Canada's Anglican Church Searches for New Treasurer, Deficit Presents 'Challenge'

(Photo Credit: General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada)A participant speaks at the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod 2010 on June 10, 2010.

An Anglican Church of Canada official says the church, which is facing "turbulent times" amid a nearly million dollar deficit this year is searching for a new treasurer following a recent retirement.

Rob Dickson, chair of the General Synod's search committee told the Anglican Journal the treasurer must be someone who sees change as an opportunity.

"We're in turbulent times and we need somebody who is keen to pick up that challenge," he said.

The publication notes the church's 2012 budget has a $CAD 900,000 deficit.

A search committee is expected to interview a short list of candidates by the end of November, according to the report.

Michèle George, the treasurer who retired on September 28 after three years of service, remarked on the difficulties facing the church as it restructures its operations.

"Change involves denial, anger, and acceptance," she said of the church's future in a farewell speech last month. "But it can be a very fruitful thing that can regenerate and re-energize the church."

Ms. George said the church was thoughtful in working through discernment processes before making major decisions.

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