On the evening of Monday, October 4, the Companions of the Bishop event organizers held a Zoom "Dinner." The guest speaker for this event was our Primate, The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls. It was a joy to meet her in a relaxed setting, albeit socially distanced.
Her talk was on being Surprised by the Spirit, about how the Holy Spirit has been revealed during this time of pandemic, which she described as "sparks." Archbishop Linda shared with us her "surprises" during the past eighteen months, and a discussion took place on the call for each of us to be sensitive to each other in these strange days, to reach out to those who need encouragement by the various means of technology we now have available to us, and to bring hope to those who are grieving the loss of a former way of life.
More information on this initiative, and how to discern and share your "spark" can be found here.
God of wind and flame, send your life-giving Spirit upon your people: give fire to our words, strength to our witness and boldness to our proclamation of your wondrous work in Christ; who, with you and the Spirit, lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.
Two new Transitional Deacons - new date:
We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday, December 8, God willing, Archbishop Greg will be ordaining Adam Bedford of St. Laurence, Calgary and Rob Petkau of Holy Trinity, Calgary to the Order of Deacons, at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.
St. Benedict, High River:
We congratulate The Rev. Deacon Tracey Stagg on her new position as head chaplain in Red Deer and wish both her and David well in their new home. At the same time, we welcome The Rev. Haydn Schofield in his interim time at St. Benedict's.
Treasurer of Synod:
For the past year, we have been blessed with the wisdom and guidance of Mr. Bill Bradley as our temporary Treasurer of Synod. As of the Diocesan Council meeting in September, Bill has stepped down, and Archbishop Greg has appointed Mrs. Karen Larsen as our new Treasurer of Synod. Karen brings with her many years of experience in the financial sector. We are sorry to see Bill go, and we are looking forward to working with Karen in this new role.
Chaplain at Medicine Hat College:
Since 2017, the Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry has been blessed to have The Rev. Kristy Reimers-Loader as their chaplain. As of October 31, she will be stepping down from this position. Thanks are extended to Kristy for all her dedicated work at the College.
We ask for your prayers as each of these faithful ministers transition to these new roles.
The Diocesan office staff are mostly working from home at this time. Staff are available by email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation of contact information on the staff person you are wanting to reach.
Fall 2021 Group Marriage Preparation Workshop
Change: will now be online beginning October 19
This class will consist of four Tuesday evening meetings from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm on October 19, October 26, November 9 and November 16. Couples who are planning to get married are invited to register for this workshop as part of their journey to their wedding day. Participants will receive information and resources, and be asked to complete "homework" between classes. Topics to be covered: Communication, Conflict Management, Family Culture, Finances, Goals and Values, Intimacy, and Spirituality. The program will be lead by The Rev. Brian Way, Counselling Therapist and an approved Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator. Couples can get more information and register for the program by emailing Rev. Brian.
Safe Church Training
Our Diocese Office has received a few questions regarding emails from "Vector LMS & Training, SafeFaith Edition Online Training." Yes, these are legit emails; The Anglican Diocese of Calgary requires that Parish Corporation members take the online training. Vector handles the monitoring of the training on our behalf. The training does not take much time, and we appreciate everyone's cooperation in being trained for the safety of our churches. Any questions or concerns about these emails can be directed to our training coordinator, Cathy Moore.
Items for Sale
St. Martin Anglican Church, Calgary
As St. Martin’s has been moving into their new church building and going through the items that have been in storage, they have a number of items to sell. Solid oak wooden pieces, chairs, folding tables, and some small items are available. A complete list can be requested by emailing here.
The Women Who Walked Alongside Jesus - Saturday, October 16, 2021
For further information, please click here.
For more infomation visit:
with the Rev. Betty Piwowar - Monday, October 18, 2021
Reflecting the Theme of our Fall Conference with The Rev. Dr. Richard Le Sueur, The Rev. Betty will choose a few chapters and women to read about and discuss. Monday evenings, from October 18 to November 29. For more information, contact Rev. Betty. To register, click here.
(The book, "Women in the New Testament" is available from Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format: Kindle Edition: $6.98; Paperback: $9.92)
For more infomation visit:
Cursillo Ultreya via Zoom
Friday, October 15, at 7:30 pm
A Zoom link will be emailed out to the Cursillo Community.
If you are not receiving these emails, and would like to join us, please email Carol for the Zoom link.
The Wisdom Centre
Two Fall Events
As we continue to live in uncertain times, these two new events will be virtual. Registration opens September 1.
Freeing Jesus: Conversations with Diana Butler Bass about Re-Imagining Faith - October 20 & 21, 2021, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Holy Wisdom, Mother of God: Exploring the Divine Feminine - Friday, November 5 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 am.
To find out more, please contact The Wisdom Centre.
Dare to Lead in the Church
October 21, 22, 28 and November 4 & 5 - 9:30 am to 1:30 pm CDT
Is "authentic leadership" just another meaningless buzzword, or can it be something bigger (and even better) than a hashtag? When we are separated from our values, even unconsciously, we become separate from ourselves. It takes courage to live and lead authentically. That kind of integration takes courage. It can start now.
This online course will provide theologically grounded spiritual practices for leadership that empower your day-to-day life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Registration for this course is limited to church leaders: pastors, judicatory leaders, lay leaders, church planters, bi-vocational pastors, and new, emerging or discerning leaders.
The course consists of eight live webcasts (three hours each), 24 contact hours, experiments and assignments to try in context, and a safe space to connect, discuss and share. Cost is $600, a reduced rate only offered for church leadership. To register or for more information, click here.
Dying to Know
Fall Sessions 2021
Hospice Calgary's Dying to Know education program is for family caregivers, patients, volunteers working in any setting and anyone who is interested in the variety of topics from living with uncertainty to self-compassion.
The sessions are free on Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and feature professional, expert speakers.
Tuesday, October 19 - Advanced Care Planning
Tuesday, November 16 - Funeral Planning
To download the printable schedule, click here.
Retreat Weekend Experience: In person retreat in Edmonton, November 5 to 7, 2021. What if ONE weekend had the potential to bring you closer and more intimate? Would you consider investing the time? For more information or to register, click here.
"All Verdant Greening" - The Right Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton, Bishop of Kootenay, will lead a retreat to explore the art and writing of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) from October 22 to 24. Themes of God's energy in Creation will inspire and resonate with those finding a life-giving spiritual path. Get the details here.
It is with loving memory that we announce the passing of Nina Joan Chiba nee Atkins who died peacefully asleep in her bed on September 21, 2021. Nina is survived by her partner of 50 years, Kei, her three children, Tarka, Suemi and Robi, her grandson Cooper and brother Paul Atkins.
Nina worked with refugees for over thirty years, including as the Anglican Diocesan Refugee Coordinator. She sat on many boards and committees and participated at the World Council of Churches conferences held in Zimbabwe, Brazil and North Korea. Nina volunteered for many organizations over her life. Her work included setting up Tibetan refugee camps with Service Civil International, fundraising and educating for Save the Children Fund, working for the Immigrant Women’s Center, helping at street clinics, co-leading therapeutic groups, visiting as part of the pastoral care team, program coordinating for the Ten Days for World Development program, fundraising and developing project Daybreak for refugee women & children, working as the Diocesan Refugee Coordinator and many years working on the Christian Peacemakers Team in Palestine.
Nina travelled widely, was a talented speaker, read extensively, loved to talk, wrote and published articles, stories & poetry, and loved to learn. She completed a double major in English and Ethics at the local university when she was in her sixties. She did all this and more while being a loving mother, a friend to those in need and working as a nurse.
She survived diabetes, and abdominal cancer. For the last six years, she lived with dementia being cared for by her husband Kei and youngest son Robi in the family home.
Nina’s remarkable life will forever be celebrated and cherished by her family and friends.
Her Life Celebration Service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on October 9th, 7:30 PM. To view and contribute to Nina’s online memorial please click here.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to a local charity. Nina was a lifelong fundraiser for many charities. She also donated regularly to numerous organisations both in service and funds. The family continues to donate on her behalf.
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Please remember in your prayers:
- our clergy and churches as we continue to find our way forward in these strange times;
- those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, remembering those suffering from the Coronavirus and their caregivers, those feeling isolated and those who are vulnerable;
- for Michelle, Monica, Barb, Howard;
- those who have died and those who mourn;
- the victims of violence and natural disasters and victims of racial attacks;
- our Indigenous brothers and sisters, especially remembering their hurt and grief at this time;
- our Companion Diocese of the Windward Islands and their Bishop Leopold Friday, especially during these stressful days of volcanic activity on the island of St. Vincent.
- thanksgiving for prayers answered: Paige.
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