Letter from Saskatchewan bishops on justice and reconciliation

 — February 16, 201816 février 2018

A Message from the Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran Bishops of Saskatchewan

The events surrounding the tragic shooting death of Colten Boushie in August 2016, and the subsequent trial of Gerald Stanley and recent jury decision, have re-surfaced profound pain to families and communities. They have also raised enormously important questions and challenges for our province and our country.

As bishops who serve Christian communities in our province, we join all those who are longing to escape the slavery of prejudice, racism, anger, frustration, violence and bitterness. We wish to join all those who are re-dedicating themselves to work for reconciliation and peace among all people in our communities and in our nation.

We continue to offer our prayers for all of you, and remain committed to the spirit and principles of truth and reconciliation as we learn to walk together as Indigenous and non- Indigenous people.

The path of peace is more than simply avoiding conflict – it is a call to active engagement and to concrete action that builds right relationships. Our biblical tradition highlights that violence breeds violence; that the path forward encompasses acting honorably and seeking mutual respect as we address difficult issues together. We acknowledge the message many of us are already hearing from Indigenous people across this province and beyond: “Be the change you want to see.”

Building right relationships has been the goal of the Truth and Reconciliation process that Canada has embarked on in recent years, and all are now being challenged and called to pursue that goal with renewed passion and commitment.

As Saskatoon Tribal Chief Mark Arcand and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said in a recent statement: “we must continue to work with each other in a good way, in a respectful way.”

As representatives of our churches, we call our own communities, and the wider community, to take concrete steps, in words and actions, in a spirit of humility and good will, rooted in profound prayer. We renew our commitment to pursue meaningful, respectful dialogue and the building of positive relationships between all peoples. We reject the evils of racism and division, and strive to work for peace and reconciliation for a renewed future.

Bishop Bryan Bayda
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon

Archbishop Donald Bolen
Catholic Archdiocese of Regina

Archbishop Murray Chatlain
Catholic Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas

Bishop Mark Hagemoen
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Bishop Adam Halkett
Anglican Indigenous Bishop of Missinippi

Bishop Robert Hardwick
Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle

Bishop Sid Haugan
Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Bishop Michael Hawkins
Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan

Bishop David Irving
Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon

Bishop Albert Thévenot
Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert

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Visiting WCC, Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on “ecumenism of action”

 — February 16, 201816 février 2018

During a visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva on 16 February, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke on an “ecumenism of action” as he also congratulated the WCC on its 70th anniversary.

“Bi- and multi-lateral theological dialogue over the course of the twentieth century bore much fruit but at times it could be appear to be akin to diplomatic renegotiation of borders: the barriers to communion still exist but not where we thought they did,” said Welby. “The underlying problem with these discussions, however, is that they are what I would call negotiation of the frontiers.”

The negotiation of the ways in which frontiers are set down, and in which they are crossed, is one of the most difficult aspects of international relations at times of tension, he continued.

“Frontiers imply difference,” he explained. “They say that on one side of the frontier there is the ‘other’.”
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Canadian Anglicans, Mennonites meet for first-ever formal dialogue

 — February 14, 201814 février 2018

Members of the Anglican Church of Canada-Mennonite Church Canada dialogue at their first meeting in Waterloo, Ont., February 2-3. Photo: ContributedIn what’s believed to be the first formal ecumenical meeting between the Anglican Church of Canada and Mennonite Church Canada, members of each church learned what both might be able to share with one another in Waterloo, Ont., February 2-3.

Among other things, Anglican dialogue members expressed a desire to learn from Mennonites “how to be a prophetic voice from a position where you don’t necessarily have influence or power,” says the Rev. Scott Sharman, who participated in the meeting as the Anglican Church of Canada‘s animator for ecumenical and interfaith relations.

The goal of the dialogue at this point is primarily for each to learn from and be enriched by the other, says Sharman. “I don’t think that anyone would take anything off the table as possibilities of what it might grow into, but also, at the same time, we’ve not gone into it with a stated goal of working towards establishing a full communion relationship such as we have with the ELCIC [Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada],” he says. “I think there’s an openness to seeing where the spirit leads and where the conversations take us, but the path hasn’t necessarily been set out in advance.”
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Anglican leaders echo Pope Francis’ call for day of prayer and fasting for peace

 — February 8, 20188 février 2018

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address from the window of the Papal apartment. Photo: Centro Televiso VaticanoSenior Anglican leaders have endorsed Pope Francis’ call for an ecumenical day of prayer and fasting for peace, with a particular focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Pope Francis made his call on Sunday in his traditional Angelus address to crowds in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. It has now been endorsed by the acting primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, and the deputy director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

“Faced with the tragic continuation of conflict in several parts of the world, I invite all faithful to a special day of prayer and fasting for peace on this coming 23 February, Friday of the First Week of Lent,” Pope Francis said. “We will offer this in particular to the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of South Sudan.

“As on other similar occasions, I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to participate in this initiative in the ways they consider most appropriate, but all together.
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Vatican calls on all faiths to join day of prayer for peace

 — February 6, 20186 février 2018

Pope Francis prays for peace in South Sudan and the DRC in November 2017Speaking at the recitation of the Angelus prayer last Sunday, the Pope invited all women and men of goodwill to join him in praying for an end to violence and conflict, especially in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Addressing the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said: “Faced with the tragic protracted situations of conflict in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to take part in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace”.

Noting that February 23rd falls on a Friday during the first full week of Lent, the Pope asked people to pray especially for those suffering violence in the DRC and in South Sudan, where political unrest and a protracted civil war continues to claim thousands of lives.
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Message au Soirée interreligieuse au Québec

 — January 29, 201829 janvier 2018

La paix… N’est-ce pas un de ces mots qui expriment le mieux l’aspiration fondamentale du coeur humain ? Et n’est-ce pas ce que l’on peut se souhaiter de mieux, en particulier dans le cadre d’une rencontre comme celle de ce soir ?

La paix… Le mot résonne en effet comme un cri du coeur qui traverse le temps, les communautés de foi, les cultures. Shalom ! Eirènè ! Pax ! Salam ! Peace ! Frieden ! et combien d’autres expressions dans toutes les langues.

Pour les chrétiens, c’est aussi l’écho de la salutation du Christ à ses disciples, au soir de Pâques, qui faisait du coup disparaître la peur, toute peur, et donnait une assise solide à l’espérance, par-delà la mort, la souffrance et toute forme de violence et de haine. « Soyez toujours prêts… à rendre compte de l’espérance qui est en vous », écrivait l’apôtre saint Pierre dans une lettre qui nous a été transmise dans la Bible, « mais, ajoutait-il, faites-le avec douceur et respect. »
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Danish Lutheran and Methodist churches sign historic agreement

 — January 26, 201826 janvier 2018

It will be exciting to see how the co-operation can be developed and function as an inspiration for the local congregations, says bishop Christian Alsted (right) from the Methodist Church in Denmark“One faith, one baptism, one grace.” That is the title of the first national bilateral agreement between the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Denmark The Methodist Church in Denmark (as a part of the United Methodist Church).

With this agreement about church communion, the churches acknowledge each other as equal churches, including acknowledging each other’s baptism, Eucharist and offices. Furthermore, the churches confirm that they can co-celebrate Church services and that a pastor does not need to be re-ordained if he or she is called to minister in the other church.

ELCD and The Methodist Church have enjoyed full communion, ever since ELCD joined the Leuenberg Agreement in 2001, which is a co-operation agreement between the protestant churches in Europe. The Methodist Church joined this co-operation in 1994.

It is thus a local implementation of the Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe, which after years of in-depth ecumenical dialogue is being carried out.
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Interfaith Statement on Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program

 — January 25, 201825 janvier 2018

We the undersigned leaders of diverse faith communities and organizations in Canada, call on the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to amend the Canada Summer Jobs guidelines and application process so that it does not compel agreement or belief, and allows religious organizations to stay true to their communal identity and beliefs. The new application requires each organization to give non-negotiable and unqualified affirmation of certain beliefs held by the current government.

Canada has a long history of cooperation and collaboration between religious organizations and governments in our health care and social welfare systems, and in many other areas of life.

Faith-based organizations wish to continue to partner with the federal government in delivering programming and services to vulnerable members of their local communities, including children and youth, newcomers to Canada, and people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
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Proposed changes at United Church of Canada might ease cooperation with Anglicans

 — January 25, 201825 janvier 2018

Members of the Anglican Church of Canada-United Church of Canada Dialogue gather in the chapel of the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga during their November 2017 meeting. Submitted photoChanges now being considered to the structure of the United Church of Canada could conceivably ease clergy-sharing and other forms of cooperation between that church and the Anglican Church of Canada, say some leaders from the two churches.

One challenge now facing merged Anglican and United congregations, as noted in a report issued following the conclusion of the most recently completed round of dialogue between the two denominations, is that they lack an agreement allowing the interchangeability of ministries. Clergy of one church have been allowed to serve as clergy for the other generally only in circumstances regarded as exceptional, such as in ecumenical shared ministries, for which special permission needs to be granted by the authorities of each denomination.
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Anglican-United dialogue looks to move forward on mutual recognition of ministry

 — December 19, 201719 décembre 2017

Members of the Anglican Church of Canada-United Church of Canada Dialogue gather in the chapel of the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ont. during their November 2017 meeting. Submitted photoNew and returning members of the Anglican Church of Canada-United Church of Canada Dialogue came together last month for the first meeting since the renewal of their mandate at General Synod 2016.

Gathering from Nov. 27-30 at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, representatives from the two churches reviewed the achievements of past iterations of the dialogue—as documented in The St. Brigid Report and Called to Unity in Mission—and explored ways to move forward in the mutual recognition of ministers and ministry.

The Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman, animator for ecumenical and interfaith relations and Anglican staff support to the dialogue, said that much of the dialogue focused on how mutual recognition currently manifests itself at the grassroots level.

“Oftentimes, the way that question was being considered was as though that mutual recognition would have to happen at the level of the national churches at the same time,” Sharman said.
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