Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Arctic seeks funds to complete ‘igloo’ cathedral

From Anglican Journal-

St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral—the “igloo” church that was destroyed by a fire in 2005— is on its way to becoming, once again, a distinctive feature on the landscape of Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit.

Work on the new cathedral has not yet been completed, but its half-dome shell—similar to the iconic Inuit snow house—and steeple have recently been installed and interior work has begun, according to an update from the diocese of the Arctic.

About $4 million is needed to complete the rebuilding project, said Debra Gill, executive officer of the diocese. The diocese was hoping to reopen St. Jude’s for Christmas services this year, but lack of funds has pushed the target opening to May 2012. About $5.3 million has been spent on the project so far.

The diocese has hired a consultant to assist in looking for individuals, corporations and foundations that can offer financial support. Since 2006, the diocese has sent out about 5,400 appeals for donation by mail to corporations, foundations and churches. As part of its fundraising efforts, the diocese is selling photo cards of the cathedral and sun catchers embossed with the cathedral’s image.

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