Magazine article Anglican Journal

Meet the Metropolitans: Three Provinces Elect Senior Bishops

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Meet the Metropolitans: Three Provinces Elect Senior Bishops

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COLIN JOHNSON was elected metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario at the provincial synod in Cochrane, Ont. on Oct. 15. He was later installed at a service at Holy Trinity Church there.

He succeeds Archbishop Caleb Lawrence, who announced plans to retire as the diocesan bishop of Moosonee in January.

"I feel very honoured and ... challenged by the position and [am] looking forward to serving," Archbishop Johnson told the Journal. As metropolitan, he becomes the senior bishop of the province, although he will continue to serve as diocesan bishop and chief pastor in the diocese of Toronto as he has since 2004. The ecclesiastical province includes the dioceses of Moosonee, Algoma, Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara and Huron.

In his new role, Archbishop Johnson will continue to focus on advocacy, calling on the provincial government to reduce poverty and to attend to the needs of those who are marginalized. The diocese of Toronto has been doing "good and effective work with that so far," said Archbishop Johnson. This includes placing an ad in the Toronto Star that called on Anglicans to continue to give generously and for government to improve social policies.

The ecclesiastical province also has a role to play in shaping theological education to serve the needs of the church as it moves into the 21st century, said Archbishop Johnson. A third priority will be to strengthen the network that supports co-operative and shared work between the dioceses, he said.

CLAUDE MILLER, bishop of the diocese of Fredericton, was elected the metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada, during a Sept. provincial synod held in Gander, Nfld. Archbishop Miller succeeds Archbishop Bruce Stavert.

In 2006, he walked 500 kilometers to help raise $50,000 for HIV/AIDS. His passion is youth ministry, and the place of youth in the collective vision of the Anglican Church. "They are, I believe, a tremendous gift and asset," said Archbishop Miller. Youth bring "a tremendous enthusiasm and energy, and they do care for the environment, for creation, for one another, and for God's people ..."

Archbishop Miller said his priority will be to "build relationships with other bishops." To overcome the challenge of vast distances between dioceses, bishops will forge partnerships through a pulpit exchange, said Archbishop Miller, who has partnered with the bishop of the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Cy Pitman. …

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