News and Notes is our online section to share weekly reflections, documents or letters of interest, and resources that you may wish to read, review or use to start conversations. Items are posted weekly, and sometimes re-ordered based on current interest.

Reflection by Dean Peter Elliott

The Feast Day of St. Peter and St. Paul is observed on June 29: this year this observation will be kept at the Cathedral on Sunday June 25. In For All the Saints: Prayers and Readings for Saints Days (Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1994), author Stephen Reynolds writes: “According to a well-attested tradition, the apostles Peter and Paul suffered martyrdom at Rome around the year 64. It is said that Paul as a Roman citizen was granted the right to be beheaded by a sword, but that Peter endured crucifixion, being nailed to the cross upside down. We cannot say whether they died on the same day, but from very ancient times their martyrdoms have been commemorated together.

Appointment of a New Vicar

Bishop Melissa Skelton is pleased to appoint the Reverend Helen Dunn as Vicar (Assistant to the Dean and Rector) of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver BC. She will begin her new ministry on September 1, 2017.

Reflection by Andrew Stephens-Rennie

Parishioners distributed sandwiches, coffee, conversation and free smiles. Staff met with encouraging city planners. Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life, and mourn the death of a political icon. Groups gathered to support one another through life’s challenges. Conversations were shared. Hospitality was extended. Relationships were built, nurtured, and renewed. All this (and more!) took place […]