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The Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw, the Rev. Kevin Robertson and the Rev. Jenny Andison were recently elected as bishops suffragan in Toronto. Some are questioning the legitimacy of the whole election.
ON SEPT. 17, the Diocese of Toronto elected three new bishops – and in doing so escalated the conflict over same-sex relationships in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Over three separate elections, a slate of 12 candidates was winnowed down and three Toronto priests emerged as new suffragans (assistant bishops) to oversee areas in Canada’s numerically largest diocese.
In the first election, on the 7th ballot, The Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw was chosen to oversee Trent-Durham (replacing Bp. Linda Nicholls who is now coadjutor in the Diocese of Huron); in the 2nd election on the 4th ballot, the Rev. Kevin Robertson was chosen to serve York-Scarborough (replacing retired Bp. Patrick Yu); and in the 3rd election, The Rev. Jenny Andison was chosen on the third ballot to serve York-Credit Valley (following the retirement of The Rt. Rev. Philip Poole).
Robertson, 45, has served as a priest in the Diocese of Toronto since 1997 and is in a same-sex relationship but is not married to his partner.
In early July, several Toronto clergy, The Rev. Dr. Catherine Sider-Hamilton, The Rev. Dr. Dean Mercer and The Rev. Murray Henderson, had written to the Nominations Committee, to Archbishop Colin Johnson and to Chancellor Clare Burns, asking about the legitimacy of the whole election
Photo: Church of the Ascension, Sudbury
(Staff) ON OCT. 14th delegates to the episcopal electoral synod in Sault Ste. Marie elected the Venerable Anne Germond as the 11th Bishop of Algoma.
A capable administrator, Germond surprised fellow delegates by initially declining to be nominated. Her husband has been seriously ill. Then she surprised them again by allowing her name to be put forward from the floor and joining the ballot after another nominee dropped out. In so doing, whether intentionally or not, she avoided the formal vetting process. She was elected
By Sue Careless
“We have actually never experienced this number of inquiries,” says Charlie Masters.
WHEN THE SYNOD for the Anglican Network in Canada met in late October in Vancouver, disaffected members of the Anglican Church of Canada were among those invited to attend.
The Rt Rev. Charlie Masters, the moderator of ANiC, the smaller and newer of the two denominations, wrote a letter dated Oct. 7th addressed to “fellow orthodox Anglican friends.” In it he said his diocesan office and many of his clergy had received “a growing number of calls and requests that have come from Anglican believers, both clergy and laity, who find themselves very distressed
Remembering Debra Fieguth, Journalist & Activist, 62
Her mission in life was to be hospitable, especially to the stranger.
Debra Fieguth in 2008 with Eh Ka Moo, a five-year-old refugee she had helped bring to Canada from Myanmar.
BY Sue Careless
“Mama Debra” died on Mother’s Day.
Journalist Debra Fieguth had no children of her own but befriended hundreds of international students and immigrants.
Fieguth died suddenly on May 8 from an undiagnosed lung disease, which caused a massive stroke. She was 62.
At the time of her death, she was a senior writer at Faith Today. Such a position means “that we can assign that person almost any story and know it will be done well,” the magazine’s co-editor, Karen Stiller, said in her eulogy. Moreover, Debra “was someone intent on making the crooked straight, setting right what had been made wrong.”
Nor did the award-winning journalist shy away from tough topics. In “The Prisoner and the Professor”