Thursday February 23rd – Reading and writing (morning); vacation (afternoon)
Friday February 24th – Vacation day
Sunday February 26th – Parish Worship
Monday February 27th -- Day Off
Tuesday February 28th – Connectors Five Meeting in Debert; Regional Deans Meeting (online)
Wednesday March 1st – Leadership Team Meeting
Bishop Sandra is pleased to announce the ordination of The Reverend Dawn-Lea Greer to the Sacred Order of Priests on the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 25th, 2023, at 2 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, NS. Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to vest and process. The liturgical colour is white. Please keep Dawn-Lea and her family in your prayers during this time of preparation and transition.
Bishop Sandra has accepted the following resignations:
The Reverend Dr. Susan Slater as Rector of the Parish of All Saints by the Sea, Canso, effective April 15th, 2023.
New Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy
At its meeting on Friday, February 3rd, 2023, Diocesan Council approved a new Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy, which you will find at the link below. This policy was approved in principle at a meeting of Diocesan Council on September 25th, 2022, and now incorporates feedback from a lawyer specializing in employment law. The policy was previously reviewed by individuals in a variety of institutional settings with expertise in addressing sexual misconduct matters and in trauma-informed approaches. It is the result of a significant amount of time and effort over the past five years or so, led by the Reverend Lorraine Street. I would like to thank Lorraine and the Committee who worked with her on developing this policy. Together, the Committee has many years of experience in the areas of Social Work, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Risk Management, Pastoral Ministry and Advocacy.
I have appointed the Reverend John Newton to serve in the role of “Point Person.” As described in the policy, the Point Person is the individual responsible for administering the policy on behalf of the Diocese. John is a retired Anglican priest who served in our Diocese for many years and has relevant experience in this area.
Please review the policy in detail and reach out with any questions or concerns. Further materials about the policy are being prepared, including an Executive Summary and a brochure.