On Tuesday evening, October 23, individuals representing parishes from across the Deanery of Waterloo gathered for dinner with Bishop Nicholls which was held at Renison University College.
The event was co-ordinated by Jeff Ford from the Church of the Holy Saviour, Wateloo and Karrie Cornies from Renison. A reception preceded an excellent meal with a silent auction raising funds for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. Several youth attended with their registration covered by Renison University College.
After dinner Archdeacon Peter Townshend and the Reverend Canon Christopher Pratt spoke of how they had been aware of the prayerful and practical support of the Diocesan Family through gifts that they received from the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund as the Townshends recovered from floods during their time in the Parish of Leamington and the Pratt family faced the challenges of putting their lives back together after a devastating fire in the Rectory of Saint George’s, Owen Sound.
Bishop Nicholls addressed several questions and spoke about the call for the Diocesan Family to engage in a dialog with the First Nation communities who are an integral part of the Diocese of Huron. She also spoke with enthusiasm regarding the companion relationship with the Diocese of Amazonia. She reflected on the mutual benefits of that relationship as the prospect of the Companion Covenant comes before next year’s Diocesan Synod.
Bishop Nicholls also reflected on the opportunity which exists across the Diocese for congregations to break out of their isolationist mindset and explore shared ministry in the areas of social justice, shared educational experiences, shared worship opportunities and discover the benefits and blessing of mutual support and interdependence which is at the heart of our Anglican identity.
Rev. Canon Christopher B. J. Pratt