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Bulletin Board June 28

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New Canon Pastor appointed
Since 2011, the Rev. Canon Allan Budzin has been the Canon Pastor of the Diocese. Canon Budzin is retiring as of June 30 as incumbent of St. Philip, Etobicoke and as Canon Pastor. On behalf of everyone in the Diocese, we would like to thank him for his ministry.

The Rev. John Anderson has accepted the position of Canon Pastor beginning July 1. Any concerns or complaints under the sexual misconduct policy should be directed to him. The Canon Pastor’s confidential phone number is 416-807-2494 and confidential email is The Rev. Susan Haig continues as the assistant to the Canon Pastor.

The Canon Pastor, appointed by the diocesan bishop for a term of three years, is responsible for the administration of the sexual misconduct policy; assignment of diocesan resource people to individual complaints under the policy; providing advice and guidance to the diocesan community; consulting with diocesan staff in the implementation of the policy; consulting with the area bishops in respect to complaints arising in their areas under the policy; and assignment of a crisis response team under the policy at the request of the area bishop.

We ask that you keep John, Susan and the members of the Diocesan Resource Team in your prayers.

Diocesan Centre observes summer hours
The Diocesan Centre is closed on Fridays during the summer. The office is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Normal hours will resume after Labour Day (Sept. 5).

Registration open for York-Credit Valley clergy retreat
Paid clergy in York-Credit Valley are invited to register for a retreat from Oct. 3-4 at Mount Carmel, led by Archbishop Colin Johnson. The focus on Oct. 3 will be spiritual life and change. On Oct. 4, Archbishop Johnson plans to introduce the new area bishop-elect, with time for introductions and conversation about the episcopacy. There will also be time for discussion about decisions made at General Synod. The retreat begins with check-in at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 and will conclude by 2 p.m. the next day. The registration deadline is Sept. 8. Register online.

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. The last Town Hall gatherings will be held tonight (June 28) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Dixie), 719 Dundas St. E., Mississauga. Information about each nominee has been posted on the 2016 Electoral Synod page.

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 soon.

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

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. Parishes should note that Canada Post workers may go on strike as early as July 2.

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. 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.

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.

Flemingdon Park Ministry seeks executive director
Flemingdon Park Ministry, a registered charity centred on ministering to the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of the local community of predominantly new immigrants, is seeking an executive director. The executive director reports to a board of directors and, with a small staff and large number of community volunteers, is responsible for the administrative, program and financial management of the corporation. The successful candidate will have fundraising knowledge and experience; prior senior leadership experience in a community or faith-based organization; strong knowledge and passion for community development and social justice; excellent communication skills with multiple audiences and formats; project management skills; the capacity to work independently and to both support and influence the board in the execution of its strategy and mandate; and collaborative skills. Interested applicants are requested to email a CV to the attention of the Board of Directors FPM (ED Search) at by July 15.

Parish seeks music director and organist
St. Mary, Richmond Hill seeks a creative, energetic and technically competent person to assume leadership of keyboard, choral and praise band music. The successful applicant will have experience in both traditional church liturgical and contemporary “praise and worship” styles and a firm commitment to the communal mission and vision of St. Mary’s. The church has two well-maintained pipe organs and a Nordheimer baby grand piano. A choir of up to 15 SATB voices currently sings weekly for nine months of the year, and a recently established praise band plays at least once at a month. This part-time position will demand an estimated 12 hours per week. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, according to RCCO guidelines. Applications will be received until July 31 or the post is filled. Send applications, including a full CV and cover letter, to For a full job description, visit the parish’s website.

Organist and choir director wanted
St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff is seeking a director of music and organist to lead the parish choir, a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer group of about 10 adults, in a wide repertoire of hymns, service music and anthems. The successful applicant will enjoy teaching, help develop the musical skills of the choir in a positive and encouraging environment, and engage in ongoing recruitment to expand numbers. The organ is a three-manual Artisan “Classic” digital instrument of concert quality. Through liaison with the manufacturer, the director will be responsible for having a working knowledge of its capabilities and maintenance requirements. The commitment is expected to average 10-13 hours per week, more at Christmas and Easter and fewer during the summer months. Availability to play at weddings and funerals would be an asset. Remuneration is in accordance with RCCO guidelines. To apply, send a cover letter expressing interest with a resume to or Church of St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, Attn. Search Committee, 1512 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON M1N 1R7 by Aug. 15. To learn more about the parish, visit its website.