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Reformed church groupings agree to create new global body

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches has agreed to unite with the Reformed Ecumenical Council to create a new “global entity” that will group 80 million Reformed Christians.
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Posted: October 23, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=357
Categories: ENI
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Catégorie : ENI


Deux rassemblements d’Eglises réformées se mettent d’accord

L’Alliance réformée mondiale (ARM) a accepté de s’unir au Conseil œcuménique réformé (COR) pour former une nouvelle “entité mondiale” qui rassemblerait près de 87 millions de chrétiens réformés.
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Posted: October 24, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=358 Transmis : 24 octobre 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=358


Eucharistic Congress in Saskatoon

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon will be holding a Diocesan Eucharistic Congress from October 26-28, 2007. A Eucharistic Congress is not a common event in any diocese, so it will be as unfamiliar to Catholics as it is to other Christians. Essentially, the Congress is a period of intense study and reflection about the many dimensions of the eucharistic mystery. As Bishop Albert LeGatt describes it, “A Eucharistic Congress… is an occasion to gather all the baptized, the Body of Christ, for the purpose of giving praise to Christ for the gift of the Eucharist.”
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Posted: October 26, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=359
Categories: NewsIn this article: events, prayer, Saskatoon, workshop
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : events, prayer, Saskatoon, workshop


23rd Annual Festival of Faith: Side by Side in Faith

The 23rd annual Festival of Faith will be held on Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Side by Side in Faith.” The Congregation Agudus Israel (715 McKinnon Ave.) will again host the religious community of Saskatoon for this important festival.

Come join in Saskatoon’s multi-faith expression of its spiritual traditions expressed through speech, music, and dance – a celebration for all ages brought together from the four corners of the earth! Free admission. Refreshments served.
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Posted: October 28, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=360
Categories: DialogueIn this article: events, Festival of Faith, interfaith, multifaith, prayer, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : events, Festival of Faith, interfaith, multifaith, prayer, Saskatoon


On Unity: Jesus Christ, The Hope of the Church

We hear complaints these days decrying much that is wrong with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): ministers with questionable theology, regrettable statements from denominational officials, and misguided decisions by judicatories at all levels. One effect of these recitations surely is to leave under a cloud Presbyterians who profess continuing loyalty to the denomination. We who remain affiliated with the denomination are often portrayed by separation-minded colleagues as sell-outs, as compromisers, as “lukewarm Laodiceans” who have sacrificed theological and biblical integrity for the sake of unity-at-any-price.

We reject these portrayals and intend now to declare the biblical and confessional faith that leads us to keep faith with our brothers and sisters within the PC(USA). We contend that the decision to remain within the fellowship involves neither a softening of confessional commitments nor a sentimental minimizing of the problems afflicting the denomination. Rather, our commitment to hold firm in common life with our fellow Presbyterians is grounded in the recognition that the hope of the church lies nowhere else than in the saving Lordship of Jesus Christ its Head.

The corollary to this affirmation is the recognition that the decision to leave is questionable as an act of Christian faithfulness. While we do not doubt the godly intentions of many who have left or are considering leaving, we suggest that the path of separation tends to reflect a certain kind of despairing unbelief regarding Christ’s presence in and with the church, an abandonment of hope in a living, acting, and reigning Lord Jesus. Such a position stands in contradiction to the Gospel.
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Posted: October 29, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7287
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA


Celebrate Medicare Week coming soon

The Ecumenical Health Care Network of the Canadian Council of Churches invites every congregation and community across the country to join in a time of celebration and renewal of Canada’s commitment to ensuring the preservation and strengthening of its universal public health care system, better known as Medicare. To this end, we have named the week of November 18th “Celebrate Medicare Week.”

In the past, Canada’s churches have played an invaluable role in defending access to care based on need not on ability to pay, and as a living statement of how we care for one another in Canadian society. In the words of a former vice-president of the Canadian Council of Churches, Karen MacKay-Llewellyn, “Defending public health care in a system that promises accessibility to all Canadians at the same level of quality, is a matter at the heart of our Christian confession, and this must rest at the heart of our public witness.”
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Posted: October 31, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=361
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care, justice
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care, justice


Women in Ministry: Naming, Claiming and Celebrating

Women in ministry, both lay and ordained, are invited to a retreat at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, November 18-19, 2007. “Women in Ministry: Naming, Claiming and Celebrating” will be an ecumenical gathering of women in ministry to share and celebrate our journeys of faith and of call, to learn from one another, to become friends and to support each other. Ministry commitments and responsibilities can have a way of insulating us from one another if we are not intentional about making connections and encounters happen. The team of facilitators includes two Roman Catholic women in pastoral ministry, a recently retired Lutheran pastor, and a Presbyterian minister. Please see the brochure for more information and the registration form.
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Posted: November 1, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=362 In this article: events, ministry, Saskatoon, women Transmis : 1 novembre 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=362 Dans cet article : events, ministry, Saskatoon, women


No other name? Can only Christians be saved?

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism will present another workshop for lay leaders in local congregations on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. The subject “No other name? Can only Christians be saved?” will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church (2 blocks south of Taylor on Lansdowne) in Saskatoon.
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Posted: November 3, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=363
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: interfaith, salvation, study, workshop
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : interfaith, salvation, study, workshop


Une réunion chrétienne d’une diversité sans précédent pour évoquer l’unité et le témoignage commun

Une réunion de hauts responsables d’Eglises telle qu’on en n’a jamais vue se déroulera près de Nairobi, Kenya, à partir du mardi 6 novembre. Jamais encore des traditions chrétiennes aussi diverses ne se sont retrouvées pour une rencontre mondiale d’une telle envergure œcuménique; on y parlera de ce que les chrétiens sont appelés à faire dans le monde d’aujourd’hui – si possible ensemble.

Sous le nom de Forum chrétien mondial, cette rencontre, qui se tiendra au Centre de conférences de Jumuia à Limuru, près de Nairobi, rassemblera du 6 au 9 novembre près de 250 représentants de haut niveau de toutes les traditions chrétiennes et de leurs organisations mondiales.
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Posted: November 5, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=364
Categories: NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Most diverse Christian gathering ever to discuss unity and common witness

A unique gathering of high level church leaders to start Tuesday, 6 November near Nairobi, Kenya, features the broadest range of Christian traditions ever represented at a global meeting, allowing for a discussion of unprecedented ecumenical breadth on what Christians are called to do – together if possible – in the world today.

The 6-9 November gathering, called the Global Christian Forum, brings together about 250 high level representatives of all the main Christian traditions and of their global organizations at the Jumuia Conference Centre in Limuru, near Nairobi.

The Forum’s stated purpose is to create a new, open space in which a broad range of Christian churches and interchurch organizations can gather in a multilateral setting to foster mutual respect and explore and address together common challenges. It aims to include all streams of Christianity, including those which have not been in conversation with one another. In Limuru about half of the participants will be Evangelicals and Pentecostals.

Over four days, with the theme “Our Journey with Jesus Christ, the Reconciler,” participants will discuss how best to promote dialogue and co-operation on issues of Christian unity and common witness to the world. They will debate proposals for the future of the Forum, and it is hoped that a “Letter to the Churches” will summarize the results of the meeting.
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Posted: November 6, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=365
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, WCC NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, WCC NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Phoebe Palmer & the Quest for Holiness

“A Perfect Model of Modesty and Confidence”: Phoebe Palmer and the Quest for Holiness” is the title of the first presentation in the “Friends of Sophia” fall program. Presented by Dr. Sandra Beardsall, professor of church history at St. Andrew’s College, this evening presentation will introduce the fascinating 19th century evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and discuss her writings on the quest for holiness.
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Posted: November 6, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=366 In this article: events, Friends of Sophia, Saskatoon, women Transmis : 6 novembre 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=366 Dans cet article : events, Friends of Sophia, Saskatoon, women


A Canadian, John Gibaut, is new director of WCC Faith & Order

Professor John St. H. Gibaut, from St. Paul University in Ottawa, has been appointed as the new director of the World Council of Churches‘ Commission on Faith and Order. According to a press release from the university, Prof. Gibaut will take up his duties in Geneva in January, 2008.
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Posted: November 7, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=367
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican


Un Canadien, John Gibaut, est nommé directeur de Foi et Constitution

Le professeur John St. H. Gibaut de l’Université Saint-Paul, Ottawa, nommé Directeur de la Commission Foi et Constitution du Conseil œcuménique des églises à Genève. Selon un communiqué de presse de l’université, le professeur Gibaut prendra ses fonctions à Genève, en janvier 2008.
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Posted: November 7, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=368
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican


Un responsable du Vatican affirme que le Forum chrétien mondial est essentiel

[ENI] Un éminent représentant du Vatican a déclaré que l’Eglise catholique romaine saluait le Forum chrétien mondial, qui est un rassemblement sans précédent des divers courants du christianisme. “Lorsque les chrétiens sont divisés, la proclamation de l’Evangile souffre et c’est là une douleur que nous devons tous ressentir”, a déclaré l’évêque Brian Farrell, secrétaire du Conseil pontifical pour la promotion de l’unité des chrétiens.
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Posted: November 8, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=369
Categories: NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Vatican official says world forum for Christianity is vital

[ENI] A senior Vatican official has said the Roman Catholic Church welcomes a new Global Christian Forum intended to bring together the diverse strands of Christianity as never before. “When Christians are divided, the preaching of the gospel suffers and this is a pain we all have to feel,” said Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addressing a 6-9 November meeting of the forum near Nairobi.
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Posted: November 8, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=370
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Global Christian Forum


Ecumenism – or how to ride a bicycle between this life and the other

“Church unity is like riding a bicycle. We will fall unless we go forward.” This affirmation was posed as a challenge by Korean missiologist Wonsuk Ma to participants at the Global Christian Forum taking place on 6-9 November in Limuru, near Nairobi, Kenya.

In a keynote address delivered on the second day of the forum, Ma analyzed Christian developments in unity and mission over the last century. He affirmed that in Christian mission, the seemingly contradictory emphases on “life before death” and on “life after death” – which have separated “mainline” and “evangelical” Christians for decades – are actually complementary and in need of each other.

Read the complete article on Dr. Ma’s address to the Global Christian Forum on our website.
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Posted: November 8, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=371
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Evangelicals and Pentecostals look to new forms of unity

Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders attending a world Christian forum in Kenya that has brought together many of Christianity’s diverse strands, say it offers new opportunities, but they also warn of possible difficulties ahead.

“When you share your journey and discover how others people have travelled and find similarities in the journey, that helps you to travel together,” commented the Rev. Richard Howell of the Evangelical Fellowship of India.

About 240 leaders from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal and other churches and international organizations attended the forum in Limuru near Nairobi.

Organizers say the gathering aimed to bring together the various streams of Christianity that have traditionally not been “in conversation” with each other.

The World Council of Churches groups many of the world’s Anglican, Protestant and Orthodox denominations but the Roman Catholic Church does not belong to the Geneva-based WCC, nor do many Evangelical, Pentecostal or Charismatic churches.

In many parts of the world, Pentecostal and so-called non-mainline Protestant churches are growing, while mainstream churches continue to lose membership.

“A new form of ecumenism is needed that is able to embrace the challenges of world-wide Christianity,” Pentecostal theologian and scholar Cheryl Bridges-Johns said in an 8 November address to participants.
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Posted: November 8, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=372
Categories: ENI, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : ENI, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Landmines after the Mine Ban Treaty: What now?

A video and presentation by Professor R. L. Kushwaha from the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th, from 7 to 9 pm in the St. Thomas More College Auditorium.

The international treaty banning anti-personnel mines was signed with great acclaim in 1997 and Canada’s leadership role in this initiative was a source of national pride to many. In 1999, Dr. Lal Kushwaha received his first grant from the Department of National Defence to develop efficient, cost effective devices for clearing landmines. Dr. Kushwaha will talk about the landmine problem, the work of U of S Landmine Research Group (Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering Dept.), and recent developments. There will be an opportunity to talk with Professor Kushwaha afterwards over refreshments.
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Posted: November 8, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=373 In this article: events, peace, Saskatoon Peace Coalition Transmis : 8 novembre 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=373 Dans cet article : events, peace, Saskatoon Peace Coalition


Ecumenism needs reinvention, Pentecostal scholar says

Pentecostal theologian and scholar Cheryl Bridges-Johns proposed a radical reinvention of the ecumenical movement in a keynote address delivered on the third day of the Global Christian Forum which takes place 6-9 November in Limuru, near Nairobi, Kenya.

Bridges-Johns, a professor at the Theological Seminary of the Church of God in Cleveland (Tennessee), US, sparked a vivid discussion with her lecture, which elaborated on a statement from the 1961 New Delhi assembly of the World Council of Churches: “the achievement of unity will involve nothing less than a death and rebirth of many forms of church life as we have known them”.

Read the complete article for further details of Prof. Bridges-Johns’ address, as well as links to additional resources on the Global Christian Forum.
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Posted: November 9, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=374
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


‘Historic’ world Christian forum issues call for dialogue

[ENI] Leaders meeting in Kenya belonging to all main Christian traditions, and from countries ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe, have pledged to convene international, local and regional meetings to deepen reconciliation and understanding. “Recognising that unity is first and foremost God’s gift through the work of the Holy Spirit, our commitment is to press on in promoting ever greater understanding and cooperation among Christians, while respecting the diversity of our identities, traditions and individual gifts,” the leaders said in a statement issued at the end of the 6-9 November meeting.
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Posted: November 9, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=375
Categories: ENIIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


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