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Kristen Dobyns: Exiled by wildfire


Photos: Nick Van Helsdingen

Two priests from the United States were among the clergy who fled BC’s massive wildfires, along with their parishioners and many thousands of others. The Rev. Kristen Dobyns and her husband, the Rev. Keith Dobyns, have served in the region for the past five years. They came from the Diocese of Indianapolis. Before entering the ministry they had worked in rural family medicine in Washington and Alaska. Kristen spoke with Sue Careless, first in July and then again in September. 

On July 18th:

TAP: Do you live in 100 Mile House or Williams Lake?

KD: Keith and I live in 100 Mile House. We share a position serving

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Dr. John Patrick

Photo: Christian Medical & Dental Society

On May 11, Sharon Dewey Hetke spoke with Dr. John Patrick about assisted suicide and the need for conscience protection for Ontario physicians. Their conversation  coincided with the hour that thousands of Canadians joined the “March for Life” on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

TAP: I know that Bill 84, the Ontario government’s legislation on assisted suicide, did not change the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ policy of forcing physicians to either participate in or refer for assisted suicide. Is it still possible to change the mind of the College?

JP: It’s always possible to change it

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Welcome, Rest and Dignity at the Open Door

(Photo: David Chapman)

In March, an Anglican mission group from Ontario spent four days at the Open Door, a homeless day shelter in Montreal. Sharon Dewey Hetke participated in a round-table discussion with The Rev. David Chapman, Director of the Open Door.  Chapman, who attends Emmaus Fellowship, an ANIC parish in Montreal, spoke about his work and about the clients he serves – who have become like his “extended family.” This interview was distilled from that discussion.

TAP: When we first toured the centre, it was remarkable to see the beautiful stained glass, the worn wood floors, and so many folks sleeping on the pews!

DC: Yes, well, a typical night outside for our clients involves

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Catherine Sider Hamilton

(Photo: Sue Careless)

After the recent consecration in Toronto Sue Careless spoke with Catherine Sider Hamilton, who is the priest-in-charge at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Riverdale and Assistant Professor in New Testament and Greek at Wycliffe College.

ON JAN. 6th, the day before the controversial consecration of three new bishops in the Diocese of Toronto (see p. 6 for story), the Rev. Dr. Catherine Sider Hamilton wrote personally to Archbishop Colin Johnson, her diocesan bishop:

“As one of the concerned clergy and laypeople in this diocese I want to thank you for your willingness to hear the deep dismay

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Joey Royal 

The Rev. Joey Royal (centre) with his ATTS students Martha Kunuk, Esau Tatatoapik, Nina Kautuq, Sarassie Arragutainaq, Manasee Ulayuk and Annie Keenainak in St Jude’s cathedral.

Photo: Lucas Attagutsiak  

Sharon Dewey Hetke talks with the Rev. Joey Royal about this Fall’s reopening of the Arthur Turner Training School in the Diocese of the Arctic, and about teaching with the Scriptures at the centre of the classroom.

 TAP: Tell us about the beginnings of ATTS.

JR: The Arthur Turner Training School first opened in Pangnirtung [on Baffin Island] and ran for 34 years. Many of our Indigenous clergy over the years have been trained at ATTS. The building we were using was a little mission hospital but it became unusable – the climate in the Arctic takes its toll

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