Magazine article Anglican Journal

Marigold Report on Church's Future Redrafted

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Marigold Report on Church's Future Redrafted

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The Marigold report, a proposal designed to revitalize the Anglican Church of Canada, has been redrafted in response to criticisms that the first version was an attempt to set up conflicting models of ministry.

A new draft will be completed this month, said Geoff Jackson, executive officer of the diocese of Ontario and a leading Marigold author along with Canon Philip Poole of Aurora, Ont., and Archdeacon John Robertson, director of planned giving for the national church.

Version two, dated June 18, becomes version three after consultations with key national committees and will then be reviewed by the officers of General Synod, the house of bishops and the Council of General Synod in the fall.

Marigold is an amalgam of suggestions for a new vision for the church, and a fundraising proposal to help the church move forward both with its residential schools negotiations and beyond.

Mr. Jackson said in an interview that the proposal was redrafted after talks with the officers, a representative from the church's intentional listening project, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, partnerships, and ministry, planning and agenda, and the general secretary, Archdeacon Jim Boyles.

"The major changes were around the question of models of ministry.... We want to move toward disciple-making ministry and get into the wider world," Mr. Jackson said.

In version one, disciple-making ministry is described as one where the mission of the church is not only to care for its members "but to take and proclaim the truth, love and grace of God into their whole world. …

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