Magazine article Anglican Journal

Amazing Grace Gifts Support Programs; Suicide Prevention, Training Leaders

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Amazing Grace Gifts Support Programs; Suicide Prevention, Training Leaders

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Council of the North members gathered in Edmonton from Feb. 9 to 11 to decide how best to use donations from Anglican parishes, groups and individuals that amounted to $160,000. Council chair David Ashdown, bishop of Keewatin, said the overwhelming mood was "firstly, a real sense of gratitude, but also a sense of excitement and energy about moving forward with some ministry opportunities that we never thought we could."

More than $80,000 came from the Amazing Grace project, in which parishes and groups sang Amazing Grace and sent videos to the General Synod office in Toronto where the 500 submissions were edited into a compilation DVD and posted on the Internet site, YouTube. About $80,000 also came from individuals and groups across the country.

The council settled on two spending priorities. The first is suicide prevention and intervention because suicide rates, particularly among young people, in the remote communities are among the highest in the world. "Any time a person has come to the point where death seems preferable to life," it is a concern for everyone, said Bishop Ashdown. …

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