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Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener

SERVICE TIMES: Sundays 8 a.m. (Book of Common Prayer) 10 a.m. (Book of Alternative Services) Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. (Book of Common Prayer) Parking is free on Sundays in City Hall's underground lot and at the WLU School of Social Work. There is also two hour on-street parking along Duke, King and Water Streets. Transitional Priest: Archdeacon Perry Chuipka Honourary Assistants: Archdeacon Ken Cardwell Reverend Paul Kett Director of Music: Marlin Nagtegaal Parish Nurse: Elsie Millerd
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
Check out this new publication from the Anglican Journal.
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
We wanted to make you aware of a important KW Community Event. You can go to Victoria Park on August 26th and learn about impact of overdose in our community, honour those individuals who have died from an overdose, increase knowledge about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act and challenge stigma.
https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/region-to-host-overdose-awareness-day-events-this-month-1635075?fbclid=IwAR1lyJ1SWYT8g1_zONGsFQXiysUHk7MFipXWMd-GdaHr1tQVwlCYQu4WA8g
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
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We need a deeper humility to listen to one another Huron Church News exclusive interview with Linda Nicholls, our new Primate By Rev. Canon Keith Nethery Installation service at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, July 16, 2019: Archbishop Linda Nicholls (centre) starts her role as the head of the...
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From Archbishop Linda:

July 18, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

At the recent General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada members from across Canada gathered to worship, pray, listen, discern and decide how our life will proceed. The work of this Synod included many significant decisions. With joy, the first steps towards a self-determining Indigenous Church were passed, including the appointment of the National Indigenous Bishop as a metropolitan and official membership in General Synod by representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. We heard a deep and profound apology from Primate Fred Hiltz for spiritual harm to indigenous peoples. We approved liturgical revisions and additions to broaden our worship. We approved a new collect for reconciliation with the Jewish people. We affirmed our commitment to addressing issues around climate change. We set in motion a strategic review of the work of General Synod to meet our changing context and needs. And the Synod elected me as the next Primate for the Church - a humbling honour and challenge.

We also returned to the question of the proposed change to Canon XXI on Marriage to permit the marriage of same-sex partners which has been discussed extensively in the Church since 2013. It narrowly passed the required majorities at General Synod 2016 and was considered in each Provincial Synod and Diocese over the last three years. It has been clear for some time that the Church is divided on this issue with deeply held convictions for reasons of theology priorities; scriptural interpretation; or community needs. Knowing how deeply the pain would be felt by either decision in 2019 the Council of General Synod offered to General Synod ‘A Word to the Church’ of affirmations of how we can live together whatever the outcome (https://gs2019.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/A-Word-to-the-Church-Considering-the-proposed-amendment-of-Marriage-Canon-XXI.pdf). This statement was affirmed by General Synod with a very strong majority.

However, the amendment itself failed at its second reading. It reached the 2/3’s majority required in the clergy and laity but not in the House of Bishops. If the vote had been assessed on the basis of the members of General Synod as a whole the overall majority was 75%.

I know that our diocese is not of one mind on this issue. However I am aware that the majority strongly supported the blessing of same-sex civil marriages (over 72% of clergy and laity) and have indicated to me their strong support for equal marriage in the church. The pain of the failure of the amendment has been deeply felt and heard. In ‘A Word to the Church’ the General Synod affirmed the possibility of ‘local option’ for those dioceses where affirming equal marriage has been discerned as consistent with the current Canon XXI. The House of Bishops issued a statement that affirmed, “We are walking together in a way that leaves room for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed with same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions, sometimes described as ‘local option’.”

Given the strong support in Huron for this possibility, as of August 1, 2019, I am authorizing the availability of marriage to same-sex couples as a pastoral local option under the following guidelines:

1. Same-sex marriages will be permitted in parishes where the priest and the Parish Council have considered this matter and agreed that the parish will do so.
2. Any parish desiring to do so will write a letter to the Bishop requesting permission - signed by the priest (rector/incumbent) and the Wardens and including a description of the consideration taken by the Parish Council.
3. No parish is required to offer same-sex marriage in their location.
4. Clergy already have provision by canon to refuse to perform a marriage for reasons of conscience.
As this is a pastoral local option it is at the discretion of the diocesan bishop. It is an option that I believe is appropriate for the Diocese of Huron at this time and is supported by many, though not all, in the diocese. I am however aware that I will be the Bishop of Huron for only a short time longer. This may be a consideration in the discernment of the next Bishop of Huron. I pray that the diocese will recognize that the work of the bishop is much broader than this issue.

Our Church has a wonderful diversity in so many areas of its life. That diversity also leads to tensions but I can promise you that the bishops, clergy and laity of our church are committed to living together with love and grace as we continue to learn from one another and seek a path that honours God.

With deep gratitude for the Diocese of Huron and our witness to living together with differences in love and mutual support,


The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Bishop of Huron
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
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From Archbishop Linda:

July 18, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

At the recent General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada members from across Canada gathered to worship, pray, listen, discern and decide how our life will proceed. The work of this Synod included many significant decisions. With joy, the first steps towards a self-determining Indigenous Church were passed, including the appointment of the National Indigenous Bishop as a metropolitan and official membership in General Synod by representatives of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples. We heard a deep and profound apology from Primate Fred Hiltz for spiritual harm to indigenous peoples. We approved liturgical revisions and additions to broaden our worship. We approved a new collect for reconciliation with the Jewish people. We affirmed our commitment to addressing issues around climate change. We set in motion a strategic review of the work of General Synod to meet our changing context and needs. And the Synod elected me as the next Primate for the Church - a humbling honour and challenge.

We also returned to the question of the proposed change to Canon XXI on Marriage to permit the marriage of same-sex partners which has been discussed extensively in the Church since 2013. It narrowly passed the required majorities at General Synod 2016 and was considered in each Provincial Synod and Diocese over the last three years. It has been clear for some time that the Church is divided on this issue with deeply held convictions for reasons of theology priorities; scriptural interpretation; or community needs. Knowing how deeply the pain would be felt by either decision in 2019 the Council of General Synod offered to General Synod ‘A Word to the Church’ of affirmations of how we can live together whatever the outcome (https://gs2019.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/A-Word-to-the-Church-Considering-the-proposed-amendment-of-Marriage-Canon-XXI.pdf). This statement was affirmed by General Synod with a very strong majority.

However, the amendment itself failed at its second reading. It reached the 2/3’s majority required in the clergy and laity but not in the House of Bishops. If the vote had been assessed on the basis of the members of General Synod as a whole the overall majority was 75%.

I know that our diocese is not of one mind on this issue. However I am aware that the majority strongly supported the blessing of same-sex civil marriages (over 72% of clergy and laity) and have indicated to me their strong support for equal marriage in the church. The pain of the failure of the amendment has been deeply felt and heard. In ‘A Word to the Church’ the General Synod affirmed the possibility of ‘local option’ for those dioceses where affirming equal marriage has been discerned as consistent with the current Canon XXI. The House of Bishops issued a statement that affirmed, “We are walking together in a way that leaves room for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed with same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions, sometimes described as ‘local option’.”

Given the strong support in Huron for this possibility, as of August 1, 2019, I am authorizing the availability of marriage to same-sex couples as a pastoral local option under the following guidelines:

1. Same-sex marriages will be permitted in parishes where the priest and the Parish Council have considered this matter and agreed that the parish will do so.
2. Any parish desiring to do so will write a letter to the Bishop requesting permission - signed by the priest (rector/incumbent) and the Wardens and including a description of the consideration taken by the Parish Council.
3. No parish is required to offer same-sex marriage in their location.
4. Clergy already have provision by canon to refuse to perform a marriage for reasons of conscience.
As this is a pastoral local option it is at the discretion of the diocesan bishop. It is an option that I believe is appropriate for the Diocese of Huron at this time and is supported by many, though not all, in the diocese. I am however aware that I will be the Bishop of Huron for only a short time longer. This may be a consideration in the discernment of the next Bishop of Huron. I pray that the diocese will recognize that the work of the bishop is much broader than this issue.

Our Church has a wonderful diversity in so many areas of its life. That diversity also leads to tensions but I can promise you that the bishops, clergy and laity of our church are committed to living together with love and grace as we continue to learn from one another and seek a path that honours God.

With deep gratitude for the Diocese of Huron and our witness to living together with differences in love and mutual support,


The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Bishop of Huron
Church of St. John the Evangelist (Anglican), Kitchener
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Statement from Bishop Linda.

July 13, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

I write to you with deeply conflicted emotions tonight. Today I was elected to succeed Archbishop Fred Hiltz as the next Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. This is an honour and responsibility that is deeply humbling and somewhat terrifying! With this comes the knowledge that I must resign as the Bishop of Huron which is a deep regret.

I write to you also the day after the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada held the required second vote on the proposed change to the Marriage Canon to permit same-sex marriages. The vote did not receive the required 2/3’s majority in the house of bishops though did receive it in the clergy and laity. The change to the marriage canon therefore did not pass.

Marriage Canon

The debate was long and, for the most part, respectful of all who were in the room. When the result of the vote was shown on the screen there was only a long, deep silence broken by the intense keening of one of the LGBTQ2+ youth delegates for whom this result was simply too
painful to even contemplate. That sound will resound in the hearts of all those present as a moment not only of personal mourning but of the mourning of a church that was unable to find a way to live with differences despite the best efforts of many people including the
affirmations recorded in A Word to the Church, supported earlier in the day (see:

https://www.anglican.ca/news/a-word-to-the-church-considering-the-proposed-amendment-of-
marriage-canon-xxi/30023889/)

This has been a challenging discussion for the Church over many years as there continue to be those who hold the traditional view that marriage can only be between a man and a woman while others believe the covenant of marriage can be extended to same-sex couples.
Sometimes there are people of both views in the same parish sharing the pew with one another, each seeking to be faithful to God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Whichever opinion we each hold in this matter we are God’s people together. We come to the table of the Lord not because we agree with one another on all things but because we have been called, loved, forgiven and accepted in Jesus Christ.

The failure of the motion to change the marriage canon will be deeply painful for LGBTQ2+ members of our Church and for those beyond the Church who looked to this step as a sign of hope and inclusion. In the Diocese of Huron we will continue to offer the opportunity for a blessing of a civil same-sex marriage, recognizing the intention to live in fidelity, mutual love and comfort in a lifelong union. In light of my election as Primate, I pray that the diocese and the new bishop of Huron will discern what other steps to support same-sex couples and their families may be available. I am confident that the Diocese of Huron will find ways to live
graciously and with respect for one another.

Primate

Over the past three years and more you have welcomed me into the Diocese of Huron with warmth and patience – warmth in every parish visit as I have travelled the length and breadth of the diocese and been invited into parish life and events and patience as I have discovered
the history and particular quirks and joys of the culture of this wonderful part of God’s Church.

I am still learning and it does feel too soon to be leaving. Please know that Huron will continue to have a special place in my heart. I will listen for stories of your ministries and rejoice in your faithfulness in our Church.

The new Primate must resign from their present diocese within three months of election. It is my intention to discuss a formal resignation date with the Diocesan Executive but not before the end of September. One promise I made in recent months was that following General Synod my first task would be my full vacation for a much needed rest. I will be on vacation from July 19- August 18. After a further week of continuing education I will return to Huron and begin the process of handing over responsibilities.

Our diocesan canons designate the appointment of an Administrator by Diocesan Council in the absence of a bishop. This person will oversee the work of the bishop during an interim period in which a new bishop will be elected and consecrated. The Diocesan Office will keep the diocese informed of that appointment and of the proposed date for an election and consecration of a new bishop. My prayers will be with you in the coming months of this transition and although I know it will be unsettling I also know the resilience of the diocese and the reality that the primary work of the diocese is the day to day ministry being carried on in each and every parish. That will not change!

Now I ask for your prayers as we both enter into a time of transitions. Pray for me, as I relinquish my responsibilities in Huron and look to the life of the whole Anglican Church of Canada as Primate. Pray for the diocese during the transition and especially for the diocesan staff who will, I know, support all of you in the coming months. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls

Bishop of Huron and Primate-elect