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Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink’:: Week of Prayer 2015

Here is the schedule for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2015 in Saskatoon. There are services scheduled around on the world on these days, using the theme materials prepared by the churches in Brazil based on John 4:7 - "Jesus said to her: 'Give me a drink'". The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little water of our own. In diversity, we enrich each other. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value present in the other, and to ask God for the gift of unity

The biblical gesture of offering water to a guest (Mt 10:42) as a way of welcoming and sharing is something that is repeated in all regions of Brazil. Refreshing glasses of water, chimarrão, coffee and tereré are trademarks of acceptance, dialogue and coexistence. The proposed study and meditation on this text during the Week of Prayer is to help people and communities to realize the dialogical dimension of the project of Jesus, which we call the Kingdom of God

In conjunction with the Week of Prayer in Saskatoon, 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.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2015
Prairie Centre for Ecumenism


Saves the following dates and times for services in Saskatoon...
(more details to follow early in the New Year)

Saturday, January 17
9:30am-12pm – Workshop on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker
Venue TBA

Sunday, January 18
3pm Opening Service – Sts-Martyrs Canadiens Roman Catholic Parish
Preacher: Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker

Monday, January 19
7am – Morning Service at Hampton Free Methodist Church

9:30am-12:30pm – Workshop for Clergy on ecumenism & liturgy (title TBA)
Dr. Karen Westerfield-Tucker
Venue TBA

Tuesday, January 20
7am – Morning Service at St. George's Anglican Church

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

Wednesday, January 21
7am – Morning Service at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Cathedral

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

Thursday, January 22
7am – Morning Service at St. Paul's United Church

12pm – Worship and Lunch at Queen's House of Retreats

Friday, January 23
7am – Morning Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Friday evening, time TBA – Vespers at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish

Sunday, January 25
3pm Closing Service – Ebenezer Baptist Church
Preacher: Bishop Sid Haugen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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.

Wallace, a professor of Religion and Interpretation Theory Coordinator at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, places a focus is on the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of life, enlivening all creation and wounded by environmental degradation. His thought and writings are grounded in his Pennsylvania location, yet he is widely connected through his academic work and activism and combines theoretical depth and breadth with a remarkable personal openness.

A much-published author who is frequently in demand as a speaker, Wallace will guide discussion on the event theme -- The Holy Spirit and the Environmental Crisis.

In some ways the environmental crisis needs no introduction, as it must be part of our consciousness, informing all our decisions. But the environmental crisis is not static; it is complex and ever changing, requiring regular revisiting with informed analysis and commentary to keep us abreast of developments and offer insights.

The Holy Spirit is much the same. In some ways it needs no introduction but one never knows all there is to know about the Holy Spirit and it is particularly important at this time to revisit it in relation to the environmental crisis.

Wallace, the author of Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future, says his research and writing is an exercise in the emerging field of religion and ecology, a field he views as a "promising new line of inquiry in religious studies."

"This innovative sub-discipline focuses on how different religious traditions have shaped human beings' fundamental outlook on the environment in ancient and modern times. The world's religions ask basic questions about the cosmos that share deep affinities with the science of ecology," says Wallace's biography on the Swathmore College website.

"Both thought systems -- religion and ecology -- are concerned with the place of human beings within the general order of things. Noting this affinity between religion and ecology, the intellectual wager of this discipline is that the often unknown wellsprings of human beings' perspectives on the environment must be tapped if we are to understand adequately how individuals and societies have conceived of their place in the natural world."

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. As a prayer form, Taizé has grown in popularity the world over. Typically offered in retreat houses, Taizé is making its way into the corporate prayer life of churches and offers Christians of all stripes and colours the opportunity to pray together.

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

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