22 April 2016 Opening Eucharist – The Ninety-Seventh Synod of the Diocese of British Columbia:
Homily: The Right Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie
Reflections on John 14:1-7
Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre – 6:10 p.m.
The reading this evening: “Lord we don’t know where you are going and we don’t know the way,” could not have been chosen better for our gathering. But, it is my prayer that by the end of this Synod, we will know the way.
God has given us an amazing capacity to love beyond what you can imagine.
“In my Father’s house there are many rooms.” There are no boundaries to God’s love.
On this sacred journey we share, we are called to love in the same manner as God loves. We have the capacity to love.
Then we come in John’s Gospel to Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”And suddenly we get all narrow and restricted. We start deciding who is in and who is out. There is no in and out.
Jesus is saying he is the way, not that we are the way. Jesus’ way is a broad broad highway where there is room for everyone to travel.
I ask myself, “Where in my life have I experienced way, truth and life in this broad way?”
The way of justice, peace and nonviolence is the way Jesus is talking about.
The way of Jesus is not about who is in and who is out. Nobody is out – that’s the way of Jesus. The abundance of God’s love is the way, the truth, and the life.
We have a big tent as Anglicans. In the Anglican Church there are many rooms.
The expansion of God’s love is our call. We are called to the rehabilitation of society. Let us dare to live today.
Eucharist was followed by the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC The Most Rev. John E. Privett bringing greetings from the Ecclesiastical Province of BC.
The Ecclesiastical Province of BC is one of four Ecclesiastical Provinces in the Canadian National Anglican Church – BC/Yukon, Rupert’s Land (The Prairie Provinces) Ontario, and Canada (The Maritimes)
In BC we have five Dioceses and one territory: The Diocese of Yukon, The Diocese of Caledonia (N. and W. of Prince George, not including all of Prince George), The Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (former Diocese of Cariboo which ceased operation over ten years ago), The Diocese of Kootenay (Okanagan Valley to Alberta border and Hwy One south to boarder), The Diocese of New Westminster (from Hope to the coast on mainland), and The Diocese of BC (Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Kincome Inlet)
The Ecclesiastical Province builds bridges. We are a very varied church. We are working particularly at this point asking how we can build partnerships between our Dioceses.