A little bit on how decisions are made:
Emmaus Community has a Chapter (the monastic word for decision-making body) made up of Covenanted Members of the Community. Coventanted Members have done at least 2 years of formation, and take vows for a period of time.
Decision-making is made by consensus involving all Covenanted Members at regular meetings. Between these meetings, a Council meets to keep the common life of the community going and deal with the minutae. Council is made up of our Priors, Formation Director, Cellarer and an elected member-at-large.
We regularly elect 2 Co-Priors who are spokespeople and figureheads to represent Chapter, a Formation Director to guide our discerners - and a Cellarer, who keeps an eye on community finances and sustainability.
In addition to these roles, we do have Clergy who serve the community through sacramental presence.
Our Current Leadership:
* Please note that the Emmaus Community Chapter will be meeting in April 2021, and we expect to be entering new roles at that time.
- Marilyn Gough, EC – Co-prior – is a granddaughter, niece and daughter of United Church of Canada ministers. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in vocal performance. Attracted to the Anglican Church through performance in choirs of the great English Choral repertoire, she now sings in the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria and has chaired the Adult Faith Formation committee at the Anglican Cathedral. She completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Theological Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, UBC, in 2013. A founding member of the Emmaus Community, she is supported and nourished by our communal prayer. Emmaus supports her in her call to embody Christ here in our neighbourhood and to open spiritual conversations with our neighbours.
- Margot Spence, EC – Cellarer and Co-Prior is a founding Emmaus member and currently has the role of “Cellarer” and "Co-Prior". After years with an intellectual and evangelical bent, Margot is attracted to the Emmaus vision of bringing prayer, presence and simplicity to life through Christian community in the Fernwood neighbourhood. Margot lives in the upstairs suite at Belmont house (with a kittycat Vader) and is fairly recently retired from her fulltime job with the BC Government (in forest policy)!
The Rev. Rob Crosby-Shearer, EC – (he/him) - Formation Director. Rob has worked in vocational Christian ministry for the last 20 years. He's has been part of the Emmaus and Jeremiah Communities (New Monastic) and he lived for 5 years in Zacchaeus House, a Catholic Worker community house of hospitality. He served as music director at the campus-based Wine Before Breakfast, was National Youth Coordinator with justgeneration.ca/PWRDF, directed the the Nidus Festival with the Canadian Council of Churches in 2006, worked in campus and congregational ministry in the Anglican and United Churches of Canada, was involved for over a decade at Parkdale Neighbourhood Church (a Baptist ‘street church’ in Toronto now called “The Dale”). In addition to planting the AbbeyChurch , Rob is also the Regional Minister for Church Planting with the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church - and is ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church. He has co-owned an organic bakery, made all kinds of music, loves hiking, brewing beer, cooking and coffee! He is spouse to Meagan and a daddy to Amaya and Zion. In 2020-2021, Roxy Humphrey, EC worked with Rob on co-facilitating the formation process.
The Revd's Meagan Crosby-Shearer, EC, Rob Crosby-Shearer, EC and Matthew Humphey, EC are all ordained clergy who serve the community. Rev. Katherine Brittain is also a United Church minister with AbbeyChurch who develops UCC ethos in our community.
The Emmaus Community elects Community Visitors (this is a monastic tradition which helps tie us to the wider church) for a one-year, renewable term. These are leaders from our denominations who hold up a mirror to our community and who also advocate for us. Our current Visitors are The Rt. Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie (ACC) and Rev. Gail Miller (UCC)