Presence and Prayer: Christ’s Church Cathedral Opens Its Doors to New Ministries

Dean Tim Dobbin and Assistant Curate Rob Jones have started to realize a dream for transforming the way Christ’s Church Cathedral serves as both the geographical and spiritual heart of the Diocese of Niagara. Christ’s Church Cathedral is supporting two new opportunities for mission and missional support: Open Cathedral and the Community of Prayer. Dean […]

A Stewardship Journey

By Gillian Doucet Campbell The Magi in the Gospel of Matthew asked: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?” It is the start of a new year. This is a time given over to reflection and resolutions. This question asked by the Magi is a good one to reflect on; we […]

Faith Formation Boxes Spread Joy across Niagara

By Sarah Bird The children, youth, and family ministry (CYFM) leader network is celebrating the completion of our largest faith formation box build for Advent! Through the pandemic the network of leaders gathered bi-weekly through Zoom to pray, share creative and innovative ideas, discuss challenges, and brainstorm new initiatives. The largest challenge frequently discussed was […]

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell Calls for Attention to Climate Change

By James Newman The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, The Archbishop of York and Primate of England, was the guest speaker for the fall Bishop’s Company event.  Archbishop Cottrell is an engaging and sophisticated leader, theologian, speaker, and writer. The format was an informal series of questions and discussion between our Bishop Susan Bell […]

The Ripple Effect

By Sue Carson On October 30, when Synod passed Climate Justice Niagara’s motion, a journey began to reduce our diocesan carbon footprint. We thank Synod delegates for acknowledging that the time is right to act. You will be hearing more from your clergy and corporation on what steps will be taken in each of your […]

Developing a “Made in Niagara” Anti-racism Framework

By The Reverend Naomi Kabugi When the Anti-Racism Working Group (ATRWG) first met in 2020, none of us was sure how anti-racism in the diocese should be addressed. We knew of other anti-racism initiatives, but none from faith-based organisations or institutions like ours. So, we had to search within and among ourselves on how to […]

Anti-Racism: Healing Through the Body

By Nicola Li Fen Zhang It has been a year since the Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) met for the first time in 2020. I have really appreciated this opportunity because I now have a much better understanding of what racism is and how racist I was. It was not easy for me to see this, […]

Creating a Culture of Respect, Justice, and Peace for All

By Canon Christyn Perkons Diocesan Synod marked a turning point for the Anti-Racism Working Group. Did we report that our work was finished? Quite the contrary! A shared sense that we were ready to move from contemplation and discernment to action coalesced with the conclusion of our group reading of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and […]

Refugee Turned Citizen

By Catherine Leckey Raed Al Salkhadi has shared with the parishes of St Simon’s and St Jude’s of Oakville the happy news that on November 2, 2021 he became a Canadian citizen. Raed is the eldest of the three children of the Al Salkhadi family, which in April 2017 arrived in Oakville as refugees from […]

The Refugee Journeys of the Masri Family

By Hollis Hiscock In 2016, Basel, Sabah, Aboudy, and Amira Masri were warmly welcomed by St. Christopher’s Church, Burlington. Their multiyear odyssey started in Syria, through Turkey and eventually Canada. Today, the Syrian Family Reunification Committee (SFR) is working to bring 10 more Masri family members from Turkey to Canada. The three brothers and their […]