Newsletter: April 5, 2019

All Clergy, Parishes, Parishioners, and Friends are invited to submit news and events for distribution.

Please visit our Diocesan Calendar for a more complete list of upcoming event throughout the diocese.



Dinner and Silent Auction

Wednesday, May 8, 6-10pm

RSVP by April 12

Info & Online Registration

Calling on our young friends of Centre 454 to help make friendship bracelets

This year Centre 454 will be celebrating 65 years of service! The Centre provides personal and practical supports to those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness. Most importantly, we are a community that supports one another! We offer programs that are inclusive and provide opportunities for everyone to be engaged.

We are inviting you to help fundraise with us by making friendship bracelets which we will sell to the greater community. Don’t worry about them being perfect because each one will be perfect because you made it! We think this would be a great activity for children and youth, though people of all ages can join in! You can choose your own design and if you aren’t sure of how they are made you can find a tutorial online.

We are grateful to you for wanting to help out. Your contribution will impact the lives of so many just in knowing that you care.

Please drop off or mail your friendship bracelets to The Bishop’s Office at 71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6 or to Centre 454 at 454 King Edward Ave. Ottawa, ON K1N 7M8


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(You may use the same linked form for all communication requests)


This year, your gift to Today 4 Tomorrow will help parishes to sponsor refugee families. Take a few minutes to watch this video showing how the diocesan Refugee Ministry Office helped St James in Perth to sponsor a family. Your gifts will continue to make a big difference in the lives of refugee families. Donate now at

View the video below, or online here:

Lifelong Formation

Resources, Events and Opportunities

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Get Connected

Clergy, parishes, parishioners and friends are invited to submit news and event notices.

"The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Théodore Dubois.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm. St. Matthew's Anglican Church

No tickets are sold for this concert, but freewill offerings are welcome.


Journeying as Allies (All my Relations Reading Group)

This reading group will meet in April and June at Julian of Norwich to discuss two books by Indigenous authors. Full details available here.

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2pm: The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2pm: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

St. Luke's Recital Series

Sun, Apr 14, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm 

Mary Muckle (harp, harpsichord), Virginia Dunsby (flute),Douglas Brierley (violin), Marilyn Jenkins (voice)The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble. Dreamers of New Worlds: Musical reflections from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and South America with Mary Muckle and friends.

More info on this and other dates in this series:

Christ Church Cathedral's Holy Week, Easter & Special Services:

Wine Tasting Evening

May 5, 7-10pm

An enjoyably informative evening of red & white wine tastings plus snacks with sommelier Robbie MacLeod. The work of the Refugee Assistance Group will be featured. Tickets are $40. Click the link to learn more.

St John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset Street West.

Welcoming Homes: A Diocesan Forum on Affordable Housing

May 11, 2019 9am – 3:30pm - Christ Church Bells Corners

All parishes are welcome to a day of learning, information, sharing and resources.

Morning Workshops

A. Opportunities for Affordable Housing in Rural Communities

B. Development 101: “Getting Started”

Afternoon Workshops

C. No Money and No Land? Ways Your Parish can get Involved

D. Creating Innovative Partnerships for Housing

Info & Registration


Next course date: June 21-22, 2019

Our marriage preparation courses are designed to help participants to learn and grow through presentations given by professional speakers, small group discussions with trained facilitators, and couple conversations. All couples are welcome and participation is not limited by gender, age, or previous marital status. 

Full info and course registration

Prayer Calendar - April 1 to June 30, 2019


Upcoming Workshop

May 4 for the deaneries of Pembroke, Pontiac Renfrew and West Quebec, 9 am – 3 pm, at St. Paul's, Renfrew (early bird registration by April 22, regular registration by April 30)

Register online here

Or you can register through the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Cheque mailed to Heidi Danson, Events Coordinator, Diocese of Ottawa, 71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, ON K1R 6G. Cheque made out to the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (Giving Thanks & Praise in the memo section).

Next workshop is September 21

Register Here



Today 4 Tomorrow Speaker's Bureau Request Form

Speakers are available for your parish.

You may book a speaker by calling 613-232-7124, ext. 222 or by emailing Heidi Danson

Note: Speakers may be booked for a Sunday morning, or for a Parish Council meeting.

This year’s remaining Today 4 Tomorrow Sundays are April 8 & 28.Wrap-up Sunday is June 9th.

Please consider participating in outreach to our community by choosing a date for your parish’s T4T Sunday and by booking a speaker.




What's new?
Check out the Diocesan calendar for all upcoming events.


Communication Requests & Change of email

A reminder that all should be submitted through this form:


Please use the COMMUNICATION REQUEST FORM for submissions to: Crosstalk Newspaper; Diocesan Newsletter; eBlast or directed emails; Diocesan calendar postings; social media; Diocesan website.

For questions or concerns regarding Crosstalk, other than article submissions, please email the editor, Leigh Anne Williams at crosstalk@ottawa.anglican.

For all other concerns or questions regarding Communication, other than submission requests, please direct your email to  

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News from our Friends!

Friends of the Dicoese are invited to submit events or news which will be displayed here.

Together With Christ - Respect Justice Camp

August 13 - 19, 2019

What if we begin with the assumption that God is in every person we meet and creation itself? How does/could/should this impact the ways in which we relate to all around us? These are the foundational questions of Respect Justice Camp. This camp is hosted by the Diocese of Huron in the Deanery of Essex with the hopes of continuing the wonderful tradition of engaging people of faith in issues of justice. Open to persons 18 yrs. and older.

For more information and to register, visit


Anglican Foundation Update

Spring 2019


View .pdf here

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

June 24-28, 2019
5 Days focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills
for the art of intercultural ministry.
  • Ecumenical + interactive program
  • Attendees enjoy the unique residential setting
  • Practical ideas to use in your own context
  • Nurture cultural understanding + awareness in your community
  • Optional Academic Credit through Wycliffe College
  • Learn more about the program and register here


      *** Register by May 21***
What people have to say about Engage Difference! - Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry:
  • “I grew in self-awareness and grew in my capacity to be in right relationships with God’s people.”
  • “It was one of the best learning events I have attended, in that it allowed me enough time to consider how I might apply learnings to my context.”
  • “This course has helped equip me immensely with tools for intercultural ministry; with tools to help us become more self-aware”
The location: The Toronto School of Theology in downtown Toronto showcases unique conversation and experiences of ministry across difference; including narratives of migration, both recent and historical, in the most diverse city in the world.
Bursaries available


More information and registration at:
This program is offered through partnerships with:
Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Centre for Christian Studies, Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, Mission and Service Fund United Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Scarboro Missions, Wycliffe College-University of Toronto
P.S. - Do you know someone who would be interested in this program? Pass along this email!
Rev. Jonathan Schmidt
Associate Secretary: Intercultural Leadership; Justice and Peace

Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning / Forum pour le leadership et l’apprentissage interculturels
Canadian Council of Churches / Conseil canadien des Églises

47 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto ON M5S 2C3
416-972-9494 x26

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The next diocesan newsletter will be emailed to parishes and subscribers on April 19, 2019.

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