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Fall 2011 Compass Rose Society Communicator

Fall 2011 Compass Rose Society Communicator

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Published by Norris Battin
Fall 2011 issue of the newsletter of the Compass Rose Society
Fall 2011 issue of the newsletter of the Compass Rose Society

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Liverpool Cathedral Offers Compass RoseMembers Radical Hospitality
By Norris Battin
hile my travels to England over the years have taken me to manycathedrals through the country, this was just my third visit to an Englishcathedral with the Compass Rose Society – we’d been to CanterburyCathedral or a board meeting several years ago and to SalisburyCathedral on a previous study visit. At each o these magnifcent placeswe learned a great deal about the cathedrals, about Anglicanism, aboutThe Church o England and its liturgy and about English history. Ourvisit to Liverpool Cathedral and the Diocese o Liverpool continuedto expand this knowledge.Liverpool Cathedral, or example, is the largest Anglican Cathedral,the largest cathedral in England and the fth largest cathedral in theworld. It is a modern edifce. Designed in the Gothic style by the architectSir Giles Gilbert Scott with its oundation stone laid in 1904 by KingEdward VII, its third and fnal phase was completed in 1978.
Fall 2011
As I write this, the changeo seasons in Eastern Canadais slowly underway as wecelebrate our CanadianThanksgiving (second Mondayin October) with summer-liketemperatures and brilliantall colours.This year’s Annual General Meeting (September21st & 22nd) o the Compass Rose Society in London,England flled me with deep thanks or my brothersand sisters within our beloved Anglican Commu-nion. I also give thanks or the ministry o the sta at Andrew’s House – the ofces o the AnglicanCommunion.I think is it is air to say that more can always belearned about our Anglican Communion whichthe Compass Rose Society supports. This year, ourmeetings oered a deeper look into the lie o ourworldwide church.
Here are a few thumbnail sketchesof what we learned:
Around the globe, gender-based violenceplagues our world and our church. In keepingwith the Five Marks o Mission, we listened tothe Reverend Terrie Robinson clearly articulatingthese issues and sharing the work that is beingdone around the world to eradicate this blight.
 Ms. Sally Keeble spoke about the Anglican Alli-ance initiative – an eort frst proposed at theLambeth Conerence. The Anglican Alliancecommunicates and raises major issues in the areas
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The nave bridge near the west entrance of Liverpool Cathedral 
What’s really striking about it is that rom the dramatic bridgenear the west entrance to the reredos there is only open space.There’s not a column to be seen down an enormous open navewith its two transepts and “Central Space”, a ceiling 175 eetabove it (at its apex) and a 331 oot central tower topping ito: ride two lits up to the bell chamber – 14 bells reside there;the heaviest and highest peal bells in the world – then walk 108steps to the top o the tower and a magnicent view.But as it turned out, this spectacular cathedral was but onepart o a broadly educational and spiritual visit to the Dioceseo Liverpool.Lynne Butt, the travel manager or the Anglican CommunionOce in London who along with Clare Kerrigan on the Cathedralsta looked ater our arrangements fawlessly, described thescope o our visit well:“Liverpool wasan excellent visit.I assumed that as astudy visit we wouldbe hearing a lot romboth sides about therelationship betweenAnglicans and theRoman Catholic Churchin the diocese. Relation-ships are obviously verycordial, as our welcomedinner with Dean JustinWelby was held in theRoman Catholic cathe-dral [the MetropolitanCathedral o Christ theKing]! We also attendedmass there.“But it turned out tobe more o a missionvisit, as our visits wereto various community projects in the diocese – schools, children’scentre with parenting classes, a hal-way house or womenprisoners, and a community centre oering art classes and wemet some truly inspiring people (mostly women!) who were doingso much with virtually no unding at all.“Liverpool has some o the most deprived boroughs in the wholeo Europe, a mix o unemployment, drugs, lack o educationalattainment, alcohol and underage pregnancies – the works.“The basic theme o our visit was regeneration, and the citycentre and waterront are very impressive, but it’s hard to seehow it will continue to the very poor areas with all the governmentcuts they are experiencing.”We came to Liverpool Cathedral at a transition point in itslie. Dean Welby has been appointed Bishop o Durham andwas in the midst o taking his leave as he assumes his new postat the end o November. Nevertheless, he was most graciousand generous with his time as he introduced us to the history o Liverpool and the Cathedral, accompanied us to several stops onour program, led an Evensong or our group and, with his wieCaroline, hosted us at a nal dinner in the cathedral’s on-sitereectory, Couture.A presentation by Mike Eastwood, Diocesan Secretary, Dioceseo Liverpool and Director o Operations o the Cathedral, taughtus about the mission o the Diocese o Liverpool and how theactivities o its Cathedral in are integrated into that mission.The Diocese see its mission as: “To see a sustainable, led andtransorming Christian presence in every community to enableall people to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”The Dean characterizes the Cathedral as a “sae place to do riskythings in Christ’s service.”Mary Donovan reported, “I was impressed by the way inwhich the Diocese had analyzed the basic social and economicproblems conrontingthe clergy, developedthe “Bishop’s GrowthAgenda” and thentranslated that agendainto specic goals oreach congregation. Ob-viously a great deal o thought has gone intohelping clergy dealwith the problems theyconront.“Ater this brieng,we were well preparedto visit local parishesand the institutions inthe Diocese. (Recall thata parish in the Churcho England reers to ageographic area andthat the clergy in theparish support theschools and socialagencies within it as well as the congregations in the parishes.The Diocese o Liverpool and the Cathedral are stronglyocused on ministry in the local community.)A subsequent tour o the city with Ken Pye, a mostknowledgeable local historian, helped us understand the city’spast, its current ongoing renaissance and the challenges thatthe Diocese aces. Mary Donovan provided an insightulsummary o our visit to city and its suburbs:“This trip had such a powerul eect on me because it orcedme to conront the diiculty o adjusting to lie in a post-industrial age. All around us were the remnants o the industryand commerce that had made Liverpool a great city: the extensivedock system, the huge tobacco and sugar warehouses standingempty and literally unusable today, the elaborate collection o locks within the harbor, even the Cathedral itsel, a monumentto a system o pomp and ceremony that is largely gone out o people’s lives today.“The work o importing and distributing goods continues –
Cathedral views
but it is accomplished largely by mechanized systems. The hugenumber o teamsters who had ormerly moved those goods aresimply not needed today. All the people we talked to told usunemployment is the biggest problem they deal with. Unem-ployment and all its eects – apathy, lethargy, alcoholism, amilybrutality, and poor health – were so pervasive, both in Liverpoolitsel and in the outlying village o Wigan. And no one couldreally see ways to put people back to work.“I came away with a tremendous admiration or the peoplewe met in the various schools and social agencies who were soercely dedicated to instilling hope in clients who had so ewreasons or hope. I was impressed with the imagination andenergy with which programs were designed.“The St. Francis o Assisi School (editor’s note: a joint activityo the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches in Liverpool), orexample, painted their hallway walls with scenes rom St. Francis’Canticle to the Sun to emphasize the school’s ocus on ecology.“The art center in Wigan (a Liverpool suburb that wevisited) actually hired a local grati artist to embellish its outerwalls to make the place more inviting to the “toughs” o theneighborhood.“Since the people o St. James in the City hadn’t yet oundthe unding to restore the roo o the deserted church buildingthey were reviving, they simply erected a tent inside and heldservices there.“I was also impressed by the obvious spirit o cooperationbetween the Anglican and the Roman Catholic authorities – their joint support o various community centers and schools wevisited and the evident working relationship between the twocathedrals. I was intrigued by the amount o church-statecooperation in the educational system – church schools undedby the state – in a way that would never be allowed in the UnitedStates and religious classes in the secular schools.“But at the end o the trip, the overwhelming question in mymind was why can’t we gure out a massive way to put peopleback to work? We can send a rocket to the moon, why can’t weregenerate our inner cities?”Our visit ended with a spectacular twenty minute
et lumière 
show inside the Cathedral ollowing our arewell dinnerwith clergy representing other aiths in the Liverpool religiouscommunity and the Cathedral sta and diocesan clergy who hadbeen so generous with their time during our stay.As the Cathedral organist played an ever growing crescendoo classic pieces on the massive 9,765 pipe Willis organ, the lightsfashed brightly around us in the deepest recesses o the buildinggradually bringing us rom total darkness to brightest light.This amiliar Christian metaphor sent us home thinking aboutthe renaissance we had seen taking place in the city o Liverpooland with its people, praying mightily that it would continue andmost thankul to all those who made our visit so memorable.(More pictures at
At the 2011Annual General Meeting the member-ship elected
The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle
,Houston and
Carlos R. Munoz
, White Plains, N.Y.to its board o directors.The Society’s President Phillip Poole thanked theretiring board members or their service and welcomedthose who agreed to join the board going orward asthe Compass Rose Society supports the work o theAnglican Communion and expands its membershipthroughout the Anglican world.
The New Directors Join These Board
Members (and Ofcers
) Currently Serving:
Mr. B. Norris Battin, Newport Beach, CA.;Mr. Robert Biehl
, Houston, TX;The Reverend Sarah Buxton-Smith, Bualo, NY;The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler
, Atlanta, GA;The Reverend Canon Jan Naylor Cope
, Washington, DC;The Right Reverend George Councell, Trenton, NJ;Mr. Joey Fan
, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong;The Most Reverend Terence Finlay
, Toronto, ON;Mr. Robert Foltz, Bonita Springs, FL;Ms. Constance Fraser Gray, Winston Salem, NC;The Reverend Canon Kenneth Kearon, London, UK;The Reverend Rick Lord, Vienna, VA;The Right Reverend Victoria Matthews,Christchurch, New Zealand;Mr. Marshall McReal, Seattle, WA;The Reverend Canon John Peterson, Hendersonville, NC;The Right Reverend Philip Poole
, Aurora, ON;Ms. Janie Stevens, Houston, TX;Ms. Della Wager Wells, Atlanta, GA;Ms. Antonia Wong Tuen-Yee, Central, Hong Kong;Ms. Beverley Paterson Wood, Aurora, ON

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