The Rev Ken Gray!
The St. Francis Award
The Very Reverend Ken Gray is a very deserving recipient of the St Francis Award in 2021! Here are some of the reasons that Ken Gray was chosen:
His involvement in justice advocacy goes back to 2001 when he attended a General Synod in Waterloo, On. There he discovered a presence in our Church for justice advocacy unknown to him at this time. He describes this moment as his “second conversion as the activist in him was awakened.”
Since that time he became a founding member of the global Anglican Communion Environmental Network becoming its first secretary in 2005. Such work took Kathie and Ken to many places in the world in order to experience environmental and economic realities of Anglicans in New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Jamaica, and South Africa three times. Through a six year tenure on the General Synod Ecojustice committee, he travelled to the dioceses of Saskatoon, Huron, BC, Kootenay, Yukon, and the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh. Also with others, Ken hosted the first Environment Justice Camp in Colwood in 2006.
In his five years at St. Paul’s Cathedral, he expanded a special Season of Creation program which grew steadily and continues to this day.
Ken has shared his experiences and wisdom in publications, projects, and presentations to a variety of groups. He continues to do so today in retirement. As part of a 3-year education focus called Creation Care: Climate Action, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund offered a worship resource created by Ken.
If you like, you can follow Ken’s blog called — Take Note!
To quote Ken, “… following in the footsteps of St Francis, the pursuit of ecological justice and a focus on creation theology is foundational to a lively and love-centered Christian faith.”
Ken, on behalf of St Paul’s community, we are pleased to present to you the the 4th annual St Francis Award to you, indeed a very worthy recipient!