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Bulletin Board May 3

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Anglican-Roman Catholic meetings held in Toronto
The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue for Canada (ARC) and the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) are both holding meetings in Toronto this month. There are two events open to the public connected to these meetings.

On May 11, the University of St. Michael’s College will host an evening of prayer, discussion and fellowship with representatives from ARC and ARCIC. The evening begins with an ecumenical prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and a wine and cheese reception. Contributors include Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop David Moxon, Bishop Linda Nicholls and Bishop Donald Bolen. Visit the event website for more information, including specific locations.

On May 15 at 4:30 p.m., Archbishop Colin Johnson and Dean Andrew Asbil will welcome members of ARCIC to St. James Cathedral for Evensong. Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and co-chair of ARCIC, will be the preacher. All are welcome.

Volunteers needed for General Synod
Volunteers are needed to help at General Synod, being held July 7-12 in Richmond Hill. Possible tasks include greeting delegates, providing on-site hospitality, and staffing the registration and information desks. Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel to and from the hotel, receive meals on site, have access to a volunteer lounge and receive the opportunity to observe some of the sessions of General Synod. To submit your interest, complete the application form and return it by May 20 to Cynthia Majewski at or fax to Pamela Boisvert at 416-363-7678.

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 at the Mission to Seafarers, 8 Unwin Ave., Toronto.

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

Last chance to register for clergy conference
This year’s clergy conference will be held May 25-27 at Brock University. It is open to paid active clergy, including retired clergy in paid interim roles. Other retired clergy are welcome to attend if places are available. The theme is “Preaching Luke, Hope for Our Times” with guest speaker Dr. Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in biblical studies with a passion for igniting people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today. Visit the registration page for more information and to register. Registration closes May 4.

Premier to visit St. John, York Mills
In honour of St. John, York Mills’ 200th anniversary, the parish has invited Premier Kathleen Wynne to discuss and answer questions about social policy issues on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at 19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about public policy that impacts the quality of life of all Ontario citizens, especially the most vulnerable. The event is being sponsored by St. John’s FaithWorks and outreach committee and Voices for a Just Society, an ecumenical group of North Toronto churches.

Parishes invited to apply for refugee sponsorship grants
Parishes in the Diocese undertaking refugee sponsorship activities are invited to apply for financial assistance in the form of matching grants to help meet their goals. The maximum grant a parish can receive will be based on its annual revenue. As much as $392,000 in grants has been allocated to parishes so far. More information, as well as a link to the application form, can be found in the related article. The deadline for the final round of applications is May 15.

Parish hosts Truth and Reconciliation program
St. Paul, Bloor Street is hosting a series of education sessions on the outcomes and next steps of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The next sessions will be led by Archbishop Terence Finlay on May 15 and Bishop Mark MacDonald on May 22. Presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m., and lunch is available for $5. For more information, visit the parish’s website.

Henri Nouwen Society hosts anniversary events
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henri Nouwen’s death, the Henri Nouwen Society is hosting two events in Toronto to honour his legacy and impact. On May 13 at 8 p.m., writer Anne Lamott will speak at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto in a talk called “Henri & Me.” Steve Bell, the award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller, will also be featured. Learn more and buy tickets online.

The society is also hosting its international conference from June 9-11 at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The conference will bring together Nouwen experts, authors and lecturers in keynote and breakout presentations. The cost is $750 (including meals), with accommodations available at an extra cost. Learn more and buy tickets on the Henri Nouwen Society website. Some subsidized tickets are available for students or those who would not otherwise be able to attend; for more information, contact Colette Halferty at

Cancer support group welcomes new members
St. Paul, Bloor Street is offering a confidential support group for those who have cancer, as well as their loved ones. The sessions will be guided by a film series that leads viewers through the holy land and the inspiration of the 23rd psalm. The sessions will take place on June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the St. Paul’s church library, 227 Bloor St. E., Toronto. Register online or contact Nancy Truscott at or 416-961-8116, ext. 228.

Churches encouraged to celebrate Jerusalem Sunday
The fourth annual Jerusalem Sunday is scheduled for May 8. Parishes across Canada are encouraged to take the opportunity to pray for Jerusalem and remember our deep roots there. Resources are available on the Anglican Church of Canada website. For more information about the Canadian Companions of the Diocese of Jerusalem, visit its website and Facebook page.

Royal School of Church Music holds AGM
The Royal School of Church Music Canada will hold its annual general meeting on June 11 at St. Aidan, 70 Silver Birch Ave., Toronto, preceded by morning prayer (BCP) at 10 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact Joy Horswill at

Church seeking Bible donations
St. Timothy, Agincourt is seeking donated Bibles for its annual breakfast prayer meeting on May 14. Many participants each year do not have their own Bibles, so the parish gives free Bibles to those who need them. The parish’s past source has doubled its price this year, putting the Bibles beyond the parish’s means. For more information, contact Pat Williams at 416-299-0680. To learn more about the prayer breakfast, visit the parish’s website.

First patient ombudsman to speak at ACW meeting
The diocesan Anglican Church Women is holding its annual general meeting on May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Thomas, Brooklin. This year’s theme is “Walking By Faith,” with keynote speaker Christine Elliott, Ontario’s first patient ombudsman, and special guest Bishop Philip Poole. The afternoon presentation will be Kids on the Block, who use puppets to help children learn about many issues, including mental health. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. Tickets are $30 and can be picked up at the door or mailed for paid orders received before May 4 (provide a self-addressed stamped envelope). For more information, see the flyer online or contact the ACW at 416-363-0018, or 135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON M5C 1L8.

Archbishop hosts clergy at town hall meetings
Archbishop Colin Johnson is inviting clergy to join him for a time of conversation on the future of the Diocese. He would like to hear feedback on the possibility of reconfiguring the episcopal areas and reducing the number of suffragan bishops, along with any other topics of concern that clergy would like to raise. The upcoming meetings are:

  • May 3, 7:30 p.m. at St. John, York Mills
  • May 9, 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke, Peterborough
  • May 16, 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Centre

These meetings are not mandatory. Clergy may choose to attend any meeting that is convenient for them. Register online.

Parish seeking office administrator
St. Simon-the-Apostle, located at 525 Bloor St. E. between Sherbourne and Castle Frank subway stations, is seeking a part-time office administrator. The successful applicant will work well independently, have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to maintain confidentiality. Excellent computer skills and comfort with simple accounting programs are also essential. Salary and hours to be negotiated. To apply, forward a resume and cover letter to Visit the parish’s website for a more detailed job description.

Parish seeks director of family ministry
Christ Church, Brampton is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and committed director of family ministry to provide leadership in Christian faith development programs on Sunday morning, mid-week and at special events. The successful candidate must be an enthusiastic and engaging individual with a strong work ethic and excellent organizational and interpersonal leadership skills. A degree or certificate in Christian education, ministry or theology with specific focus in child and youth ministry is desirable. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, email by May 9, indicating “Director – Family Ministry application” in the subject line. Candidates should include a short statement (200-500 words) outlining their interest and how their qualifications, experience and faith have prepared them for the position. See the full job posting for more details.

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.

Parish administrative assistant needed
Christ Church St. James in south Etobicoke is seeking a part-time administrative assistant. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; excellent computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office; time management skills; the ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet tight deadlines; the ability to work well under pressure with differing personas; and a minimum of five years of administrative experience or equivalent education and experience. A job description is available upon request. Applicants should email their resumes to the church office at For more information about the parish, visit its website.

Parish seeks administrator
Holy Trinity, Guildwood is seeking a parish administrator. This permanent part-time position (average 12-16 hours per week) provides administrative support to the priest and congregation, manages the church office, coordinates facility use and provides information about the church and its programs. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. To learn more about the parish, visits its website.