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
[email protected]
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, 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.
Advancing Hope and Healing: Completing the Clinic

      After a number of years and sharing between Christians and Muslims in Africa, Anglicans, Lutherans and Muslims in Winnipeg are planning a fundraiser March 10 at the St James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ness Avenue in St James Winnipeg to complete construction of a health clinic in Mayungwe.
    "It is our hope we can raise the necessary funds to finish the construction," explained the Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still, one of the organizers and incumbent of St James Anglican and the Church of St Stephen and St Bede (Anglican and Lutheran). Dr. Still noted the clinic project was born out of a relationship struck between St James Anglican and Shahina Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Social Services Association in Winnipeg.

      "The relationship made sense since the Anglican parish was linked to the Anglican African parish of Mayungwe in the Diocese of Central Buganda," noted Still. The link between the two parishes was struck by the former incumbent, the Rev Canon Fletcher Stewart. His wife, Patricia Stewart visited the link parish and learned of the growing local friendship and partnership between Anglicans and Christians. At the end of the visit, Muslims and Christians in Mayungwe requested assistance in constructing the health care centre. Anglicans from St James and members of the Mothers' Union in Winnipeg agreed to raise funds to build the needed health clinic. Muslims and Christians in Mayungwe have worked on the project ever since.

      Latest reports show the construction of the building is nearly complete but the clinic cannot open before the washrooms are finished. Christians and Muslins in Winnipeg have hosted many fundraisers to assist the construction.

      "It is our hope this latest fundraiser will raise enough funds to finish the clinic," said Still. The event will start at 6 p.m. and include a Silent Auction, meal and entertainment. Tickets are $40 and those who purchase a ticket will receive a tax receipt for $35. All proceeds will go directly to the clinic completion plus purchase two boda bodas or scooters for the neighboring community of Galatiya. In Africa, folks walk vast distances to visit each other, and boda bodas will help.
      The event will advance the hope that exists between Christians and Muslims to work in a positive way to achieve a common goal of healing. This partnership has been duplicated in Winnipeg with the Muslims and Anglicans and Lutherans cooperating. Earlier projects have included tours of the Muslim mosques and in the most recent 2017 Lenten season "My Neighbor's House is My House," an education project in the Lenten season.
      For tickets or additional information contact 204-888-3489 or 204-944-1560 or Margaret Steele at 204-837-1538.

Volunteers are needed to bring dainties to be served after the meal.