Magazine article Anglican Journal

Partnerships Director Set to Retire in 2008

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Partnerships Director Set to Retire in 2008

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Eleanor (Ellie)Johnson, director of the Anglican Church of Canada's partnerships department since 1994, said she will retire as of March 31, 2008.

"She has served our church both nationally and internationally as a very true and faithful servant in many capacities," wrote Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the primate, in a note to staff at the national office in Toronto.

Ms. Johnson, who is 65, is known throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion for her passion for justice issues, both internationally and at home. Her department until recently included ministries to native Canadian Anglicans as well as relations with partner churches around the world.

Partnerships oversees the church's global mission, grants to partner churches and organizations, the Volunteers in Mission program and a theological student intern program.

In Canada, its ecojustice desk co-ordinates the Anglican Church of Canada's work in social, economic and environmental justice and in peace-building, both within the church, and together with ecumenical organizations. With the appointment earlier this year of the first national indigenous bishop, Mark MacDonald, the indigenous ministries department became independent of the partnerships department. …

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