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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 )



“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

Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast with Lorna Dueck, Saturday April 18, 7:30am at Prairieland Park.

You are invited to join in prayer, together with the people of Saskatoon, for our community, for visionary leaders, and for a spirit of public service. Our keynote speaker, Lorna Dueck, is executive director of Context TV, and appears Sunday mornings on Global and Vision TV. She writes on Faith and Public Life for the Globe and Mail and is a former host of 100 Huntley Street. She and her husband Vern live in Burlington, Ontario where they attend Burlington Alliance Church. See www.contextwithlornadueck.com/lorna-dueck

With musical guests Brian Doerksen & The Shyr Poets. Composer of songs known and sung in churches around the world, such as "Come, now is the time to worship', 'Faithful one', 'Refiner's Fire', and 'The River'. See www.theshiyrpoets.com

As Christians in a pluralistic society, we are called "to give an account of the hope that is within us" (1 Pet. 3:15), to be witnesses of the Gospel in a world of competing voices and ideologies. At the Prayer Breakfast we will pray for all those who give leadership in our community: volunteers, civil servants, and elected officials. We pray for Saskatoon and for our country that it might be a society which promotes justice, peace, and the dignity of all.

Tickets are $35/each or $240/table of 8; available at the Prairieland box office (tickets.saskatoonex.com) or through local churches.

For more details visit:
Website: www.saskatoonprayerbreakfast.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saskatoonprayerbreakfast
Twitter: twitter.com/saskprayerbkfst

The Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast is a non-profit project. Corporate sponsorship and ticket sales cover all expenses. Any profits from this event will be donated to local charities.



Voices of Our Sisters: Standing Together in Hope

An ecumenical response to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls will be held Saturday, April 18 at Mayfair United Church, 902-33rd Street West, Saskatoon. This day is for you if you have ever asked yourself: "What can we as Church do to be in solidarity with those working to solve the crisis of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls? What can I do?"

The event begins with a traditional pipe ceremony 8 a.m. April 18: all are welcome. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the event includes keynote speakers, panels and discussion. Free child care will be provided on site. There will be a free will offering for lunch. Register online at: www.sistersvoices.ca or for more information call (306) 659-5834.

Keynote speakers are Professor Winona Wheeler of the University of Saskatchewan, Glenda Abbott of Wanuskewin, and Pauline Meskego, mother of Daleen Bosse (Daleen Bosse was murdered in 2004).

Download the poster here



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.