It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of the Reverend Vivan Seegers on June 2, 2021. Rev. Seegers was Gathering Priest for Urban Aboriginal Ministry (UAM) and Assistant to the Vicar at St. Mary Magdalene Parish. UAM is the current recipient of care+share funding through to December 31, 2021.
On Saturday May 15, 2021, the Members of the 121st Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster approved Resolution 3 that designates care+share funding for 2022-2023 to 9 parish compassionate service food ministries. Here is the MOTION that was carried by a large majority:
The Standing Committee on Mission and Ministry Development moves:
Synod approve the following list of ministries to receive funding during the 2022/2023 care ╬ share cycle:
1. St. Thomas, Chilliwack – Food Ministry;
2. St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove – Thursday Community Meal;
3. Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster - The Breakfast Club;
4. St. Barnabas, New Westminster – Grab-n-Go;
5. St. Alban’s, Richmond – The Lunch Box;
6. St. Augustine’s, Marpole – St. Augustine’s Community Meals & Marpole Community Food Hub;
7. St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale – Food Ministry;
8. St. Agnes, North Vancouver – Sharing Abundance; and
9. St. David and St. Paul’s, Powell River - Sycamore Commons Vegetable Garden Community Partnership.
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One of the business decisions made during the 119th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster May 24 and 25, 2019 was the passing of Resolution #6 which reads:
RESOLUTION NO. 6 Mover: The Standing Committee on Mission and Ministry Development. Second: Not required. THAT the Standing Committee on Mission and Ministry Development recommends to Synod that the Urban Aboriginal Ministry be the care+share recipient from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
The Resolution passed with an overwhelming majority. Urban Aboriginal Ministry (led by gathering priest, the Reverend Vivian Seegers at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in the VGH neighbourhood of Vancouver) will be receiving the care+share funding beginning January 1, 2020.
As part of the mission and ministry of the Diocese of New Westminster our shared diocesan outreach program care+share was established following a resolution at Synod 2011. The ministries included in care+share have submitted proposals to the Mission and Ministry Development Committee (MMD), and once their proposals have been approved by that body a resolution is presented to Synod and Synod votes on whether or not to accept the recommended ministries as care+share recipients for a two year period.
Ministries included in care+share do not receive “funding”, instead they receive voluntary contributions made by parishes and individual Anglicans, sent to the Diocesan Office which forwards funds several times a year to the care+share ministry groups.
Donations given by individuals and parishes to care+share go 100 per cent to the groups we support. The overhead for fundraising and administration for care+share is included in the regular Diocesan Budget, and not taken from donations.
Donations may be directed to both ministries or to individual societies in any combination or amount. You may give to care+share via your parish stewardship program or as an individual. Together we as a diocese decide which ministries to support with voluntary dollars so please prayerfully consider your support of care+share and give generously.
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