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The Sixth Day

Every Saturday, a Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry Street Outreach team consisting of two or three individuals takes to the westside streets to connect with our friends who live on the street, delivering food, toiletries, sleeping bags and other supplies. 

Street Outreach teams also provide Information about the services offered by the WANM’s twice-monthly Mobile Care Unit—housing applications, tax forms, ID replacement—as well as doctor’s services. 

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Rev’d. Terry Shields Dirbas, new WANM Board Member

The Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminister, with Rev’d. Terry Shields Dirbas. Photo: Randy Murray.

On the evening of Monday, January 10, 2022, there was a Celebration of a New Ministry at the Parish of St. John’s Shaughessy. At this service, the Reverend Terry Shields Dirbas was inducted as rector of the parish by the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of New Westminster.

As the Rector of St. John’s Shaughnessy, Rev’d. Shield Dirbas joins the Board of Management of the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM). 

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Rev’d. Lorne Manweiler, new WANM Board Member

Rev’d. Lorne Manweiler, rector St. Philip’s Dunbar and the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminister. Photo: Derek Simpkins.

On the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021, there was a Celebration of a New Ministry Eucharist at the Parish of St. Philip, Dunbar.  At this liturgy service, the Reverend Lorne Manweiler was inducted as the 11th rector of the parish by the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, who had been the 9th rector of that parish from 2001-2016.

As the Rector of St. Philip’s Dunbar, Rev’d. Manweiler joins the Board of Management of the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM). 

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UBCO researchers examine how pandemics impact the homeless

UBCO School of Social Work director John Graham says that homeless people under the age of 65 have a mortality rate five to 10 times higher compared to the general population. Photo: courtesy UBCO.

A team of UBC Okanagan researchers is looking at strategies that could help the homeless during a pandemic.

John Graham, director of UBC Okanagan’sSchool of Social Work, said while many populations have been targeted with guidelines to keep them safe, homeless people have been mostly overlooked.

While this research project began a few years before the pandemic, Graham said his team quickly turned their attention to the impact of COVID-19. His team looked at peer-reviewed publications, dating back to 1984 that examined how homeless populations were impacted by other highly contagious or communicable illnesses such as tuberculous, H1NI and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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Resolution on Homelessness passed at 2021 Diocese of New Westminster Synod

Synod is the Annual General Meeting (convened every two years) of the Diocese of New Westminster. The Bishop is the Chair of Synod. Chaired by Bishop John Stephens, Synod 2021, the 121st, took place on May 15, 2021.

The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry Board of Management proposed a resolution on housing affordability and homelessness in the Lower Mainland, which was passed by Synod delegates with a vote count of 224 in favour, 16 opposed, 10 abstentions (out of a total count of 250 voting delegates).

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Woven Together: Partnerships in Community Programs

Presented by UGM

JOIN US for a discussion to share practical ideas and real-life experiences of effective partnerships for supportive community programs.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:


• Different types of partnerships (formal and informal)
• Benefits and challenges to partnerships
• Risks of ignoring partnerships
• Key aspects of a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
• How to end partnerships well

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Workshop from Union Gospel Mission

Addressing Grief + Loss in Community

Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are woven together pursing the common good and actively participating in Christ’s call for everyone to flourish. One part of this vision is an improved understanding of and engagement with communities facing poverty, homelessness, addictions and food insecurity. Working with vulnerable individuals living with these challenges – especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose crisis – brings us near those experiencing grief and loss.

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?

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COVID contemplations that provide a balm for the spirit

By Joan Stewart                               

The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry’s (WANM) retired deacon and clergy lead the Reverend Dr. Pitman Potter has prepared a timely new book of contemplation and reflection, which is being used as a fundraiser for the WANM.

Entitled Fever Dreams: Contemplating Corona Virus, the book presents 52 spiritual texts selected from Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions, as well as poetic and lyrical voices.

Each selected text is accompanied by suggestions for quiet contemplation, through which readers are invited to engage in Lectio Divina (a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with, and increased knowledge of, God’s word), and to consider the meaning and application of the texts in their lives.

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