The Right Reverend Dr. Logan McMenamie
13th bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia
17th - 21stCLAY Gathering, Prince Edward Island
9th-11th Territory of the People (formerly APCI) Conference
13th Educational Trusts Board
16th-17th Provincial Synod
18th St. Paul, Nanaimo - Visitation
22nd-27th National House of Bishops
1st-2nd Shared Ministry Conference
Emmaus Covenanting at the Abbey
20th Finance Committee
27th Diocesan Council
28th-29th Diocesan Conference
God’s Presence in My Life
I have experienced God in my life from a very young age. Throughout my life there have been major crossroads where that relationship with God has either deepened or has taken me in new directions. Over the last several years I have come to understand pilgrimage in a new way. Pilgrimage for me has come to be a metaphor for a life in relationship with God.
The definition of the word pilgrimage means a journey to a sacred space. It is on these journeys to sacred spaces that I encounter God in my life. I believe all things and experiences are sacred. In experiencing events, situations or people I encounter God. I believe God is present at all times and in all people.
A sacred place, therefore, can be a journey to Iona or Lindisfarne, or a walk along Dallas Road encountering the mountains, the ocean and animal life. In all of these I encounter God. A sacred place is an outward journey to a location or an encounter with creation. A sacred journey is also an inward journey. A sacred space can be that place of silence and solitude within, a place of recreation and renewal. In the silence I encounter God. We need those times with God alone and God within. I find these times as a deepening of my relationship with God and they enable me to continue the outward journey. Prayer is a very important part of my life and my ministry.
There are also the times of engaging God in community. Worship is a very important experience for me, whether in a Solemn High Mass or in a simple Eucharist around a dining room table. I also find these Eucharistic experiences in a cup of coffee and a conversation with another person, in a visit to a sick friend or a parishioner, in serving a meal at Our Place, in the laughter of friendship, in the journey through illness. In all these conversations I experience and know God’s presence in holiness of space, people and time. Sacred spaces are everywhere within and without and it is in these sacred spaces that I encounter and know God.
Diocesan Leadership Experience
I have lived and worked in the Diocese of British Columbia for 26 years. I know the parishes and the communities we serve. I have seen both the good times and the times of struggle within the life of our diocese. I have served in parishes north of the Malahat and in the Greater Victoria area.
I had the privilege of serving this diocese as Dean of Columbia. In that role I experienced a close relationship with the episcopal ministry within our diocese. I learned some of the joys and the sorrows involved in the role of bishop.
I have been a part of the Archdeacons’ monthly gathering and participated in their many detailed and far-reaching discussions.
I served in diocesan leadership roles on various committees, task teams and focus groups as archdeacon and dean during my quarter century within this diocese.
My Doctor of Ministry is in organizational development and leadership. I have used the knowledge and experience I gained through that work at various times within the life of the cathedral and diocese. I bring the experience of creating a model that involves developing position descriptions and annual reviews for staff and volunteers, while building, supporting and working within that same model of collegial ministry.
I am, at heart, a pastor and see all of my decisions through these eyes. However, that does not mean in my role as pastor that I am not willing or able to make the hard decisions sometimes necessary as a leader. I have always seen a strong connection between a pastoral role and a prophetic role. I bring both of these qualities to episcopate.
I am a creative teacher. I have led pilgrimages and retreats, taught a variety of courses and programs on theology, history and the Bible. I have also had a strong ministry with children and youth and have been able to engage them through a variety of teaching methods.
As a liturgist I created for the diocese and for the cathedral new, and I believe, creative ways of being a worshipping community.
Social justice has always been central to my ministry and I believe it must be central to the church as a whole. We have something very important to say to the society in which we live and we should never be afraid to bring the Gospel to situations that support what we believe as Christians as well as challenging those that we know are not part of building healthy communities. We should always ask the question: “As we live out our faith as Christians, how are we affecting the structures and institutions of the society and culture in which we live?”
My ministry and experience have always drawn upon scripture for direction and guidance, and I understand the role of the ordained person as explained in the letter to the Ephesians.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”—Ephesians 4:11-12
While the ordained person is called upon to be many things in the life of a congregation, the role of pastor/teacher as described in Ephesians has always been the foundation of my ministry. I find that no matter what situation I encounter, God calls me to be and to serve as a gentle, caring and prophetic pastor and an innovative, stimulating teacher.
As part of my 2013 sabbatical I have engaged in an in-depth examination of the theology and practice of the church in the Celtic lands. In particular, I looked at what in this ancient wisdom we can use in the church today as we seek to deepen our spiritual walk or relationship with one another and our relationship with God. I hope that through this in-depth study of the theology and spirituality of the churches in the Celtic lands I will bring to my own spirituality, a wisdom that will enable a new mysticism in relation to my understanding of creation. I know that as a church we must move into a renewed understanding of the interconnectedness of all of creation.
• Faith development and how it shapes our response to the social issues of our society.
• Violence, poverty, our relationship to creation.
• The rebuilding of strong and lasting relationships with the original peoples of this land.
We live in a society where the majority of people identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” We need to develop all-age ministries. We need a caring and supportive ministry to seniors as our elders, enabling them to think of themselves not as the church of the past but rather equipping them for their role as elders and using the wisdom they bring with them today.
Certainly the development of ministry with youth and children within the life of our diocese and that of families must be an important concern for us. What does it mean to be church in our North American context? How will we shape the church to enable us to pass on this faith to future generations? Faith development has to be central to the growth of the church in the years to come with creative movement away from the models of faith development that we have used in the past.
A commitment to human rights issues such as homelessness and poverty will address the underlying institutional and structural causes of those issues in our society, moving from blaming to understanding, and from relying on charitable handouts to incorporating justice principles.
Stewardship of Creation
Environmental issues are some of the most important facing us as human beings at this time in our history. As Christian we bring to any discussion of these issues a clear understanding of the God who created all living things. How we shape and form our lives in relationship to the God of Creation in our congregations and in our personal lives is the first of these questions. The next is what do we have to say to the society in which we live, what do we need to learn from them and what do we bring to any conversation?
“Of one thing we can be sure: our own future is inseparable from the larger community that brought us into being and which sustains us in every expression of our human quality of life, in our aesthetic and emotional sensitivities, our intellectual perceptions, our sense of the divine, as well as in our physical nourishment and bodily healing.” Thomas Berry, The Great Work
Relationship with First Peoples
We can learn some of these answers as we come into a new relationship with our aboriginal brothers and sisters. What does it mean to live in relationship to First Nations people in light of a post-colonial context and the truth and reconciliation work now underway? The journey with them has only just begun. The conversation is in its very early stages and we have to listen a great deal before we speak. A new relationship is one of partnership, listening and encouraging, supporting and reflecting. Can we come to a new understanding of the issues facing our First Peoples? I believe we can, through a process of conversation and consultation. That process will bring our society to a place where First Peoples can regain their spirituality, culture and governance. It will listen to, participate in and trust the process of truth and reconciliation.
My Hope for the Church in the 21st Century
The church must regain a confidence in who she is in relationship to God through a strong commitment to Jesus Christ and a reliance on the gifts of the Spirit; a church that will look confidently to what it will become through a God-given vision for the future. It is time, I believe, to move away from the thoughts and conversations of a dying church. We will only die if we forget the God who calls us into being and gifts us with the promise of tomorrow. My hope is that we will move boldly into the future, not triumphantly, but boldly with a confident faith that can and will transform us and the society in which we live.
Martin Luther King Jr. said:
“With this faith we will be able to move into this new day. With this faith we will be able to adjourn the councils of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of (brotherhood) fellowship.”
Important Next Steps:
• Discover God’s vision for us.
• Create an organizational structure to implement God’s vision for us.
• Develop a financial plan to support this vision.
In 2012, I had the privilege of chairing a task team to look into the finances of our diocese. We had three goals:
• Find the problems.
• Make recommendation on how to fix them.
• Put in place a sustainable structure to equip us for the future.
As we move forward we need to develop and implement a system that is transparent, flexible and accountable. It also involves creating an environment of trust. We are all on the same team. We need one another and we must work at a new level of inter-parish cooperation and communication. Along with this comes responsibility to one another and a shared accountability. This is very important. To enable us to move forward at parish, regional and diocesan levels we must be willing to take these risks.
In developing the way forward we have considered the following questions:
• How do we as the Diocese of British Columbia minister on the islands we serve?
• How does the diocese support and enable parishes to be effective and efficient in their ministry and mission?
• How does regional ministry work in relationship with the parishes in those particular clusters?
• How will we finance this journey and the ministry and mission we create?
For an update on how the Diocese of British Columbia is responding to God’s call on these islands please see the Vision Fulfillment Journey plan.
2006 - 2014 Dean of Columbia and Rector, Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC
1992 - 2006 Rector, The Church of St. George the Martyr, Victoria, B.C.
1988 - 1992Rector, St. Peter’s (Quamichan) Church, Duncan, B.C.
1986 - 1988 Associate Rector, St. Matthias’ Church, Victoria, B.C.
May 1, 1987 Ordained Priest, Victoria, B.C.
May 26, 1986 Ordained Deacon, Victoria, B.C.
1983 - 1986 Master of Divinity Program, Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, B.C.
1982 - 1983Lay Supply, Long Beach Pastoral Charge, Vancouver Island, B.C.
1980 - 1982Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader and Bible Study leader and participant, St. George’s, Maple Ridge and St. Alban’s, Port Alberni.
Diocesan Positions & Committees
1997 – 2006 Diocesan Archdeacon of Juan de Fuca
1990 - present Diocesan Council
1990 - present Diocesan Finance Committee (Chair 2000 -2002)
2004 – 2006 Diocesan Ministry Resources Team, Chair
1989 - 1992 Diocesan Program Committee
1986 - 1990 Camp Columbia Summer Program Committee
1986 - 1989 Diocesan Youth Unit
1998 - 2002 Diocesan Visioning Team, Chair
1989 - present Parish Transition Day Coordinator / Strategic Planning Vision Day Coordinator
Provincial Church Experience
(Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon)
1991 - 1994 Member of Provincial Synod
1991 - 1994 Board of Governors, Vancouver School of Theology
National Church Experience
2007 Member of General Synod, Winnipeg
2001 Member of General Synod, Waterloo
1998 Member of General Synod, Montreal
1995 -1998 Member of Council of General Synod
1995 Member of General Synod, Ottawa
Diocesan and Other Workshops
2011 Sorrento Centre, Course Leader: A Planet called Sanctus
2005 Sorrento Centre, Course Leader: Hollywood to Holy Wood (Seeing God in Pop Culture)
2004 Sorrento Centre, Course Leader: Muslim/Christian Dialogue
Various workshops including Grief and Loss, Family Violence, Aging and Youth Community and Personal
2011 & 2013 Leader, Pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland
2006 - 2014 Christ Church Cathedral Educational Society (The School)
1988 – 2003 Board and Committee member, Victoria Christian School Society (PCS)
1993 - 1997 Padre, HMCS MALAHAT
1993 - 1997 Warden, Guild of Health
Board Member, Healing Place for all Nations
Leadership role in creating multi-faith events
President, Oasis Society for Spiritual Health
Vice-Chair, Victoria Multi-Faith Society
Celtic Christianity Workshops
2001 – 2007 Doctor of Ministry Program at Vancouver School of Theology; Dissertation title: The Congregation as a Learning Community: Creating and Evaluating a Tool for Congregational Use
1990 Ministry of the Laity
1991 Ministry and Spirituality
1992 Ministry of the Family
1983-1986 Master of Divinity, Vancouver School of Theology
Interests and hobbies: Reading, hiking, soccer, camping, baking and a Border Collie named Moraig