Trinity Institute Conference 2012

Radical Christian Life:
Equipping Ourselves for Social Change

Friday evening December 7
to Sunday afternoon, December 9

Trinity Institute’s 42nd National Theological ConferenceRadical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change, will be held December 7-9, 2012 via webcast conference at St. John’sAnglican Cathedral.

Joan Chittister, OSB will offer tools for making the vital connection between contemplation and social action. She will be supported by workshop leaders including theologians, spiritual directors, and activists. Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, author, teacher, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, will preach at the conference Eucharist.

Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of these changing times.

Through plenary addresses, creative work sessions, and worship, this three-day conference we will explore questions such as:

  • How can our Christian traditions of social justice and contemplation energize our communities as forces for positive change in the world around us?
  • What practices help us to discern where we are called to engage?
  • Where may we find sources of creativity and resilience within our tradition?
  • How can we work in partnership with those of other faiths and no faith as we follow God’s call?

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Cathedral Chronicle

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, September 11
The S.M.A.R.T. exercise program for seniors
resumes at 10:00 a.m. in the John West Hall

Wednesday, September 12
Vestry, 6:00 p.m. potluck supper and table Eucharist;
meeting to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 13
Friendship Circle, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Ordination of Michael Bruce, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 23
The Dean’s Forum: Dusting off the Bible gets underway at 9:15 a.m.,
and will be held every Sunday.

Saturday, October 13
Parish Visioning Day, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18
Opening Service of Diocesan Synod.

Tuesday, November 13
the Neil Bardal Concert Series will present a special concert in memory of Bishop Patrick and Mary Lee with proceeds going to support the Kalagali/Fisher Branch School in Uganda.


Dusting off the Bible…
Through conversation and by consensus at the early service, we will no longer say together The Great Litany before the Said Eucharist.  Starting on Sunday, September 23, Said Eucharist will move from 8:30 to 8:00 a.m.  At 9:15 a.m. on that Sunday we’ll begin The Dean’s Forum, which will conclude at 10:05 a.m.  The Sung Eucharist, with choir, will begin as usual at 10:30 a.m. Some of the titles for our ‘dusting’ until Christmas: You want me to do what?  (Abraham), God’s technicolour dream  (Joseph), Journey to the Inner Limits  (Ecclesiastes, Job… Struggling with the painful questions), A dragon slouching toward Bethlehem (Hope for the future)

Bible Study…
The Friday morning Bible study group resumes on Friday, September 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Thursday evening Bible study, which meets from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., will resume later in September. Watch this space for the date. And don’t forget The Dean’s Forum: Dusting off the Bible on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:05, starting September 23.

From Dreaming to Planning…
At its June meeting Vestry set the date for the Parish Visioning Day and it will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important day in the life of the Cathedral. It is important to hear from as many members of the congregation as possible as we set the course for the Cathedral over the next few years.

Choir News…
In an effort to strengthen the choir in its ministry, I am taking the time this fall to interview and audition individual choristers. In the course of these discussions, I hope to solidify my understanding of members’ voices and their visions for the role of the choir, both for themselves and for our ministry to our faith community and in the Diocese. Also, from a very practical perspective we will seek to find a rehearsal schedule that fits members’ busy lives. Once these interviews have taken place, the choir will be formed.

Existing choir members will be contacted to set up their appointments. Anyone else who would like to explore the possibility of joining us should contact me by leaving a voice mail at 204-586-8385-ext 13, by calling me at home 204-942-9250, or by sending an e-mail to

Friendship Circle…
The Friendship Circle begins its weekly meetings this coming Thursday, with a brown-bag lunch at noon. It is a time for the women of the parish to come together to knit prayer shawls, pray together and be a sisterhood in Christ. Each meeting ends at 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome. Please talk to Bunny McCormick for more information.

Exploring the Enneagram…
The ‘Growing Towards God’ series started by Nancy Phillips,  continues with a five session course called ‘Inner Transformation Through the Enneagram’. Janelle Schneider will be the facilitator. The course is offered on the second Tuesday of each month, from September 11 to December 11, and each session runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You may want to come at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the optional brown bag supper with your classmates (bring your own brown bag!). For more information about the Enneagram, the course, and Jannelle Schneider, log on to the Cathedral web site at

Trinity Institute Conference 2012…
After a two-year hiatus, the Trinity Institute Conference returns with a new format this November, and the Cathedral will be web casting the event once again. As yet, the Cathedral Corporation has not set the fee for attendance, so this notice is just a heads-up that the Conference will be back at the Cathedral (which was the first off-site centre to web cast the Trinity Conference in Canada!) The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change’. There will be only one speaker this year, but since that speaker is the gifted Sr. Joan Chittister OSB, ably assisted by a group of theologians, spiritual directors and Christian activists as workshop leaders, it will be, as always, a worthwhile event, Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

Many hands make light work…
Our sincere thanks to Ted Ash, Dennis Beaulieu,Tony Chen, Wallace Desmarais, Alan Firth and Brian Ford for their willing hands and gift of time to re-paint the John West Hall in time for today’s festive luncheon marking the Bicentenary of the arrival of the first group of Selkirk Settlers. Thanks, too, to Mavis Ford and Rene Jamieson for feeding the painting crew.

New ministry in the North End…
On Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m., Bishop Donald will celebrate the inauguration of the new Trinity Anglican Ministry, and will install the Rev. Liz Richens (née McKendry) and the Rev. Michael Bruce as co-incumbents of the Ministry’s component Parishes of St. Anne, St. Barnabas and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The service will be held at St. Barnabas, 730 McPhillips Street, at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

Vestry Meeting Reminder…
The September meeting of Vestry will be held on Wednesday, September 12, rather than on the third Wednesday of the month, and it will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck supper and Table Eucharist.

Get out the sweats and the running shoes…
On Tuesday, September 11, the S.M.A.R.T. exercise classes will resume at 10:00 a.m. in the John West Hall. S.M.A.R.T. is a low-impact program designed by the Victorian Order of Nurses to help keep those of us with aging bones and creaking joints in good shape, and it is delivered by trained instructors (two of whom are our own Gerry and Peter Spence). If you can’t make it on Tuesday, the class is also available on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m., in the John West Hall.

Around Rupert’s Land: Sacred Circle

Homecoming: “Lighting the Home Fires”

June 15 and 16, 2012
St. Peter, Dynevor Anglican Church
Stone Church Road off St. Peter’s Road, East Selkirk

Sacred Circles

Sacred Circles are deliberate gatherings of people intent on being with the Creator to forge community and find common direction. Indigenous experiences of colonization and Residential Schools has led to a need for healing and reconciliation. This Sacred Circle will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of all ages to create an atmosphere of home and health and healing.

St. Peter, Dynevor Anglican Church has been home to two Sacred Circles.

Keynote Speaker

Mark MacDonald has served as the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop since 2007. He was educated at Wycliffe College and traces some of his family heritage to Manitoba. Bishop Mark has travelled extensively across Canada, assisting Indigenous people in their journey of self-determination, healing and reconciliation.

Married on Nov. 11, 1989, Mark and his wife, Virginia Sha Lynn, have three children.

For an agenda, more information and to register,
download the Sacred Circle brochure.

Anglican & Lutheran Gathering of Prison-impacted People

You Visited Me…

Connecting with and  supporting those in our churches who have someone on the ‘inside’ and encouraging those who visit people in remand or one of the correctional institutions.

Tuesday, March 20th
Registration 4:30pm, wrap up at 8:45pm.
Meal will be served.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
600 Cambridge Street (Cambridge & Corydon)
Winnipeg, MB

If you or a loved one is, or has been in prison, if you do prison ministry, or have an interest in visiting those inside Bishops Elaine Sauer and Don Phillips  welcome you to participate in this free event.

Please RSVP by March 13th to:
Tom Collings 204-772-2892 or tomjulie at mts dot net
or Ken Kuhn 204-885-2821 or kenkuhn at mts dot net

Farewell Reception for The Very Rev. Bob & Janice Osborne

Last Chance to say Good Bye

The Very Rev. Bob & Janice Osborne have sold their house in Winnipeg and are moving to the Ottawa area to be closer to their daughter and her family. They will be leaving our diocese at the end of January.

Bishop Donald and Nancy Phillips are hosting a reception to bid them ‘farewell’.

Farewell Reception

Saturday, January 21, 2012
St. Peter’s Church, 755 Elm Street (corner of Grant & Elm)
from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

All Welcome!

Growing Towards God Series

Thank You!

Thank you to Nancy Phillips for presenting the first session from the Growing Towards God series entitled “Intro to Spirituality”.

As Christians we need both an intellectual and spiritual connection to our God. Through reading the scripture and listening to religious teachings, we engage our faith, but how does our spirit engage with God?

With everything that hinders spiritual growth; among them being the daily distractions of modern life, it is hard to maintain a spiritual connection to God.

By teaching us about the importance of our spiritual selves, the foundations of Christian Spirituality and training us to use various tools for prayer and meditation, Nancy is helping us reconnect with God on this deeper level.

We look forward to the next session, Tools for Listening to God on November 8th when we will learn even more.
Please feel free to join us!

Read more about Tuesday’s class Intro to Spirituality

Wechetowin Update

copied from the September edition of The Rupert’s Land News

Indigenous spirituality course launched

To help survivors of the residential schools, Rupert’s Land Wechetowin Inc. encouraged the creation of a two-year diploma program “Indigenous Spirituality and Pastoral Care”, at the University of Winnipeg that will train students to offer pastoral and spiritual care in jails, hospitals, long term care residences and missions. The first students are being accepted this year, many with bursary support.

To help residential school survivors, Wechetowin encouraged the creation of a two-year diploma program “Indigenous Spirituality and Pastoral Care” at the University of Winnipeg.

The program is accessible to First Nations who may have been out of the educational system for some time. Manitoba is currently the only province in Canada that is developing a Spiritual Care component of the health care system. Acting Executive Director Ko’ona Cochrane says “Wechetowin is working with the Diocese for a Sacred Circle in September. We’re going to be procuring some youth from the Canada World Youth Program, students from Kenya and Canada who will learn more about the legacy of residential schools. I have a plan put together for them to spend three days a week working with us and learning about the work Wechetowin does. We are a grassroots initiative that helps people navigate through the urban environment.”

Walking With Wechetowin

All of the programs designed by Wechetowin are intended to address healing, wellness and reconciliation.

Wechetowin board members are also preparing their second annual Walking With Wechetowin walk-athon. Wechetowin is a Cree word for “People Helping People” as it is a grassroots organization started by individuals reaching out to those in need. Formed in 2006 by the Rupert’s Land Aboriginal Circle, Wechetowin offers more than pastoral care for Aboriginal people. All of the programs designed by Wechetowin are intended to address healing, wellness and reconciliation. This is done holistically from restorative justice education to ‘people helping people’ directly visiting hospitals and institutions giving others hope.

This year the “Walking With Wechetowin” fundraiser on Sept 24 will be a 10 km walk within Winnipeg. Cochrane says “Last year we walked 30 kms from Winnipeg to Selkirk. The walk is intended to help bring awareness for those who have charted a course for healing, as many Aboriginal people have struggled with issues of addiction and high rates of recidivism, we can now see positive change happening.”

Sponsorship forms are available through the office, to join Walking With Wechetowin or learn more about their endeavours,
please call 204-582-0130 or e-mail

Ministry Opportunity: Wechetowin Walk-a-thon

Calling all Volunteers and Supporters!

A fun morning of exercise and reflection on the progress of Healing & Reconciliation efforts in Winnipeg, thanks to the support of volunteers and people like you! 

The 10km walk begins at St. Mary Magdalene walking north to St. John’s Park.

Walking with Wechetowin
2nd Annual Walk-a-thon
Saturday, September 24, 2011

From St. Mary Magdalene, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg
to St. John’s Park at Main Street and Mountain, Winnipeg
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Barbecue 12 noon – 2 p.m.

For sponsorship forms, to volunteer, or more information
see the poster for contact information.