Foundation Forward Podcast

The Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Foundation Forward podcast invites Canadians to talk about generosity: why it’s important, and how they express it.

Created during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 by Executive Director Canon Judy Rois, Foundation Forward digs a bit deeper into the idea of generosity, beyond the ‘duty’ we sometimes think it to be, into the joy and the calling it has become for some remarkable people.  The series is hosted by Toronto musician and media professional Christopher Dawes.

You can listen to or download its monthly episodes below or wherever you listen to Podcasts.

Foundation Forward – Episode 4

Napanee, Ontario-based writer and communications professional Michelle Hauser recently navigated “the case of the uncooked pizza” – a seemingly mundane domestic incident summarised by the line “my generosity stopped at the pepperoni.”  But on this month’s Foundation Forward we hear how it became for her a parable of one of the pitfalls – transactionality – that accompany generosity’s many joys.  

Foundation Forward – Episode 3

Douglas Graydon, a retired Toronto medical and hospice Chaplain, has throughout his career escaped the pressures and stress of ministry by visiting empty churches.  In honour of October Spiritual Care month and International Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we spoke to him in a pandemic-shut church about generosity locked up in each one of us, waiting to be released…

Foundation Forward – Episode 2

Photo of St. Stephens' sanctuary

Brian Pearson was an Anglican Priest serving St Stephen’s Church in Calgary Alberta when the congregation took on an ambitious renovation of its worship space to enable new types of events, a café operation and flexible worship.  He was challenged – even offended – when a committee member said “Give the people what they want and they’ll give us what we need” – but then his eyes were opened…

Foundation Forward – Episode 1

Photo of a Hope Bear sitting on a toilet

Judy Rois, the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Executive Director, had an early lesson from her parents on handling money: “spend some, save some, and give some away.”  In our inaugural episode Judy shares glimpses of the Foundation’s work in church reconstruction/renovation and innovative hospice, musical and youth ministries that are, thanks to your generosity, changing our country. 

The Anglican Foundation’s Hope Bear is pictured here on one of several flush toilets installed in a small Ontario community’s church with support from AFC.