Out of Amazing Grace, a Silent Night

Christmas came early to General Synod today, as members raised their voices to sing the carol “Silent Night.” Their heart-felt performance launches the Silent Night Project: Anglicans promote peace in the spirit of Amazing Grace.

Members of General Synod support the Silent Night Project  BRIAN BUKOWSKI/GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS

Members of General Synod support the Silent Night Project BRIAN BUKOWSKI/GENERAL SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS

Just like the 2008 Amazing Grace Project, all are invited to record themselves singing “Silent Night” and send it to the Anglican Church of Canada national office by December 14. All videos will be included in a documentary, which will be posted online by Christmas 2010.

The model for this initiative-the Amazing Grace Project-was a resounding success. Thousands of Canadian Anglicans sang and recorded themselves in downtown cathedrals, seniors’ homes, and remote outports. Over 500 videos were sent in and all were included in a documentary, Amazing Together. The 10-minute video has been viewed over 4,000 times on YouTube and received a special jury award at WorldFest Houston.

Not only did people sing and share, they also gave. Although the Amazing Grace Project was originally designed as a unity-building project, the project raised over $100,000, now being used for suicide prevention in the Council of the North.

For the Silent Night Project, singers are again invited to chip in a toonie or loonie, and this time all donations will be given to the Anglican Military Ordinariate (AMO). Through the AMO, Canadian Anglicans support chaplains and their families who minister to the Canadian Forces.

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