St. John’s Shaughnessy responds to New Westminster

Posted on August 29, 2008 
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St. John’s ShaughnessyFrom St. John’s Shaughnessy in Vancouver –

The Diocese of New Westminster (DNW) initiated action against St. Matthew’s Abbotsford and St. Matthias – St. Luke Vancouver on August 26th and is seeking to take over governance of the parishes. We are deeply disappointed by this action as it fails to recognize:

It is a sad irony that the Diocese invoked Canon 15 on the same day that the Archbishop of Canterbury released his Pastoral Letter to all Bishops of the Anglican Communion reflecting on the recent Lambeth conference saying: 

“…the chief need of our Communion at the moment was the rebuilding of relationships – the rebuilding of trust in one another – and of confidence in our Anglican identity… How far the intensified sense of belonging together will help mutual restraint in such matters remains to be seen. But it can be said that few of those who attended left without feeling they had in some respects moved and changed.”

Sadly, with the actions of the Diocese, it appears that this optimism is unfounded.

We stand with St. Matthew’s and St. Matthias?St. Luke as they will be required to defend themselves; we will ask the DNW to consider alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; we will ensure appropriate measures continue in place to best protect our parish, clergy and staff. We are an imperfect community seeking to grow in faith and joyful repentance, welcoming all people and supporting Christian outreach. We believe Jesus Christ is the saviour of the world and we endeavor to live and proclaim the gospel truth, following our Lord Jesus Christ, consistent with global Anglican teaching and theology.

– St. John’s Leadership and Staff.

Available from the St. John’s website.