Introducing the Area Social Justice Officer
In cooperation with Elin Goulden, Diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant, Bishop Jenny is pleased to appoint the Rev. Don Beyers as the new Social Justice Officer for York-Credit Valley, beginning September 1, 2018. Building on the strong foundation for social justice, outreach and advocacy that in the Area, Don’s role will be to animate and inspire Area parishes as they connect social justice with their faith and mission, and to encourage collaboration among parishes so clergy and laypeople may effectively respond to the call to become agents for positive change in their parishes and in their communities.
Added June 19, 2018
Town Hall Update & Next Steps for Area Council
In her first year as Bishop of York-Credit Valley, Bishop Jenny has sought to gain a deep understanding of the ministry strengths and opportunities in the area, both through parish visits and larger Area-wide Town Halls. These Town Hall events, held in September 2017 and January 2018, gave the laypeople and clergy of our area a valuable forum to share their views. At the September gathering, participants were asked what aspects of current ministry in York-Credit Valley excite them, and what forms of ministry require additional attention. At the January Town Hall, attendees (who represented 32 parishes from across York-Credit Valley) reviewed the responses gathered in September and participated in an exercise to narrow them down by identifying, in their opinion, the priority ministries for the area.
The exercise revealed that the top three forms of ministry the group wishes to continue are
- nurturing worship and prayer,
- evangelism, and
- service to others.
There were four ministries prioritized for increased attention (two tied for third ranking, so both were included):
- youth ministry;
- children’s ministry;
- lay leadership training; and
- innovative ‘non-Sunday’ forms of worship and ministry.
The final activity at the Town Hall was a brainstorming session on ideas for moving forward in each of these identified priority ministries. Thoughtful discussion at each table yielded many pages of suggestions, which were reported in a closing plenary session. You will find transcripts of the table discussions and the final feedback summary on the Area Resources page. You can also see more pictures (photo credits: Michael Hudson) below.
Over the course of the spring, the Council will work with the Town Hall resource documents, along with additional insights and opportunities identified by Bishop Jenny, to set priorities for the work of York-Credit Valley. This work will also include the striking of some working groups to focus on particular priorities; membership on these will include those clergy and laity who already volunteered at the last Town Hall, as well as others from the Area who express their interest. (Contact Arleane Ralph if you would like to get involved.)
Finally, please continue to hold in your prayers our Bishop and the new Area Council as they begin their important work. May the Holy Spirit guide them as they seek to discern where God is calling York-Credit Valley in the next season of our ministry together.
Added March 22, 2018
YCV Area Town Hall ~ January 2018
Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the January Area town hall. A special thanks to the Rev. Susan Climo for coordinating the discussion and to St. John the Baptist for hosting. Photo credits: Michael Hudson.
Added March 19, 2018