Archive for 2016

Archive pour 2016

Faith & Witness: a podcast exploring ecumenism

Adaptation of 'Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee' by Ludolf Backhuysen, 1695 (Wikimedia; Public Domain)The Canadian Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Witness are proud to announce the release of the first episode of Faith & Witness, a podcast exploring ecumenism. Each month we’ll learn what happens when churches talk to each other, and about the people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.

This month’s episode features two segments. The first is a dialogue between Fr. Geoffrey Ready of the Orthodox Church in America (Canadian Archdiocese), and the Rev. Ian Sloan of the United Church of Canada. Fr. Geoffrey and Rev. Ian talk about the idea of salvation, and how Orthodox and United beliefs about salvation are the same, and how they differ.

In our second segment, Associate Secretary for the Commission Dr. Mary Marrocco interviews Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, Director of the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

Please join us! You can download the episode here. If you have questions you would like to hear answered on the podcast, or about anything else, please email. Theme and interstitial music by Telepathic Teddy Bear (“Churches”; CC BY 4.0)
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Posted: June 1, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9144
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Faith & Witness
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Faith & Witness


Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant continues to thrive

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant between the Regina archdiocese and the Diocese of Qu’Appelle signed in 2011 continues to grow, with activities between the two faith communities. They gathered May 15, Pentecost Sunday, at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a traditional Anglican evensong service with a homily delivered by archdiocesan administrator Rev. Lorne Crozon and the apostolic blessing performed by Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber. Canon Michael Jackson, Anglican co-chair of the Covenant Implementation Committee, opened the service, followed by St. Paul’s Cathedral dean Michael Sinclair, who welcomed everyone.

Susan Klein, Roman Catholic co-chair of the Covenant Implementation Committee reported on the numerous activities the covenant participants have shared since the last time they met. Among the highlights was Signs of Hope: A Conversation on First Nations Ministry, held in the fall of 2015. It attracted Aboriginal and non-Aboriginals who engaged in conversations following presentations by Rev. Dale Gillman and Sister Re-Anne Letourneau.

Sinclair spent a week in Rome attending a Christian leadership course at the Anglican Centre, visited Assisi and attended a public audience with Pope Francis. Archdeacon Catherine Harper presented on the diaconate program, and Canon Jackson is in touch with the Roman Catholic Diaconate programs in Saskatoon and Prince Albert as well as Roman Catholic authors and diaconate leaders in the U.S.

In addition to these highlights, there were several joint parish activities, including a vacation Bible school, marriage course, Advent and lenten programs. “Concrete examples of what we are doing together,” said Klein in her report.
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Posted: June 1, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9216
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, covenant, Regina
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, covenant, Regina


Pope calls euthanasia triumph of selfishness, not act of compassion

Pope Francis says euthanasia is not an act of compassion. CNS file photo/Paul HaringGrowing acceptance of euthanasia does not indicate increased compassion, but highlights the rise of a selfish “throwaway culture” that casts aside the sick, the dying and those who do not satisfy the perceived requirements of a healthy life, Pope Francis said.

In a culture that is increasingly “technological and individualistic,” some tend to “hide behind alleged compassion to justify killing a patient,” the Pope told health professionals from Spain and Latin America June 9.

“True compassion does not marginalize, humiliate or exclude, much less celebrate a patient passing away,” the Pope said. “You know well that would mean the triumph of selfishness, of that ‘throwaway culture’ that rejects and despises people who do not meet certain standards of health, beauty or usefulness.”
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Posted: June 10, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9198
Categories: CNSIn this article: euthanasia, Francis, physician assisted suicide
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Common commitments to witness and action between WCRC and Catholic Church

A delegation from the World Communion of Reformed Churches visited the Vatican on June 10, 2016 for meetings with Pope Francis, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and PeaceThe relationship between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Roman Catholic Church was both broadened and deepened during a series of meetings at the Vatican on Friday, 10 June. WCRC and Roman Catholic officials, including Pope Francis, found reasons for celebration as well as a renewed urgency to work more closely together.

“It was both a joy and a mission fulfilled today to have a strong response from Pope Francis to affirm our common mission,” said Chris Ferguson, WCRC general secretary.

In his official address to Pope Francis, Ferguson stated that it was with a sense of both “joy and urgency” that these meetings were taking place. “Our joy comes from knowing that through repentance and dialogue we are growing closer to the unity that is Christ’s gift to the church, so that all may believe,” he said, noting the progress made through official dialogues and the process of associating with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ).
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Posted: June 13, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9401
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Interfaith Representatives Call for Improved Palliative Care across Canada

At the National Press Gallery in Ottawa on June 14, Canadian interfaith leaders issued a joint call for improved palliative careToday, representatives from various faith communities united to issue a joint call to Canada’s elected officials to support a robust, well-resourced, national palliative care strategy and to raise awareness of inadequacies in palliative care, particularly in the wake of the debate over Physician-Assisted Dying/Suicide.

In addition to issuing an Interfaith Statement on Palliative Care, the organizations reaffirmed that compassion is a foundational element of Canadian identity that should directly shape Canadian public policy when it comes to end-of-life issues. The spokespersons warned that assisted dying/suicide must not become a default choice for those struggling with terminal illnesses, and that it is a national imperative to enhance access to and the quality of palliative care.
“The need for quality, widely accessible palliative care should be one of the most pressing concerns of our country,” said the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield, on behalf of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Faith communities, along with health care workers, have for centuries stood by the bedsides of the dying to comfort and protect, to heal and console. Today, as faith leaders, we recommit ourselves to this sacred task of providing the spiritual care so essential to palliative care.”
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Posted: June 14, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9600
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, euthanasia, interfaith, palliative care
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, euthanasia, interfaith, palliative care


Religious leaders in Saskatchewan concerned about assisted dying policies

Saskatchewan Minister of Health Dustin Duncan speaks to the press after meeting with Saskatchewan faith leaders who presented a Joint Statement on Freedom of Conscience and Palliative Care to the Saskatchewan government and Official OppositionReligious leaders across Saskatchewan say doctors who don’t want to help patients die shouldn’t be forced to refer them to another physician who will.

Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders met with Health Minister Dustin Duncan at the Saskatchewan legislature Tuesday and said facilities should not be forced to help people end their lives either. Duncan said the province is looking at ways to accommodate those concerns about the new federal law that allows medical assisted dying.

The law says doctors can’t be forced to provide the service. But the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan policy also says they “must not abandon a patient who makes this request” and they need to arrange “timely access” to another physician or resources.

“We also feel that people do have a right to information,” said Mary Deutscher, with the justice and peace commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. “We have no problem with providing that information, but there’s something different about a direct referral, that actually says that you need to find someone who will carry through on what we see as a very harmful action. Do you want to force doctors to have to harm people that they care for? And many of these doctors do see this as a harmful action.”
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Posted: June 21, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9204
Categories: NewsIn this article: freedom of conscience, palliative care, physician assisted suicide, religious freedom, Saskatchewan
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : freedom of conscience, palliative care, physician assisted suicide, religious freedom, Saskatchewan


Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue finds unity in diversity

Bishops from North America, Africa, and England meet at the Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue in Accra, GhanaIntroduced by the Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante as an ecumenical contribution from the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Akan concept of sankofa served as a guiding framework for the Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, which took place from May 25-29 in Accra, Ghana. The gathering brought together bishops from Canada, Ghana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, England, and the United States. Sankofa—literally, ‘It is not a taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind’—refers broadly to the unity of past and present, where the narrative of the past is a dynamic reality that cannot be separated from consideration of the present and future. The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue emerged after the 2008 Lambeth Conference as a way for bishops from different backgrounds to continue an ongoing, respectful dialogue in the midst of significant disagreements, primarily over the issues of human sexuality and same-sex marriage.
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Posted: June 23, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9313
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Communion, Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, Fred Hiltz, human sexuality, Michael Curry
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, Fred Hiltz, human sexuality, Michael Curry


WCC approves 2018 World Mission Conference in Tanzania

The next World Mission Conference is to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018. The proposal to hold the conference was approved today by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee at its meeting in Trondheim, Norway. Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Moderator of the WCC’s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), presented the proposal. The conference theme is “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” More than 700 delegates from churches worldwide are expected to gather for the event hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The conference is the first to be held in Africa since 1958, when it was hosted in Ghana. “CWME recognizes that the African continent is one of the most vibrant regions of world Christianity,” CWME Director, Dr Jooseop Keum explains. “It is important that the spirit of Africa pervade the conference from planning through to delivery. A significant numbers of speakers and participants will be from the region.” The mission executive adds that holding the conference in Africa will allow participants to learn about African ecumenical mission initiatives.
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Posted: June 29, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9490
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: evangelism/evangelization, mission, WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
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