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Bulletin Board May 31

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Archbishop issues statement on episcopal area reconfiguration
On May 19, Archbishop Colin Johnson read a statement to Diocesan Council recommending that the Diocese continue with four episcopal areas at this time and seeking its concurrence with his request for the election of a third suffragan bishop on Sept. 17. Council approved both requests. Read the full statement.

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.

Clergy Conference videos available online
Videos from the 2016 Clergy Conference are available on the Diocese’s YouTube channel. Watch Dr. Paula Gooder’s sessions on the parables in Luke 15, as well as the final panel discussion with Archbishop Colin Johnson, Bishop Philip Poole and the Rev. Dr. Catherine Sider Hamilton.

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.

Diocesan Centre summer hours start July 1
The Diocesan Centre will be closed on Fridays between Canada Day and Labour Day. Normal office hours will resume on Sept. 6.

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.

Liturgy Canada offers worship conference
Liturgy Canada presents a “Rediscovering Liturgy” conference designed for parish teams, including all who serve in liturgy. This is the first in a series of four conferences focusing on renewing Eucharistic worship from gathering to sending. It will take place on Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James St. N., Hamilton. Workshops will explore a full ministry of welcome, space for gathering, music for gathering, and why and how we gather. For more information, visit the Liturgy Canada website.

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 to Cynthia Majewski at or fax to Pamela Boisvert at 416-363-7678.

Free computers offered to refugees
Flemingdon Park Ministry, in partnership with Planet Geek, is offering free refurbished desktop computers and computer workshops in a variety of languages for refugee families on June 18-19. Contact the ministry at 416-425-1841 to ask questions, sign up and indicate a preferred workshop language.

York-Credit Valley clergy invited to lunch and learn
York-Credit Valley is hosting a clergy lunch and learn called “Underneath the Liturgy” on June 16 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Peter, Erindale, 3041 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga. The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave and the Rev. Dr. Lisa Wang will lead attendees through a closer look at transformative liturgy and decolonized liturgy. The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch. This event is intended for all vocational deacons and paid clergy in York-Credit Valley. There are up to 35 places available. Register online by June 9.

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

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.