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Bulletin Board May 2

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Diocesan Business

Diocese welcomes new social justice consultant
In early April, Elin Goulden started as the Diocese’s new social justice and advocacy consultant. Before taking on this position, she had been working as part-time parish outreach facilitator for York-Credit Valley since 2010. She can be reached at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 240 or Information about the Diocese’s social justice work is available on the social justice section of the website.

Diocesan Events

Michael Coren issues video invitation to dinner
Guest speaker Michael Coren invites Anglicans to join him at this year’s Bishop’s Company Dinner on May 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mr. Coren, an author, radio personality and columnist, will share his personal journey to the Anglican Church and what it means for him to be Anglican. The reception and dinner will be hosted at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Buy tickets online. Those who wish to sit with their parish or a particular guest can indicate so on the registration form. Any questions can be directed to Melissa Doidge at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 243 or

Parish hosts events on reconciliation
St. Anne, Toronto is hosting a series of events throughout May related to reconciliation, including a choral concert, a lecture by the Rev. Dr. David Neelands on the history of the Church in Canada and its effect on Indigenous cultures; a KAIROS blanket exercise; an exhibition of art by Indigenous artists; panel discussions on reconciliation; and guest preachers. For full details, visit the St. Anne’s website.

Course on the diaconate offered
The Rev. Kyn Barker, coordinator of deacons for the Diocese, is offering “Practice of Diaconal Ministry,” a course for credit with the Toronto School of Theology. It is intended for those interested in the diaconate or discerning if they are called to be a deacon. The course will be taught this fall at Trinity College on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Toronto School of Theology website.

Parish hosts Indigenous cultural competency training
Grace Church, Markham is hosting a day of Indigenous cultural competency training on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., presented by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. The training focuses on strengthening professional relationships between urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and clients with trust, friendship and mutual respect. Participants will build a shared understanding of contemporary priorities, the concept of allied relationships, Indigenous holistic healing, and the importance of infusing Indigenous cultural competencies throughout organizational practices through meaningful engagement with the Indigenous community. The cost is $40 per person, including lunch. To register, call 905-294-3184 or email

Church administrators invited to retreat day
A retreat day for people who work in office administrative capacities in places and organizations of worship will be held on June 2 at St. John’s Convent, 233 Cummer Ave., Toronto. Registration and gathering begin at 9 a.m., with the program running from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day is open to all denominations, so tell your colleagues; most organizations allow for professional development days. The cost is $60, which includes facilities, a facilitator, lunch and coffee breaks. Register online by May 16 and mail a cheque to St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff, 1512 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON M1N 1R7. For more details, see the brochure.

Events celebrate gift of water
The Niigaani-gichigami collective, Biidaaban at 40 Oaks, Toronto Urban Native Ministry and St. James Cathedral are organizing a series of events in May related to thanksgiving for and protection of the gift of water. On May 6, there will be a gratitude walk and festival to express gratitude and learn about Niigaani-gichigami (Lake Ontario), beginning with a water ceremony at 10 a.m. at Sherbourne St. at the waterfront, followed by a community barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. James Park., with live music, Halal food, artistic activities for all ages and more. For more information on these and other Water Festival events, see the Facebook page.

All invited to active non-violence training
St. Stephen in-the-Fields, Toronto, is hosting a day of active non-violence training on May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This day-long training will be of interest both to those with a principled commitment to non-violence and those who see it as a positive strategy. Topics will include our understanding of the term “nonviolence,” how we process anger and fear, and how to engage constructively in highly charged situations. The event is free, but advance registration would be appreciated, and donations toward lunch are welcome. Contact the Rev. Maggie Helwig at or call 416-526-5438 to register or to explore the possibility of hosting training for your group or parish.

Bishop to speak at prayer breakfast
St. Francis of Assisi at 6945 Meadowvale Town Center Circle, Mississauga, is hosting a Pentecost Prayer Breakfast on June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bishop Jenny Andison will deliver a message on the blessing of the Holy Spirit. All are welcome to come to this morning of good food and inspiring music. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families. Call the church office at 905-821-2752.

External Events

Marathon to close streets
The annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 and will result in street closures. Marathon and 10K races begin at 7:30 a.m. and the half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. Police will be at major intersections to direct traffic, but drivers should expect some delays. For a full list of road closures and times, visit the event website.

Clergy invited to meditation conference
The Canadian Christian Meditation Community is inviting Anglican clergy to its biennial national conference on May 26-28 at St. Michael’s College, 50 Joseph St., Toronto. The theme is “Journeying Towards Spiritual Wholeness.” Registration closes May 19. For more information, see the registration form.


Anglicans invited to join global wave of prayer
From the Feast of the Ascension (May 25) to Pentecost (June 4), Anglicans across the Diocese will participate in an event called Thy Kingdom Come. This campaign, supported by Archbishop Justin Welby, calls on Anglicans to join a global wave of prayer. Participants can pray as an individual, a family, a church or a community of churches. To participate, visit the Thy Kingdom Come global website, sign yourself up at Pledge2Pray, ask others to join you, and start a prayer group in your church to share in prayer. The website also includes ideas and resources to help individuals and communities take part.

Job Postings

Cathedral seeks organ scholar
St. James Cathedral is inviting applications for an organ scholar to join the music department for one to two years, starting in September. The annual stipend will be $12,000. Apply by May 4 to Robert Busiakiewicz, director of music, at or 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9. Interviews and auditions will be held in mid-to-late May. For full details, visit the cathedral’s website.

Youth and children’s ministry coordinator wanted
Trinity Church, Aurora is seeking a part-time youth and children’s ministry coordinator dedicated to developing, nurturing and supervising children’s and youth ministry that supports and strengthens their journey of faith and practice. The position will be 20 hours per week. For a list of responsibilities and qualifications, see the full job posting. Apply by May 12 to to the attention of parish administrator.

Diocese hiring archives assistant
The Diocese is seeking an archives assistant for a one-year contract position. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to maintain complete confidentiality, interpersonal and communication skills and computer skills including MS Word, email and database experience. For more information, visit the Synod Office Careers page. Apply in writing by May 15 to: Human Resources, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, 135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON M5C 1L8 or email

Parish seeks part-time music director
St. Martin, Bay Ridges in Pickering seeks a flexible, creative and proficient musician for choral and organ leadership who knows and appreciates traditional and modern church music. Knowledge of Anglican liturgy is preferred, and the ability to plan for major festivals throughout the church year will be an asset. With one weekly rehearsal, one Sunday service and monthly meetings with clergy, the position will demand approximately 10 hours per week. The adult choir has 17 SATB voices, and the church has funds to purchase a new electronic organ, for which the new music director’s input will be essential. The applicant should have a music degree, strong playing and conducting skills, leadership and interpersonal skills, and a passion for worship ministry. Remuneration is commensurate with RCCO salary guidelines, and vacation pay is commensurate with the Ontario Employment Standards Act. Direct inquiries and applications to the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby at by June 26. Learn more about the congregation at

Organist and choir director wanted
St. Paul, Newmarket is seeking an organist and choir director to ensure worship services are enhanced through choral and instrumental music that encourages congregational participation in liturgy. The successful applicant will have a strong background in Anglican sacred music and will successfully manage, lead and grow an established choir. He or she must also be a competent organist, choir director and conductor. The church as a 2 manual Allen digital organ with a card reader and antiphonal speakers controlled from the console. The position will be a minimum of 10 hours per week, with a variable schedule given weddings, funerals and special services. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience according to RCCO guidelines. Interested candidates should submit a current resume and cover letter to or For more information, see the full job posting.

Church cafe seeks assistant brewmaster of divinity
Bell Tower coffee+community is seeking a part-time “assistant brewmaster of divinity” to greet and serve customers a variety of coffee drinks and baked good while adhering to a philosophy of extreme hospitality. He or she will be responsible for closing shop, with key-holding privileges. The proper candidate must have previous barista experience, excellent customer service and a commitment to being a day brightener. He or she will be empowered to make guests happy and entrusted to make decisions toward this goal. This in an assistant manager-level position in a non-profit model coffee house. Pay will be $13/hour. For more information, contact