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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



Care of the Earth, Care of the Church

Care of the Earth, Care of the Church: What does the Environment have to do with Ecumenism?

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is excited to invite you to its 2014 Spring PEC Workshop. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nettie Wiebe, a well known local teacher, writer, speaker, organic farmer, farm organization leader, and public policy advocate.

The event will be held on Saturday April 26th at Queens House of Retreats from 10 am to 4 pm.

The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch at Queen's House.

Please register in advance by telephone at 306.653.1633 or email: admin [at] pcecumenism.ca. Payment may be made at the door.

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Holy Body Talk: Word in our Flesh

"And the Word became flesh and lived among us and we have seen his glory" (John 1:14). Two thousand years ago, our God was birthed into human life, walked among us, spoke our language, suffered and died, and rose again. And we live, as Christians, baptized into the body of Jesus, taking up divine life in our flesh, for our own sake and through our respective roles in ministry, for the sake of the world.

Our ministry depends on Christ taking up a home in our very bodies, in our flesh overtaken by the Spirit of the living God. How do we foster attentiveness to the way God reveals himself in our bodies, to the action of God in our action and the presence of God in ourselves and those around us? How is it that we see his glory in and around us, here and now?

Come and spend quality time with other women in ministry practicing spiritual attentiveness in and with your body, listening to Christ through Ruth, Tamar, Martha, Elijah and Paul. We will pray with our whole selves, reflect on our experiences, be attentive to the way our bodies proclaim and carry out God's ministry, and aim to leave with a deeper integration of our bodies and souls in our lives and ministry.

The 2014 Ecumenical Women in Ministry retreat will take place at Queen's House from April 27-29. Please register by contacting Queen's House at receptionist [at] queenshouse.org by April 15, 2014.

The Registration Form is available here



Kairos Retreat - Coming Into the Watershed

Coming Into the Watershed: A Watershed Discipleship Retreat
Friday, May 9 (6pm supper) to Sunday, May 11 (1 pm) at Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu’Appelle, SK
Sponsored by KAIROS and the Calling Lakes Centre

A watershed is an area of land whose lakes and rivers all drain out to a common body of water. It can be as small as the Lower Qu’Appelle (the local watershed where Calling Lakes is located) or as big as the Hudson Bay watershed, which stretches from the BC-Alberta border across the prairies and Canadian Shield to the Quebec-Labrador border, and North to parts of Baffin Island.

But the word “watershed” also refers to time, as in a “watershed moment” – the time when it becomes clear that something is changing, or has to change.

KAIROS’ “Watershed Discipleship” program explores both these meanings of watershed through the lenses of ecological justice and Indigenous Rights. What are the watersheds we live in? With whom and what do we share those spaces? How can this awareness deepen our connection to our home place? How do watersheds connect us, both locally and globally? What threatens our watersheds, and how will we work together to protect them?

We’ll explore all these issues in this retreat, incorporating activities such as teachings from Indigenous leaders, biblical and theological explorations, field trips in the Lower Qu’Appelle watershed, sharing stories of our own watersheds, and time for reflection and worship. You’ll learn how watersheds are an important way to root yourself geographically and spiritually, and you’ll obtain skills to take back home to help others explore and protect the richness of your own watershed.

Please join us in this learning experience for all, organizers and leaders included, as we work towards right relationship with one another and with the land.

Registration: $200 (subsidized by KAIROS). To register, contact the Calling Lakes Centre: http://www.callinglakes.ca

For more information, contact Sara Stratton: sstratton [at] kairoscanada.org or 1-877-403-8933 x 241.



Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is a three-year program, dedicated to forming Christians in the theology, history, and practice of ecumenism within the churches of Canada and abroad. The intended audience of this program includes ecumenical officers; people in training for ministry; ministry practitioners whose work is located within an ecumenical setting; and lay people who wish to increase their knowledge of the ecumenical movement for greater participation. The program assumes no prior theological training. We plan to continue to offer this program in Saskatoon during the final week of June each summer.

The First Year Program

This summer the program begins with a full first-year program consisting of seven modules. We will explore the ‘Biblical Foundations of Ecumenism,’ ‘Spiritual Ecumenism,’ the ‘History of Ecumenism,’ and two modules on the ‘Principles of Ecumenical Theology.’ Along with these units, participants will share an introductory session dedicated to ‘Mapping Ecumenism’ and an integration session at the completion of our time together. Participants will complete their first year of studies with an eighth and final unit of self-directed study at home in their local ecumenical context. In each succeeding year the first-year curriculum will be offered simultaneously with one of the two groupings of advanced modules.

Advanced Modules

The second and third years of the program will be comprised of a series of advanced modules dedicated to the following themes: ecumenical dialogues (theory, attitudes, methods as well as discussion of actual dialogues); the practice of ecumenism in common witness and mission; ecumenical covenants; ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue; cultural issues in ecumenical dialogue and common ministry; the practice of ecumenical courtesy; ecumenical leadership; inter-church families; challenging issues (eucharistic sharing, sexuality and gender, papacy and petrine ministry); ecumenism and social justice; religious freedom.

Schedule

The Program begins on June 24 with afternoon registration and our opening session. We will share dinner together and close the evening with worship. Moving through the next three days, the program will conclude on Friday, June 27, with an afternoon integration session and closing worship at 4:30pm. A more detailed schedule will be available to registrants.

For more information visit the PCE website or contact Dr. Darren E. Dahl at director [at] pcecumenism.ca



NAAE 2014: The Church - Towards a Common Vision

Keynote speaker: Rev Canon John Gibaut, director of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Faith & Order.

September 26-28, 2014

A joint conference of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and Southern California Ecumenical Council. Hosted by the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.

Accommodations: Hampton Inn, 7501 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank CA 91504.

For further information, see the NAAE website