Anglicans in Saskatchewan to elect indigenous bishop & council

 — July 20, 201220 juil. 2012

UPDATE: The Ven. Adam Halkett, archdeacon of Saskatchewan and priest-in-charge at St. Joseph’s, Montreal Lake First Nations, has been elected the first diocesan indigenous bishop of Saskatchewan. He was chosen July 28 by the diocese’s general assembly in Prince Albert.

On July 28, the Anglican diocese of Saskatchewan will convene a general assembly to elect a diocesan indigenous bishop as well as members of a new indigenous council.

The election will take place following changes to the diocese’s constitution and canons that provide indigenous members with greater self-determination.

The three candidates nominated for the position are: The Ven. Adam Halkett, archdeacon of the diocese; the Rev. Beryl Whitecap, incumbent at Little Red River Reserve; and The Rev. Canon Park Buck, priest-in-charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Cumberland House.

The diocese is being called “to a greater unity and generosity in response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Michael Hawkins in a statement.

In 1989, Charles Arthurson was elected as the suffragan bishop of Saskatchewan, making him the first indigenous bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. Bishop Arthurson retired as bishop in 2008 but continues to serve as half-time rector of All Saints in La Ronge.

The Diocese of Saskatchewan serves the northern two-thirds of the civil Province of Saskatchewan — an area about twice the size of Germany. In this area there are 68 scattered Anglican congregations grouped into 35 parishes. Missionary work began formally in the 1850s, and it became a Diocese with its see at Prince Albert in 1874. The Anglican population of the diocese is about 23,000 people, sixty per cent of whom are Cree. At least half of these are under the age of 25. The Diocese has 28 active and 15 retired clergy, and 110 lay readers. Half of the active clergy are non-stipendiary. The diocese has always been bilingual, English and Cree, and worship here has always been primarily from Cree and English editions of the Book of Common Prayer.

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