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On June 20, 2018, Scott Brubacher at the Anglican Foundation sent a list of the groups associated with the Diocese of New Westminster who had received Anglican Foundation related funding awarded during the April 2018 grant cycle. Below you will find details about these grants assembled by the Anglican Foundation and forwarded to diocesan comms by Anglican Foundation, Executive Director, the Reverend Canon Judy Rois.

The Anglican Foundation and Sacred Earth Camp

Do you have a love for creation? Then Sacred Earth Camp is the place to go. Located on the Southlands Heritage Farm within Vancouver’s city limits, this teaching farm is dedicated to demonstrating and sharing sustainability, food security and traditional farming skills. For two weeks, this environmental leadership program welcomes participants from Indigenous, Settler and Migrant/People of Colour youth to get to know their bio-region, learn from the climate, engage with justice issues in Coast Salish territories and, develop practical skills and spiritual practices.

Recognizing the critical significance of our climate, how it will change over the next century and its vital importance for our economy and society, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is a proud second year sponsor of this life-changing camp.

St. Thomas, Collingwood Renovation

It was 100 years ago that St. Thomas’ Anglican Church first appeared as a landmark in East Vancouver. It has been a gathering place for Christian worship, spiritual nurture and outreach ever since. When its first Rector arrived in 1914, St. Thomas soon had to construct a Sunday School building to accommodate the growing number of families who joined the parish. Forty years later, it expanded the church building and opened a new church hall. And now in 2018, the congregation is engaged in a major renovation to make it wheelchair accessible. This project will allow them to provide meeting space for the congregation and the local community. The Anglican Foundation of Canada gave a $15,000 grant toward this undertaking as part of their mission to welcome, support and equip on the journey of life.

The Anglican Foundation supports Aboriginal Ministry in Vancouver

If you decide to attend St. Mary Magdalene’s in the Greater Vancouver area, you will quickly discover a ministry to First Nations people and their loved ones. It’s called Urban Aboriginal Ministry, and its wide-ranging services and education are quite remarkable. Whether it’s drum-making, beading, medicine wheel circles with smudging, or an educational workshop about the traditional teachings of Indigenous ancestors, you’re sure to find something instructive and informative. The Urban Aboriginal Ministry also provides practical things like food, furniture, clothing and transportation in addition to culturally appropriate funerals and weddings.

Being aware of our history and cultural differences, beliefs, values and traditions of Aboriginal Peoples is a first step in understanding Aboriginal Peoples as individuals. The Anglican Foundation was proud to award a grant for this important ministry.

I am a feather on the breath of God

St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary is an inclusive, arts-based, contemplative Christian community within the parish of St. Faith’s in Vancouver. The Anglican Foundation responded generously when St. Hildegard’s applied for a grant to create liturgical resources for trauma-sensitive congregations. Their commitment to reconciliation led them to apply for a second grant for ‘Feather Dance’ Liturgical Arts Project which will be Indigenous-led and include relationship-building through storytelling, wisdom sharing and community hand work. Inspired by Indigenous spirituality and the spirituality of St. Hildegard of Bingen, it will be an Indigenous/settler collaboration in the co-creation of liturgical textile arts. “Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God”, refuge and renewed strength are to be found. It’s all about healing, transformation and peace.

The Sacred Arts Trust managed by the Anglican Foundation of Canada was pleased to offer a second-year grant for this proposal.