Mother’s Union is an international organization that promotes Christian care for families worldwide. It is ostensibly a worldwide Anglican organization and the vast majority of members are Anglican women but membership in the Mother’s Union is open to any baptized Christian.
In the photograph: the Head Table at the November 5th Banquet, left to right: The Rev'd Laurence Price, the Rev'd Christine Rowe, Archdeacon Stephen Rowe, Celia Dodds, Jean Price, the Rev'd Mark Greenaway-Robbins, (in profile) Shirin Theophilus.
There is a small but energetic and active chapter of Mother’s Union in Canada and this past November 4-6, 2010 marked the Canadian Mother’s Union Biennial Conference held at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre in Surrey.
The conference included: worship, social time, entertainment, business meetings and guest speaker, Jean Price, Unit Coordinator for Finance and Central Services of the Worldwide Mother’s Union. Jean is also a member of the Lichfield, Cathedral Chapter of Mother’s Union.
Jean was accompanied to the conference by her husband, the Rev’d Laurence Price, Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral.
Our Diocesan Chapter of Canadian Mother’s Union has two Parish Branches, St. James in the Downtown Eastside and St. Cuthbert in Delta. The Executive of the national chapter is largely made up of D of NW members: Celia Dodds of St. James is the National President, Shirin Theophilus of St. Anslem, UBC is Vice President, Linda Adams of St. James is the Corresponding & Recording Secretary, Cynthia Green of St. James is the Treasurer and the Rev’d Christine Rowe, Incumbent of St. Catherine’s Capilano is the National Chaplain. The Rev'd Mark Greenaway-Robbins, Incumbent of St. James is the Diocesan Chaplain.
The mission of Mother’s Union is to share Christ’s love as they encourage, strengthen and support marriage and family life through the organizations many ministries and program offerings. Worldwide membership is estimated at 4 million in 81 countries. In Canada where Mother’s Union membership hovers between 600-800 nationwide the primary focus of the group is to support in tangible ways those who minister in the remote areas of Canada through the Northern Clergy Families Fund.
In Jean Price's brief address following the November 5th, 2010 Banquet, she encouraged the Canadian Conference attendees (by invoking the energy and the visibility of British activist Guy Fawkes as it was Guy Fawkes Day) to make 2011 a “Crackerjack Year” for the Mother’s Union in Canada. She urged the group to get out and sell Mother’s Union by letting their communities know about the good work done by Mother’s Union locally, regionally, nationally and around the globe and encouraging the growth and development of new Branches around the country.
After Jean spoke and before the evening’s musical entertainment began it was time to cut and serve a cake custom made for the event by Margaret Vickers of St. James.
If you would like to find out more about Canadian Mother’s Union please visit their website or email Celia Dodds