AHEAD OF ITS TIME
by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
 
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
204-837-9812    
stebede@mymts.net
www.churchofststephenstbede-wpg.org
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota people, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
NEWS AND NOTES
ANNOUNCEMENTS
A​cts of Synod 2016​

Copies of the Acts of Synod 2016 are available from Tim in the church office, or you can view online at http://www.rupertsland.ca/about/synod-faith-horizons/ . Again, thank you to our 2016 Synod delegates Phyllis and Gordon Graham.
    
Bishop and Primate respond to General Synod proceedings re: same-sex marriages

Below are excerpts from an e-mail Bishop Donald Phillips circulated on July 26 to Anglican churches in the Diocese of Rupert's Land.  Links to the statements he refers to are also provided.


"As I am sure all of you are aware, our General Synod met from July 7 to 12 in the greater Toronto area.  One of the key issues of that gathering concerned an amendment to the Marriage Canon to include Same-Sex marriages.  As some of you may know, the challenges we encountered involved not only the outcome but the process as well. 

On Wednesday morning of this past week, I posted an “Initial Response” to this experience at the Synod – including an explanation of what happened - on our diocesan website. ( rupertsland.ca )...

However, our Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, has written a reflection entitled “Forbearing one another in love.”  ... I am asking that the Primate’s reflection be read out to the congregation at the main worship service either this Sunday or, if you’re receiving this too late, at next Sunday’s service.  It is important that Anglicans across the country are aware of the challenges that face us coming out of General Synod as well as the opportunities for prayer and transformation that the Spirit is prompting us toward.

Thank you for ensuring the engagement of our membership in this spiritual work."
Anglican Bishops Send Message 
​on Same-Sex Relationships
On Feb. 29, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada sent a communication to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS).  This c​ommunication has also been made public on anglican.ca/news. The communication takes place within the context of a continued engagement of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) in consideration of same-sex relationships going back at least 40 years.
 
Rupert's Land News
As many are aware, the Rupert's Land News is now  available only electronically.  For those of you that haven't signed up - please do. 
 
Allison Chubb, the editor of the Rupert's Land News has created a video to help folks with reading online, downloading the magazine, and printing it off if you wish.  Click on this link to view.
 
Anyone without a computer who would like to receive a printed copy of Rupertsland News, please let Tim know at 204-837-9812 and one will be provided to you.