Results from the Vestry meeting of
Dean Peter Elliott, speaking for the Diocese of New Westminster while
He called the congregations' action “unnecessary.” The Dean’s statement following the first parish meeting is below, along with a brief question and answer sheet which he authorized.
“The over 70 congregations in the Diocese of New Westminster continue in their proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their mission of care of parishioners and outreach to their communities,” the Dean added.
Dean Elliott’s statement:
Statement from Dean Peter Elliott
Commissary of the Diocese of
Results from the Vestry meeting of
We regret the decision of any person to leave our Church.
The Anglican Church of Canada is in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has recently said that he can neither support nor sanction the intervention of a Primate from another jurisdiction into the life of a Province of the Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Church of Canada and its House of Bishops have established a model of Shared Episcopal Ministry, which has been commended by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Panel of Reference. Therefore it is unnecessary for a parish to seek episcopal ministry beyond
We are sorry that the leadership of
The over 70 congregations in the Diocese of New Westminster continue in their proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their mission of care of parishioners and outreach to their communities.
Note: Dean Elliott is Commissary of the Diocese (Acting Bishop) while
Questions and Answers
Why will the Diocese insist on retaining the property of
Legally, the Diocese has a duty to protect the assets of the Diocese to ensure they are used for furthering our mission, as a diocese within the Anglican Church of Canada. Otherwise it could and likely would be sued.
(This is called a “fiduciary responsibility”—that is, the obligation the officers of an organization have when the organization has been given assets in trust for a specific purpose.)
Along with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church in
Will the action of
Has the dispute affected the mission of the Diocese and the Anglican Church of
The Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of New Westminster uses its assets to continue its work of community outreach and care for its parishioners. We are reaching thousands of people every week through parishes and the agencies we partner with. We are working for social justice and environmental sustainability. We are housing the homeless and feeding the hungry. We provide pastoral care not only to our own members but also to many others. This will continue to be our mission.
The Anglican Church in the Diocese of New Westminster continues to respect differences.
The Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of New Westminster will continue to be a Diocese that respects differences. There is a conscience clause regarding the blessing of same sex unions, and the Bishop continues to insist it is our practice that there be no discrimination for or against clergy or others because of their position regarding the blessing. A limitation on the number of parishes where blessings may take place (currently eight) continues.
Whatever one’s position on the blessing of same sex unions, the Diocese of New Westminster believes that the departure of individuals or congregations from the Anglican Church of Canada is unwelcome and unnecessary.
It is unwelcome because it violates the Gospel’s hope “that we may all be one.” Unnecessary because no Canadian Anglican is being compelled to act against their conscience, and a generous offer of alternative episcopal (bishop’s) oversight was offered through a process that was approved not only by the national Church but also by the Anglican Communion via a panel of reference that reported to the Archbishop of Canterbury. We deeply regret that in the case of