The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM) has been serving the homeless and vulnerable on Vancouver’s westside since 2007.
We are thrilled to report that the Synod Motion on housing affordability and homelessness in the Lower Mainland, which was instigated by the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM), was passed at today’s 121st Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster. The vote count was 224 in favour, 16 opposed, 10 abstentions (out of a total count of 250 voting delegates)
MOVED: The Reverend Alex Wilson
SECONDED: Mrs. Shirin Theophilus, ODNW
1. The Diocese of New Westminster acknowledge the dual crises of housing affordability and homelessness in the Lower Mainland;
2. Synod 2021 direct Diocesan Council to create a task force made up of a wide variety of lay, ordained, and Aboriginal voices, to engage with leadership at every level of the church, with other faith traditions, and those in the public square:
- a) to explore and assess the impact of housing affordability and homelessness within regional and parochial communities, consulting with civic, business, and community support programs to understand the ways in which race, Aboriginal identity, age, socioeconomic status and human sexuality impact accessibility to housing;
- b) to explore the ways in which other churches, ecumenical, and multifaith bodies across Canada have responded to their own affordability and homelessness crises;
- c) to develop and propose a diocesan response to these two crises that may include, but not be limited to, utilizing current land holdings in this Diocese;
- d) to report its findings and response options, based on those findings, to Diocesan Council in a timely manner.
3. That members of the task force conduct this work in the course of their regular duties, with any budget requirements identified being allocated from the Diocesan Justice and Peace Fund at the discretion of property and finance.
Woven Together: Partnerships in Community Programs
JOIN US for a discussion to share practical ideas and real-life experiences of effective partnerships for supportive community programs.
2021 DATES & TIMES
• Thursday, May 20th, 2:30-4:00pm
You Are Invited to BEYOND HOUSING!
This four-part symposium seeks to deepen the discussion of home-making and housing. In the face of a systemic homelessness that has economic, social, public health, ecological and cultural manifestations, how might we develop more holistic and integrated policies and practices for deeper homefulness in our communities?
Workshop From the Union Gospel Mission
Addressing Grief + Loss in Community
Many that attend supportive community and church programs see the setting as a primary spiritual community or connection to a Body of Faith. As that body, how do we address the death of one of our community members – honouring their life, supporting other community members through their grief, and sustaining ourselves in the journey?
JOIN US for a discussion to share ideas, stories and life’s most challenging questions.
PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:
• Basics of the physiology, psychology and theology of grief and loss
• How to recognize the signs of depression and compassion fatigue
• Creative solutions for fostering meaningful connection with vulnerable neighbours
• Time to connect with others that are experiencing similar questions, challenges and joys.
2021 DATES & TIMES (both sessions will be the same):
• Wednesday, April 14 (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
• Thursday, April 15 (2:00 – 3:30 pm)
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