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.
2 sessions remain: Nov 15 and Dec 13 at Queen's House, Saskatoon.
The Joy of the Gospel, an apostolic letter recently written by Pope Francis is packed with refreshing insights, Gospel-driven challenges and golden threads of meaning. His words have a tremendous relevance in today’s world particularly for all Christians. Join us on these Saturdays as we unpack this treasure from Pope Francis within an ecumenical community of presenters and participants. Come for one or for all days. Led by Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Cost: $55/day or $195/four days.
Tuesday, November 4 Lecture at 10:30am Moderated session at 1:30pm Pylypchuk Hall, level zero, St. Paul's Hospital
Professor Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University. She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and consults internationally to a wide variety of bodies.
Pray, Eat, Enjoy interfaith fellowship at the Sikh Gurdwara Wednesday, November 5, 6.15- 8.15 pm sponsored by Multi-Faith Saskatoon and hosted by the Sikh Society of Saskatchewan.
Sikh Gurdwara, 331 Lowe Rd (North of Attridge Road and Kenderdine). Gather at 6.15 to join in evening prayers at 6.30, followed by a tour, refreshments, a short presentation and Q & A until about 8.15 pm.
A service of celebration will be held at 7pm, Friday, November 21 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church (1902 Munroe Ave S at Taylor Street). All are welcome. A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Second Vatican Council inserted the Catholic churches into the ecumenical movement with a strong commitment to the search for full visible unity. Since November 21, 1964, Catholics have offered leadership and resources to this movement. In Saskatoon this has been exemplified by Fr. Bernard de Margerie and the work of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, which he established in 1984.
This worship service is hosted by the PCE on the actual anniversary of the key Vatican II text on the restoration of unity, Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism.
Churches for Environmental Action, in partnership with the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, presents a one day workshop entitled “Making your Case: Environmental Action as Christian Action.” Speakers will be Jim Harding and Bishop Don Bolen.
The event will take place at Resurrection Lutheran Church (310 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon) on Saturday, December 6th from 9:30am-3:30pm. Lunch by donation.
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.
Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.
Anglican Bishop Paul Butler of Durham, England, and “fraternal delegates” from seven other Christian communities addressed the synod Oct. 10. Bishop Butler also spoke to Vatican Radio Oct. 15 as synod members worked in small groups to amend the assembly’s midterm report.
He told members of the synod that he and his wife have been married 32 years and have four grown children. Although Anglicans have married bishops and clergy, “like you,” he told them, Anglicans “are wrestling with how best to respond” to the challenges facing family life around the world.
“As part of this response,” he said, “we want to speak more of the promise of and hope from the family than focus on the threats,” while also making it clear that “marriage is between a man and a woman and is intended to be for life.”
Still, he told the synod, “families of all types” exist in society and within the church. “We have to minister to and with cohabiting, single-parent and same-sex families. This demands listening, understanding, compassion and care rather than condemnation.”
In the Vatican Radio interview, he said that participating in a synod working group and making suggestions, he was looking first of all at “the tone” the synod report would take. “It’s about being as positive as we possibly can to families of all make ups, recognizing that within the Catholic confession marriage is a sacrament, but how can the church be as welcoming as it is possible to be to those whose family life is not the ideal.”
Being welcoming, he said, “is a way of offering hope to people and introducing them to the Christian doctrine. If we are seen as completely negative, then people won’t come near us and they will just dismiss the Christian Gospel.”
Lutheran Bishop Ndanganeni Phaswana of South Africa, representing the Lutheran World Federation, also told the synod that his community has been having “lively discussions” about how to respond to “new forms of family and marital relationships.” The process, he said, has “created tensions” within the federation.
On behalf of the federation, he thanked the Catholic Church for inviting him to observe the synod’s “discernment process and to learn from your discussions on this subject.”
On the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian saints: St. François de Laval and St. Marie de l’Incarnation. The two were made saints in April when Pope Francis set aside the normal process. The two were significant in spreading Catholicism in New France, both among the French settlers and the indigenous peoples. Laval (1623-1708) was the first bishop of Québec. Marie de l’Incarnation (1599-1672), an Ursuline sister, was responsible for establishing the first schools in the fledgling colony at Québec and for extending education to girls and natives. Pope Francis has described the new saints as models of spreading the faith. “Missionaries have gone out to call everyone, in the highways and byways of the world,” Francis said in his homily. “In this way they have done immense good for the Church, for once the Church stops moving, once she becomes closed in on herself, she falls ill, she can be corrupted, whether by sins or by that false knowledge cut off from God which is worldly secularism.” … Read more »… À suivre »
The Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut has been appointed to succeed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan in March as Director for Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion. Canon Gibaut is currently the Director of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order based in Geneva Switzerland. Faith and Order is the theological commission that resolves issues of Christian disunity, and promotes a vision of the Church as a communion of unity in diversity. A priest and canon theologian of the Diocese of Ottawa, Anglican Church of Canada, Canon Gibaut is currently an assistant priest of Eglise St-Germain, Geneva, église catholique-chrétienne (Old Catholic Diocese of Switzerland). Previously to his appointment to the WCC position, he was a professor at Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Here he taught in the areas of ecumenism, liturgy, church history, historical theology, homiletics, and Anglican studies. Canon Gibaut has also served at Toronto’s St James’s Cathedral and St Clement’s Mission Centre in the Diocese of Quebec. Well known in ecumenical circles, the 55-year-old Canadian has served on several national and international dialogues and commissions including the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. … Read more »… À suivre »
Fifty years on, it’s time for the ecumenical movement to take on a more pastoral mission and worry less about trying to untie the knots of history and theology, Saint Paul University theology professor Catherine Clifford told a small gathering of bishops, clergy and lay people in Toronto commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism. Clifford and Anglican ecumenist Archdeacon Bruce Myers were the featured speakers at a prayer service marking the anniversary sponsored by the Ontario Diocesan Directors for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. “We’ve lost sight of the pastoral importance of ecumenism,” Clifford said. From interchurch marriages to dwindling communities that can’t survive in isolation, the Church’s ecumenical mission is urgent, she said. “A perception that it (ecumenism) has been the domain of professional ecumenists” must be overcome, said Myers. … Read more »… À suivre »
To promote Christian Unity and Dialogue among World Religions
The October launching of the 1st Irénée Beaubien, s.j. EcumenicalInstitute by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism will assemble noted experts in ecumenism (Christian unity) and interreligious dialogue. Fifty years after the foundation of the Centre and the publication of the Vatican Council II Decree on Ecumenism, this event will create a space where the theory and the practice of ecumenism can intersect and serve as a platform for future action. Pioneers who laboured to establish dialogue when this was not the popular thing to do will pass on their experience and the knowledge gleaned from their efforts to a younger generation passionate about overcoming differences and working together. Society will reap the benefits.
The Irénée Beaubien Ecumenical Institute will bring together people from different churches and different religions for two days of conferences, October 24-25, in the Anglican diocese’s Fulford Hall in Montréal located at 1444 Union Avenue. Participants will learn from some fourteen church leaders and specialists in the fields of inter-church and interfaith dialogue as these speakers explore the understanding and the practice of ecumenism from different angles. Question periods following each talk will provide the opportunity for clarification and exchange. … Read more »… À suivre »
In an interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette on Oct. 3, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed speculation that the next Lambeth Conference, which is usually held every 10 years and was expected to be in 2018, might be postponed. When asked by Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis if he had made up his mind or was rethinking Lambeth 2018, Welby said, “I am not rethinking. I’m following through with what I said to the primates when I was installed as archbishop, which was that I would, by the end of 2014, seek to visit them all in their home country, in their own home, discuss with them the future of what it looked like and then we would collectively make up our minds where we went.” … Read more »… À suivre »
The letter, issued on 24 September, condemns actions of the IS from an Islamic religious perspective.
“The meticulous, detailed and scholarly rebuttal of the claims of the IS to represent authentic Islam offered by this letter will be an important resource for Muslim leaders who seek to enable people of all religions to live together with dignity, respecting our common humanity.”
“I am especially concerned at present for the safety and flourishing of Christian communities in the Middle East, as well as in other continents. This document is a significant contribution to how we together as people and leaders from our faith perspective and address threats to our one humanity,” Tveit said.
“We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our key Muslim friends and partners, a number of whom are signatories of this letter, to work together with them for peace and justice throughout the Middle East and in other parts of the world,” Tveit concluded.