Parish Update—Findings from the September 15, 2019 Special Gathering of Parishioners
Thank you to all of you who took part in our special parish gathering on Sunday, September 15th. It has been immeasurably helpful to parish leadership to hear your thoughts, ideas and questions. Two options garnered the most votes by far in the straw poll: build and co-locate. Working from what we have heard, we are distilling things down and preparing for a second parish gathering on October 20th, where, hopefully, we will reach a decision as to the path to follow now.
A number of questions were raised about our capital funds in the event of disestablishment (the parish closes and ceases to exist as a practical and legal entity). Those are being researched now and the answers will be shared once we have them. Likewise, comments were raised about the vision for the new space and how it will be utilized, with a clear sense from the comments that it must be open to the larger community and suitable to rent and expand. This has been at the core of the vision for our building for many years. Here is the vision statement that was prepared by the parish in 2011:
Architectural Vision Statement
Grounding values for the project
- Nurture the deep spiritual hunger of people in a reverent, God-centered and sacred space that reflects our Christian faith and where we worship and give glory to God.
- Flexibility and allowance for future development
- Creativity and innovation (through new technologies, etc.) in all aspects of design
- Barrier free
- Sustainable design—environmentally friendly; proactive; within reason and affordable, including low maintenance; Use local natural materials whenever possible to reflect our Spirit of Place, i.e. capture the Chinook winds and arc of clouds; open to Indigenous culture; appreciation for creation, the natural, local flora and fauna [suggestions to consider: rundle stone, limestone, sandstone, fossils, river stone, cedar, aspen pine and spruce woods]
- Hospitable, welcoming, inviting, open
Summary: We desire a place that is reverent and allows for beautiful worship while also being highly flexible so that it can be used by a wide variety of groups and activities during the week and into the future. Our new space needs to be welcoming in all regards and built as sustainably as possible (within the constraints of the building’s purpose and our financial ability) through creative and outside-the-box design that is inviting and captures the natural beauty of our geographical place.
Lastly, our relationship with Calgary Academy is changing. We have received notice that as of June 30, 2020, there will no longer be any storage space for us for anything in the Academy building. Furthermore, as of September 30, 2020, our weekly rent for Sunday will triple. Combined rental costs for the Academy and Knox would be more than we can afford.
We look forward to our next gathering on the 20th of October and will update you along the way as needed. If you have questions, ideas, thoughts, please do connect with the rector or a member of Parish Corporation and Council. If you need contact information, the office will happily provide it to you.
Members of Parish Corporation and Council – Kate Newburn. Karly Astley-Haigh, Jeff Davidson, Lori Bonnett, Mollie Cole, Ken DeLong, Ben Fong, Pamella Manning, Ken Noland and Tim Young
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