The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster

 

The Diocese of New Westminster's Mission Priorities - September 25, 2017

Our Diocesan Mission

“Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God’s mission in the world.”  

Our Priorities  

Our God is a relational God. We seek to foster, build and strengthen our relationships with one another in all we do in diocesan, parish and community circles.  

Through the action of the Holy Spirit, our God creates the Church as Christ’s continuing presence in and for the world. We seek to focus diocesan energy and resources on parish development: assisting parishes in focusing on and building their excellence around their core purpose of gathering, transforming and sending; encouraging parishes to express the best of their Anglican identity; and assisting parishes in creatively engaging the real challenges and opportunities before them.    

Our God seeks justice for the oppressed. We seek to assist diocesan leaders and parishes in learning about the culture and history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, in engaging with Indigenous peoples in their neighbourhood and regions, and in advancing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    

Our God delights in the diversity of humanity and yearns for all humanity to be one. We seek to increase the diversity of the leadership in our diocese and to strengthen the ability of our parishes to engage the diversity of the people in our parishes, in our neighbourhoods and in our region.  We seek the transformation of our minds, our hearts and our practice as we increase our diversity and seek the oneness that God invites us to embrace.    

Our God entrusts us with the stewardship of our lives and our communities. We seek to work on the overall sustainability of our diocese and of our parishes by attending to the fit between all the elements of diocesan or parish life (finances, property, priorities, processes, organizational structures, organizational culture, external relationships, etc.) We seek to nurture a diocesan culture that is more transparent, collaborative, consultative, courageous and in which people have greater choice.

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The Diocese of New Westminster consists of 68 (66 active parishes and 2 emerging faith communities) worshiping and serving communities in mission together across the southwest part of the province of British Columbia from the Sunshine Coast to the west to Hope located 150 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver.

It is divided into 6 archdeaconries and 11 regional deaneries. It was established in 1879. The eighth bishop of New Westminster the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham resigned August 31st, 2013, after nearly 20 years of servant-leadership.

At an Electoral Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, Christ Church on November 30th, 2013, the Reverend Canon Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State was elected. She was consecrated and installed the Right Reverend Melissa M. Skelton the 9th Bishop of New Westminster on March 1st, 2014.

The Diocesan mission statement is "Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God's mission in the world." 

Governance & Council

The Governance of the Diocese of New Westminster is done at Synod by Synod and by Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council is the decision making, governing body of the Diocese of New Westminster consisting of: Diocesan Officers (Bishop, Chancellor, Treasurer); 2 of the aggregate 9 from the following group in parenthesis (Dean of the Diocese, the 6 Archdeacons, the Director of Deacons and the Executive Archdeacon); one of the two additional Diocesan Legal Officers, (Registrar or Legal Assessor); Archdeaconry reps, one lay, one ordained, total of 12 and 2 youth delegates.

An Archdeaconry is a group of churches, geographically affiliated and the reps are elected at the Synod Meetings. Synod Staff also attend meetings but are members of Diocesan Council with voice but no vote; they include: Business Administrator, the Executive Archdeacon if she or he has not been chosen as a voting member and the Director for Mission and Ministry Development (and other staff as required).

Diocesan Synod consists of all the eligible clergy in the Diocese of New Westminster (Resolution 1 passed May 23rd, 2014 at the 115th Synod, view below) and 2-6 lay people elected from each diocesan parish proportionate to the size of the parish community. Diocesan Council functions as the Synod between Synods, it is a representation of the large group that meets bi-annually.

Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod are both chaired by the Bishop. Diocesan Council is adjourned for the months of July and August.

The Diocesan Profile assembled to provide information to prospective candidates for bishop in advance of the November 30th, 2013, Electoral Synod. View the full Diocesan Profile below.

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Upcoming Events


Exploring God's Call 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Anti-Racism Training Fall of 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 & other dates

Spiritual Formation for the Next Generation

Friday, October 27, 2017

Clery Day - ISLAM 101

Thursday, November 9, 2017


News


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Clergy News Around the Diocese October 2017

Congratulations and welcome to Lucille Dawn Vickers, the first grand-baby for Sally and the Reverend Brian Vickers. The Reverend Denise Doerksen has been 'called' by Peace Lutheran Church, Abbotsford (2029 Ware... Read More


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The Art and Craft of Preaching

The Art and Craft of Preaching workshop took place at the Synod Offices, 1410 Nanton Avenue, September 28, 29 and 30. This workshop was offered by the diocese of New Westminster, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation... Read More


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Clergy News Around the Diocese September 2017

DIRECTOR FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT The Bishop has appointed the Reverend Tellison Glover, D Min, as Director of Mission and Ministry Development for the Diocese effective January 16, 2018. Father Glover... Read More


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Former D of NW Folks Make Their Presence Known

Michael Kalmuk and Kelly Montford were the first couple to have their Union Blessed using the Same Sex Blessing Rite developed by retired-bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Ingham well over a decade ago. Their union... Read More


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Welcome to the World - Chester

Early in the morning of August 13 (and after a 10 day wait from the scheduled due date), Carla and Phil welcomed an 8lb 1oz baby boy, Chester Daniel Rhodes Colvin. Phil Colvin is the Adminstrative... Read More


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The Reverend Donald Gordon

Donald Gordon, Priest December 2, 1924 - August 9, 2017 It is with sadness that we announce that the Reverend Donald Gordon died in the mid-afternoon of Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Don was born in Penticton, BC,... Read More


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Spiritual Formation for the Next Generation

Spiritual formation begins where you are and incrementally guides you into a deeper and more profound encounter with the living Christ…   For the Life of the World  (Pro Mundi Vita) A uniquely Anglican Spiritual... Read More


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The Reverend Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles

REQUIESCAT IN PACEM December 30, 1943 - August 1, 2017 The Reverend Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles died peacefully on August 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Hospice. Andrew was ordained by Bishop Michael Ingham, December 7, 2008... Read More


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UPDATED - Clergy News Around the Diocese for mid-July 2017

Bishop Skelton has appointed the following clergy as Assistant Curates: The Reverend Ross Bliss -- Christ Church Cathedral The Reverend Hyok Kim -- St Anselm The Reverend Sharon Smith  -- St Agnes The Reverend... Read More


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UPDATE - Ordination in the Holy Church of God

Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, at 10:30am the nave and chancel of Christ Church Cathedral were both filled to capacity with clergy and lay participating in a Celebration of the Eucharist - Ordination in the Holy... Read More


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The Very Reverend Lucresia Turtem Preaches at CCC

The guest preacher at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC), Sunday, June 18, Second Sunday after Pentecost was the Very Reverend Lucresia Turtem, dean and rector of All Saints’ the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese... Read More


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EDNP Guests Arrive for Diocesan School

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Bishop’s Commissary and Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Venerable Douglas Fenton was delighted to welcome two guests from our Companion Diocese, Episcopal Diocese... Read More


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Blessing the Bicycles

Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral has a new bell tower but the bells ringing in the 120 year old church on May 29th were attached to the handle-bars of bicycles. With sacramental chrism oil, bicycle chain oil,... Read More


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Opening Worship Photo Album on Facebook

By 7:30pm on Ascension Day, May 25 the Italian Cultural Centre catering staff, the A/V-Tech crew, Synod Staff and Worship Team leader the Venerable John Stephens had concluded the set-up for 117th Synod of the... Read More


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Clergy News Around the Diocese - Synod Week 2017 (May21-27)

APPOINTMENTS AND CHANGES   The Bishop has made two appointments to replace outgoing Regional Deans the Reverend Craig Tanksley (Peace Arch) and the Reverend Heidi Brear (Kingsway). Following consultation with their... Read More


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Clergy News Around the Diocese - May 2017

APPLICANTS, POSTULANTS, ORDINANDS There are four applicants who have just been to the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) and who have now been made postulants to the priesthood by Bishop... Read More


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Financial Sustainability Info Sessions

On Saturday, May 6, diocesan Treasurer, Bob Hardy and diocesan Director of Finance and Property, Rob Dickson held two information sessions at two separate diocesan parishes; a morning sessions at St. Agnes’, North... Read More


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Spring Fundraising Sales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 was a big day for Spring fundraising sales around the Diocese of New Westminster. These sales included a: Plant Sale at St. Helen’s, West Point Grey; Jumble Sale at St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale... Read More


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Moving Commitment into Action

Our Companion Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines In 2016, there were exploratory discussions, travel and exchanges between Bishop Melissa Skelton and Bishop Brent Alawas to establish a new companion diocese... Read More