Magazine article Anglican Journal

Project Raised $100K+

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Project Raised $100K+

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"We sang in parishes and parking lots, on beaches and in fields, we sang it in Kandahar and Keewatin and even in prison. And, it became our song, our prayer, together," says Lynne Samways-Hiltz, spouse of Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in her opening narration.

And now, the documentary of Anglicans singing Amazing Grace has won the Special Jury Award at the 43rd WorldFest Houston Independent International Film Festival. It is the highest award for creative excellence in the festival's ethics/spirituality category.

Anglican Video accepted the award in absentia for its work in producing Amazing Together, a compilation of videos from the 2008 Amazing Grace project. The award was presented on April 17 at a gala dinner in Houston.

"This is such a fantastic honour for every single Anglican who participated in this fun and exciting project," said Lisa Barry, senior producer of Anglican Video. "From the grandest renditions in the most impressive churches to the group of half a dozen gathered to sing in a humble country parish, the Amazing Grace project was about connecting and creativity and a real glimpse into our Anglican Church of Canada [and] at the people who are living their faith day to day." Amazing Together is available on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 3,000 times.

An initiative of the communications and information resources committee of General Synod, the project invited Anglicans across Canada to sing the hymn Amazing Grace, videotape it, and then send videos to the national church office in Toronto. …

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