The Primate (i.e. chief archbishop) of the Anglican Church of Canada, Fred Hiltz, will be retiring next summer. In his last year in office he is inviting Anglicans across Canada to listen to the heartbeat of the Church by gathering in small groups to consider three questions:
(1) Describe a time when our church made your heart glad;
(2) Describe a time when our church made your heart ache;
(3) Describe a time when our church gave you hope.
Archbishop Hiltz says that “What I really wanted to do was to give folks an opportunity to talk about their faith and to talk about their church. Heartbeat is designed so that part of the conversation people will have will be an opportunity to talk about what their faith means to them; a time in their life when they felt very close to God; a time in their life when prayer was especially important to them; and a time in their life when they really felt that they were on a kind of growing edge in terms of their faith and commitment.” I invite members of the SMM community to gather with me to listen for our heartbeat together on Wednesday, 28 November, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm.