Canada briefs: Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land

Published October 1, 1998

Circles reflect Native influence

The strong aboriginal influence and the large role Natives played in planning this month’s synod in the Diocese of Brandon is reflected in the sharing circles delegates will participate in during the first evening.

About 10 people will sit in each circle with three aboriginal leaders present in each group. A stone will be passed in a clockwise direction around the group while the person holding the stone is given an opportunity to speak.

Each person’s time is sacred so delegates are asked not to interrupt or question speakers while they have the floor. People can speak on any topic they wish but are asked to avoid being argumentative.

The personal sharing is kept confidential and whatever is shared in the circle stays in the circle.

Synod organizers hope this experience will provide some balance to the parliamentary way of conducting business, as well as reinforce the synod’s theme: Walking Together in Christ – Mamowechatowin Christ Ise. Mustard Seed

Saskatchewan meets fund-raising goal

The Diocese of Saskatchewan is close to meeting – and likely exceeding – its $900,000 fund-raising goal set earlier this year, a figure some thought might be out of reach.

The staff of the synod office are already out of their old building and have moved into new offices, thanks to a substantial gift from one couple. The campaign will also pay for the salary of a new diocesan youth worker, a position soon to be advertised.

Bishop Anthony Burton noted that “people responded enthusiastically and sacrificially.” Saskatchewan Anglican


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