Announcement | January 7th, 2011

Canon Anderson Named to Head Episcopal Tri-Faith Ministries

Canon-AndersonThe Rt. Rev. Joe G. Burnett and the board of the Bishop Clarkson Episcopal Foundation announce The Rev. Canon Tim Anderson will transition into a new ministry position in January of 2011. Canon Anderson, who has served as the Executive Director of the Bishop Clarkson Episcopal Foundation and Canon for Development for the Diocese of Nebraska the past two and a half years, has accepted the newly created position of Canon for Episcopal Tri-Faith Ministries. This new call will involve all aspects of developing an Episcopal presence on the Tri-Faith Campus located at Sterling Ridge Development on 132nd and Pacific in Omaha. Canon Anderson has spent his entire ordained ministry in the Diocese of Nebraska, serving four years as Rector of St. Mary’s in Blair and thirteen years as rector of St. Stephen’s, Grand Island.  Anderson served four years as Canon to the Ordinary prior to position with the foundation. “I have been involved in the vision of the Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha from its’ inception. I now feel God is calling me to continue the work we began almost five years ago, and help bring this extraordinary dream to fruition”, said Anderson. The vision of the Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha, a separate 501 C3 organization, has been to find property and create a place where an Episcopal Church, a Reformed Jewish Synagogue, a Muslim Mosque, and a Tri-FaithCenter could be co-located. Now that each of the three Abrahamic faith groups have contracted for land to build their own houses of worship, the work of forming and growing a new Episcopal faith community, that will ultimately be located on the new site, must begin.  Bishop Burnett and those who serve on the newly created Episcopal Tri-Faith Advisory Committee felt Canon Anderson had the gifts and skills needed to help the diocese form and grow this new faith community.  Anderson will work with others in the diocese to develop worship and programming, as well as oversee fund raising and the eventual construction of a new Episcopal facility. For five years we have been developing and growing our relationships with members of Temple Israel and the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, the other faith partners involved with The Tri-Faith Initiative. The uniqueness of this vision has created excitement not only in our own diocese but across the whole Episcopal Church here and abroad.  It is our hope and expectation that many outside of the Diocese of Nebraska will offer support for this important work of building relationships of understanding and respect among Christians, Muslims and Jews. Canon Anderson‘s ministry the past two years has focused on stewardship and development work across the diocese.  A plan is now in place to assure the work that has been accomplished, especially in the areas of the Alleluia Fund, Planned Giving and Legacy Societies, Capital Campaigns, and parish annual offering programs such as Consecration Sunday, will continue to bear fruit.