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Women's journey to Diocese of Jerusalem postponed to 2016
Ottawa, October 27 - At the request of Mrs. Shafeeqa and Archbishop Suheil Dawani, the 27 lay women from the Diocese of Ottawa expecting to visit Jerusalem in November 2015 are postponing their venture until 2016. A recent escalation of attacks in the region is closing some places on the group's itinerary to outsiders, raising concerns about the safety of visitors, and making life difficult and dangerous for many people in their diocese. Mrs. Catherine Chapman, leader of the Ottawa delegation, and the planning committee are starting a prayer chain in support of our companion diocese, and planning to host more study and networking activities in the Ottawa diocese through the months of postponement. They fully expect the trip, as planned, will proceed, likely in fall 2016. More information: Heidi Danson


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October, 2015 - PWRDF funds emergency relief to Syrian refugees in Europe. The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe. For every dollar donated to PWRDF's program, the Canadian government will put a matching dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.
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September, 2015 - Slate Project responds to Syrian crisis with a digital liturgy. As the refugee crisis continues to worsen, a digital liturgy called Remember Canadians: You Were Once Foreigners has been created concerning God's people in Syria - and the church's response. Donate to PWRDF's Syria Response


Cornerstone housing for women expects to lose $212,000 and The Well, a day program for women, about $140,000.

The funding cuts to both the Well and Cornerstone are the result of the realignment of federal monies within the Housing First framework," said the Ven. Dr. Peter John Hobbs, Director of Mission for the diocese. "Though this is disappointing and will impact the quality of our services in the short term, we are committed to continuing our programs and services," he said. "The City of Ottawa remains an important partner in this work along with all the people and parishes of our diocese."

In a statement, Cornerstone said current services are being pared back to bare bones to fund new programs since there is "no new funding available to support the transition to the new way of doing business." The funding cuts also affect the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and Centre 507. - April 2015


The Anglican Journal has launched a special web page based on the newspaper's extensive coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) national events. The dedicated web page includes links to more than 150 news, features, videos and photos from the Journal, providing public access to "rich and compelling archival material about this important part of Canadian and church history - at their fingertips," the Journal reported January 12. In creating the web page, it said, "the Journal offers a valuable resource that will be of use not just now, but in perpetuity." The TRC is a key component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement signed in 2007 by the federal government, four church denominations, the Assembly of First Nations and other aboriginal organizations. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, about 150,000 aboriginal children were put into residential schools across Canada. Many were physically, emotionally and sexually abused. The Anglican church operated 26 of the 80 schools from the mid-19th century into the 1970s.


Bishop Dawani The Anglican Archbishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem reflects on 2014

In recent months, Church leaders have expressed concern about the departure of a rising number of Christians from the Middle East...

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Ordinands 2014 Bishop John Chapman ordained three people to the priesthood and one to the diaconate at a ceremony in Christ Church Cathedral. Nov. 10. From left, the three new priests are, the Revs. Richard Nash Smith, Kristy Leila Reimers-Loader and Jonathan Michael Francis Askwith. The bishop had ordained the trio as transitional deacons earlier in the year. The bishop also ordained Inuk lay-reader Aigah Attagutsiak as a deacon. She will be continuing her ministry with Innu and other parishioners at St. Margaret's Church in Ottawa. Among those attending the ordination of the new deacon were National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, retired Bishop of the Arctic, Andrew Atagotaaluk, and Dean Jonas Allooloo of St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut. An article with photos of the ordinations will be included in the January issue of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Diocese of Ottawa


Oct. 26 in response to the attack in downtown Ottawa four days earlier that left two people dead and forced a lockdown of Parliament Hill. "We're here to support one another during what has been a very difficult week for our community," he said. "By being here you show that although we have been shaken, we're still strong and will remain so." Ottawa's police chief, along with Jewish and Muslim leaders and the Chaplain- General of the Canadian Forces joined in prayers for unity and condemned acts of violence. In his opening remarks to the gathering, Dean Shane Parker said. "Together we are strong in faith, strong in hope and strong in love." The speakers also offered condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the honour guard shot to death at the National War Memorial. The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was later killed by security officials after storming the centre block of Parliament Hill and wounding a guard.


Donation Bishop John Chapman presents a $25,000 initial cheque for the Bruyère Foundation to Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Chair of the Hospice Ottawa West Campaign, Oct. 8 at the new Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata. The money from a GIFT grant application is part of a joint initiative with 22 west Ottawa Anglican parishes to build a reflection Room for the Hospice. The GIFT Gazette, to be included in the December issue of Crosstalk, will have a detailed report on the event.


Interfaith Summit and Climate March

Faith group members, including Canadians, were among the more than 300,00 people who marched through the streets of New York City Sept. 21 in what is believed to be the largest climate-change demonstration in history. More than 1,100 organizations endorsed the march, the first in a series of global events aimed at shining a spotlight on global warming ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, which began Sept. 23.

Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, was among the speakers at the religious service portion of the march, held at St. John the Divine Cathedral (Episcopal). Prior to the opening of the summit, leaders of Anglican, Episcopal and Lutheran churches in Canada and the U.S. issued a joint pastoral message on climate change, which can be read at


Deacons to be ordained to the priesthood

Bishop John Chapman has announced that three transitional Deacons, from left, the Reverends Richard Nash Smith, Kristy Leila Reimers-Loader and Jonathan Michael Francis Askwith, are to be ordained as priests at Christ Church Cathedral on The Feast of St. Leo the Great, Bishop of the Church, on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Clergy are invited to robe and the liturgical colour is red. The Master of Ceremonies is the Rev. Canon Catherine Ascah, assisted by the Rev. Gregor Sneddon, and the Ven. Robert Davis will preach.

The bishop earlier this year ordained the three as transitional deacons. The diocese currently has two permanent deacons, the Reverends Christine Jannasch and Peter Cazaly.

As well, Bishop Chapman has granted temporary permission to the Rev. Deacon Lisa Chisholm-Smith, to function as a deacon in this diocese effective Sept.1. She was ordained in the Diocese of Ontario.


Bishop John Chapman speaks at "The Few Serving the Many" fundraising reception at the Palestinian General Delegation of Canada residence in Ottawa June 13. Co-hosted by the bishop and his wife, Catherine; and His Excellency Said Hamad (centre) and his wife, Mme Claudette Shwiry Hamad; the event was in support of the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children, East Jerusalem, and the Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza. The Ven. Dr. MIchael Thompson (right), who is General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, represented the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz. The national church has made its partnership with the Diocese an international priority. The Basma Center provides important care for children with special needs and their families. The Ahli Arab Hospital is the only Christian hospital in the Gaza strip. Both facilities are operated by the Diocese of Jerusalem. For further information and to make a donation scroll up and click on 'Joint fundraiser' under the heading "Your Diocese at Work."


Laurette in JerusalemThe Anglican Church in Canada featured prominently in the prayers and hearts of the people at St. George's College in Jerusalem June 1st - Jerusalem Sunday - reports the Rev. Laurette Glasgow, special adviser for Government Relations for the Diocese of Ottawa and the Anglican Church of Canada. Laurette attended a course at the college and also visited many of the sites in our companion Diocese of Jerusalem, including St. George's Cathedral, with Bishop Suheil Dawani, and the Princess Basma Hospital and Gaza. Thirty women from the Diocese of Ottawa will also worship in St. George's Cathedral next April, during the first Ottawa-Jerusalem Inter-Diocesan Laywomen's conference. An update on this venture, initiated by Catherine Chapman and Shafeeqa Dawani at our last annual Synod meeting, has been sent to parish councils across this diocese.


Coventry meeting The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, addresses bishops from Africa and North America, among them Bishop John Chapman from Ottawa (far right), during the the fifth consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue at Coventry Cathedral from May 22-25. The bishops focused on Reconciliation in the Anglican Communion - an intentional dialogue developed in response to theological controversies relating to human sexuality and the blessing of same-sex marriages that strained relationships across the Anglican Communion in the early 2000s. In their six-page statement, titled "A Testimony of Our Journey to Reconciliation, " the bishops said, "In our diversity, cultural, racial, geographic, and indeed theological, we are convinced that what binds us together is greater and stronger than what divides. It is that we love one another as God has first loved us."
Photo by the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham.


OrdinandsBishop John Chapman ordained four transitional deacons at a ceremony in Christ Church Cathedral May 14, the Feast of St. Matthias. The ordinands from left are: Richard Nash Smith, Kristy Leila Reimers- Loader, and Jonathan Michael Francis Askwith. As opposed to permanent deacons, transitional deacons are those who intend to become priests. Nash was appointed half- time Assistant Curate of St. Thomas the Apostle Church effective August 1, 2014; Kristy was appointed Assistant Curate of the Parish of Bearbrook-Vars-Navan, the Parish of St. Mark's, Cumberland, and the Parish of St. Mary's, Blackburn, effective August 14, 2014; and Jonathan was appointed Assistant Curate of Christ Church Bells Corners effective August 1, 2014. Details of the ceremony will be included in the September issue of Crosstalk.


Monica Patten, the chair of the Diocese's GIFT Campaign and the national church's Interim Director of Resources for Mission, was invested into the Order Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall May 7, presided over by Governor General David Johnston. Considered to be one of Canada's foremost experts in philanthropy, Monica's citation stated in part: "Monica Patten has encouraged Canadians to invest in their communities. As president and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, a national body that oversees a network of local grantmaking organizations, she guided the movement through a period of unprecedented growth, encouraging philanthropy and helping generous citizens channel their giving to best meet community needs." Monica was among the 45 recipients invested at the ceremony. The Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, Centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.


Bishop John Chapman is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Crawford as the incoming Executive Director of Centre 454, effective June 16, 2014. Ms. Crawford has been an advocate for individuals in Ottawa experiencing homelessness for over 10 years. She joins Centre 454 from the Ottawa Mission, where she progressed from a front line case worker to Manager of Client Service.

Ms. Crawford will replace Mary Martha Hale who will retire from the Centre on June 30, 2014 after 16 years of dedicated service. One of the five Community Ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Centre 454 is an award-winning, daytime drop-in centre for those experiencing homelessness, poverty, or inadequate housing.


This photo by Crosstalk editor Art Babych earned one of the 15 awards received by The Anglican Journal at the annual Associated Church Press (ACP) gathering in Chicago April 23-26. The photo was taken on Parliament Hill last summer as ribbons symbolizing streams of water were being passed through the crowd of hundreds of Anglicans and Lutherans to draw attention to the importance of having access to clean water - especially in Aboriginal communities. The youth event coincided with the historic Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The latest award for Art, who was a contributing photographer for the Journal during the Joint Assembly, brings to seven the total number of church press photography awards he has won over the past decade. The ACP is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America.


GibaultRev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut, Director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) gave a public lecture at Christ Church Cathedral April 6 to talk about the commission's recent document, The Church: Towards a Common Vision. Published in March 2013, the convergence text was the result of 20 years of study and dialogue involving the WCC's members, who represent most of the churches in the world. Member churches have been asked to study the text and comment on it. "The text will be a challenge to some churches and a confirmation to others," said Mr. Gibaut, a former professor at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, and the Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Ottawa.


Lisa Chisholm-Smith, the Missioner for Baptismal Ministry for the Diocese of Ottawa, was ordained as a Vocational Deacon March 2 in the Diocese of Ontario where she and her husband, the Ven. Andrew Chisholm, live.

The Rt. Rev. George Bruce, standing in for the Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton, Bishop of the Diocese of Ontario, who was unable to atend due to a sudden death in his family, officiated at the Diocesan Service of Ordination, held in St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont. John Grant Fletcher of the Diocese of Ontario was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in the same ceremony. A Transitional Deacon is one who intends to become a priest, while a Vocational Deacon intends to remain a Deacon. Lisa will continue in her work as Missioner for Baptismal Ministry for the Diocese of Ottawa

photo credit to Mark Hauser


Mary-Martha Hale, Executive Director of Centre 454, to retire in June
Mary-Martha HaleMary-Martha Hale has announced her retirement as Executive Director of Centre 454, effective the end of June, 2014. Ms. Hale has been the Executive Director of Centre 454 for 16 years and is a well-known figure among the homelessness sector in Ottawa. During her tenure, the Centre has grown into a highly-regarded, award winning, and essential partner in the City of Ottawa's plan to support individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community. Recently, Ms. Hale managed and shepherded the return of the Centre to St. Albans Church and its integration into the Sandy Hill neighbourhood and community. Plans are underway to recognize Ms. Hale's contribution to the City of Ottawa and the Diocese at an event that will be held closer to her formal retirement. Details will be distributed through community networks. Under the direction of the Director of Mission, Peter John Hobbs, a process is now underway to select a new Executive Director for the Centre. Details will be published in late February here at the diocesan website.


Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, described Jane Fyles as "one of our great ambassadors of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)," in presenting her with an honorary membership on the Board of Directors of the organization. The presentation to Jane, a member of Christ Church Cathedral parish, was made after the primate had delivered his annual New Year's Day address at the cathedral. PWRDF can only do its work because of its staff, its volunteer board of directors, diocesan coordinators and parish representatives "who work hard to tell the story of PWRDF and inspire people's interest in it and support of it, and Jane is one of those people who has served our church with distinction around PWRDF," he said.


Friends of the Bishop Dinner 2013
Don Newman, former senior parliamentary editor for CBC television and the honorary chair of the diocesan GIFT campaign, was the guest speaker at this year's Friends of the Bishop Dinner Nov.12. Don regaled the almost 300 dinner guests with stories from his recently released memoir, Welcome to the Broadcast, and delivered creditable voice impersonations of political figures such as Tommy Douglas, former Saskatchewan premier and National NDP leader, and Brian Mulroney, former Progressive Conservative prime minister. The annual fundraising dinner supports of the Bishop's Discretionary Fund, which allows the bishop to respond to a variety of immediate and often confidential needs of individuals or causes.


Bishops' wives Productive partnership continues to flourish
Two bishops' wives told the diocese of Ottawa's synod on Oct. 19 that they wanted to share with members an idea they had been discussing to help develop the growing partnership between Ottawa and the Diocese of Jerusalem.

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Quebec CharterDismay and concern over proposed charter
The diocese of Ottawa has expressed its "dismay and profound" concerns over the PQ government's proposed Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban public employees from wearing Sikh, Jewish and Muslim headwear, and Christians from wearing visible large crucifixes, while at work.

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Latest News The Rev. Christine Jannasch and the Rev. Peter Cazaly were ordained to the diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral Sept. 30 by Bishop John Chapman. Christine's home parish is St. Luke's, Ottawa, where she takes on various diaconal roles in liturgies. Peter assists with the regular Sunday liturgy at St. Alban's, and recently graduated with a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology at Saint Paul University. Christine and Peter are currently the only two life deacons, sometimes called vocational deacons, in the diocese. "They're not lacking in education (and) they're certainly not lacking in discernment," said Archdeacon David Selzer in his sermon. "They’ve been practising for this for a long time." He added, "The ministry to which they are called to as deacons in this church and this diocese awaits them in its wholeness."


Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, presents the Royal Cypher to Brigadier General John Fletcher during the installation ceremony for Padre Fletcher at the Beechwood Memorial Centre in Ottawa Sept. 4. Padre Fletcher, who is an honorary assistant priest at All Saints Westboro Anglican Church in Ottawa, takes over from retiring Brigadier General Karl McLean, who is also an Anglican priest.


Capital Pride Parade
Pride DayPriests and parishioners from five parishes in the Diocese of Ottawa were among the hundreds of participants in the Capital Pride Parade held August 25. Together, they formed the largest Christian contingent in the parade. With a Integrity Ottawa banner in the lead, the Anglicans showed they could be as boisterous as any of the other groups in the colorful parade as they marched up Bank Street to Laurier Street and then to City Hall. Organizers of the parade say the event was the largest in its history.


Laurette GlasgowThe Rev. Laurette Glasgow is a priest in the Diocese of Ottawa but since March 2012 she also serves as special advisor for government relations for the Anglican Church of Canada. So what does a special advisor for government relations do? Find out in this "News from General Synod" article by Jesse Hair.


Joint Assembly The historic Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada wrapped up in Ottawa July 7. The five-day event, attended by 500 Anglicans and Lutherans concluded with a eucharist that saw the retransformation of a temporary altar to an Inuksuk. More than 100 volunteers, many of them from Diocese of Ottawa were on hand to greet, transport, and guide assembly delegates during their gathering at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The Church leaders, Anglican Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Lutheran Bishop Susan Johnson offered the delegates a final blessing, invoking the Joint Assembly's theme: "May you journey in hope towards a vision that brings us together for the love of the world."


Howard DrakeHoward Drake, the British High Commissioner to Canada, welcomed the close to 300 guests at Cornerstone's annual Garden Party and Fashion Show June 16 and encouraged them to support Cornerstone's fundraising event. The show was held at Earnscliffe, the official residence of the British High Commissioner, and featured the designs of Sukhoo Sukhoo, with clothes modeled by local celebrities, media personalities and professional models. Cornerstone Housing for Women has provided shelter, housing and other services for homeless women in Ottawa for nearly 30 years. The proceeds from the Garden Party and Fashion Show supports Cornerstone's food budget of over $100,000 a year. Read more about the event in the next issue of Crosstalk.


Lisa Chisholm-SmithA Crosstalk article by Lisa Chisholm-Smith, Baptismal Ministry Formation Missioner for the diocese, won a third-place award from the Canadian Church Press (CCP) May 17. Lisa's article, "Forever Friends: Pets and the Kingdom of God" was published in the November 2012 issue of Crosstalk and submitted in the CCP award competitions by editor Art Babych. Lisa's feature article in the category of newspapers under 10,000 circulation was a "Nice, original take on animals; sound arguments/points made backed by biblical passages," wrote the judge, Cynthia Shannon, a freelance writer and former Associate Editor of Reader's Digest. "Well-written and organized," she added. "Thoughtful and thought-provoking."


A TESTIMONY OF HOPE - The Fourth Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue
The fourth consultation among Canadian, American and African bishops took place in Cape Town South Africa from Thursday May 2nd to Sunday May 5th 2013. We met in the context of worship, prayer, Scripture reading and the breaking of bread. Through the presentation of papers, continuing conversation, and growing relationships we engaged in dialogue both in sessions and over meals. We came from South Sudan, Malawi, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Canada, Zambia and the United States. We continued the same process as in the past of inviting people from different dioceses to reflect on God's mission in their contexts, this time using the lens of reconciliation, in accordance with Paul's exhortation:
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BaycroftThe Rt. Rev. John Baycroft

The Rt. Rev. John Baycroft, former Bishop of Ottawa, has been awarded Saint Paul University's 2013 Eugene de Mazenod Medal. The medal bearing the name of the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, recognizes Eugene de Mazenod's primary concern, adapting to people's real situations, by showing boldness and zeal in dealing with urgent societal issues. It was presented to Bishop Baycroft at a ceremony April 3 in the university's De Mazenod Chapel. The medal award was inaugurated in 2011. Details of the award and the presentation ceremony will be included in the May issue of Crosstalk.


Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace at Christ Church Cathedral
The Elmer Iseler Singers and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, under the direction of Lydia Adams, sing "Amazing Grace" at the Cathedral Arts concert March 2/2013 at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. The event was part of a special Black History Month tour of the combined choirs.
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Col. John Fletcher appointment
Well known in the Diocese of Ottawa and the national church, Col. John Fletcher has been appointed chaplain general of the Canadian Forces. He succeeds retiring Brig. Gen. Karl McLean, who is also an Anglican padre. Col. Fletcher will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general when he takes over the job in September. The soon-to-be chaplain general is an archdeacon and an honorary assistant at All Saints Westboro. He has also represented the Anglican Military Ordinariate on General Synod, the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada, and is a member of the board of directors of the Anglican Journal. The announcement of his appointment was made by Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

Cornerstone director honoured
Garvey and Johnston Governor General David Johnston congratulates Sue Garvey, executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women after presenting her - along with 57 others - with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on February 6. "Ms. Garvey is committed to providing the best possible housing for women who are at risk of being homeless," stated the award citation. "This commemorative medal has been presented over the last year to 60,000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements, and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country."
Photo by Cpl. Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall, OSGG
Posted February 2013

A gift to the diocese
PBL Gift Robert (Bob) Fournier, Account Executive with PBL Insurance Ltd., the diocese's insurance broker, presents a cheque for $500 to Bishop John Chapman in the bishop's office January 30. With them are PBL's Ottawa branch manager, David McNamara (left), and Michael Herbert, Director of Financial Ministry for the diocese. The donation came about after the staff at Ecclesiastical Insurance, the diocese's insurer, voted PBL as one of their three preferred brokers for 2012, and presented PBLwith $250 for a charity of choice. PBLagreed to match the amount and present it to the Diocese of Ottawa as a gift.
Photo by Art Babych
Posted January 2013

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