Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  

—1 Peter 3:4-5

Archbishop Linda NichollsAlthough 2019 may seem very distant in the face of the challenges brought by 2020, there were significant milestones for the Church that year. The Doctrine of Discovery video has been widely acclaimed and shared as an educational tool in Indigenous reconciliation. Archbishop Fred Hiltz led the church into General Synod 2019 in July, during which we thanked him for his 12 years of faithful, much-loved leadership of “our beloved Church.” At the synod he offered a heartfelt apology for spiritual harm to the Indigenous peoples, another step on the path of reconciliation. We celebrated decisions that will establish a self-determining Indigenous Church within the Anglican Church of Canada. The Church elected a new primate and I began a transition into this ministry. Those are just a few steps taken in 2019! The work continues under even more challenging circumstances as COVID-19 has changed our world. 

Whether through Global Relations; Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice; Faith, Worship & Ministry; Communications; Indigenous Ministries; Council of the North; Financial Management, the General Secretary or the Primate, the resources you provide to the General Synod are focused on faithfully building God’s “spiritual house” in the Anglican Church of Canada and around the world. Thank you for your part in sharing resources through your contributions to you parish or diocese and through directly supporting General Synod. Your contributions are essential! 

It is a profound honour and privilege to serve as the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. We are a faithful community of God’s people serving communities in every part of this land. Thank you for building our “spiritual house” day by day through your service and sacrifices.

In Christ,