Crisis of Faith

SAANICH – Children play happily at Cordova Bay Preschool, but little do they know the future of their school is uncertain. Cordova Bay Preschool leases space from St. David by the Sea Anglican Church. But this morning the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, covering Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, announced a dramatic shift in “mission, structure and culture.” Two few people in the pews has forced the disestablishment – or closure – of 19 churches including St. David by the Sea. Finding a new place for the preschool could be as difficult as it was for this Church-in-crisis to make these recommendations. With 19 churches closed, some of the real estate can be sold for millions of dollars. Dollars that the Diocese says can be spent creating 5 hub churches in the capital region and supporting the remaining congregations. The Diocesan Transformation Team says the reconfiguration is necessary for the church to survive and thrive in changing and challenging times. In all, up to 2000 parishioners will be affected by the mass-streamlining. From Crofton to Saanich,South Pender to Oak Bay, few communities will be untouched by the decision. A full list of churches slated for disestablishment is online at bc.anglican.ca