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June, 1999

Meet Wycliffe`s 9th Principal

The Rev. Dr. George Sumner Jr. will become the 9th Principal of Wycliffe College on September 1, 1999. George and his wife Stephanie, a psychiatric social worker, taught at St. Philips Anglican Theological College in Tanzania for three years in the early 1980s following an M.Div. summa cum laude at Yale Divinity School. It is said that the Sumners learned Kiswahli in record time and were actually teaching in the vernacular, a feat rarely accomplished by expatriate colleagues. In the late 1980s, the Sumners moved to Arizona where George became the pastor of several Navajo congregations. It is clearly evident that Dr. Sumner¹s experiences in mission and evangelism, in the Tanzania and Navajoland Area, provide a natural connection to some of Wycliffe's deepest commitments, as witnessed by the College¹s recent intense involvement with the Kenyan church.
Dr. Sumner studied systematic theology at Yale under George Lindbeck, who instilled in his students a sense of the ³nature of doctrine² and its importance, particularly as it guards Biblical faith and forms sound experience. Subsequent to his doctoral studies, George distinguished himself as a fine young theologian in the Episcopal Church and has contributed to and helped edit several works on doctrinal authority.
Since 1995, Dr. Sumner has served very successfully as rector of Trinity Church in Geneva, New York. He brings to his parish the rare combination of theological acumen, orthodox belief, and a disciplined piety. The Sumners have two children, ten-year old Marta who enjoys ballet, jazz dance, piano, choir and reading, and two-year old Samuel, who is ³fond of villains, particularly Captain Hook.² They will be taking up residence in the Principal¹s Lodge.
Dr. Sumner states that he is ³very excited about having a share in Wycliffe¹s vocation of preparation for ministry². He notes that Wycliffe is a school which offers solid grounding in historic orthodoxy while at the same time it is situated amidst an ecumenical consortium of theological schools and a great university. He looks forward to working with its strong faculty committed together in Christ-centered teaching and research. Dr. Sumner¹s qualities of academic achievement combined with his skills as a warm, compassionate and eloquent pastor will serve him well as the next Principal of Wycliffe College.

Words from the Acting Principal (Rev.Dr.Alan Hayes)

It has been a terrific year at Wycliffe. We¹ve made a great many changes, but only the kind of changes that helped keep us faithful to our mission. When I agreed to be acting principal last June 1, I determined that we wouldn¹t just hold the fort. We¹d have an ³intentional interim,² and we¹d try to make things shipshape for the new principal. I had an advantage: I would be in and out in a year. I could make changes which no new principal, if sane, would dare. Fortunately our other leaders - Bob Haslam, the chair of our board; Peter Patterson, our business director; and Janet Read-Hockin, our senior student ­ were of like mind. There was an excellent chemistry among us, and we worked together beautifully.
My first act was to call together the people who could help make our governance structures more streamlined and effective. Back in 1991 our accrediting agency had asked us to consider how we could make our governance work better, and now, finally, we had an opportunity. My wife¹s first reaction was: ³Change the governance? Are you crazy? You¹ll start World War III!² I said, Ah, maybe so, but if it works, the new principal will bless me, and if it doesn¹t, I¹ll be gone and peace will return. In the end, trustees, faculty, students, and alumni came on board unanimously. Ruth Grant, a trustee, had a great vision for the restructuring. Max Maréchaux, another trustee, drafted the new by-laws.
My next step was to make sure that our Anglican ordinands learned about liturgy and liturgical leadership. Generations of our students had complained that they had felt shortchanged in these areas. I appointed Dean Mercer an instructor in liturgics to teach in the classroom, and Susan Bell a chaplain to teach in the chapel. The Alumni Association bought us a set of the new Anglican hymn book, and our new organist, Jack Hattey, led a musical practice before each service of Communion.
A colleague said: ³You want standards or the chapel? Are you crazy? People here like worship that¹s not too planned. They think it¹s pure and sincere.² And there were some growing pains. But in the end, people loved the changes. Then there was the chapel itself. I had never understood why an evangelical college had chosen to design such a Laudian chapel. I found that money had already been set aside for renovations, but what should the renovations actually be? Should we take out the sanctuary and bring the Lord¹s Table closer to the people, where it had been during the Reformation? And should we simplify the furnishings? The chaplain and others thought so, and Bruce Raymond and the property committee invited me to decide. I went ahead. Now my wife really thought I was crazy. ³Anglicans string up clergy who do anything to change worship space,² she said. I replied, I have tenure; people aren¹t allowed to string me up. And in the end I was astonished to discover that about 95% of the community loved the new chapel.
There were other firsts. I signed an agreement with Trinity to merge our library collections. The development committee wrote its first development plan. The Institute of Evangelism wrote its first business plan. We held the first annual Principal¹s Dinner, under the inspired leadership of the irrepressible Alix Arnett. We inaugurated the Coggan Chair of New Testament Studies with an impressive ceremony and an outstanding lecture by Andrew Lincoln. We organized an entirely new approach to the annual alumni conference, to take effect in the fall. Graduates and Council members wanted to be more closely ³in the loop² of College affairs, and so I initiated a series of ³Acting Principal¹s Letters². We appointed Kim Melvyn-Long as our first student recruitment officer. Merv Mercer developed our first spiritual mentoring program. I began a weekly group for Anglican ordinands for prayer, fellowship, and professional formation. Peter Patterson found new office software for us, improved our technology, rationalized our financial controls, and began re-organizing our system of staff support. We launched a one-day program for recent graduates. We created an alumni reunion program for the day of Convocation. Earle Taylor oversaw lots of building improvements in the wake of The Fire. And so on, more than I have space to say.
And our statistics looked good. Admissions increased, and we¹re now projecting a 12% increase in enrolment in September. We¹ve just finished planning our third balanced annual budget in a row. The number of donors to our operating budget increased more than 20% from the previous year, and the dollar amount of donations increased more than 75%: an almost unheard-of achievement during an academic interregnum.
Yes, as I end my work as acting principal, things are looking pretty shipshape. And, frankly, I¹ve had a ball. My thanks to all who made it possible.
Out in the World ­ Stories of our Graduates

Michael Clarke
I was in the back office of the drop-in on Monday morning about 10:30a.m., before the other staff had arrived. I must have inadvertently left the front door open. I did not hear Jessie come in and was unaware of her presence until I heard my name called from behind me. I turned to see Jessie standing with her arms held out to her side, the flesh slashed and caked with blood. There was overwhelming emptiness in her eyes, profoundly deeper and more painful than sadness alone.
Jessie was 14 years old. She had become a well-known part of the drop-in community of youth at The Dam over the past two years. A breakdown of family relationships, particularly with her stepfather, had driven her to find new ³family² relationships. A group of her peers, other teens that suffered from abuse, neglect and family breakups, had become her surrogate family. But at 7:00 p.m. the evening before, that surrogate family told her she was no longer welcome among them. She lied and cheated one time too many. Even for a rag tag street family, this code of behaviour was unacceptable. Now she was alone and desperate, so desperate that she decided to take her life.
She found a quiet place and an old razor blade. With reckless abandon she slashed her forearms until they were covered in thick, dark blood. She waited to die. By 1:00 a.m. she realized that the wounds she had inflicted were not lethal. Intent on ending the pain of living she found a bottle of her mother¹s sleeping pills and downed all of its contents. By 10:00 a.m. the next morning she was not dead and the pain was still there. Now she stood in front of me.
I got her to the hospital, gave the best counsel I could, and called her mother and some friends to come and be with her. Later in the afternoon that same day I was seated at a table for four in the food court of the shopping mall where the drop-in is located. I sat with my ministry partner Bill, and a visiting minister who had come to see our drop-in and consult with us on youth ministry. Food courts in malls can be messy places. This day a torrent of kids had been through for lunch and the floor was greasy and strewn with garbage. In the middle of our consultation, Jessie came in and joined us. The hospital, in their infinite wisdom, had discharged her. Instead of sitting in the remaining empty chair across the table from me, Jessie sat down, cross-legged, beside me on the floor in the garbage looking up at me with those desperately empty eyes, eyes and body language that said clearly she felt she was garbage, and the floor was where she belonged.
I went home for supper that night to prepare for the evening drama workshop I would be facilitating at The Dam. It was just before Christmas and we were work-shopping a Christmas theme. None of the teen participants had ever been to church and were unaware of the real story of Christmas. So I was leafing through the Gospels to refresh my memory. My preparations were interrupted, though, by the vision of that precious face looking up out of the garbage at me from the floor with such immense brokenness. I cried out to God, ³Why this terrible pain, is there no better plan in the universe than this?² I was angry. I was in pain.
I read Gospel words about the baby Jesus being born and his small body put in a horse trough in a dirty barn. But that face was in front of me and I cried out ³Why God?² I read that the birth of the Saviour was not announced to royalty and the rich, but rather to the poor, to shepherds, to ³insignificant² people. Still the interrupting vision was there and I asked ³Why this pain?² I read that the birth of Christ was accompanied by the slaughter of dozens of babies as Herod tried to wipe out the Messiah. Just as I was about to respond to the thoughts of Jessie¹s face again, I heard God speaking to me. He stopped me dead in my tracks and said, ³Michael, why are you asking me ³Why?², don¹t you get it! How graphic do I have to be? I don¹t just die crucified in much pain and shame. This is how I come! This is who I am! I have sent Jessie to you for a purpose. Don¹t ask me ³Why?²! The question you should be asking yourself is ³What am I going to do with this Jesus? This Jesus is bloody, empty, lonely, longing for relationship, desperate for healing. What now?² Indeed, what now.
I wrote up my reflections in a brief paper and later that week Jessie came into the drop-in and sat with me. I showed it to her, and as she read it I told her it was about her, that I had heard from God through her, that she had been the voice of God to me. That voice had said things to me about Christmas that I had not heard for forty Christmases. I thanked her for who she was and for being God¹s voice to me. A large tear rolled down her cheek. I had never seen her cry before. She asked me if she could keep the story and I gave it to her, asking if she would allow me to tell it to others. She agreed.
Jessie came regularly in and out of the drop-in all that next year. One day just before the next Christmas she came in to see me. She said, ³Mike, do you remember the story?² Caught off guard I asked what story. ³The story you wrote about me last year at this time!² she responded. ³Of course I remember Jess, how could I ever forget so profound a word.² The next words she said to me were simple, direct and to the point. ³This year my relationship with my mother is better than it has ever been; I have started talking again with my stepfather and things aren¹t going too bad with him; and I¹ve hardly skipped school at all this term. Thanks Mike!² She gave me a big hug and went bounding out of the drop-in.
Since that time I have meditated much on Jessie, and the words that God was speaking to me through her. I looked for the Christ in her, as Matthew 25 encourages me to do, searching for Him in ³the least of these² and I found a Jesus that I did not expect. I could not put Him in a neat box and section off a little portion of my life to deal tidily with Him. This was the Christ that Isaiah wrote of, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, by whose stripes I am healed. This is a hard Jesus to deal with, requiring much more of my attention, requiring deep, daily relationship, at times being bloody and messy and not neat.
What will I do with this Jesus now? What will you do with this Jesus?
If we are willing to put ourselves very intentionally in the places where this Christ dwells, in those hard places, we will indeed see God. And as we look for and announce and celebrate the attributes of the Creator that we find in the Jessies of this life, instead of pointing out where they don¹t measure up, not only will we see a new and important face of our God, but we will bless Jessie and fill her full of hope.
I am thankful to Wycliffe College for a sound theological education. But more than that I am thankful for the spiritual eyes that my training here cause me now to look through, eyes that let me find my Saviour every day of my life. My challenge to all is to be very intentional to put yourselves in those places where you can find the Lord in ³the least of these.² Enter into that rich relationship with that One who knows all of our pains and our joys.

[Editorial note: Michael is the Executive Director of Heart Touching Heart Ministries that operates The Dam, a Christian drop-in counseling centre for teens in Mississauga, Ontario. He has participated in many overseas street youth consultations with World Vision and Christian Children¹s Fund, and is the former director of Yonge Street Mission¹s Evergreen Centre For Street Youth. He is a former Peel Regional Police officer and also spent time working with the mentally challenged. In 1996 Michael received The Order of Canada for his work with street youth. Two of Michael¹s three children, Aaron and Amy, live in residence and are deeply involved in the community at Wycliffe. His article is an abbreviated version of that delivered at the Principal¹s Dinner in November 1998, and names have been changed to preserve identity.]
Alison Williams
For nearly five years, Alison Williams (1993) served as the Clinical Ethicist at a large downtown teaching hospital. Her experience of Wycliffe College as a resident had such a significant impact that she decided to pursue graduate studies in theology rather than the other programs she was considering. Now, several years later, she can very clearly see the hand of God in her coming to live and to study at Wycliffe, and to be offered a position as an ethicist.
She taught ethics in the hospital and at the University of Toronto to a variety of health care professionals. Sometimes this was focused on a complex ethical problem presented by a particular patient that the group was caring for and they would examine the ethical problems that arose. Other times, they might have discussed an ethical principle like truth telling or confidentiality, and examined how this principle is lived out in the day to day life of care providers. She acted as an ethics resource to many of the committees and working groups. Primarily, this work was on the research ethics board, which reviews all of the research conducted on humans in the hospital. All new research has to receive ethics approval. She also sat on the hospital ethics committee, which is responsible for the development of various ethics policies.
The part of her job that she considered to be the most challenging though perhaps the most personally rewarding was to serve as an ethics consultant to hospital staff but, most importantly, to patients and their families. Sometimes this was in the Intensive Care Unit or in the Emergency Department with critically ill patients, but other times it was in the care of acute, chronic or palliative patients. Her role was to raise the relevant moral issues, and to enable those involved to resolve these in a way that that they could live with. In the area of life support measures, such questions as: ³When can a respirator be turned off to allow a patient to die?², or, ³Should we put in a feeding tube, or withhold it knowing that the person will die?², are very difficult, but they were some of the more common ones.
Alison had the opportunity to be with people at very personal and intimate times, and to be able to journey with them as they made difficult and painful decisions. She found this very draining, but also life giving. There were times she questioned some of her long-held beliefs about suffering, God and justice; at other times she may have seen and experienced God in a kind word, or a gentle touch or a presence at the bedside of a dying friend. Some of the people that she encountered through her work were Christians, and she found that a theological approach to ethics was very helpful and comforting to them. In many situations, however, even those who may not identify themselves as believers in a faith tradition will often search for theological answers when confronted with questions about suffering.
As an ethicist she sought to create a moral community in the hospital, and perhaps the best model she had for this was the community that she knew at Wycliffe, where many Christians and non-Christians come together to live and study and work, and who really care about each other. This became a place where her faith in God could really be nourished and strengthened, and changed her as a person quite dramatically. Although she was a Christian when she came to live at the College, she gained a new understanding and a deepening of her faith, which continues to sustain her. Her theological education contributed to this transformation and awakening. The relationships that developed at Wycliffe were lasting relationships built on respect, trust, integrity, dignity, love and acceptance.
Being an ethicist is not easy. There are times when Alison was the only one willing to challenge the status quo, or to draw attention to something that didn¹t seem right, or to take a stand on an issue. This takes a lot of courage and conviction. It can also be perilous. In fact, in a consultation earlier this year where an ethical issue arose, Alison suddenly found herself out of a job. But for Alison, being an ethicist has never been about playing politics, towing the party line, or rubber-stamping questionable practices and decisions. For her it¹s about caring for people in an ethical way and serving God. These are people with lives, relationships, hopes, dreams, and memories who deserve our respect and love. Having the opportunity to know them and to care for them is one of the greatest privileges and blessings we could have. It is that privilege that makes her ministry in the community as an ethicist so worthwhile.
Book Review
The True and Living Word Sermons from the Community of Wycliffe College
Edited by Chris Barrigar and Grant LeMarquand
Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1998
Review by William Portman,

It was said of Father Arthur Stanton, 19th-century priest and renowned preacher at St. Alban¹s, Holborn, in London, that of all who have ever been catholic and evangelical at once, he had the most perfect synthesis ­ not of the mind but of the soul. A later writer drew attention to the remarkable similarity between Stanton¹s published sermons and those of the great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, which appeared a few years earlier.
But then Spurgeon himself once said that he had no scruples about giving his congregation ³a dose of another man¹s brains², and each proclaimed the Gospel effectively in his own constituency. While this collection of 17 sermons may well help busy parish clergy on days when another¹s brains seem to function better than one¹s own, they also offer devotional reading and meditative insights to a much wider audience.
Because many of these sermons were preached in the somewhat rarefied milieu of an academic community, some are perhaps more scholarly and intellectually demanding than might be offered in the average parish church. However, the evangelical tradition of Wycliffe College with its emphasis on the centrality of preaching means that the gospel message is clear and unequivocal.
All the preachers are either graduates or faculty members of Wycliffe. Their sermons follow the classical style of preaching, rather than the more informal ³homily² in current vogue. For me, two stand out, the first by Reginald Stackhouse relating old and new in a sermon built around Isaac in the Old Testament; it also offers insights that could offer alternatives to predictable platitudes around the changing millennium. The second, by Chris Barrigar, applies scriptural standards to conflict in the church, and could profitably be studied by all those merrily tossing theological Molotov cocktails at each other over issues presently dividing us.
Like most collections, the quality is uneven, but the cumulative effect is positive. Citations and quotations are identified at the end of the book, though footnotes on the page or at the end of each sermon might have been more helpful. And one of the contributors acknowledges indebtedness to another preacher ­ shades of Spurge and Stanton!

Message from Peter Patterson, Wycliffe¹s Business Director
Just as God showered his people with life-giving water from a rock, so we at Wycliffe have been showered with blessings in a very unusual year. Although God does not need us to do his work, He has chosen to do his will through Wycliffe. During a period where our principal stepped down for health reasons, where our New Testament Chair decided to return to England, and where we endured a potentially disastrous fire, we have seen how God can bring victory out of danger and beauty out of ashes.
Over the past year, Wycliffe has seen the installation of a comprehensive fire sprinkler system (just in time!), the upgrading of our business computer support systems and the enhancement of our residence and administrative area in the midst of restoration after the fire. We have enjoyed buoyant student enrolment, added appropriately to staff and faculty, and shared a number of events within our community.
As we continue our mission in Christ¹s service, we look ahead to a mixture of opportunities and challenges. We note that the lodge must be renovated and restored as we eagerly await the arrival of our new principal; our facility continues to require attention with the rebuilding of the main staircase capturing our attention in the immediate future; we intend to look at upgrading our classroom teaching capabilities; and a search for a director of development has begun.
God has provided Wycliffe with a community of support which has facilitated the accomplishments of the past year while meeting all of our financial obligations and enabling us to plan for further growth while balancing our budget for the third consecutive year. We are grateful to each of you for your role in this, and ask for your continued prayers, encouragement and financial support in the year ahead.
In Memoriam

Dr. Donald Miller Alloway
In his 78th year, Miller Alloway passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 17, 1999. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1945 with a B.A.Sc. and continued to support his alma mater and innumerable other organizations with his business acumen, philanthropic and charitable interests. Dr. Alloway¹s deep Christian faith shaped both his personal and professional life. A generous grant from the Maranatha Foundation, which he established, enabled the creation of the Institute of Evangelism in 1991. The Maranatha Foundation also underwrote the Institute¹s expenses for its first six years of operation. Wycliffe College is deeply grateful to Dr. Alloway¹s initiative, and for his ongoing generosity and support.

Thomas E. Bolton, D.S.L.
When in 1976, I went to see Tom Bolton in the president¹s office at the Dominion Stores, I found three qualities that made him one of the most effective trustees in Wycliffe¹s history. One was faith, the kind that inspires people with the confidence that motivates them to trust in God. Second, Tom was filled with hope, the kind that sees possibilities, that looks beyond what is to recognize what can be. Third, I found the love that has constrained Christians from apostolic time until now, a love warm enough to try great things, deep enough to stay committed until they are achieved. Tom needed these biblical virtues because I went there to ask him to chair a two million dollar campaign for a college he knew by name but nothing more. Wycliffe needed Tom because our financial challenge was daunting; the college had not attempted a major campaign since 1910; it had a crew ready to set sail but not without a captain. To some, the Second Century Fund Campaign seemed a fantasy ­ and it could have been but for the chairman who gave it credibility.
Tom¹s reputation as a business leader quickly motivated others, and a year later at the 1977 Centennial Celebration he reported that the first million had been given or pledged. From that day until now, Wycliffe has not looked back nor fled from opportunity no matter how great the demand. In February of this year, his years of service to church and country, family and friends, business and community came to an end after a long struggle. At his funeral in St. Paul¹s Church, Toronto, where he worshipped for many years, tributes were paid by the two sons born to Tom and his first wife, Vera. Afterwards we went back to the home of a daughter of his second wife, Ruth, this very outgoing, deeply loving man establishing the same warm relationship with his stepchildren and their families.
It all testified to the quality of this man, the kind that took him to the top of the corporate ladder from the humblest beginnings, that made him the community leader able to convene a major campaign for the Toronto Western Hospital and help direct the Royal Winter Fair for many years, that won him the respect of Dominion Store workers from coast to coast. From Wycliffe¹s foundation until now, it has not lacked men and women ready, willing and able to lead it along the road of service which God has opened before it. None has demonstrated their quality of discipleship more than Tom Bolton.
Reginald Stackhouse

The Wycliffe Israel Trip ­ February, 1999

A group of 27 Wycliffe students, faculty, and ³friends of the college² participated in a two-week trip to Israel from February 9 to 23. Dr. Stephen Notley, an American Episcopal layman and Professor of New Testament at Jerusalem University College, helped to orient us in the complex history and archaeology of the Holy Land, seasoning his presentation with theological insight and a wry sense of humour. It would be hard to find a guide more sensitive to the Jewish roots of Christianity, or more keen on maintaining a lively dialogue between present-day Jews and Christians. This aspect of his leadership was much appreciated by members of the tour.
Driving north from Tel Aviv we visited Caesarea Maritima, where we saw the remnants of the extraordinary harbor built there by Herod the Great. Herod¹s name kept popping up throughout the tour, not only because of his prominent role in the gospel narratives of Jesus¹ birth, but also because as a client of the Caesars he was responsible for much of the architectural grandeur of Roman Palestine. During this early part of the tour we also examined the excavations at Megiddo, a militarily important city from the Old Testament period. This gave us our first real taste of what it means to ³read² an archaeological site, as we learned to place things such as city gates, water supplies, and sacrificial altars in their proper perspective. (Visits to Old Testament sites did mean the frequent disappearance of our colleague Dr. Glen Taylor, who could usually be found taking pictures at the top of the tel.)
From the coast we travelled northeastward to Galilee, where we spent four days visiting sites prominent in Jesus¹ ministry, while also making excursions to Old Testament sites such as Hazor and Dan ­ the latter a place of spectacular natural beauty. The well-preserved remains of second- and third-century synagogues offered a clear sense of what their predecessors in Jesus¹ time must have been like. Among the high points of this part of the trip were the Mount of the Beatitudes, the reconstructed Byzantine ³Church of the Loaves and Fishes² on the lakeshore, and the Church of the Annunciation at Nazareth. The latter place was politically charged as well as religiously significant, as Muslims are today claiming a larger role in a historically Christian city. Also on this portion of the trip, we made an unexpected visit to a small but extraordinarily beautiful Orthodox church in Capernaum. It is just this sort of off-the-beaten-track experience that has become a hallmark of Stephen Notley¹s Wycliffe tours.
The trip was not all lectures and archaeological digs. Our own Rev. Patrick Yu made sure that our time was punctuated by a liturgical rhythm, each day beginning with brief scripture reading and prayer; on two occasions Patrick led us in celebration of the Eucharist, while on a third we joined the congregation of St. George¹s Cathedral in Jerusalem to commemorate Ash Wednesday.
We made our way to Jerusalem the way Jesus likely did: passing through Samaria, or what is today called the West Bank. Throughout the trip the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provided a sobering counterpoint for our historical studies. A sobering example of this was our visit to Hebron, where a Jewish settler massacred 27 Muslim worshippers several years ago. A more hopeful experience was the visit made by a sizable group of students to the Palestinian Needlework Shop, a development project of the Mennonite Central Committee. Besides gaining more exposure to Palestinian perspectives on the occupation, students were able to purchase some exquisite linens and stoles made by the women involved in the project.
Four months in Jerusalem would not be enough; how could four days be adequate to see the holy city? Yet we managed to pack a lot into our brief time there: visits to Yad Vashem, to the excavated ruins of the City of David, and to the spectacular excavations near the south wall of the Temple were some of the highlights. An intrepid group of Alttestamentler braved the cold waters of Hezekiah¹s Tunnel. For myself, the most vivid memory was our descent from the ³Dominus flevit² church on the Mount of Olives, through the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane, and finally into the Old City of Jerusalem, culminating in a tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The exposure to Orthodoxy here and at other places heightened our awareness of this great Christian tradition, still far too unknown to those of us in the Western church.
The last two days of the tour were spent near the Dead Sea and in the Negev, the southern desert region of Israel. Whatever its relation to the famous Scrolls, the site at Qumran presents a wonderful archaeological puzzle. Probably the scribes there did not do anything so frivolous as swim in the Dead Sea, but we did, buoyantly. From there we travelled to the famous Herodian fortress at Masada, where Zealot resistance to the Romans came to a tragic end in 73 A.D.
There are many other things I could report, from the weather (remarkably warm and dry for what should be the ³rainy season²), to the food (we ate well and often), to the hitherto unsuspected skills of tour members (e.g. 10 year-old David Taylor¹s knack for finding potsherds and other artifacts). In all it was a remarkable experience, helping us see more clearly how the Christian hope is rooted in a specific set of memories in the eretz Israel, the ³land of promise.²
Dr. Joseph Mangina, Assistant Professor of Stystematic Theology

Comings and Goings ­ Wycliffe¹s Faculty
John Bowen led a workshop on ³How to teach the Bible² for Inter-Varsity staff in February, and in March was guest speaker at a clergy day and a deacons¹ retreat in the diocese of Fredericton. In April he successfully defended his Doctor of Ministry thesis (McMaster), and conducted a university mission at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Among his activities in May, he chaired the Design Team responsible for planning a National Anglican Conference on Evangelism scheduled for 2001.
Alan Hayes is bringing to an end his year as Acting Principal. On January 21 a history of St. James¹s Cathedral, Toronto, was launched, a collaborative project in which he participated. He delivered a paper at Scholarly Engagement with Anglican Doctrine in Charleston, SC, on April 9, and served as respondent to Archbishop George Carey on Easter Sunday. Photo shows Alan and Archbishop Carey. The Association of Theological Schools has named him co-editor of the journal Theological Education.
Ann Jervis spoke at the Hamilton Cathedral on Reading the New Testament on May 6. She taught a summer course at McMaster Divinity College from May 17 to 28. Ann was granted membership at the Princeton Center of Theological Inquiry for the year of her sabbatical, 2000 to 2001.
Joseph Mangina¹s summer will be devoted to work on book reviews and to articles dealing with his special area of interest: ecclesiology. In June he is conducting research at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and, while there, he will attend a conference at the new Center for Barth Studies, including a performance by the Mozart String Quartet (Mozart was Barth¹s favourite composer!).
Merv Mercer has a busy schedule in June. He will visit the Diocese of Fredericton where he will attend the Vocational Discernment Conference, preach at the cathedral, and carry out admissions interviews. In mid-June he will attend Trinity Episcopal Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois to participate in the conference ³Spiritual Formation², and at the end of June he travels to the diocese of Edmonton to meet with Bishop Matthews. Tom Power taught a course on ³Celtic Spirituality² for Continuing Education at the University of Waterloo in February. In June he attended workshops at the Centre for Academic Technology, University of Toronto on developing web-based courses and on pedagogy and the electronic classroom. In July he will take up a month-long fellowship at the Hartley Institute, University of Southampton, where he will consult the Palmerston archives relating to immigration from Ireland to Canada in the 1840s. He is doing a book review on eighteenth-century Irish history to be published in the American Historical Review.
David Reed attended the 25th Biennial Consultation of the Association for Theological Field Education in Vancouver in January, and also the meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in Springfield, MO in March. He co-led, with his wife Carlynn, the Lenten Series for the Markham Ministerial Association using drama and sermon, ³An Ancient Blessing for a New Millennium². He gave a seminar at St. Timothy¹s, Scarborough in March entitled ³Millennium Madness and the End of the World². In April he appeared on the Dini Petty Show to discuss millennium cults.
Marion and Glen Taylor are on sabbatical leave this semester. Marion is working on a commentary on the book of Exekiel for a women¹s Bible commentary (IVP), she was a member of the principal¹s search committee, and preached at the Chinese Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday. Glen continues his work as Dean of Residence, co-led the trip to Israel and is working on number of research projects.

Alumni/ae News
On April 17 Rev. Earl Hawkes W36, celebrated his ninetieth birthday. He was born in Sussex, New Brunswick, in 1909. Earl remembers being present as a newly ordained priest at the dinner in the Great Hall of Hart House when in 1937 Wycliffe observed its diamond jubilee.
On April 29 Rev. George Davidson W46, and his wife Janice celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. Congratulations! Their address is 12 Longwood Drive, Whiting, NJ, USA 08759.
Canon Arthur Thompson W55, attended the College Fellowship luncheon on May 8th, the alumni/ae gathering and Convocation on May 10, and on the 11 left for a three-week visit to England. While in Toronto, Arthur attended a meeting of the general committee of the Leonard Foundation of which he has been a member for twenty-two years.
Rev. Stephen Oliver W58, serves as chief chaplain for the Canadian Corps of Commissioners, Great Lakes Branch. He is also programme chairman of the Naval Officers Association. Stephen is an avid yachtsman and is looking forward to a good summer¹s sail.
On April 30 Rev. Dr. Dennis Andrews W59, completed seventeen months as priest-in-charge of St. Margaret¹s Church on Burnaby Blvd. in Toronto. He and Marian have decided to return to Nova Scotia and to look for a retirement home in the Halifax area. One of the reasons for their return to the east coast is that Haley (their new grandchild) and her parents live in that part of the world.
Canon Tom Gracie W60 and Dr. Betty Gracie (Hon. D.D. ¹98) have moved from Orillia to 11 Barley Mill Crescent, Bowmanville, ON L1C 4E5. On January 17 the Primate presented Betty with the Anglican Award of Merit in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer.
Mrs. Margaret (Collinson) Furneaux W62, renewed acquaintances with several Wycliffe friends during the Alumni/ae reception, lunch and meeting on May 10. Margaret lives in downtown Toronto, but as often as possible makes her way to Stratford to enjoy an evening at the theatre. On Sundays she worships in St. James¹ Cathedral.
Rev. Philip Velpel W73, has good reason to reflect on the new situation in which the Church now worships, witnesses, and serves. A casino is being built within a block of All Saints Church, Niagara Falls, where Philip has been rector since 1976. The cost of the casino is rumoured to be eight hundred million dollars!
Rev. Garry MacDowall W73, rector of St. Mary¹s Church in Brandon, Manitoba, recently visited the Centre For Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has been sharing his thoughts about bereavement, grief, and healing by means of a series of articles in the diocesan newspaper.
Rev. Tom Corston W75, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury, was pictured in the March issue of the Algoma Anglican Association pointing to a very unusual liturgical symbol ­ a home made pie! The occasion was the celebration of a new ministry at St. Thomas¹ Church, Bracebridge at which Tom was the preacher. At the reception following the service, the ACW presented ³a scrumptious looking pie² as a symbol of celebration.
Rev. Barbara Rhodes W81, has moved from the rural parish of Coldwater in the Diocese of Toronto to be the Incumbent of the urban parish of St. Cyprian, Scarborough.
Rev. Phelan Scanlon W87, is continuing his careful attention to ministry with children and young people in his present responsibility as incumbent of St. Andrew¹s, Alliston (Diocese of Toronto). He describes Alliston as a small Ontario town with an old Anglican Church and parish, becoming well known because of the presence of the Honda plant. Canon John Fralick W54 is honorary assistant at St. Andrew¹s.
Rev. Fred Penny W87, pastor of Harvest Pentecostal Church in Don Mills, Ontario has completed the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston. His thesis is entitled ³Applying a Spiritual Warfare World View to Preaching.²
Rev. Vicars Hodge W90, will leave the Diocese of Huron in August to become rector of St. George¹s Church, Saint John, New Brunswick.
This summer, Gary Graber W91,a doctoral student in church history at Wycliffe College will teach at James Settee College, a residential school located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, established for the training of aboriginal clergy and lay leaders. Twice each year, the students take a single five-day course covering Bible, doctrine, theology, history, and pastoral studies, which are offered on a rotating basis. Since the schedule involves intensive week-long courses instead of the more traditional semester schedule, students are able to keep working and ministering at home, and are still able to graduate in three years. On an earlier teaching visit in November last, Gary found the students easy to work with, eager to learn, and possessing a great spirit and love for the Lord that in turn made his teaching a joy. Gary¹s heart was moved to learn of the struggles and hopes that these students had, and of their heart for service in Christ¹s Church. In fact, on several occasions during the week he felt led to interrupt class for a short time of prayer or thanksgiving, which the students seemed greatly to appreciate.
Rev. Rob Luxton W91, and Rev. Patricia Dobbs Luxton W93, became parents on February 11. They named their daughter Sarah Georgina Jessie. Their address is Box 359, Chesley, ON N0G 1L0. Rob and Patricia serve the three point parish of Holy Trinity, Chesley; Church of the Ascension, Paisley; and Christ Church, Tara (Diocese of Huron).
Rev. Chamberlain Jones W96, of Aklavik, attended Wycliffe¹s Refocus Programme during April, and stayed on at the college for a few days of study, and reflection on his ministry in the north.
Rev. Rodney Black W98 and Rev. Brent Ham W98, were ordained to the priesthood in Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton on March 21. Among those who attended the service were Rev. Dorothy Thorpe W82, and Rev. Kathleen Greidanus W98, and her husband Don.
Rev. Mike Michielin W96, has completed his first year of study towards the degree of Doctor of Theology. In addition, he has served as honorary assistant at St. James¹ Church, Kingston, Ontario.
At Wycliffe¹s May 10 Convocation, Janet Read-Hockin, spoke appreciatively of the co-operation she had received from faculty, staff and students during her term as senior student. Janet was ordained deacon on May 16 and has been appointed assistant curate at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Toronto, Others recently ordained to the diaconate are Professor Ann Jervis, Marc Torchinsky (appointed curate at St. Mary¹s, Richmond Hill), Joanne Bennett W97, Ray Dobson, Thomas Kedini, Bentley Steers (by the bishop of Fredericton in Wycliffe College Chapel), Ann Quick and Jim McShane for the Diocese of Ontario. Rev. Judy Paulsen W99, was ordained priest in St. Bride¹s Church, Clarkson (Diocese of Toronto) on May 25.

Helliwell-Thompson Doctoral Fellowship at Wycliffe College
Tiffany C. Robinson is the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Helliwell-Thompson Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation topic will be an examination of the relationship between Christianity and culture, more specifically that between architecture and systematic theology. She seeks to explore the significance of the gospel for the ongoing spatial articulation of the physical world. The topic derives from her conviction that academic theology can contribute to the life-world of cultural expression. ³Architectural shaping is a central part of our stewardship of the earth², she says. It is her hope that her work will help to bridge the gap that has existed between theologians and architects.
Tiffany¹s first degree was in architecture (University of Virginia), followed by a Master¹s of Christian Studies degree from Regent College, Vancouver. Most recently she completed an M.Phil. in systematics at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, where her supervisor was Dr. Jeremy Begbie. She brings to her subject not merely impressive academic qualifications but also practical experience in architectural restoration of period homes in the Los Angeles area.
By bringing together the disciplines of architecture and theology, Tiffany hopes that the ³incisive articulation of theological issues, combined with my grasp of spatial concepts, will lead to a generative theological field of work.² She feels that this innovative approach should have three benefits: a contribution to the field of Trinitarian theology, particularly the fields of theological anthropology, ecclesiology, and pneumatology; it would serve to enliven the ways we speak the Christian gospel within the church; and an exploration of ways to communicate Christian truth with the arts community. The Wycliffe community extends a welcome to Tiffany and her husband, Peter Robinson, who is the assistant curate at Trinity Anglican Church, Streetsville. We wish every success to Tiffany in her studies and in her time at Wycliffe.
Convocation ­ May 10, 1999
Right Reverend Mark MacDonald W78, Bishop of Alaska, and Right Reverend Eliud Wabukala W94, Bishop of Bungoma, Kenya were guests of the College during the weekend of May 8 to 10. They addressed the well attended Fellowship Luncheon on Saturday, and Monday evening they and Right Reverend Ralph Spence W68, were awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa. Bishop MacDonald was presented to Convocation by Principal Emeritus Reginald Stackhouse: Bishop Spence by Canon Robert Hulse W61: and Bishop Wabukala by Rev. Grant LeMarquand, Adjunct Lecturer in Mission, and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Pennyslvania. The Convocation Address was given by Bishop MacDonald.

The Graduates of 1999 are:
The Degree of Doctor of Theology
Stanley Fowler
Archibald Spencer
Mark Steinacher
Bradley Walton

The Degree of Doctor of Ministry
Catherine Crawford Browning

The Degree of Master of Theology
Patrick Patterson
David Porter

The Degree of Master of Divinity
Mark Bailey
Raymond Dobson
Dal-Hee Han
Thomas Kedini
Gregory Long
Judith Paulsen
Janet Read-Hockin
Bentley Steers
Marc Torchinsky
Riscylla Walsh Shaw

The Degree of Master of Religion
David Carter
Judith MacDonald
Jane Manary

The Degree of Master in Theological Studies
Elaine Pequegnat
Andrew Sheldon

The Diploma in Christian Studies
Karen Colenbrander
Anne McCausland
Simon Sham
Edward Ward
Elizabeth Wilson

The Diploma in Ministry
Jack Beer
Neil Blacklock
Mary Coutts
Florence Gallinger
David Howe
Ronald Hubbard
Alan James
Suzanne Jones
Audrey McCartney
Fran Richardson
Henny Skrubbeltrang
Michael Tasker
Winston Wright