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Week of Prayer 2015

Here is the schedule for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2015 in Saskatoon.
(more details to follow early in the New Year)

Sat, Jan 17, 9:30am-12pm
Workshop on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Sun, Jan 18, 3pm – Opening Service
@ Sts-Martyrs Canadiens RC Parish
Preacher: Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Mon, Jan 19
7am – Morning Service @ Hampton Free Methodist Church
9:30am-12:30pm – Workshop for Clergy on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Tues, Jan 20
7am – Morning Service @ St. George's Anglican Church

7:30pm – 2015 Annual De Margerie Lecture
"An Ecumenism of Life: Liturgy and Dialogue," Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker
@ St. Thomas More College Auditorium

Wed, Jan 21
7am – Morning Service @ St. Paul's RC Cathedral

7:30pm – 'Singing Into Unity'
Ecumenical Hymn Sing & Worship Service
@ Augustana–St. Timothy's Lutheran/Anglican Church

Thurs, Jan 22
7am – Morning Service @ St. Paul's United Church
12pm – Worship and Lunch @ Queen's House of Retreats

Fri, Jan 23
7am – Morning Service @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Evening, time TBA – Vespers @ Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish

Sun, Jan 25, 3pm – Closing Service
@ Ebenezer Baptist Church
Preacher: Bishop Sid Haugen, ELCIC

Contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism for further details about the Week of Prayer: admin@pcecumenism.ca; 306-653-1633
Week of Prayer resources available at www.weekofprayer.ca and www.ecumenism.net/wpcu

2015 Annual De Margerie Lecture

An Ecumenism of Life
Liturgy and Dialogue

The annual De Margerie Series of lectures and workshops will present Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker, professor of theology at Boston University. The De Margerie Series is offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College, and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.


Sat, Jan 17, 9:30am-12pm
Workshop on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Sun, Jan 18, 3pm
Week of Prayer Service @ Sts-Martyrs Canadiens RC Parish
Preacher: Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Mon, Jan 19, 9:30am-12:30pm
Workshop for Clergy on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Tues, Jan 20, 7:30pm
2015 Annual De Margerie Lecture

"An Ecumenism of Life: Liturgy and Dialogue," Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker
@ St. Thomas More College Auditorium

The Holy Spirit and the Environmental Crisis
St. Andrew's Winter Refresher



In a time of environmental crisis, how is the Holy Spirit present and at work in the world and how is it calling and empowering us to action?

Those are some of the questions to be explored with the help of Mark Wallace, a theologian who connects Christian faith to the environmental crisis, during St. Andrew's College's Winter Refresher 2015 being held March 5-7.

For more information and a list of workshops download the Winter Refresher brochure and poster.

Evangelical-Roman Catholic Common Statement of Faith

After three years of dialogue, the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue in Saskatoon has produced a statement of our shred faith. The text is intended for study over the next months in preparation for a decision to affirm the text next spring.

Download and read the Common Statement of Faith

Join one of the three study sessions on Oct 16, Dec 4, or Feb 5.

• Feb 5, 7-9pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1636 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity

Taizé Prayer originated in the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in France. Come to experience a simple form of meditative prayer with Taizé music, Scripture reading, and a time of silence in a candle-lit atmosphere.


Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity will be held:

1st Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family [September to June only]

2nd Tuesday of each month from 8-9 pm in the Chapel at Queen's House of Retreats



See more Ecumenical and Interreligious events in our calendar Voir plus d'événements œcuméniques ou interreligieux dans notre calendrier


Anglican Communion body urges Canadian church not to change marriage policy
December 19, 201419 décembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

If the 2016 General Synod decides to approve a motion to change the marriage canon, the Anglican Church of Canada will become the first province in the Anglican Communion to allow same-sex marriage.
If the 2016 General Synod decides to approve a motion to change the marriage canon, the Anglican Church of Canada will become the first province in the Anglican Communion to allow same-sex marriage.

by André Forget, Anglican Journal

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has urged the Anglican Church of Canada not to amend its marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, saying such a move would “cause great distress for the Communion as a whole, and for its ecumenical relationships.”

The IASCUFO’s statement came in response to a request from the Canadian church’s Commission on the Marriage Canon for an opinion about proposed changes to Canon 21 that would allow for same-sex marriages. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, decided IASCUFO would be the “most appropriate” body within the Communion to deal with such a question.

The Anglican Church of Canada has the prerogative “to address issues appropriate to its context,” the IASCUFO said, but it noted the ramifications of “a change of this magnitude” for the Communion and its ecumenical partners. In a letter addressed to Canon Robert Falby, chair of the marriage canon commission, IASCUFO members said they were unanimous “in urging you not to move beyond your present policy of ‘local option.’ ” They noted that the absence of a General Synod decision about the blessing of same-sex unions or same-sex marriages “has given space for the rebuilding of fragile relationships across the Communion.”

If the 2016 General Synod decides to approve a motion to change the marriage canon, the Anglican Church of Canada will become the first province in the Anglican Communion to allow same-sex marriage. The Episcopal Church, which in 2012 authorized “for trial use” a liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships, has no provision for same-sex marriage.

The marriage canon commission invited opinions about a proposed change to Canon 21 came after the 2013 General Synod enacted Resolution C003, which will bring a motion concerning same-sex marriage to its next triennial meeting in 2016. The resolution asked the Council of General Synod (CoGS)—the governing body between General Synods—to prepare and present a motion to change Canon 21 “to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in the same way as opposite-sex couples.” This motion would also include “a conscience clause so that no member of the clergy, bishop, congregation or diocese should be constrained to participate in or authorize such marriages against the dictates of their conscience.”

According to Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, director for Unity, Faith and Order at the Communion Office, IASCUFO dealt with the request in one of its regular meetings. It gave members an opportunity to share their thoughts on the matter, which took over an hour, and then they took an extended break and returned to the question the next day, at which point people gave their responses. “The statement was created from those responses,” said Barnett-Cowan, “and we made very few changes. It went quite smoothly.”

When asked if this was the first time IASCUFO had explicitly asked a province not to do something, Barnett-Cowan said that it was, but explained that this was a somewhat “unique” situation for the commission, which is usually asked to give its opinion on more strictly ecumenical matters.

In its letter, signed by its vice-chair, Bishop Stephen Pickard, IASCUFO said that it was grateful that the Canadian church reached out and took the time to consult with other Anglicans and ecumenical partners, noting that this shows faithfulness to the principle outlined in the proposed Anglican Covenant that churches “consult with each other before taking any step which might be considered controversial.”

It added that IASCUFO’s membership is diverse, including “some who understand why this issue has arisen within the Anglican Church of Canada and are sympathetic with the intention,” some who are in similar positions and some “for whom the question of same-sex marriage is almost incomprehensible, let alone welcome.” Regardless, the statement said that the commission members were “unanimous” in their request. Barnett-Cowan stressed this in an interview with the Anglican Journal. “People came from very different places in terms of their personal views,” she said, “but that’s not what they were asked for.”

When asked what the repercussions might be if the Anglican Church of Canada allowed same-sex marriages, Barnett-Cowan noted that in the past when such questions have come up, some provinces have been “very concerned,” and went on to say that for some, “continued relationship with the Anglican Church would be difficult.”

In 2005, primates of the Anglican Communion had asked the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church to “voluntarily withdraw” from the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) as a step toward restoring unity within the global church, which had been deeply fractured by the Vancouver-based diocese of New Westminster’s decision to allow same-sex blessings and The Episcopal Church’s ordination of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has just returned from a meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in which the marriage commission was discussed, and in which, Hiltz said, for the sake of transparency, he provided Welby with the resolutions from General Synod and from CoGS around the proposed change to the marriage canon.

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Categories: Anglican JournalTags: Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, IASCUFO, marriage, synods
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalMots clés : Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, IASCUFO, marriage, synods

Christians can’t ignore differences on life issues, pope says
December 18, 201418 décembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringChristianity has something to say about human dignity, and “it would be a shame” if differing positions on the sanctity of all human life or on marriage were to increase the divisions among Christian churches and communities, Pope Francis said. “Questions related to the dignity of the human person at the beginning and end of life, as well as those related to the family, marriage and sexuality, cannot be concealed or overlooked just because we do not want to jeopardize the ecumenical consensus already reached,” he said Dec. 18 during a meeting with German Catholics and Lutherans. “Ecumenical dialogue today can no longer be separated from the reality and lives of our churches,” the pope told leaders of the German Lutheran Church and members of the German Catholic bishops’ ecumenical commission. Pope Francis praised the German Catholic-Lutheran dialogue commission for its joint study on “God and human dignity,” a study which is drawing to a close. Different theological understandings of the church and different opinions about what would constitute unity also seem to be moving Christians further from one another, Pope Francis said; but instead of resigning themselves to their divided state, “we must concentrate on the next possible step.” After 50 years of formal dialogue he said, “the notable progress that, with the help of God, has been made is a solid foundation of sincere friendship lived in faith and spirituality.” … Read more » … À suivre »

IASCUFO Communiqué – December 2014
December 10, 201410 décembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Members of IASCUFO at the Ecumenical Centre, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, December 3-10, 2014The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order met at the Ecumenical Centre, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, 3 to 10 December 2014. For the first time an Anglican Communion Commission met in the ecumenical context of the historic city of Geneva. IASCUFO met with staff leadership of the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and students and staff of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, where the meetings were held. On Sunday the members worshipped in three parishes: Holy Trinity Church (Diocese in Europe); Emmanuel Church (Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe); and St Germain (Swiss Old Catholic Diocese of the Union of Utrecht). They are all in full communion with each other. As always the Commission celebrated daily Eucharist, and prayed the offices. Bible study engaged the First Letter of John. The Commission benefited from hearing stories from the provinces of the Communion represented, and time spent with the students and Director of the Bossey Institute. IASCUFO is grateful to all who showed hospitality to the Commission. The ecumenical context shaped this meeting: we enjoyed hearing first-hand from the Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka and her colleagues in the LWF Department of Theology & Public Witness about their work. This included plans for the commemoration of 2017 (marking the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses). … Read more » … À suivre »

Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee Communiqué
December 9, 20149 décembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Members of ALICC at the Mariner's Club, Hong Kong, November 19-25, 2014The Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) held its second meeting at the Mariners’ Club, Hong Kong, 19 to 25 November 2014, under the leadership of the Rt Revd Dr Tim Harris of the Anglican Church of Australia (acting co-chair as Archbishop Mauricio was unable to attend), and of Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Anglican Communion and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. The Committee warmly appreciated the generosity and the hospitality received from the Mission to Seafarers. The Committee continued its work of mapping Anglican and Lutheran relationships around the world. In order to fulfill its role to be a catalyst for such relationships, it drew up a template of the differing patterns of relationships and the contexts in which they are lived out. For example, some are national churches meeting with other national churches, while others share the same geography. Some have relatively the same demographics, while in other places one church is much larger than the other. The Committee hopes to provide examples of the kinds of joint initiatives which might be appropriate for some rather than others. The Committee is exploring the theological theme of ‘communion in mission’, and hopes to provide resources for deeper mutual engagement with this theme, which undergirds the living out of the ecumenical calling. … Read more » … À suivre »

Francis and Bartholomew issue resounding, historic calls for church reunification
November 30, 201430 novembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, kisses Pope Francis' head during an ecumenical service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Saturday, November 29, 2014Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities. Speaking to one another after a solemn Orthodox divine liturgy in St. George, an historic Christian center, Sunday, both leaders pledged to intensify efforts for full unity of their churches, saying such unity already exists among Christians dying in conflicts in the Middle East. For his part, Francis made what appears to be the strongest and most encompassing call yet from a Catholic pontiff for unity. Seeking to assure Orthodox leaders that restoration of full communion between the churches would respect Eastern traditions, he said reunion would “not signify the submission of one to the other, or assimilation.” “I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith,” said the pope. … Read more » … À suivre »

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
November 30, 201430 novembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in Istanbul Nov. 30. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringWe, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together the feast of Saint Andrew, the first-called and brother of the Apostle Peter. Our remembrance of the Apostles, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world through their preaching and their witness of martyrdom, strengthens in us the aspiration to continue to walk together in order to overcome, in love and in truth, the obstacles that divide us. … Read more » … À suivre »

Catholics and Muslims, working together to serve others
November 13, 201413 novembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

The third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum was held in Rome from 11 to 13 November, on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others”. Three specific issues were considered: working together to serve young people, enhancing interreligious dialogue, and service to society.

The Catholic delegation was headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, co-ordinator of the Muslim side, was unable to attend the event for health reasons. The assembled participants sent him a message expressing their good wishes. The Muslim delegation was therefore headed by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. … Read more » … À suivre »