Anglican Samizdat

October 15, 2009

Not a lot happens in this diocese

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada — David Jenkins @ 12:59 am

The Diocese of Brandon has a strange website; its creator appears to be proud of the fact that the main page “reflects neither diocesan nor any other policy”:Add an Image

The Brandon diocesan website is a pro bono site. It neither captures nor stores any information about those browsing it. Not a lot happens in this diocese. The purpose of this main page is to provide a worldwide snapshot of matters judged to be of Christian concern, useful for sermon and intercession material and culled from responsible sources. The very contradictory nature of some of the articles should make it plain that it reflects neither diocesan nor any other policy.

But then, the diocese has a pretty strange bishop too: Jim D. Njegovan. Some of his bizarre antics are chronicled in Zoominfo where this champion of tolerance and inclusion declared:

Bishop Jim Njegovan of the Diocese of Brandon, Manitoba made it clear that neither Anglican Essentials literature nor The Anglican Planet, Canada’s alternative to the officially-sponsored Anglican Journal newspaper would be tolerated in his diocese.

I think the author of the diocesan website has it wrong: a lot happens in the Diocese of Brandon, but not much of it makes sense.



  1. Golly, I’ve devoted an entire blog to the strange place called the Diocese of Brandon. The web page is the work of Rev. Mike Skliros a retired C of E priest. His wife is (in)famous for the Naked Old Parishioner Calendar. Don’t totally fault Mike he doesn’t make this stuff up but he is good at finding the strangeness in the Diocese and elsewhere. He used to edit the now hyphen littered Mustard Seed. But the new editor is media professional so that’s OK. Since I moved to the Diocese of Calgary I’ve had the opportunity to hear often how well the present Dauphin Incumbent was loved and respected here.

    BTW there are parishes where the Planet is front and center and the Journal is in the back. Jim just avoids them!

    Comment by Steve L. — October 15, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  2. “Golly, I’ve devoted an entire blog to the strange place called the Diocese of Brandon”

    And a fine blog it is too. Perhaps you should volunteer to take over the diocesan web site 🙂

    Comment by David — October 15, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  3. Mike and I discussed that once, never pursued it, thinking the bishop ‘might not agree.

    An interesting link has the much un-liked Anglican Mainstream and Anglican Renewal. A few links are broken, but its that way through the web site.

    Comment by Steve L. — October 15, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

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