Pikangikum Letter

Much like the situation in Shoal Lake, this has been a disaster for the community of Pikangikum for many years.

A joint letter on the situation in Pikangikum

In an open letter, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald encourage Anglicans and Lutherans to write letters to the federal government expressing solidarity with the northern community of Pikangikum, Ont.

September 24, 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

We wish to share with you our concerns regarding the water situation in Pikangikum and invite you to consider writing a letter to the Federal Government.

Through the 2016 National Youth Project, Lutheran and Anglican youth have been lifting up the Right to Water and walking in solidarity with the people of Pikangikum through our partnership with the Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) and the Pimatisiwin Nipi (Living Water) group. This has included raising funds to support providing potable water to homes in the community.

Writing letters to elected representatives is one way to express solidarity. It is also an opportunity to deepen understanding of our democratic processes. The government is elected to represent the people and hearing from one’s constituency is an essential element of decision making and democracy.

We have included a sample letter you may use as basis for crafting your own letter to your government officials. You may wish to write to the Honorable Bernard Valcourt, MP, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and/or to your own MP. (And a full list of list of Members of Parliament can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members.)

Additional things to consider when you write your letter:

  1. Think about who should receive your letter. Writing to the minister responsible for an issue can be as effective as writing to the Prime Minister. Writing to your local Member of Parliament is always appropriate, as they are your direct representative.
  2. Focus on one issue—you can always write another letter in support of something else.
  3. Include relevant information.
  4. Tell elected leaders what action you think should be taken.
  5. Ask for a response
  6. Make sure to sign your name.
  7. Postage to Members of Parliament is free.

Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert. What matters is that you let them know this is something you care about and that you want to see them do something about it.

The mission of striving for justice and peace in all the earth is a life-long calling that we receive in our Baptism. We are inspired by the leadership in promoting the Right to Water that is being offered by youth through the National Youth Project. It is an important expression of the Full Communion partnership between Lutherans and Anglicans and a valuable contribution to the witness of the church.

Yours in Christ,

The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

Rev. Susan C. Johnson,
National Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada

Download this letter in PDF format.

September Happenings

As September approaches it is time for new events and for regular routines to return. We hope that everyone has had a restful summer that has allowed them time to recharge their batteries before the return of work or school and other weekly activities. Here at St. Philip’s we are in the planning stages for getting things off the ground. At the same time some of the groups that meet here at the church will be starting up their routines as well.

September Parish Happenings:

Earlier in the year, we put our Wednesday noon-hour Eucharist on hold. We will be starting it up again in the next few weeks with a couple of twists. The first is that it will be moved to Tuesday at Noon from Wednesday at One. The second is that we will be using the Narrative Lectionary, instead of the Revised Common Lectionary. This is to give our parish a chance to look at a different approach to the Lectionary. We will still be using the RCL for our Sunday services. Our first noon hour Eucharist will be on Tuesday, September 8. If you wish to attend, please enter through the yellow door off of Eugenie.

Sunday, September 13th, there will be a games night at St. Philip’s. Details of the evening can be found on the St. Philip’s Facebook page.

Sunday, September 20th, we will be holding our Fall BBQ. Our 11 am service will be Morning Prayer, and the BBQ will follow immediately. In addition to Morning Prayer, we will also be having a gospel sing as part of the service. The BBQ is a potluck. St. Philip’s provides the meat and buns and we encourage people to bring along a potluck dish to share. However, if you aren’t able to bring a dish, please do not let that stop you from coming to the BBQ.Hamburgers and Hot Dogs September

Later in the month, or perhaps in early October, Reverend Donald will be starting a series on Tuesday evenings called Confirm not Conform. This is a course put out by Forward Movement. If you are an adult seeking confirmation, this course would be good for you. However, the course is designed to encourage anyone who may wish to take a refresher course on the basics of Christian thought to participate. It promises to be informative and fun.

September Tenant Happenings:

St. Philip’s has a few tenants, and we want to make sure that you know about what they are up to.

The Green Door Alcoholics Anonymous group still meets in the choir room, Sundays at 8:00 am. Entrance is through the Green Door.

The Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring Orthodox Mission meets Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays 9:30 am. You can find out more about them from their webpage. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.

Brownies, Sparks, Guides, and Venturers:

Throughout its history, Girl Guides of Canada has prepared girls to meet the challenges that they face in their lives head on. Whether it was girls learning to bandage wounds during the First World War or girls today working on their anti-bullying badge, Guiding continually evolves to reflect the needs and interests of contemporary girls and women. Today, Guiding’s innovative programming is helping the next generation of Canadian girls become confident, courageous and resourceful leaders. Come Join us at St. Philips Anglican Church. https://register.girlguides.ca/web/OnlineReg/Unit_Search/OnlineReg/UnitSearch.aspx

153rd Sparks (ages 5-6) September 15 Guady Serrano guady.serrano@gmail.com 204-667-9560

153rd Brownies (ages 7-8) September 15 Doreen Gooding Doreen.Gooding@richardson.ca 204-294-0558

153rd Guides (ages 9-11) September 16 Gudrun Antosh Antosh@shaw.ca 204-222-8245

153rd Pathfinders (ages 12-14) September 16 Lauralee Gooding goola_dawin@hotmail.com 204-293-0258

153rd Rangers (ages 15-17) September 16 Lauralee Gooding goola_dawin@hotmail.com 204-293-0258

Adults (18+) call Gudrun Antosh for more information on joining this women’s organization (204-222-8245)

The Bolero Dance Theatre meets on Thursdays and Sunday evenings in the Memorial Hall. If you are interested in Spanish Dance, they are holding open auditions in late September. Entrance is through the Green Door.
Also on Thursday evenings, there is an Al-Anon meeting in the Lower hall. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.
Friday Evenings Celebrate Recovery meets. Entrance is through the Red Door off the parking lot.

 

Can Opener: Small but Important

We have a food cupboard here at St. Philip’s. It’s not much as such things go, but once in a while it enables us to help someone in need. Today someone came to our door in need of food. They told me (Rev. Donald) they couldn’t use canned goods because they had no can opener. I went up to see what I could do for them. Surveying what was on the shelf, almost all of it was in cans. I was about to go and tell them that I only had a couple of items when I looked on the top shelf, and what did I see? Two can openers.

Can opener
The remaining can opener.

That meant that I was able to give a much better variety of food to the people who had come asking. It also got me thinking about how the absence of such a little thing as a can opener can so limit the choices for people who struggle to meet their basic needs. Sometimes I find myself wondering about pop-top lids. I sometimes think that we want everything to be made easy for us. As if we find it to much work to use a can opener? Then I run into people like I met today and I realize that pop-top lids would help give them better choices for eating. It may still be a long way off from finding fresh food for everyone to eat, but it’s still closer than where many people are now. As the saying goes, “we might not be able to do everything, but we can all do something.”

I don’t know who left those can openers on the top of our food cupboard but I want to thank them for thinking about that little extra that might mean a lot to someone else. Maybe, the next time we’re thinking about making a donation to Winnipeg Harvest, we might want to add a can opener to our list.

Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road

Shoal Lake is located in Eastern Manitoba and the Kenora area of Northwest Ontario. It is best known to most Winnipeggers as the source of our drinking water. It is also home to Shaol Lake 40 First Nation. Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is an Ojibwa or Ontario Saulteaux First Nation located in the Eastman Region of Manitoba and the Kenora District of Ontario.

While we in Winnipeg enjoy fresh, clean water thanks to Shoal Lake, the people of Shoal Lake 40 have been living under a boil water advisory for over 18 years, and have been without a road to their land for over 100. As far as the boil water advisory goes, just think of how frustrated we were when we had a few days of it in Winnipeg, now multiply that by about 1,000 times.

Shoal Lake Freedom Road
St. Philip’s Sign with a message of support for the Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road project.

The project would cost $30 million with the city of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba each having promised $10 million so far. Continue reading

Leadership for the Whole Church

Leardership for the Whole Church: Part 4 in the Series reflecting on Slow Church

Part 1:

Stanley Hauerwas and Slow Church

Part 2:

Practicing Presence

Part 3:

Formation in the Church

This is Part 4 of our series looking at the concept of Slow Church and what we can learn from the ideas of Stanley Hauerwas.  The links above will direct you to the first three posts in the series. This video is longer than the previous three. However, it’s worth watching the whole video.

Part 4 breaks away somewhat from the first 3 in that the post is more focused on leadership and leaders rather than on the whole body. Yet this video links well with the other three, precisely where Hauerwas talks about leadership as something that is best raised up through the community. Such leadership is in contrast to the leadership model touted by the book store best sellers.

The video starts off with Hauerwas stating that creative authority is all about persuasion.  While he talks about it in the context of being a leader in a community such as a church or university, one question it raises, is how do churches express creative authority in the communities in which they are situated?

For many years, the church spoke from a position of assumed authority. Within a Christendom model this was considered acceptable and even expected. As that model has disintegrated, can the church learn to speak authoritatively again.

Many people would question whether the church should ever speak authoritatively, but I think if the  church adopts the attitude in the broader community of helping the community to develop their gifts, the church will have something to offer to the whole community.

Hauerwas asks an interesting question: What kind of community do you need to be to choose your leaders by lot? The choosing of Matthias he is referring to can be found in Acts 1:12-26. How does such a question challenge our assumptions of what leadership and decision making in the Church should look like?

Hauerwas also talks about developing a discipline of the ego that will allow any institution that you are part of to continue once you have departed. I think this also fits in with the idea of being able to speak authoritatively in the broader community. Just as individual leaders need to learn the discipline of letting go of their egos, so do churches need to learn the same discipline.

One thing that comes out of this style of leadership, is that it rejects persuasion as a sales pitch. Persuasion under the model talked about in this video, and suggested by the previous videos is an activity that comes with long-term sharing of life and exchanging of ideas.

There is more in the video to consider regarding leadership. In particular the question of how do leaders hold on to power as a fragile thing? If you have any thoughts on any of this, please feel free to share them on the St. Philip’s Facebook page.

Palm-Passion Sunday

This Sunday St. Philip’s will be celebrating Palm-Passion Sunday. This is the opening of Holy Week. Much like the Gospel writers place the bulk of their focus on the last days of Jesus’s life, so too do we as a church.

It may seem odd to celebrate both Palm Sunday, and the Crucifixion at the same time. Especially since we set aside Good Friday to mark the death of Jesus. Some of the more cynical may think this is simply to save people from showing up on Good Friday. Certainly there does seem to be more than a few people who feel this way.

However, Holy Week is also called Passion Week. Passion means suffering. If Palm Sunday is a reminder of Jesus as the conquering Messiah, Passion Sunday reminds us that the coronation will involve a crown of thrones. Not only that, but Jesus will be exalted not to a throne but to a cross.

These are powerful stories. As such, at St. Philip’s Palm/Passion Sunday will not feature a sermon. Instead we will take these longer readings and allow them along with the rest of the liturgy to speak directly to us. At the end of the service we will leave in silence. Passion Sunday isn’t over, it carries on into the whole of Passion Week.

Rethinking our Buildings

The statement below was one of the charges given to parishes at our Synod last fall. One of the best parts of it is that it encourages us to think less about our buildings as places we go to but instead as places we go from.

“How is our physical plant (buildings and land) being used as a staging area for mission and ministry?”  

As a means of helping Vestries understand the ‘why’ behind this resolution, the following is offered as background.

All too often we consider our physical resources (buildings and land) as burdens and pay too little attention to the great gift that those that have come before us have blessed us with.  It is true that there are costs, and often significant ones, that are associated with owning property and buildings.  It is also true that these resources can be a resource to many people and organizations within our neighbourhoods who are looking for ways to improve the quality of life for others. 

For example, within your community there may be a need and willingness to conduct ESL classes but space is unavailable or is cost prohibitive.  Or, perhaps there is a group of single parents who are looking for a place where they can share stories and offer mutual support.  Just recently, one of our parishes began discussing offering office space, at no cost, to a local non-profit organization whose ministry is working with physically and mentally challenged people in our city.  Another parish has offered there parking lot as a ‘safe zone’ for parents to drop off their young children (K-5) going to school rather than them crossing roads. 

These are only a few examples; We believe the members of your Vestry will have all kinds of exciting ways to answer the question, “How is your Physical Plant (buildings and land) being used as a staging area for mission and ministry?”

Pancake Day is Coming

Although it seems that we’ve barely gotten through Christmas, Lent will soon be upon us. However, before Lent arrives there is that wonderful tradition known as Shrove Tuesday. Last year on Dining with Donald, Reverend Donald a little about the origins of Shrove Tuesday, and how pancakes became part of it.

This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17th. As has been our custom for many years, St. Philip’s will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday by offering a pancake supper. Last year the Pancake Supper was a terrific evening, and we hope to make it even better this year. The supper is still in the planning stages, so you will need to keep your eyes tuned to this site for information as it becomes available.
Pancake DayLast year there were pancakes, sausages, syrup, whipped cream, and a berry compote on the menu. This year we hope to make the menu even bigger. Tickets are $6.00 per person and $15.00 per family.  We will be including gluten-free pancakes as part of the supper.

Tickets are available by calling 204-237-3650 and leaving a message on extension 2. Or, you can email us at stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

Also this year, Reverend Donald will be in the church on Tuesday from 11 am – 1 pm to meet with anyone who wishes to participate in making private confession.

 

Advent Through Christmas


This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. During the four weeks before Christmas there will be a variety of opportunities to celebrate Advent at St. Philip’s. All of the Sunday services start at 11:00 am.

Advent 1 – November 30:

Our service will be at 11:00 am, with Rev. Donald preaching.

Advent 2 – December 7:

Sean Carlson, a parishioner of St. Margaret’s, will be making a presentation on the Ugandan Orphans Fund. This will take place during our 11 am Eucharist (BAS). After the service there will be a hot & cold potluck in the memorial hall. We invite you to stay for that. Hopefully Mr. Carlson will be able to speak more at that time, but if not, we can still share our thoughts, dreams and visions on how we can work with this fund.

Advent 3 – December 14:

St. Philip’s will be holding a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Deacon Tanis and the choir have already been making their preparations for this morning.

Advent 4 – December 21:

Rev. Tanis will be preaching at this service. As part of the sermon she will be sharing some stories that will give us a glimpse into her work with Open Circle. As a deacon, Tanis helps the parish to take it’s place in the outside community. It will be exciting to listen to what has happened to Tanis, and where she has encountered God already at work in the lives of the people she meets.

About the Nave of St. Philip's, advent

Christmas Eve – December 24:

Our Christmas eve service begins at 7:30 pm. However, we invite people to arrive at 7:00 pm and join with us in a time of carol singing.

Christmas Day – December 25:

As with our Sunday services, our Christmas Day service will be held at 11:00 am. If for some reason you were able to make any of the Christmas Eve services available, we would be most happy to have you join us for Christmas morning.

As usual, we will have our Wednesday 1pm Eucharist each week during Advent. For any questions, please call 204-237-3650 line 2, or email the church at stphilipsnorwood@shaw.ca

 

Service of Remembrance

Yesterday was Remembrance Day. As we have for many years in the past, St. Philip’s played host to the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion for our annual Remembrance Day Service. This year given the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec over the last few weeks, the service was even more poignant.

Wreathes for the service
Wreaths ready for the service.

The service itself was quite solemn. There were so many people there, that the aisles were full of people, dozens of whom stood for the entire service. There were representatives of all levels of government present, along with Donald Phillips, Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

It was also really encouraging to see large groups of children from Scout and Guide troops at all levels of those organization. Rememberance Day is about recalling the sacrifices that our ancestors made, but also about looking to a peaceful future. Peace though, is hard and costly, and it is good to see that message being passed on to future generations.

There were many people who worked hard and contributed to yesterday’s service. St. Philip’s would like to thank Nick Kolisnyk for his efforts on trumpet. The U 0f Winnipeg dancers under Stephanie Ballard’s leadership. Leslie MacCorby and the flute ensemble from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and all of the members of the youth service agencies who assisted before, during and after the service. Continue reading