Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

35th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in Canada

      On St. Andrew's Day, November 30, 2011 marks the 35th Anniversary of the
ordination of women to the priesthood in our Anglican Church of Canada. Lutherans
mark this anniversary too.  Women Anglican and Lutherann priests from across
Canada are invited to a time of celebreation, reconnection, sharing stories, renewing
baptismal and ordination vows, and a variety of workshops to equip us in future
Wednesday, November 30th 7:00 p.m. St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg

Anniversary Service
Celebrant: The Right Rev. Sue Moxley, Bishop, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

Preacher: The Right Rev. Elaine Sauer, Bishop, Manitoba & Northwestern
Ontario, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada

Keynote Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, Interim Director, Faith, Worship & Ministry, Anglican
Church of Canada.  

Clergy Moms: A Balancing Act; Story Telling for the Soul; Making a
Noise: Composing music for the 21st Century; Visual Prayer; Equipping Clergy;
Ordination: A Scriptural reflection Using Our Senses; Shaping Images of Self
& Others in Women's Ministry: Symbol & Image Creation with Felt & Wool.

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The following comes from The Diocesan Times:  http://www.nspeidiocese.ca/times/2007/DT%20Feb%2007WEB.pdf
 Fire in the deep water, fire in the deepest heart
     The “Living Prayer Blanket” which was made into an altar cloth by
the women who attended the 30th Anniversary. Squares came from
individual clergy who made them from such things as stoles, clergy shirts,
items/materials that are of importance in their ministry. Standing behind
the altar are: Revs Heather Hamilin-Gravels, Lorraine Quin, Fran
Boutilier, Evelyn Knorr, Jane Clattenburg and Bonnie Leblanc(NB). 

     Imagine 70 women (women priests that is) gathered together at one time,
in one place, voices raised in prayer, song, and worship, in remembering and
sharing, in laughter and tears and in looking back, but always looking forward.
     What an experience! The reason for the gathering was to celebrate the
30th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in our Anglican Church of
     The Gathering began on Tuesday, November 28th across Canada as women
met in airport lounges to take flights to Kelowna, B.C. and then a bus trip to
orrento Retreat Centre on the Shuswap Lake. During our travels older
friendships were rejuvenated and new friendships quickly emerged.
     These friendships bonded during our three days together –from our
warm welcome to Sorrento –to the snow and cold (-18!) – to our wonderful
send off early Friday morning, December 1st. The “in between time” was
spent in the warm comfortable atmosphere and beautiful surroundings of
Sorrento Centre. From our Wednesday morning Eucharist, celebrated by
Rev. Patricia Reid, ordained November 30, 1976, to our sharing circles of
our personal journeys and experiences , to the wise words of Bishop Anne
Tottenham –“Our identity as priests, as women”, to Bishop Victoria
Matthew’s challenge to us in “rekindling our passion for ministry” and
in remembering as offered by Rev. Margaret Waterchief “honoring those who
led the way”, our time together was spirit filled and life giving, truly, fire in
our deepest hearts! And, just when we felt nurtured, restored and rejuvenated
we took part in another life giving experience! On Thursday, November 30th,
St. Andrew’s Day, the actual 30th Anniversary of the first six ordinations we
traveled to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kamloops where we were warmly and
graciously welcomed by the Cathedral congregation who had decorated the
Church and Hall with banners depicting our celebration and served us a
delicious turkey dinner. Following dinner we joined with the congregation
in a Eucharist Service of Celebration with renewal of our Baptismal and
Ordination vows. Each of us from our Diocese, Jane Clattenburg, Evelyn
Knorr, Heather Hamlin-Gravells, Lorraine Quinn and Frances Boutilier came
away with our own reflections of this experience of “fire in our deepest hearts”
 knowing that in our own faith and life journeys we are where God calls us to be!
Or as one colleague shared her reflection with us: “Fire in our deepest hearts” –
the water of our birth/baptism/tears does not extinguish the fire but feeds it.
     May God continue to feed the fire and to enable me to explore ways of helping
to connect a hurting and broken world with the love of God. Like the bush of
Moses’ experience, the fire burns but does not consume.”
     Now we look forward to the 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2011, to be hosted
in our diocese!

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