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Canon John White Series at St. Paul’s Anglican Church

By Rev. William O. Gregg

St. Paul’s Anglican Church will again be the site of the annual Canon John White Series on November 25, 26, 28, and 29. Sessions will begin at 9am and conclude at 5pm, with a break for lunch on your own. The Rev. Canon John A. White CVO has been coming each November for many years to San Miguel to deliver a series of lectures on timely topics. Canon White is known as a man of many interests, well informed and challenging to his audiences. With grace and a keen wit and always insightful and interesting, Canon White will reflect this year, on war, peace, and Christianity. St. Paul’s is delighted to host him and the series once more.

2014 Canon John White Series
Tue and Wed, Nov 25 and 26, 9am-5pm
Fri and Sat, Nov 28 and 29, 9am-5pm
St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6
Tickets 200 pesos for the day
100 pesos per session (morning of afternoon)
More info: 152-0387

The Series is open to the public, and all are most welcome. There will be two sessions each day. Tickets, available at the door or the Parish Office will be 200 pesos for the day, 100 pesos per session (morning or afternoon), and 300 pesos for the Saturday all-day workshop that includes lunch.

Canon White has chosen his topic in the context of the centenary observances of the beginning of World War I. The Great War, which was to have ended all wars, clearly did not. His presentations will invite us to reflect on the relationship among war, peace, and the Christian faith, as well as to reflect on our own responses, thoughts, and struggles with war and peace. How should and can Christians and the Church appropriately and effectively grapple with the fact of war, the longing for peace, and the faith we claim?

Canon White was born in Worcestershire, England. Following his ordination, he served as an assistant in an inner-city parish in the industrial city of Leeds and as university chaplain at the University of Leeds, as well as undertaking various posts for the training and education of persons for ordained ministry.

In 1982, Queen Elizabeth II appointed White to the ancient post (founded in 1348) of Canon of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He had special responsibility for clergy continuing education at St. George’s House located in the Castle to encourage social endeavors towards human wellbeing. He also served for a time as Warden of the House. For 20 years, he served as Canon Precentor of Windsor, in charge of liturgies and music for the Chapel, royal and state services held there, and the daily schedule of liturgies. Additionally, he served as Canon Treasurer of St. George’s, Canon Librarian, and editor of the monograph series produced through the library.

Canon White has also lectured widely in the United Kingdom, the United States, and in México. He also finds time to compose music and serve as the Chair of the Windsor Music Festival, as well as to serve as a trustee of the Manchester Academy of Arts and chair of the English charity, Together With Children, which supports JUNCONI, a program for street children in Puebla.

Upon his retirement after 30 years of service at Windsor, Her Majesty the Queen made him a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal honor bestowed by the sovereign upon those considered to have been of particular service to the Royal Family. In retirement, Canon White has not slowed down.

For further questions, please contact the Right Reverend William O. Gregg, PhD, Rector, VI Bishop of Eastern Oregon, St. Paul’s: 152 0387.


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