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Bulletin Board June 14

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Resource offers pastoral approaches to physician assisted dying
The national church has released a new resource on physician assisted dying to reflect the changed legal situation in Canada. In Sure and Certain Hope: Resources to Assist Pastoral and Theological Approaches to Physician Assisted Dying offers new perspectives on palliative and pastoral care and provides prayer and liturgical resources. To access the new resource, visit the Anglican Church of Canada website.

Monthly statements available by email
If your parish is still receiving its monthly parish billing by regular mail and would like to receive it by email instead, contact Claire Wilton at and let her know which email address you would like the statement sent to.

Save the date: Outreach and Advocacy Conference
This year’s Outreach and Advocacy Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 15 at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill. Information on speakers, workshops and registration will be available before the end of June.

Resources available for National Aboriginal Day of Prayer
Parishes are encouraged to observe National Aboriginal Day of Prayer every year as a way to acknowledge the significant contributions of Indigenous communities to the history and future of our country and our church, while also acknowledging the need for ongoing work toward reconciliation. This year National Aboriginal Day of Prayer will be observed on June 19. Resources are available on the Social Justice page.

Episcopal election to be held in September
The election of three suffragan bishops for the Diocese of Toronto will be held on Sept. 17 at St. Paul, Bloor Street, 227 Bloor St. E., Toronto, at 9:30 a.m. Nominations are currently being accepted. Four Town Hall gatherings will be held to help Anglicans in our Diocese, particularly members of Synod, get to know the nominees. These events will be held on:

  • June 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew, Scarborough
  • June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at All Saints, King City
  • June 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul, Lindsay
  • June 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, Dixie

Learn more on the 2016 Electoral Synod page.

Diocesan archives closed June 29
Due to other staff commitments, the diocesan archives will be closed all day on June 29.

Workshop prepares refugee sponsorship groups for advocacy
As part of its ongoing efforts to increase the number of refugees available for private sponsorship in Canada, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA) has organized a workshop to help prepare sponsorship groups and other interested community members to advocate effectively with their Members of Parliament on this issue. Ryan Weston, the diocesan social justice and advocacy consultant, will help facilitate the session. It will be held on June 20 at 7 p.m. at the AURA offices, 2723 St. Clair Ave. E., Toronto. Register online in advance.

Young adults invited to fall retreat
Turning Tables is a retreat for young adults (age 18-35) interested in exploring what our Christian journey could look like if we engaged our minds, our spirits and the world around us. Participants will explore the theme “Think, Pray, Love” to tie their political and personal convictions to their faith, rooted in the story of Jesus and the resurrection. It is also a chance to meet other young adults who are passionate about faith-based justice. The retreat will take place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Countryside Camp at a cost of $40, which includes bus transportation, accommodation and meals. For more information or to register, visit the event website.

New course teaches Christian basics
Christian Foundations, a new course offered at Wycliffe College, is an introduction to the good news of the Gospel and an overview of the Bible, church history, key Christian beliefs and core practices of the faith. The material will be delivered over nine full Saturdays from September to May. Churches are encouraged to send lay people who will want to teach it to others in their parishes. A distance learning option is available, and parishes can also choose to order the course workbook.

On June 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wycliffe is inviting anyone interested to see the course workbook over a cup of coffee. The Rev. Canon Judy Paulsen will be available to answer questions. RSVP to Bonnie Kung at if you plan to attend.

Registration for the September term closes on Aug. 1. To learn more, read the related article or visit the Wycliffe College website.

Lay anointers invited to training weekend
A training weekend for lay anointers is being held Oct. 14-16 at St. John’s Convent, 233 Cummer Ave., Toronto. This residential, practical program prepares lay anointers for ministry in their parishes under the supervision of their parish priests. Topics include healing prayer, the sacrament of anointing, supervision and practice anointing. All attendees must have support of a sponsoring priest, who should send a short letter of support to the Rev. Stephen Kern, chair of the Bishop’s Committee on Healing, at The cost for attendees is $250, which includes meals and overnight accommodations. For those unable to stay at the convent, the commuter cost is $125. The parish registration fee is $30, which includes attendance of the sponsoring priest. Register online by Sept. 14. Space is limited.

Broughton’s offers clergy discount
Broughton’s Church Supplies is offering a special discount to all clergy until June 30. Buy $100 worth of clergy shirts and accessories and receive 10 per cent off your purchase. To learn more, visit the Broughton’s website.

Anglican sailors raise funds for Mission to Seafarers
A group of sailboat skippers in the Toronto area is holding a race in support of Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario’s efforts at ports on Lake Ontario. The race will take place on June 25 (International Seafarers’ Day) at 11 a.m. in Toronto Harbour, open to any Anglican skipper on the lake. This is about friendly competition, old-fashioned fellowship and, of course, bragging rights.

The format will be a pursuit race, with each boat assigned a start time based in its PHRF-LO (non-flying sail) rating, so all boats should finish at about the same time. The course starts in Toronto Harbour off Queen City Yacht Club, goes out the eastern gap and around one or more of the appropriate fixed navigational buoys, and comes back in the gap to finish off at Queen City Yacht Club for refreshments. An awards ceremony and fundraising dinner will follow that evening at the Mission to Seafarers, 8 Unwin Ave.

The entry fee is a minimum donation of $75 per boat to Mission to Seafarers. To register or for more information, contact Canon Dave Robinson at

Parish seeks director of children’s ministry
St. Clement, Eglinton invites applications for the position of director of children’s ministry. The primary purpose of this position is to sustain and build on the parish’s current children’s ministry programs so children in the community are shaped and nurtured in the Good News of God that is found in Jesus Christ in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. The successful applicant will also encourage, equip and effectively deploy adults in the congregation to serve in children’s ministry. This is a part-time position (25 hours per week), to begin as soon as possible. For a full job description and application details, visit the parish’s website. The application deadline is June 24.

Director of music/organist wanted
Trinity Church, Aurora is seeking a director of music/organist for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The successful applicant will have experience in traditional church forms while embracing newer Christian music. The ability to play the organ and piano, as well as skills in leading and teaching choral and instrumental music, is mandatory. Qualifications include a minimum of five years of choral, organ and music experience in an Anglican church or equivalent relevant setting; a flexible approach to changing ministry needs; the ability to serve a theologically progressive community; strong communication skills; and the ability to relate well with volunteers and staff. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience according to RCCO guidelines. Forward a resume and cover letter to the Chair, Selection Committee, Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St., Aurora, ON L4G 1R3 or to by June 30. Before applying, review the job description.

Music director sought
St. Thomas, Huron Street invites applications for the position of organist and choirmaster. The successful applicant will be a superior musician committed to leading the congregation in embodying the love of Christ through music that contributes to, supports and enables worship. He/she will build on the parish’s music tradition by attracting and inspiring choristers, and by planning and executing a wide-ranging music program for the traditional BCP and BAS services. Required competencies include commitment to the Anglo-Catholic liturgical tradition; good organization and project management skills; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The position is approximately 25 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience and RCCO guidelines. For more information and to apply, see the full job description. The deadline is June 30.