One of the most important ministries of our Church is our outreach to the less fortunate. As members of a larger religious community, we are responsible for responding to those in need both within and beyond our communities.
The Council of the North is a group of nine financially assisted dioceses, including sparsely populated areas such as the Arctic, Yukon, Northern and Central Interior British Columbia, Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Quebec, and Labrador. These places have scarce financial resources, but incur high costs, especially for travel.
Many clergy in northern communities across the country serve on a non-stipendiary basis. In addition to working at full-time secular jobs, these clergy also spend countless hours in Anglican ministry without being paid. The Council of the North has established a stipendiary support fund for the purpose of compensating these clergy who serve in northern Canada.
Our Faith – Our Hope will allocate $2.5 million to allow the Diocese of Toronto to continue its long standing support of the Council of the North and the stipend support fund.
The Anglican community in the Diocese of Toronto has an extensive history of social outreach. For over 170 years, determined men and women have worked together for the benefit of the whole community. We continue to speak out for Christ’s sake on behalf of those whose needs are not acknowledged, living out our baptismal responsibility to exercise compassion wherever we can.
Locally, Anglicans have long been involved in combating the housing crisis and in related efforts to counter poverty. Our work has spanned a broad range of initiatives, including providing emergency shelter, using church property for housing, building houses, and advocacy efforts. Anglicans have also focused their outreach on combating child poverty, HIV/AIDS and the needs of other parts of the world.
Our Faith – Our Hope will allocate $2.5 million to help answer God’s call to see and respond to human need. In partnership with other Canadian Anglicans, we will support:
- Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund;
- Healthcare Programs in Africa;
- The Anglican Ministry Ordinariate of Canada; and,
- Partner dioceses in other parts of the world.
St. John’s Progress Report:
Our campaign has now reached a total of $583,700 in pledges. This represents 66% of our overall goal of $885,000.
Thank you to everyone who is helping to strengthen
the Diocese of Toronto, as well as our own parish.
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