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Introduction to Restorative Justice

Can justice restore individuals and communities in the wake of the harm done by crime? Can victims, offenders, and communities be made whole? What resources does Christian faith bring to this work? How can I get involved? Join a team of experienced teachers and special guests for a six-week course that explores these questions, to be held Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Feb. 23 to March 30, 2015 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 310 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Learn how restorative justice operates and how it works for community and individuals. Hear about opportunities to join in doing justice and working for restoration in and around Saskatoon.

Sponsored by the RC Diocese of Saskatoon, the Mennonite Central Committee, The Micah Mission and Micah on Campus. Cost $50 dollars. To register or for more information: please contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841 or vocations@saskatoonrcdiocese.com (NOTE: Educational bursaries are available for Catholics from the Diocese of Saskatoon for this program. To apply for a bursary, contact Blake at codirector@saskatoonrcdiocese.com )



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.



Women Inspiring Change

Join us for an afternoon of inspirational conversation, a trade show and stand-up reception in celebration of International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 7, hosted at Lakeview Church (located at the corner of Highway 16E and Boychuck Drive, Saskatoon.) The doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $40 for a group of five.

Speakers include: Danee Klassen, founder of Lilies Among Thorns (Women Who Inspire); Leah Perrault, speaker, author and director of pastoral services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon; Delores Netmaker, church planter and teacher.

Find more information about this event at www.wicsask.weebly.com or call Nancy Luross, associate pastor at Lakeview Church, (306) 374-6556, Extension 245.



World peace, Terrorism and Religious Traditions

Reflections on the aftermath of the Paris shooting will be offered in an evening of interactive discussion to be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63 Auditorium, 606 Spadina Crescent West, Saskatoon.

Panelists will include Professor Terry Wotherspoon, Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Kumar of the Hindu Society of Saskatoon; Lori Petruskevich of the Buddhist community; Dr. A. Shoker, MD, Division of Nephrology; Imam Ilyas of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan; Rabbi Claudio Jororkovsky of Congregation Agudas Israel; Rabbi Raphael Kats of the Chabad Jewish Discovery Centre; Saskatoon; Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon; and Brian Walton, spiritual care educator, Saskatoon Health Region.

This event is organized by the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Inc.



Men’s Spiritual Enrichment Weekend

Men's Spiritual Enrichment Weekend March 20-21 at Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon.

This faith enrichment opportunity is open to all men, hosted by the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus state council. Begins 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, with Mass celebrated at Holy Spirit Parish by Bishop Albert Thevenot, state chaplain, followed by a social; and continues 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Other speakers include Bishop Emeritus Gerald Wiesner, OMI; Rev. Amanda Currie of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Saskatoon; and Fr. Steve Morrisey, CSsR, the Saskatoon K of C chapter chaplain.

Cost: $30 (includes social, snacks and Saturday lunch). Participants are invited to conclude the weekend by joining Holy Spirit parish for Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

To register or for more information, contact: Dale Meier: (306) 374-9160 or cdmeier@shaw.ca



“Friends of Pakistan” East Indian Buffet and Information Seminar about Christian Persecution

“Friends of Pakistan” East Indian Buffet and Information Seminar about Christian Persecution will be held Sunday, March 29 at Rock of Ages Church, 130 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., buffet dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. For tickets, contact Nadeem Bhatti at savepeace3@gmail.com or Diego Monteiro at diegomonteiro@shaw.ca

There has never been a time in Christian history where so many people’s lives are at risk because of their decision to follow Christ and worship in a faith community. Pope Francis reminds us that “so many Christians in the world are suffering, and to ask ourselves, am I indifferent to that suffering, or does it affect me like it's a member of the family? Does it touch my heart, or doesn't it really affect me, [to know that] so many brothers and sisters in the family are giving their lives for Jesus Christ?”

Bishop Bolen invites our communities to attend this event, saying: “Our world is becoming smaller. Persecuted Christians, as with others persecuted for their faith, are no longer far away. Members of their families, their communities, live in our midst. Today, Pakistani Christians need our help. Let's work together to reach out in support to our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ there.”

For more information, contact the diocesan Justice and Peace office: (306) 659-5841.



Good Friday 2015: Saskatoon Way of the Cross Prayer Walk

The Way of the Cross is a community prayer walk which recalls the last hours of the Passion of Jesus. This event is Ecumenical (many-denominations), Scriptural, Social-Justice focused, and Outdoors. All ages, all are welcome.

Gather in the park across from the Spadina Court House, Good Friday, April 4, 2015 at 9:45am. The Walk takes approximately 2hrs. Soup lunch to follow at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral.

Pray and reflect on your own: the Scripture texts and reflections will be online.

• More details available on the Way of the Cross page
• For additional details, contact 306-242-1500 or .
• Download the poster at https://ecumenism.net/cache/2015_good_Friday.pdf



Gary Thomas: The Sacred Search

What if it's not about who you marry, but why? An evening for singles

Gary Thomas: The Sacred Search

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7-9:30pm at Forest Grove Community Church.

Cost $20. Presented by the Saskatoon Marriage Network. For more information and to register go to www.saskatoonmarriagenetwork.ca.

The Saskatoon Marriage Network consists of Circle Drive Alliance Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Forest Grove Community Church, Massey Place Community Church, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

The Network, which was established approximately five years ago, works collaboratively in encouraging and strengthening marriages. Past events have included a strong emphasis on training and equipping couples as mentors for marriage preparation and marriage enrichment.



Gary Thomas: Sacred Marriage

What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? A weekend for couples

Gary Thomas: The Sacred Search

Friday, April 17, 7-9pm and Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9am-3pm at Forest Grove Community Church.

Cost $99 before March 31, $129 after. Presented by the Saskatoon Marriage Network. For more information and to register go to www.saskatoonmarriagenetwork.ca.

The Saskatoon Marriage Network consists of Circle Drive Alliance Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Forest Grove Community Church, Massey Place Community Church, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

The Network, which was established approximately five years ago, works collaboratively in encouraging and strengthening marriages. Past events have included a strong emphasis on training and equipping couples as mentors for marriage preparation and marriage enrichment.



Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast

The Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast is an annual event that brings the community together to pray for our political leaders and to learn what it means to be a champion in our local community.

Keynote: TBA

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2015, 7:30 to 10 am (Breakfast 7:30-8:30 am)
Where: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK



The Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast operates as a non-profit event. Proceeds from ticket sales cover direct expenses, and excess revenue beyond start-up costs for next year’s event will be considered for a charity of the breakfast committee’s choice. For more information, visit www.saskatoonprayerbreakfast.ca



Heart & Soul of the City



Equip your church to become an invaluable neighbour. Gain practical insights, tools, and resources to understand and engage the needs of your community.

Church leaders: Learn to love local! Guided by urban ministry expert Dr. John Fuder, we'll discover how neighbourhood mapping can reveal unmet needs and untapped resources of your immediate neighbourhood. Discover the six essential steps to mapping and then get ready to implement practical ministry initiatives that will transform both your community and your church.

Dr. John Fuder is author of the new, best-selling Neighbourhood Mapping (2014),Founder/Director of Heart for the City, and for the past 17 years has served as Urban Studies professor at Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago.

As a special bonus, customized city profiles will be provided at each event by World Vision Canada's National Church Ambassador, Rev. Dr. Don Moore. These at-a-glance summaries of each city are an excellent, practical takeaway to enrich your ministry.

At Lakeview Church, Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:30 to 4:30pm; $25/person



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



L’Arche Prayer Nights

Join L'Arche Saskatoon for prayer and fellowship, Wednesday nights at 7pm. For details contact Wyndham Thiessen at wthiessen@larchesaskatoon.org

L’Arche Saskatoon is an ecumenical Christian community. Each community member is encouraged to deepen in his or her spiritual life according to his or her particular faith tradition. Those who have no religious affiliation are also welcomed. Together, we are working to build a community of hope and love.

L’Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities work and share life together. L’Arche communities usually consist of homes, workshops, and day programs. In L’Arche homes, people with disabilities and those who assist them live together and are equally responsible for the life of their home and their community.

L’Arche communities are communities of faith, and while most are Christian and ecumenical, some communities, such as those in Japan and India, are multi-faith. As a faith-based organization, L’Arche recognizes the spiritual and religious needs of all of its members, and welcomes and respects people from all faiths, as well as those with no religious affiliation.