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Background Information

Employment History

Associate Dean

Institute for Christian Studies

Director of Advocacy and Education Department

World Vision Canada


Governing Board Member
Canadian Council of Churches

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Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he hopes a new director will be found before General Synod 2016 meets in July.

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Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said that it will be up to CoGS to decide how best to respond to the House of Bishops' message when it meets this spring.

Regarding the uncertainty expressed by bishops about "whether a legislative procedure is the most helpful way of dealing with these matters," Thompson said this should not be read as an attempt to undercut or circumvent General Synod's established processes.
"The bishops understand that there is an obligation for the Council of General Synod to put a resolution before the General Synod," he said in an interview.

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Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said it has been a privilege to work with Thompson, especially in her efforts with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). "She has been tireless in reaching out to mobilize Anglican presence and participation in national, regional and local events of the TRC," he said. "On a number of occasions, Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, chief commissioner of the TRC, has identified her as the heart of our church's engagement.

"She deserves the gratitude of our church, and has made a significant contribution to the future of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians."
Ms. Thompson first joined head office in 2008, as director of the church's partnerships department. In this role, she oversaw a staff of eight in diverse areas, including global relations, eco-justice advocacy and the Anglican Healing Fund.
Her previous work had included a three-year stint in broadcasting, followed by nearly three decades of work in international development and education. From 1993 to 2006, she worked for World Vision Canada, serving as director of its advocacy and education department from 2003 to 2006. For the next two years, Ms. Thompson was associate dean at the Institute for Christian Studies, an affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology.
Ms. Thompson's current role at the national office began in 2010, when a restructuring of the organization resulted in the closure of the partnerships department. Since then, her work has focused on a range of social justice issues, including co-ordinating the church's participation in TRC events-work that has affected her greatly, she said.
"I had a front-row seat, and was a witness to a truth process that is unique in Canadian history, that is deeply, deeply relevant to the work of our church, is deeply relevant to who we are as Canadians and whoever lives in this land. And that work will continue to drive, I think, where I go from here, and will always be a priority in my life."
Another highlight of her work at the national office, Ms. Thompson said, included a World Council of Churches meeting in Sudan during her time as director of partnerships-an eye-opening event, she said, for, among other things, introducing her to some unforgettable people.
Ms. Thompson said she also very much enjoyed her work for the church in justice and corrections, and in "creation matters," such as climate change.

"Full communion is a choice that ... [cached]

"Full communion is a choice that we make every day," said Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada. "It is something that requires our daily attentiveness, because it is so easy to slip into the habit of thinking that one or the other of us is the norm and the other is the departure."

"We don't know how that meeting will be shaped," said Thompson.
The Joint Assembly will take place somewhere "in or around Vancouver," Thompson said, because "it has been a long time since the Anglican church has held its national meeting in western Canada."?

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Other Anglican representatives who plan to attend the event are retired Archbishop Terence Finlay, the primate's envoy on residential schools; Bishop Lydia Mamakwa of the Spiritual Indigenous Ministry of Mishamikoweesh; Bishop Adam Halkett, suffragan bishop of the diocese of Saskatchewan; Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk and Suffragan Bishop Darren McCartney of the diocese of the Arctic; Bishop Dennis Drainville of the diocese of Quebec; Archdeacon Michael Thompson, General Synod general secretary; Indigenous ministries co-ordinator Ginny Doctor; Henriette Thompson, director of public witness for social and ecological justice; Adele Finney, executive director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; and Laurette Glasgow, special advisor on government relations for the Anglican Church of Canada.

Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, updated the bishops on planning for General Synod 2016, on the vote by the synod of the Episcopal Church of Cuba to take steps to return to The Episcopal Church and on plans to provide a resource to help Canadian Anglicans navigate the upcoming federal election campaign this year from a faith perspective.

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