JOURNAL OF THE DIOCESE OF THE ARCTIC
BISHOP PARSONS’ MESSAGE
Rita and I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ our LORD!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas & peace on earth. Yet the world is far from peace. All too often we hear of ongoing fear, anger, hatred among nations and terrorist attacks. Even the planet is in turmoil with earth quakes, massive storm systems, melting permafrost, and lately blood moons which caused many ask, ‘Are these what Jesus called end time signs?’ Not even the church is in agreement if they are but one thing is sure, they are increasing as a woman in labour and the nations are certainly in distress as to what it all means for you, me and for planet earth.
I believe every age has signs or reasons to ask for divine help. I believe that each second draws me closer to the day when I meet Jesus either by my death or by Jesus’ second coming. Until that date, I do not want to be holed up in a church bunker praying, ‘Jesus come now.’ No I want to be in the field praying, ‘ Have mercy Jesus, give us more time, there are still more sheep to be brought in.’
When I was born there were 2 billion 730 million people in the world. That is a lot of souls. When Jesus was born there were only 170 million people. Jesus disciples had to spread the gospel by foot, donkey or ship and they were effective winning the hearts of the people, who would rather torture or kill them, than hear that Jesus was alive and the light of the world.
Today is not quitting time! We serve a God who says that even if 99% of the sheep are in, that is not enough, lets go look for that 1% who are lost. Would to God that 99% of the world was saved, but the truth is, very few of the world’s 7,382,287,640 people are safe and secure in Jesus. Check out the world population clock at www.worldometers.info/world-population/.
So as the nation’s leaders meet to seek peace and solutions for climate change, terror and war, let us put our hands together and pray for them and then as we rise from our knees let us pray as Isaiah did when God asked, “Who should I send?’ Isaiah answered, “God although I’m a person with unclean lips dwelling in a world of people with unclean lips, yet, here I am, send me.’
Like many who are wishing for peace on earth and good will for the nations, Rita and I pray for the same, but mainly our prayer, is that Jesus the LORD of the harvest would send more labourers into the mission field. We are also asking God to give our world’s leaders wisdom for their decisions. What if our leaders bowed to Jesus as did wise people that first Christmas?
The Painting "Epiphany in the Snow" by Violet Teague hung behind the Holy Table in All Saints Pro Cathedral Aklavik.
The Wise Men from the East in Violet’s painting, are depicted as Inuvialuit, Métis and Gwich’in elders who are presenting their gifts to Jesus. As I see this Inuit man humbly bowing before Jesus
This Christmas as we pray for the world and its leaders, lets remember God’s promise in 2nd Chronicles 7:13-14 ‘When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.‘ What a promise!
Friends thank you for supporting and praying for our Diocese. Rita and I wish you God’s peace, guidance and blessing and a Merry Christmas and God Bless you richly in Christ Jesus!
Cover (top) photo—a frosty day at St. Jude’s in Iqaluit. Photo by Deacon Rebecca Osborn
BISHOP MCCARTNEY'S MESSAGE
Thank you for your continued interest and support, it is truly appreciated!
For many of you this interest and support has been something that started many years back and we appreciate your walking with us over the years. Perhaps for others you have only been aware of the work in the Arctic a short time, perhaps for some this is the first you have read a copy of Arctic News. We are very happy that you have taken some time to look through and hopefully learn something about your brothers and sisters in the North.
Many of you will know that as part of my role as Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of the Arctic, I find myself travelling a lot. I am currently in Pond Inlet – Mittimatalik writing this short piece. I wish that many of you could have the opportunity that I have, travelling to so many of our communities, meeting the people who make up the Diocese. To say I have been blessed almost doesn’t seem to say it all. An example of this has been the joy shared in the wedding service of a couple here in Pond Inlet, to have celebrated with Lay-readers, Diocesan and Parish in a commissioning service and to have had the opportunity to confirm twenty-seven people this last weekend.
This is the second and in some cases the third time that I have visited some of the communities and it has been wonderful to have children come up and tell me that they had spoken to me the last time I visited, remembering them has been something special.
Pond Inlet (Mikttimatalik), Nunavut
Yes, there are always things that we could focus on that will bring us down, physically and spiritually but we seek to keep our eyes on Jesus, who brings peace into the most turbulent of circumstances.
We rejoice in the appointment of Deanna Monks as youth coordinator for the Diocese.
We rejoice that Revd Joey, his wife Jen and son Ben are settling into Apex/Iqaluit. Joey is the new director for the Arthur Turner Training School, a seminary within the diocese that trains clergy and lay-readers for work in our diocese. Please pray that the conversations that are taking place with the Nunavut Government and Arctic College will be fruitful.
We rejoice that we continue to see the debt on the cathedral coming down and the ministry that is taking place out of the cathedral has been very encouraging.
We rejoice that there are so many faithful people across the diocese who seeks to make known the message of hope that is Christ.
Many of you will be reflecting on the message of hope this Christmas, God coming and dwelling among us. The old way of things being transformed. It’s the same today; we look around and see situations and people being transformed in Christ. We see people being enabled and empowered by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
May each of us and many, many more, have eyes to see the amazing works of God in each of our lives and the people around us.
‘Freedom 2015’ less than $1 million away for Arctic diocese
By Art Babych on September, 22 2015
ACW representative Marni Crossley presents her group’s freewill offering to diocese of the Arctic Suffragan Bishop Darren McCartney. Photo: Art Babych
The Anglican Diocese of the Arctic is hoping that by the end of this year it will be free from its decade-old debt for the rebuilding of St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
But for “Freedom 2015” to become a reality, the diocese needs $723,000 by the end of 2015 to clear off the $10.3 million debt incurred following the destruction by arson of the iconic igloo-shaped St. Jude’s.
To help the northern diocese pay off the debt, the Anglican Church Women (ACW) of the diocese of Ottawa hosted another of its several fundraising events in support of the St. Jude’s on Sept. 20, at St. Stephen’s Church, drawing about 100 people.
The event coincided with a visit from the Suffragan (assistant) Bishop of the Arctic diocese, Darren McCartney, who is based in Iqaluit. He was in Ottawa to attend the ordination to the priesthood on Sept. 21 of Deacon Aigah Attagutsiak, an Inuk who serves both Inuktitut and English congregations at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Ottawa.
McCartney, who preached at both services at St. Margaret’s earlier in the day, accepted the invitation to come to the ACW fundraising event, speak to the group and receive the freewill offering for the cathedral. He also watched the screening of the documentary, Soul of the Arctic, with those gathered. The movie, produced by Northern-Ireland television network UTV, focuses on the Irish-born McCartney and his wife, Karen, and their life together in what was described as “1.5 million square miles of freezing desolation in the high Canadian Arctic.”
The documentary includes a segment in which McCartney drives a snowmobile over the ice and snow from Iqaluit to Pangnirtung, a distance of 300 km, to preside at a confirmation ceremony.
“In the earlier years of my ministry, Karen and I spent some time working in the Arctic and we know the terrain and the people well, ” he says in the movie. “It’s a stunningly beautiful place, but temperatures can fall as low as minus 50 so we have immense respect for their background as nomadic hunters living in remote camps.”
In a question-and-answer period following the movie, McCartney spoke of the anguish he felt while being pastor in Pangnirtung from 2003 to 2006 and why he and his wife had to return to Ireland. “I needed to get out to clear my head,” he said. As pastor, “I had 17 suicides in three years in a community of about 1,500 people,” said McCartney. “In that environment, in that culture and in that role you are very close to people, and so there was a lot of pain and I suppose secondary trauma for me. ” Suicide rates for Inuit youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average.
McCartney said although he needed to get away, he was hankering to get back after a while. The couple returned to the north when McCartney was elected as suffragan bishop of the Arctic in June 2012.
Fundraising continues at the local parish here is one such event in the parish hall.
From the Ashes
By Aven Grace
I was a child of 11 or 12 when St. Jude's was first being built. Our family joyfully joined in all the work. It was the last church my father was involved in building, before leaving the Arctic to serve First Nations people in Saskatchewan. (Rev. Don Whitbread was Archdeacon of Baffin and Dean of St. Jude's when it was built, and he went home to heaven in 1978).
A few years ago, I stood on the empty spot where the Cathedral had been. I can't describe the feeling of loss, and the prayers of hope at that place. Now, I've seen pictures of the people worshipping in the new St. Jude's -- and my heart leaps! The first time I saw a picture, this song welled up inside me, and every time I sing it, I pray that someday I will stand and sing it in St. Jude's and declare: God brings something wonderful from the ashes in our lives! Praise God!
From The Ashes
(c) Aven Grace March 27, 2015
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
He gave his lifetime building people up
We all together built a house of God
But earthly buildings fall
We lay our father’s body in the ground
And look to the Resurrection Day
When he’ll rise with the Son and with joy we will see
What rises from the ashes of a life:
From the Ashes, look what rises from the ashes
All the treasures we lay down
Are the jewels in His crown
As we see His glory rise
From the Ashes, stronger now as each day passes
Resurrection Day has come
We’re rejoicing with the One
Who has brought us from the ashes
A single seed falls to the ground and dies
Sweat and tears mark the place where it lies
Buried with dreams that are long decayed
And our hopes have died away
But something’s changing from the underneath
Now it’s rich and fertile soil
And one day there’s a root and a bud and a leaf
Arising from the years of all our toil:
I look around and see a house of God
Greater and stronger than before;
I see the treasures and the trials we had
Kept us hungering for more;
What we thought was loss has become our gain
God brings us beauty for our pain
So never give up when your building falls
In glory God will raise it up again!
St. Jude's Cathedral - thanks to all our donors we are
getting ever closer to meeting our goal of debt free by December 2015.
Guys Camping Trip
by The Rev. Francis Delaplain
(Pastor Derek Kaemingk (Calvary Community Baptist Church), The Rev. Joey Royal (Holy Trinity) and Deacon Francis Delaplain (Holy Trinity)
It was April 22nd and temperatures had risen to a glorious +6c. Why wouldn't you camp at this point? And perhaps more importantly, why would you bother to check what the temperature might be at one the following morning? Before you rush to answer either of these questions let me get to my story.
Derek, Joey, and myself all serve as ministers in Yellowknife. At that time we were looking over our summer schedules and realizing that our windows of availability for camping were narrow. And so as soon as we saw the snow begin to melt we seized our opportunity. Out we trudged across the softening snow that covered Pontoon Lake dragging a plastic toboggan in tow, laden with the provisions for the evening. In no time we were sweating. This warmth would not last. We started a fire and spent the evening chatting, hiking, cooking; the normal camping agenda. I had originally thought to test my new one man tent that evening, but as the night wore on I could see that this would not be the best of options. We shared the bigger tent, all three of us. We slept awfully on
the frozen root covered ground and woke early. Some of us were not prepared for the temperature drop (-14c) and were tormented in our broken sleep by the cold. In the morning Derek prepared a breakfast for kings. We drank bad coffee and broke camp, walking haltingly across the now crusted snow, wondering how we had ever thought to do such a thing.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Submitted by Carol McLean
Everyone has a story to tell. Oral stories have been passed down from generation to generation throughout every culture. My father and grandfather were great story tellers and I would always sit captivated while they spun their tales from the past – sometimes entertaining and humorous and other times very poignant.
Ron and I retired from ministry in the Diocese of the Arctic in 2012. After living in Iqaluit, NU and Yellowknife, NT for 12 years and then returning to southern Canada, I decided that I needed to tell some of my stories to be passed along to our children and others.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a story about an event that took place our first Christmas in Iqaluit in 2001. I was encouraged to submit it for consideration to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing Co. Lo and behold – this past summer I received notification from them that my story had made the final cut and would be published in their 2015 Christmas edition. My story is called “No Planning Required”. It’s a story that will always be imprinted on my heart and if I had only remembered to – let go and let God be in control of things, perhaps it would have had a different ending.
Arthur Turner Training School (ATTS)
One of our most pressing needs in the Diocese is to get people trained for ministry. Arthur Turner Training School (ATTS) was created in the 1970s to address this need. Originally based in the south Baffin community of Pangnirtung, ATTS has been successfully training leaders for many years. ATTS graduates have become deacons, priests and bishops, exercising important leadership roles in their communities.
Unfortunately, because of the poor condition of the original buildings, ATTS has not been able to take students for nearly ten years. For this reason, we have decided to move the school to the capital city of Iqaluit. Iqaluit also has the advantage of being a larger center, and will provide more ministry opportunities and resources for our students. The goal is to begin taking students again in the fall of 2016.
A lot of progress has been made, but there is still a lot of work to do. In the last year, we have formed a partnership with Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Trinity has agreed to provide materials to use as the basis for the ATTS curriculum, as well as staff to teach week long courses in Iqaluit. We appreciate the vision the people at Trinity have for strengthening the global churh.
We have also hired a Director for the college. The Revd. Joey Royal – most recently rector of Holy Trinity in Yellowknife– has taken on this role and has recently relocated to Iqaluit with his family. Joey’s job will be to oversee all aspects of the college, as well as to teach the core curriculum. During the next year he will be preparing courses and meeting with the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Arctic College to ask for support for our students.
Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for Rev. Joey, Bishop Darren McCartney, and all who are involved in the reopening of the school. Pray also for upcoming meetings with governments and educational institutions as we seek their support. And pray too for our incoming students, as they seek to discern God’s will for their life and offer themselves to the service of God’s church.
These are exciting times. It is our hope that the reopening of ATTS will result in more clergy in the Arctic, reaching people with the Gospel and contributing to the well-being of northern communities.
The Royal's - Rev. Joey, Jenn & Ben at their new home in Iqaluit
VISIT TO BAKER LAKE
by The Rev. Dr. Andy Angel St. John’s College Nottingham, UK
On arrival at the airport at Baker Lake, a smiling face greeted me with the words “you must be my teacher”. I guess the pale white skin and greying red hair stood out a little. I was glad to have arrived, having been told hours earlier in Winnipeg that my flight would probably be postponed. I need not have been flustered as I soon came to learn that weather simply happens “in the North” and there is not much you can do about except sit back, accept it and wait until it improves. Anyway, I had arrived. Another smiling face welcomed me, bundled me
into a car and took me to my hotel.
The following day we began the programme. As requested, I had prepared to teach on preaching, teaching and leadership from a biblical perspective. I had my plan which accounted for pretty much every five and ten minute block of the teaching time (with activities, texts, reading and discussion) but God seems to have had other plans.
As the first morning unfolded, I noticed that there seemed to be more of a buzz in the room when we got stuck into interpreting the Bible. The prospect of educational theory in the afternoon clearly did not create quite the same buzz and, to be honest, we ended up changing the session. I had planned each day for half an hour question time just to go through anything which people wanted to follow up. I am used to questions and discussions arising from class. I was delighted to discover that we ended up not only with questions and discussions but a whole list of other subjects which people really wanted to study. So that is what happened to the educational theory and much of the preaching theory. It got replaced by biblical study of subjects which were on people’s hearts and minds.
Academically I specialise in the weird and wonderful world of Jewish apocalyptic writings (like Daniel 7-12 and Revelation). If you had asked me in January back in the UK if I could envisage myself talking to a church leaders about visions of ascending through the heavens in ancient Jewish and Christian literature at their request, I would have said no. But there we were, in the parish room doing precisely that with many questions (and an amazing translator who worked at phenomenally high speed as discussions got more involved). Nor did I expect
to be discussing Jesus’ son of man sayings, let alone doing a biblical survey of work, gambling and our responsibilities as Christians to use our money to build each other up. But God often surprises us.
We did stick to the programme on the biblical texts and did a study of the main themes of the gospels of Matthew and Mark, with all the usual historical and cultural background to help us to understand Jesus’ ministry and teaching better. Again the way this panned out was far better than anything I could have planned. The group worked well together and the text soon sparked off the sharing of spiritual experiences (including visions through which God had manifested his call on people’s lives) and began to raise issues through which we decided we needed to pray.
So out of class we developed our prayer routine for the week. We began each day with a Bible reading, brief reflections on the reading and prayers for the day. We had a brief prayer before and after lunch break. Throughout the day we listed the subjects about which we wanted to pray and took them into evening prayer. Each evening we had a time of sung worship, bible readings and a time of open prayer (often with the laying on of hands) – and we saw some fruits of this prayer with a physical healing of a family member.
The visit taught me many things. For one thing, the weather made me realise again that you simply cannot follow a timetable and assume that everything will fit in with this. Looking out over the frozen lake and the six feet of snow covering the ground into the vastness of the white shining horizon (when it was nice and sunny, and not snowing) helped me to realise once again that ultimately only God has everything in control and sometimes what we need to do most is let go and follow his lead.
As we all congregated at the airport on the day we were leaving, took photos and said our goodbyes it was clear that Jesus Christ had been amongst us drawing into closer fellowship with Him and with each other. Across the barriers of language and culture, I had been welcomed into fellowship with the people of God’s churches this part of the world. It has been a privilege and I am very grateful. On reflection, I think that the one true teacher had been amongst us that week and in His grace had helped us, His disciples to grow together and more deeply into the life to which He calls us through His word.
Many thanks for your hospitality and God bless.
Diocesan Appreciation Award
In 1998 the Diocese of the Arctic created a diocesan appreciation award that could be given to express thanks or appreciation for services done for the diocese by members of the diocese or those outside of the diocesan family. Up to three awards could be made each year and recipients of the awards for the year would be announced at the Fall meeting of the Diocesan Executive Committee. Since 1998, 48, diocesan awards have been awarded.
In 2014, one of the recipients was Cindy Knoller of Aklavik. Cindy has lived in Aklavik for close to 25 years and has been a great support to the congregation and clergy of All Saints. She has been involved in all aspects of the church including doing the Sunday services, playing the organ and teaching Sunday school. Cindy also hosts the Youth Night and helps to organize the summer Bible school. (photo left)
Here is the Rev. Lucy Netser presenting a 2014 award to Margaret Puvvaq Hannak in grateful recognition of her many years of faithful service to the Anglican Church in the north and especially to the congregation of St. Francis Church and the people of Arviat. (photo right)
Truth & Reconciliation Commission Gathering in Ottawa
by Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk
|Here is a brief report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) gathering in Ottawa from May 31st to June 4th.
I arrived in Ottawa on Saturday May 30th and later joined up with Dean Jonas, Bishop Darren and Aidan Smith of Trinity School of Ministry, Pittsburg.
The group in front of St. Margaret's Vanier
Church leaders and First Nation's leaders were invited to the platform and asked to form a semi-circle . Each leader took a small stone from the plastic container near the edge of the platform. The stones were placed one by one on the floor of the platform and then the public were also invited to take part in placing their stones on the platform in the same manner.
Bishop Darren is on the right of the group of leaders
We began our time in Ottawa with a Eucharistic service on Sunday morning at St. Margaret’s Vanier where wewere met by The Rector, Deacon Aigah Attagutsiaq, Bishop Mark MacDonald, Bishop Adam Halkett and Bishop Lydia Mamakwa. We had difficulty finding seats as the church was crowded. Bishop Mark gave the message. Following the service we had a wonderful lunch provided by the congregation. |
|The plenary hall was at the Delta Center where the main event took place.
|After lunch, Bishop Darren, Dean Jonas and myself stayed for the Inuktitut service led by Deacon Aigah Attagutsiaq. We were each given the opportunity to share few words. |
|There was another event taking place at the EY Centre near the airport where a number of schools in the Ottawa area invited students to go and hear speakers representing the people from the Arctic. The event was opened by lighting of the Inuit traditional Seal oil lamp by elder Singurirq of Ottawa, originally from Pond Inlet, drummers from the Metis group
and David Siquarq and his granddaughter played the Inuk drum. The President of ITK, Terry Audla, spoke on relocatees to the High Arctic and the experience of his family during 1953 and 1955. Peter Ittinuarq, a former MP and one of the three Inuit who were brought to Ottawa to attend school, has recently had his experience documented on film. Eva Le'page from Kuujjuaq spoke on her experience in the church.
We were then driven downtown to City Hall square to wait for the walkers to arrive. After the arrival of all the walkers there were performers to open the event.
|Mary Simon was the emcee and she also shared some of her experiences as a representative of Inuit across the globe.
There was a reception at St. John the Divine arranged by the Bishop of Ottawa, John
Chapman, for Diocesan reps who had come for the TRC gathering.
|David Siquaq of Ottawa, originally from Arviat, added Inuit flavour to the opening with his drumming. |
|After the reception Bishop Mark took us out to dinner at a nearby restaurant .
|The last day there were closing speeches by the TRC commission and leaders such as Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of Canada. First Nations leaders responded with their remarks and statement of action. ITK leader, Terry Audla, spoke very well to the challenges that are ahead for the Inuit.
Then there were speakers who talked about the work of the TRC from the time it began. Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the Commission, said that this was the beginning of another phase of the TRC work. The work that TRC has done opened a chapter of the Residential School era and made some recommendations to the leaders of Canada and Leaders of the churches.
Premier of Manitoba Justice Sinclair speaking on
speaking on behalf of the government behalf of the Commission
The final report and the summary report are available on the WEB.
There were times when the TRC inducted honourary Witnesses to the Work and accomplishments of theTRC.
|During the course of the day there were other activities around City Hall. The Circle of Prayer took place at the Human Rights Monument. The event was opened with prayer by an elder and with drummers from First Nations and young throat singers from Ottawa. |
One such inductee that stood out for me was "Joe Who" the former Prime Minister, Joe Clark, spoke on behalf of the other honourarees. The honourary witnesses received a small pouch containing, tobacco, small stone art and tea.
Holy Trinity –Church Camp Out
By the Rev. Francis Delaplain
In August Carol Norwegian, our church's social committee leader, planned a camping trip for the whole church. Some forty people signed up. We arrived at camp sporadically throughout the evening and next morning until, by mid afternoon, all had arrived. The meals that Carol had planned were incredible, and all of her preparation paid off. We ate such good food throughout the weekend.~
We all headed down to Prelude Lake, where some swam, some fished, and some sat in the sun on the sandy beach. On Sunday we gathered around the campsite for service, and shared the Eucharist together. In proximity with one another for a weekend was wonderful. It helped us to develop new friendships or further develop what was already there.~
Church communities aren't perfect, but they are communities, and when gathered it is often a beautiful experience, whether it was doing dishes or cooking together, or playing games, or sharing in campfire songs, all these things serve to knit us a bit closer together.~
Fire Chaplian - The Rev. Stephen Martin
Back in the late winter I became the Fire Chaplain to the Inuvik Fire and Rescue, and NO I do not go into the fires but I do work on the rescue truck to give a supportive role to those that battle the fires. My basic duties on the fire scene is to set up a rehab area were the fire fights can take a brief break away from the fire and get water and Gator Aid, and to get their air tank changed for full ones. So far I have been to two fire calls, and have watch the men and women of our fire house in full action it has been great to serve them as Christ serves so many. I have watched as volunteers have trained each Wednesday evening to better their skills and I have been able to train beside them learning from their years of service. Every time I am out with the Fire teams either training or on a real call I am always in prayer for
their safety. Since being The Fire Chaplain I have also been hooked into the Federation of Fire Fighter Chaplains and I will be attending a coarse and conference with them in Palm Beach FL. So I can learn how to better serve those not just how fight the fires and rescue people but also those that are victims of fire and accidents. As one of my fellow fire fighters said “the Chaplains job does not end when we return to the fire hall” I have spent time at homes and hospital rooms and have been on scene at the hospital to care for family members when they have been told their love one has passed away. In so many ways is shows the true nature of the ministry that we have been called to. We all called to be rescues and helpers for the lost and injured of this world and to be the ones to set up rehab camps for those on the front line of the fire fight of the Spiritual Realm. We must hold all of our first responders up in prayer.
This summer we had on eagles wings here in Inuvik it was great to see the children coming out to our evening sessions with laugher and smiles in the drive way as they played on their way to the doors. Thanks to On Eagles Wings and to Jeff and Karla May for all their hard work. Over the five evenings there were 27 children that made their way our church
Late August Inuvik and the delta hosted the Canadian Forces Operation Chinook which brought in over six hundred troops into the area. The main camp was right behind our church. During their stay I was able to connect with their Military Chaplain and I became his guided around Inuvik to show him around Inuvik. We spent time at the elder center and long term care and many evenings of great conversions. Later one we were joined by another Military Chaplain and the rectory became a quiet place for them to have coffee and talk while I was out doing my ministry. I was able to get the Rev Capt. to preach one Sunday and he joined us on the other Sundays while he was in town, and I was able to join him inside the Military camp for his Chapel services and Sunday dinners. Thank you Capt. for our time together and to you Maj. for your wisdom.
Three Anglican Chaplains
Rev. Captain, a Deacon and a Rev Major
Bishop Darren ordained Rev. Stephen Martin to the priesthood on October 25th at St. Peter’s Colburg, ON. Joining Sttephen were (FR) Sisters Heather & Michael, Canon Judy Harron-Graham (MR) Verna Firth, Sister Margaret Canon Tom Martin Rev. Stephen, Capt. Paul Simons (BR) Capt. Rev Michel Gagne’ Bishop Darren McCartney and Rev David Lehmann.
|After many years of ministry in the Diocese, we are sad to say good-bye to the Rev. Iola & Lena Metuq. Iola retired from ministry in October and he and Lena have moved to Inukjuak to be closer to their family. We wish them all the best on this new journey. |
Rev. Iola ministering in Kangirsuk
The Rev. Joey & Jenn Royal have relocated from Holy Trinity Yellowknife to ATTS in Iqaluit. The community of Yellowknife will certainly miss them. We wish them well in their new ministry.
The Rev. Vivian Smith is retiring from ministry in Hay River and returning to her home in Newfoundland. We wish her all the best in her retirement.
The Rev. Francis & Kassandra Delaplain will be moving to Hay River to take up ministry at St. Andrew’s Anglican/Grace United Church following Rev. Vivian’s retirement.
SAY HELLO TO NEW FACES
Please join us in welcoming new workers to the Diocese.
|In October, Deanna Monks was appointed as the Youth Coordinator for the Diocese and works out of the Synod office in Yellowknife. |
Deacons Jared & Rebecca Osborn (along with their 2 girls) moved to Iqaluit in August. They will both work half time so that they can spend quality time with their children.
Long Term Vision and Mission Plan Strategies
Hi– Lights from Bishop Parsons’ report
Given at Diocese Executive
Freedom 2015 Thank you for your generosity. Our hopes to have the Cathedral paid off by Christmas 2015 are almost realized. Since May 2014 we have lowered our Cathedral debt by almost 2 million dollars to $630,763. In 2015, we purchased a mission house in Arviat and we paid off the remaining mortgage of our mission houses in Igoolik and Rankin Inlet. We also repaired the roof of the mission house in Ulukhaktok and repaired the foundation of the Ft. McPherson mission house.
Our primary purpose is not buildings or maintenance; it’s mission. Our long term vision is to have one priest and one deacon (youth pastor) in each community. However, the immediate goal is to help parents and parishes understand that discipleship begins in the home. Our first Mission priority is to our families; where children are taught, nurtured and cared for in loving Christian families where the Gospel is both taught and lived. Our second Mission priority is to our churches, where discipleship is developed and faith practiced in such a way that congregations mobilize in practical ways to reach out to their friends, neighbors and communities. Some parishes asked us to help them understand our diocesan policies on parish leadership and administration. So, in 2015 Bishop Darren and I traveled to almost every parish to sit
with the people and discuss how to put the mission of the Diocese of the Arctic into practice, at home and in the community. The Diocese is into an upsize mentality and strategizing about how to create a positive expectant atmosphere so that the diocesan vision will be realized. To accomplish this mission, we must make training, youth and communication a priority.
ATTS re-opened and fully functional. We have spent the last two years planning how to reopen our Bible College (ATTS) and continue training people to become full time clergy. Clergy, who motivate, train and encourage communities to be active participants in the mission of Jesus Christ. We asked Rev. Joey Royal to be the director of ATTS. Please pray for Joey, Jenn and Ben. They moved to Iqaluit in November to prepare for ATTS to be fully functional in September 2016.
Diocesan Youth Coordinator. At present our diocese has no formal youth ministry, no youth focused diocesan events, no summer camps for youth to meet and grow together. For our discipleship plans to be effective we need to be providing inspiration and direction for our youth. Therefore we hired Deanna Monks to be our full time Diocesan Youth Coordinator. Deanna’s priorities will be to identify present youth ministries within the Diocese and offer assistance, assist parish youth leaders with resources and training, help every parish develop an effective youth ministry and discipleship program, develop a youth ministry network within and outside of the diocese and actively involve youth in the Mission of the Diocese.
We hope to hire a full time translator. Every document and communication needs to be in Inuktitut. For years we asked the clergy on the translation committee to help with diocesan translations. We can never thank them enough for their gift of family, heart, soul and the 35 years it took to translate the Bible into Inuktitut while overseeing their own parishes. We now need a full time translator on staff.
Diocesan Sponsored Continuing Education Where does a unilingual Inuk priest receive continuing education, inspiration and support for their ministry? In most of the Anglican Church of Canada dioceses there are opportunities to meet with peers on a regular basis, have deanery meetings, order books or search the Internet. Many of our clergy and lay leaders do not have these advantages because they are unilingual. Whenever we bring people into the diocese to speak at parishes, conferences and our training facilities translators have been provided and the people have been very encouraged. Some of our priests invited the speakers to their parishes to bless their congregations. It is our intention to continue seeking inspirational teachers to bless our leaders. We will also send some of our clergy to southern
conferences to determine if there are programs suitable for our diocese. This year we sent two clergy to a course on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Human Relations (HR), a couple to explore Wholeness Through Christ and in August some of our lay leaders attended the Wycliffe College (Indigenous) Leadership Development Week.
Have you ever considered ministry north of 60?
We provide opportunities to stretch your wings and fly.
Where the church is highly valued, desired and wanted. As a northern clergy you would not be in charge of a big church building with a small congregation, you would serve the entire town and most likely have a church building that is not large enough to hold all who would like to come.
Basically, you’d be the minister for the entire town, whether they attended weekly service or not. A town of 645-1700 people would see you as “their” minister. Now that is a big congregation.
(photo left - Jessie & Raymond Chaulk after church fellowship)
We’d encourage you to take your time and get to know the people. Have coffee together, visit them and go out on the land to camps, berry picking, or fishing, or just to get away from the hectic town life. Yup it can get busy-busy- busy even in the north. And isn’t this one of the biggest sins of our day and age? The SIN of busyness. Everyone is too busy to stop and smell the roses and have some time with each another.
We Need a new Generation of Clergy who wish to be used mightily by God. Our diocese thrives as a result of faithful missionaries who laid the groundwork of our present day ministry in the north. The people have moved from a nomadic to community based lifestyle. Arctic settlements have grown into hamlets, towns and cities and our faith communities increased as well. The early missionaries, who empowered indigenous people to be full partners in the proclamation of the gospel, are no longer coming in the numbers that they once did and many of our skilled indigenous clergy and lay leaders have either died or have retired. We are seeking down to earth, servant hearted clergy, who may be weak in self, but willing to trust in the Holy Spirit and continue the church’s mission.
We seek clergy who believe in evangelism and discipleship and who are willing to work outside ‘the box’ use their God given imagination and even fail sometimes, but able to get back up, dust themselves off and continue the ministry. We need ministers who are sure about their Christian commitment and are able to work without direct supervision yet with God’s help, be responsible for a community and an Anglican congregation.
Confirmation and feast following the service at St. Silas Hall Beach
We seek ministers who will help parents. In many communities half the population is under twenty four years of age! The percentage of young families is high and there are many single mothers. We seek ministers who are prepared to nurture children and young people's ministry. Many want baptism for their children yet are not interested in living the Christian faith within a church community. How will Christians be able to hold fast to scripture and faithfully build their lives and families upon Jesus Christ, if they are not taught? Therefore our clergy must be able to explain the reason for the hope they have found in Jesus Christ and help people understand that the Christian faith is best practiced within community.
Revival Meeting at St. Francis - Arviat
What Do You Believe and Why Do You Believe It?
Statistics tell us that Canadian church attendees are not much different in belief or practice than our non church going neighbours. We need ministers who are willing and able to help people understand the gospel and how to be a light for the world first in their homes, then their relational circles and wider society.
We seek clergy who will help society. Most Arctic communities look to our diocese for Christian pastoral care, leadership and teaching. Anglican ministers care for the entire town, not just the church attendees and in most areas the clergy need to learn how to speak the local language.~
Opening Church Service at the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Inuvik
Our Worship Services
Most of the Inuit use the BCP liturgy and the English speaking people use both the BCP and BAS. While Inuktitut is widely spoken in many communities most of the younger generation only speak English and do not understand the Inuktitut liturgy. Sunday evenings could be a great opportunity to develop worship that would be attractive and relevant to young people and young families.
Parish Leadership Workshop at St. Andrew's Kangiqsuallujjuaq, QC
Confirmation at Church of the Transfiguration - Tasiujaq, QC
If Interested in Applying go online and check out the following communities.
In Quebec :
Salluit, Kangirsuq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Kuujjuaq
Baker Lake, Rankin Inlet, Resolute Bay and Igloolik
In the Northwest Territories:
Fort Simpson, Ft. McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok
REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM, O LORD,
AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM.
Mary Auga'naaq Tagoona
March 17, 1925 - May 21, 2015
Mary is the wife of the late Rev. Armand Tagoona.
May 29, 2015
Sammy Peter was a long time lay leader in Iqaluit.
September 8, 1933 - August 28, 2015
On Tuesday, September 6 a large crowd gathered to bid their final goodbye to Moses Aliyak. Holy Comforter Church was too small and so the service was held at the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop David Parsons was able to travel to Rankin Inlet to conduct the service. Moses was one of the first Inuk layleaders in the Kivalliq region. He began his ministry in the early 1960s in Whale Cove and retired in Rankin Inlet in 2000.
October 15, 1991 - September 10, 2015
We are sad to announce the death of Bishop Andrew & Mary Atagotaaluk’s grandson Andrew.
February 11, 1943 – September 27, 2015
(Brenda Jancke remembers Mary Kilaodlok)
Mary Kilaodlok, from what she has told me started out as a cleaner at the church. She received a calling to serve God and learned and worked towards becoming a Lay Reader.
She told Sandra Eyegetok and me one day, when we went to say prayers and sing hymns at her daughter’s home, that she wanted to be like my Grandfather Luke Novoligak. She would follow his footsteps to church in the snow. She not only wanted to follow him walking, but wanted to follow his leadership in God as well. She told us not to be discouraged, and that no matter how many people showed up or not that we are doing God’s work. She added that, even if there is just the two of you, you can say prayers and sing couple of songs, it only takes two to start.
I am not sure when Mary became a Lay Reader in the church. There were times when there would be one or two parishioners attending service and she still lead service each Sunday.
Before 2013, services for English and Inuinnaqtun were separate. On occasion, there would be a combined service as we have now. Mary taught herself how to read English and Inuktitut Syllabics so she could read and learn from the whole bible. On the day of combined service she read one of the lessons of the day in English. She never stopped learning.
Mary knew how nervous I was to read in Inuinnaqtun during services. She told me to read as much as I could, no matter how slow or fast or if I made mistakes and she said that I would improve. When I did make a mistake, she would laugh with me quietly after service. She never looked for mistakes; she had a strong, caring and encouraging presence.
At her funeral service we celebrated her life and successes, her presence was felt and her courage, as well as her faith in God. Rest in peace dear Mary Kilaodluk, faithful servant of God.
Heather Ruth Whitbread
August 26, 1957 - October 31, 2015
Heather was the oldest child of the late Archdeacon Donald and Patricia Whitbread. She was born in Taloyoak, NU (at that time it was called Spence Bay, NWT) and during her childhood, they lived there, and also at Qikiqtarjuaq and at Iqaluit (and Apex). She and her family were very involved in the building of the original St. Jude’s cathedral.
She moved with her family to Saskatchewan in 1974 and graduated from High School in North Battleford 1975. After a brief time back in Iqaluit, she spent the next two decades in England, operating the Living Word Bookstore. She worked two years aboard the OM ship, Logos II (Operation Mobilization) and then about 20 years in BC, together with Wendy Jantzen, whom she met on board ship.
Heather will be remembered for her cheerfulness, her generosity and her servant heart.
Heather was predeceased by her brothers Robin (1963) and Duncan (1964) and her father, Donald (1978). She is survived by her mother, Pat Whitbread (nee Thompson), her brother Martin (Janice) Whitbread, sister Aven (Tim) Paetkau and brother Dhugal (Sara-Jane) Whitbread, along with 8 nieces and nephews and 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The funeral was held on November 12, 2015 at St. George’s Anglican Church, Battleford, SK and Heather’s remains were buried at her father’s grave in North Battleford.
A Celebration of Heather’s life will be held in Surrey, BC on November 24 for Heather’s church family and many friends in the area.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude's Cathedral building fund.
(Regional Dean, The Rev. David Lehmann)
In the Upper Mackenzie, Yellowknife was thrilled to celebrate the ordination of Rev'd Francis Delaplain this past spring. ~The Rev’d Joey Royal has been appointed the new Director of the Arthur Turner Training School in Iqaluit starting this fall. ~So, it has been a mix summer for the parish. ~Fort Simpson has enjoyed the ministry of Mrs. Jessie Chaulk and the Church basement renovation nears completion. ~Unfortunately Jessie and her husband Ray will be returning to their home in Newfoundland at the end of the year. Rev'd Vivian Smith, in Hay River is preparing for her retirement this Christmas. ~The rectory is almost completed and the parish celebrates this milestone with no debt from it. ~Fort Smith had a huge auction in support of its ministry. ~Messy Church has grown to nearly 40 members, who gather on
a monthly basis. ~Aurora College - Thebacha Campus received 15 kitchen hampers to welcome new students to the college this fall. ~Rev’d David Lehmann started working on his Doctorate of Ministry at the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA this past spring. In October the clergy gathered in Yellowknife for a deanery conference.
Mackenzie Delta Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Stuart Brown)
All the congregations in the Delta are resuming their regular activities after the summer pause.
The Rev’d Stephen Martin continues to visit Sachs Harbour and the Rev’d Stuart Brown visits Tuktoyaktuk. Leadership in each of these communities is taking an increased interest in regular worship, and in identifying candidates for baptism.
The parish of Tuktoyaktuk has repossessed the mission house and is using it for meetings and for housing visiting clergy, VBC leaders and others. guests. There are hopes that deanery's evangelist, Mabel Brown, will visit Tuktoyaktuk regularly to prepare candidates for baptism and marriage and to conduct Bible studies and other classes.
The congregation in Inuvik is developing a monthly Family Service, with an interactive liturgy. Pastor Steve serves the whole deanery when he holds communion in the hospital chapel, because these services are attended by patients from all our congregations. Steve continues to serve as chaplain to both the Legion and the Fire Department. Recently, Steve has hosted a visiting Lutheran pastor, as well as two military chaplains who were visiting Inuvik in the course of their duties. One of the military chaplains was
also able to visit Tuktoyaktuk as well. During his vacation in Ontario, Steve will take time to attend a conference of Firefighter Chaplains in Florida.
The deacons and lay leaders in Fort McPherson report that regular services are continuing. The vestry would very much like some help in restoring the church building and does not feel a need to work on the mission house, which is presently unusable. The vestry would like to have permission to proceed with the planning and design of a new church.
The congregations of Sachs Harbour and Aklavik have recently received containers of clothing from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, as an ecumenical initiative in those communities without active Roman Catholic parishes. In Aklavik, Barbara Archie, one of our 'wise women', coordinated the distribution of the contents.
Steve and Stuart have both met the new RC priest for the Delta region, Fr Jon Hansen, and we are both delighted with his interest in cooperation and mutual support. All the parishes in the deanery were very happy to receive teams from On Eagle's Wings, who conducted Vacation Bible Camps.
The entire deanery rejoices at the news that Bishop Darren will ordain Stephen Martin to the priesthood on 25 October, in St Peter's Church in Cobourg, Ontario, and we are also very pleased that Verna Firth, a lay leader of the Inuvik congregation, will attend this ordination. We assure Steve of our prayers and encouragement.
Kivalliq Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Lucy Netser)
St. Aidan’s parish in Baker Lake is currently seeking a new rector. The parish is currently being led by a group of lay leaders, a deacon and a retired priest. Holy Comforter Parish in Rankin Inlet is also vacant but has lay leaders to assist with Sunday services. The Regional Dean, the Rev. Lucy Netser, visits parishes throughout the deanery when she is able. St. Mark’s in Coral Harbour and St. Stephen’s in Naujaat (Repulse Bay) are being ministered to by the Rev. Lucassie and Nowyah Nakoolak. The Rev. Lucy and Joe Netser minister to the parish of St. Francis in Arviat and Christ Church in Whale Cove. Lucy has recently had the Parish Leadership booklet translated into the dialect for the region and will be using this as she visits the various parishes. This region also has regular deanery
teleconferences. Recently, a gospel weekend was held in Arviat. This weekend focused on teaching on forgiveness. An opening service on Friday evening saw 500 people at St. Francis church. Teaching on forgiveness took place during the following day. Because of the number of people, Saturday evening and Sunday evening services were held at the Community Hall and upwards of 800 were in attendance. People who went said that more of these types of events need to happen.
High Arctic Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Caleb Sangoya)
St. Timothy’s Parish (Pond Inlet, Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord) continues to be led by the Rev. Caleb Sangoya (Zipporah). Caleb also serves as Regional Dean for this area. The Rev. Tommy Evic (Olassie) is in charge of St. Matthias Parish (Igloolik and Hall Beach) and Deacon Leah Qaqqasiq May (Frank) continues to lead the parish of All Saints (Arctic Bay).
Bishop Darren recently visited the parishes of Pond Inlet and Clyde River. While in Pond Inlet he confirmed 27 people.
Deanery (Regional Dean, Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk)
Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk (Mary) continues as the regional dean for this region. Since Rev. Iola’s retirement he has also taken responsibility for the Ungava Deanery. He is also rector of the parish of St. Thomas in Inukjuak and Epiphany in Umiujaq. The Rev. Canon Tom Martin (Marianne) continues to minister at St. Edmund’s in Great Whale River and St. Philip’s in Sanikiluaq. The Rev. Moses Kalliraq (Iga) is rector at St. Matthew’s in Puvirnituq. St. Titus in Akulivik is currently being led by layleaders.
St. Matthew’s in Puvirnituq held a Bible study from November 16 to 22. Bible studies took place during the day and prayer and praise services were held during the evenings. People from around the region participated. A deanery meeting was held following the conference. Bishop Andrew will be travelling to Iqaluit in February to help review the recently published Inuktitut Bible for necessary revisions.
Kitikmeot Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Canon S. Paul Williams)
As this report for the Kitikmeot deanery is being prepared, the Regional Dean (Canon Paul Williams) is visiting at St. George's, Cambridge Bay.~ He arrived there last week to do a funeral, and before he could get back to his base at Kugluktuk more funerals have had to be arranged, at both Ulukhaktok's Church of the Resurrection and again in Cambridge Bay.~ The lay reader from Kugluktuk, Jack Ayaligak has had to be dispatched to the Resurrection parish while the dean waits out the weather which made returning to Kugluktuk between funerals impossible.~
Because there is no livable mission house in Cambridge Bay, space has been set aside in one of the hotels, though this is far from ideal either pastorally or financially.~ St. George's is actively looking for ways to either replace or renovate the mission house so that they can get a locally based clergy there.~ Meanwhile, in Kugluktuk, training is ongoing with three
women of the parish to become lay readers to assist Canon Williams and Mr. Ayaligak.~ In Ulukhaktok, David Kuptana continues to look after the weekly services at the church, while Cambridge Bay's Brenda Jancke and Julia Ogina, with others share the task of holding services. Gjoa Haven's Rev'd. Ikey Nashaooraituk (and Elizabeth), at the Church of the Redeemer, has also been busy travelling between his home and Taloyoak (Church of the Good Shepherd) to support the ministries of his lay leaders in both communities and to provide pastoral care at funerals and to provide the other sacraments of the Church to the parishes.~ Both of these eastern parishes of the deanery are preparing for a post-Christmas training session in the Old Testament. Mission house in Cambridge Bay needing repairs!
Ungava Deanery (Regional Dean – Vacant)
Rev. Iola Metuq (Lena) has recently retired and is now living in Inukjuak in order to be closer to family. As a result St. Stephen’s Parish (Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq) is currently seeking a new rector. For the time being Bishop Andrew will be serving as the regional dean for the Ungava. Holy Trinity in Kangirsuk, St. Chad’s in Quaqtaq and St. Titus in Aupaluk are led by lay leaders. St. James Parish (Salluit, Ivujivik and Kangiqsujuak) are currently without clergy.
South Baffin Deanery (Regional Dean, The Rev. Methusalah Kunuk
The Rev. Methusalah Kunuk (Martha) was recently appointed Regional Dean for the South Baffin. The Very Rev. Jonas Allooloo (Meena) is rector and dean at the Cathedral Parish of St. Jude’s (Iqaluit). In August the Osborn family moved to Iqaluit. Rebecca and Jared are deacons and they will help with ministry at the parish while sharing the responsibility of raising their two girls. St. Luke’s (Pangnirtung) is being led by dedicated layleaders with assistance from retired Deacon Abraham Arnaqaq. Deacon Loasie Kooneeluisie (Jeela) is in charge at St. Michael’s and All Angels (Qikiqtarjuaq). St. John’s (Cape Dorset) is being led by layleaders. Rev. Jacobie Iqalukjuak continues as deacon in charge at Church of The Redeemer (Clyde River) and the parish of St. Paul’s (Kimmirut) continues to be led by
dedicated lay people.
Rev. Russell and Jenny Gant from the UK, spent 10 days visiting the parishes of St David’s in Ft. Simpson, St. Andrew’s in Hay River & Holy Trinity in Yellowknife. They even had the opportunity to see a few herds of bison during their road trip and had a bison burger in Ft. Providence. Tasty !!
It has been a full year with Province of Rupert’s Land’s Electoral Synod June where Bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson was elected as our new Metropolitan. Then in August we had 14 delegates from the Arctic attend the Sacred Circle in Port Elgin, Ontario below is Verna Firth from Inuvik and our Dean Very Rev. Jonas Allooloo.
In early October Bishop David and Dean Allooloo attended the Future of Life In the Arctic Conference in Storforson , Sweden.
+ David, Nick , Aigah and Rita at Sacred Circle
The next Toronto area Arctic Fellowship Gathering will take place on
Saturday, April 9, 2016
from 2 to 4 p.m.
at St. Bride’s Church,
1516 Clarkson Road N. in Mississauga.
Following the presentation
refreshments will be served.
Once again, we would like to extend our grateful thanks to the congregation at St. Bride’s Church for hosting this event on our behalf.