Journal board members named

The Anglican Journal, which was incorporated earlier this year, has a newly elected board of directors. Board members were elected at the recent meeting of the Council of General Synod, which met in early May in Mississauga, Ont.

As the newspaper has reported previously, the Anglican Journal, the church’s national newspaper, sought to be separately incorporated from the General Synod so it could continue publication in the event of bankruptcy of the national church.

The new board includes two bishops, six priests, four lay people – all women — and five current or former editors of diocesan newspapers. They are:

  • Bishop Andrew Hutchison, diocese of Montreal
  • Bishop Don Young, diocese of Central Newfoundland, former diocesan editor Newfoundland Churchman (now Anglican Life)
  • Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary, Anglican Church of Canada
  • Rev. Canon Peter Davison, former member of Information Resources Committee (1998-2001)
  • Rev. Keith Denman, former member of IRC (1998-2001)
  • Rev. Brian Pearson, author, current member IRC/Journal subcommittee
  • Rev. Ed Lewis, former diocesan newspaper editor, IRC/Journal subcommittee
  • Rev. Rob Towler, IRC/Journal subcommittee
  • Lorie Chortyk, former editor of Topic (diocese of New Westminster); assisted with media relations in the General Synod newsroom
  • Ana Watts, editor, New Brunswick Anglican (diocese of Fredericton)
  • Sue Becker-Davidson, former editor, Crosstalk (diocese of Ottawa)
  • Molly Wolf, author, General Synod member

The incorporation, which was official Jan. 23, 2002, means that the Anglican Journal is still owned by General Synod, but the ownership can be transferred, in the event of bankruptcy or a winding down of the national church’s operations, to the ecclesiastical provinces or some other church body. Until the incorporation, the national church’s Information Resources Committee (and its Journal subcommittee) oversaw the work of the Journal.

The Journal must continue to publish in order for the church’s diocesan papers to survive, as they benefit from the Journal’s postal subsidy and from the Journal’s maintenance of circulation records.

The new board could meet as early as next month but may wait until the next scheduled meeting of the Information Resources Committee in October.

Journal editor Vianney Carriere said the new board provides “a wide range of talents, skills and experience that will prove invaluable as the newspaper enters this new phase of is existence.”

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