Organized in 1876. Incorporated by statute of the government of Alberta in 1914
The 41st General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada,
In Richmond Hill, Ontario, July 7th to 12th.
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We ask for your prayers for our delegates and all the delegates as they discuss the direction our national church will be taking.
Bishop's Working Group Statement on Oil and Gas
The initial focus for discussion was the call emerging in parts of the Anglican church to distance the church from investment in oil, gas and coal companies. This call appears in resolutions from the diocesan synods of Ottawa and Montreal, along with actions of the Church of England and other churches of the Anglican Communion. It also forms part of the call to action, The World is Our Host, issued by a group of bishops meeting under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network in February 2015.
"Meeting by conference call and continuing the conversation through email, the group has shared experiences drawn from working in the industry, being part of families and communities which depend on it, and ministering within those communities. We also shared commitments to environmental protection and remediation which we have lived out in our jobs and callings, and in our engagement with our communities."
This document is important to understand for parishioners within our diocese, especially for those who will be in attendance at Gene4al Synod.
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The Diocese of Athabasca came into being in 1874 by the division of the original Diocese of Rupert's Land at the same time that the Dioceses of Saskatchewan and Mosinee were created. The Synod of the Diocese of Athabasca was organized in 1876. The Diocese was incorporated by statute of the government of Alberta in 1914, with the See located in the town of Peace River. It is one of thirty dioceses associated with the Anglican Church of Canada and one of ten dioceses in the ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land.
The Anglican Diocese of Athabasca includes 33 congregations in the northern half of the Province of Alberta. These congregations make up 18 parishes being served by 18 clergy. Two of the parishes are shared ministries and several are multi-point parishes. From the Saskatchewan border in the east to the British Columbia border in the west; from the North West Territories border in the north to an east-west line running just north of Edmonton in the south, the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca encompasses an area of more than 317,000 square kilometres and has upwards of 3,500 people on the parish rolls.
The diocese is divided into two deaneries loosely framed along the Peace and Athabasca Rivers, the Deanery of the Peace and the Deanery of Athabasca, which are linked by road only in the south. Commercial airline connections are oriented towards the south and east through Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray to Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.
The oil and gas industry forms the backbone of the economic life of our diocese. While much media attention has been focused on the city of Fort McMurray, the oil and gas industry is active throughout much of the north. The current economic turmoil has affected our diocese as communities suffer from rapid growth and shifts in population. However, since most of our congregations are found in smaller communities, farming and independent small business feature prominently in most parishes.
What is Happening in and around the Diocese
January 1 to August 28, 2016
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December 2015 to November 2016
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Interesting notes on each diocese in the council included. Open PDF Document
2012 Survey results. A survey of habits, attitudes, desires,
priorities of parishioners in the Diocese. This presentation is not
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