns of joy together before we all left the Zoom forum.  It really was a wonderful Conference and I would like to thank all who assisted in making it a successful couple of days.  Well done!