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Background Information

Employment History

Council of General Synod

Associate Dean

Institute for Christian Studies

Director of Advocacy and Education Department

World Vision Canada

Affiliations

General Secretary
Anglican Journal

Governing Board Member
Canadian Council of Churches

Web References (76 Total References)


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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.


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Archdeacon Michael Thompson discusses proposed recommendations, including a change in the frequency of working group and task force meetings.

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Changes introduced after General Synod 2013 to streamline the structure and operations of the national church have met with mixed results, Archdeacon Michael Thompson said in his report to a March 12 meeting of Council of General Synod (CoGS).
"I think it has been a good three years," said Thompson, noting that it has allowed the church to learn, reflect "and live into new ways of working.
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While acknowledging that "there are real advantages to meeting remotely if the advantages are taken-shorter meetings with a particular focus can take place by teleconference or videoconference," Thompson said the task forces and working groups had found that "the kind of long, expansive meeting about everything is harder to have in that way."
Thompson recommended that co-ordinating committees hold two or three face-to-face meetings over the course of the next triennium-one of which would take place between the November 2018 and March 2019 CoGS meetings to facilitate planning for the 2019 General Synod.
The new ways of working came out of a gathering Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, convened at General Synod 2013 to consider the efficacy of Canadian church structures. This meeting produced Embodying God's Call, a document that sought ways to make concrete changes in line with the broad strokes plan of Vision 2019, which was drafted at General Synod 2010 to guide the church's evolution over the course of the decade.
Thompson noted that many of the suggested changes have been successful. He cited a partnership that has developed between Anglicans in Eastern Canada and Athabasca to minister to migrant oil workers and the joint meeting of CoGS and the Lutheran National Coordinating Committee in November 2015 as examples of the broad support that exists for building stronger connections between dioceses and fostering a closer working relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and its full communion partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
Thompson said the recommended change in the frequency of working group and task force meetings will be brought to the council's planning and agenda committee for CoGS to consider in the next triennium.
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"At current emissions levels, we are heading to a four degrees Celsius increase," Thompson said. "Scientists predict that this level will produce severe disruptions, damage and dislocation in all global regions, and we're seeing evidence of this already. To reduce emissions, the majority of fossil fuel reserves need to remain in the ground and unburned."
Another point, she said, is that divesting from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction is one way to signal to those companies the necessity of curbing their efforts to mine and drill.
A third point, Thompson said, is that the current climate crisis is ultimately a spiritual issue.
She asked CoGS and NCC members to consider three questions: what are your reflections on the call to divest from fossil fuels and invest in alternative energy?
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"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."
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"We don't know how that meeting will be shaped," said Thompson.
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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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Archdeacon Michael Thompson Anglican Church of Canada


"Every month, when you turn the ...

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"Every month, when you turn the page of the new calendar, you'll see a new engagement in activity that serves the common good or advocates for justice for the poor, and I hope that is inspiring for people," says Archdeacon Michael Thompson. Image: The General Synod, Anglican Church of Canada

When they purchase their Canadian Church Calendars for 2017, Anglican individuals and parishes are likely to notice at least one difference from the calendars of former years.
Instead of featuring photos of Anglican churches from across the country, next year's calendar, available end of this month, will show Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans engaged in mission work, the national office announced earlier this year.
"Every month, when you turn the page of the new calendar, you'll see a new engagement in activity that serves the common good or advocates for justice for the poor, and I hope that is inspiring for people," Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said in a news release.
"There are some beautiful church buildings, there's no doubt about that," he said.
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It was ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson, Thompson said, who first suggested the idea of a focus on mission rather than church buildings-an idea that found an enthusiastic supporter in Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.


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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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