About Julian of Norwich Anglican Church
(Image © Julian of Norwich, Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Courtesy of Trinity Stores, www.trinitystores.com, 800.699.4482)
Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is an inclusive and dynamic parish, located on the busy stretch of Merivale Road south of Baseline Road, in the western part of Ottawa formerly known as Nepean.
Julian of Norwich Anglican Church formed on September 27th 2015, from the amalgamation of St Michael and All Angels, and St Richard’s Anglican churches, building upon their rich 50-year history as parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
The Anglican Bishop of Ottawa, the Right Reverend John H. Chapman, wrote to our parish when it was formed, “Julian of Norwich, a late 14th Century English Mystic, exercised the spiritual practice of listening for the voice of a nurturing and loving God. In these times, it is critical for us to quiet our hearts and minds and listen for the voice of God so that we find ourselves exercising the ministry God desires of us and not that ministry which we may fancy.
It seems appropriate for these days and for the work that lies ahead of all of you, my brothers and sisters, that we name your new parish Julian of Norwich Anglican Church so that all who enter to receive your hospitable welcome will be reminded that first we listen for the voice of the blessed Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then respond as directed by God, with acts of hospitality, generosity, compassion, love and justice.”
(© Dame Julian’s Hazelnut, Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Courtesy of Trinity Stores, www.trinitystores.com, 800.699.4482)
This parish joins God already at work in the world. Our Parish core values include:
1. The gifts of hospitality and friendship:
We are ordinary people who strive to follow Jesus’ way. We receive each person as a gift and provide opportunities for spiritual nurturing. We offer hospitality, an open stance toward learning, questioning, dialog, and hope. We have opportunities for artists, learners, and those with practical skills.
Our worship is engaging, reflective, and embraces people of all ages, abilities, experiences, and traditions. During the Family Eucharist you may hear traditional hymns, jazz, gospel, or First Nation’s chants. You can find more details about our worship here
2. The extension of care to those in need:
This parish joins God already at work in the world. Our faith and worship are meant to prepare us to seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbor as ourselves. While we serve those in need, we strive to cultivate relationships of peace and understanding. Look here to find many ways we serve together.
3. The desire for and practice of inclusivity:
We celebrate the diversity of gifts in all who come, the outreach efforts in diocesan and wider ministries, and the strength of our parish leaders to respond to the world God loves. We work in partnership with other parishes, denominations and faith groups, to strive for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being (BAS 159).