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That All May Be One!

For those who wish to know the mind of the Pope on contemporary issues such as whether a non-Catholic can receive communion in a Catholic church, or a Catholic in a non-Catholic church, the answer is now available.  Many Catholics, living next door to their non-Catholic friends, co-workers, and relatives, ask themselves these kind of
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Posted: Sept. 16, 1995 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6251
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, encyclicals, John Paul II
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, encyclicals, John Paul II


Bienvenue à notre nouveau site web intitulé « Oecuménisme au Canada »

«Je suis la vigne, vous êtes les sarments: celui qui demeure en moi et en qui je demeure, celui-là portera du fruit en abondance… Ce que je vous demande c’est de vous aimer les uns les autres.» (Jean 15, 5 et 17)

Bienvenue à notre nouveau site web intitulé «œcuménisme au Canada».

Ce site est développé conjointement par les deux centres au Canada qui s’occupent des relations interchrétiennes et interreligieuses, le Centre canadien d’œcuménisme et le Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Il vise à montrer les fruits nombreux que portent les différentes Églises au Canada.
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Posted: Sept. 1, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=68
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Christian unity, ecumenism, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, website
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Christian unity, ecumenism, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, website


Ecumenical web site launched

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register Canada has gained a new ecumenical web site, and the start of a centralized, on-line archive of Canadian and international ecumenical dialogue. Want to know what Catholics and Lutherans have really said about their shared understanding of justification, or what the Catholic bishops of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
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Posted: Sept. 7, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=70
Categories: Catholic Register, ResourcesIn this article: Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, website
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, ResourcesDans cet article : Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, website


Pathways to a Strengthened Community

Restorative Justice Week

Restorative Justice Week, November 16-23, 2003, Pathways to a Strengthened Community

As we go about our daily lives, looking for the pathways that will help us live in harmony, we do so with the belief that our communities will be better places because of it. Relationships are at the heart of restorative justice, and when we actively use a restorative approach in which people are included and heard, there can be understanding, healing, accountability and a strengthened community.
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Posted: Oct. 1, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=77
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: events, justice, prayer
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : events, justice, prayer


Sentiers vers une Communauté renouvelée

Semaine de la justice réparatrice

Semaine de la justice réparatrice, novembre 16 à 23, 2003, Sentiers vers une Communauté renouvelée

Lorsque nous vaquons à nos activités quotidiennes, nous cherchons à emprunter des sentiers qui nous aideront à vivre en harmonie, parce que nous sommes convaincus que cela améliorera nos collectivités. Les relations sont au coeur de la justice réparatrice, et lorsque nous appliquons activement une approche réparatrice où les personnes en font partie et sont écoutées, nous permettons la compréhension, la guérison, la responsabilisation ainsi que le renouvellement de la communauté.
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Posted: Oct. 1, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=78
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: Canada
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : Canada


My Peace I give you

'My peace I give you': Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
'Ma paix je vous la donne' : Semaine de prière pour l'unité chrétienne

“My Peace I give you” (John 14:23-31), Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 to 25, 2004

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2004 has been chosen by Christians in Aleppo, Syria. In the Middle-East, as in many other places in the world, people hunger for peace. The biblical passage John 14:23-31 offers us a response to our common hunger. It shows how Christ’s reconciliation helps to draw us into closer communion with one another. Our path to peace leads us to reconciliation among the churches and on that ground we can also seek healthy relationships between all religious traditions.
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Posted: Dec. 1, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=80
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2004, Christian unity, prayer, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2004, Christian unity, prayer, WPCU


Je vous donne ma paix

'My peace I give you': Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
'Ma paix je vous la donne' : Semaine de prière pour l'unité chrétienne

«Je vous donne ma paix» (Jean 14, 23-31), Semaine de prière pour l’unité chrétienne, du 18 au 25 janvier 2004

Le thème de la semaine de prière pour l’unité chrétienne en 2004 nous est proposé par les chrétiennes et chrétiens d’Alep en Syrie. Au Moyen-Orient, comme dans d’autres endroits du monde, il y a une grande faim de paix. Le texte biblique Jean 14,23-31 répond à cette commune faim de paix et nous montre comment la réconciliation avec le Christ nous amène à une communion plus étroite des uns avec les autres. Notre chemin de la paix comme chrétiens et chrétiennes passe par la réconciliation entre les Églises. Celle-ci nous aidera ensuite à établir de saines relations entre les différentes traditions religieuses dans le monde.
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Posted: Dec. 1, 2003 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=81
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2004
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2004


Le Christ, unique fondement de l’Église (1 Co 3, 1-23)

Christ, the one Foundation of the Church (1 Cor 3:1-23)
Le Christ, unique fondement de l'Église (1 Co 3, 1-23)

Depuis plus de dix ans, les Églises en Slovaquie connaissent une période de renouveau et de développement, après avoir vécu, pendant une quarantaine d’années, dans une situation politique qui, tout en leur permettant d’exister, empêchait leur épanouissement et limitait leur témoignage dans la société. Ce thème : « Le Christ, unique fondement de l’Église », a été élaboré dans un contexte caractérisé par les nouvelles possibilités de croissance s’offrant à l’Église.
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Posted: Jan. 1, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=119
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2005, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2005, WPCU


Christ, the one Foundation of the Church (1 Cor 3:1-23)

Christ, the one Foundation of the Church (1 Cor 3:1-23)
Le Christ, unique fondement de l'Église (1 Co 3, 1-23)

The churches in Slovakia have experienced more than a decade of renewal and growth after four decades of living in a political situation that, while allowing the churches to exist, attempted to impede their growth and limit their witness in society. The situation in which this year’s theme: “Christ, the one Foundation of the Church” was developed, is marked by new possibilities for church growth.
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Posted: Jan. 1, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=120
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2005, Christian unity, prayer, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2005, Christian unity, prayer, WPCU


MCC Election Primer

Mennonite Central Committee's Election Primer

We have just celebrated the birth of Jesus, the coming of hope to our world: hope for love and belonging; hope for compassion and sharing; hope for forgiveness and reconciliation; hope for justice and peace. How does the celebration of Christmas hope shape our interactions during a federal election campaign? An election campaign provides many
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Posted: Dec. 27, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=182
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2006, Canada, education, elections, justice, peace
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2006, Canada, education, elections, justice, peace


2006 Growing Together bulletin insert series

Orders are now being taken for the 2006 series of the Growing Together bulletin inserts. The inserts are distributed as a camera-ready black and white master copy. This allows congregations/parishes to copy as many as needed for their church bulletins or other purposes. Growing Together is great for use during Lent. Call the PCE now
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Posted: Jan. 5, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=191
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Christian unity
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Christian unity


Devotion or division? Portraits of Mary in the Gospels of Luke & John

Scripturefest with Dr. Jo-Ann Badley at Queen’s House of Retreats (601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon) January 21, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required, $35. Co-sponsored by Queen’s House, RC Diocese of Saskatoon, and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

Posted: Jan. 21, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=195
Categories: Dialogue, ResourcesIn this article: education, preaching, Scripture
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Catégorie : Dialogue, ResourcesDans cet article : education, preaching, Scripture


‘Speaking of Unity’ — NCC’s Faith and Order launches an on-line professional journal

National Council of Churches USA

The Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches USA has launched an electronic journal for professionals and other interested observers. Called Speaking of Unity, the journal is edited by Dr. Ann K. Riggs, Associate General Secretary of the NCC for Faith and Order. NCC President Michael E. Livingston contributed the foreword: “The
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Posted: Jan. 28, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=196
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), USA, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), USA, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2006

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matt. 18:20). The 2006 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed January 22 to 29, 2006 in many parts of Canada. An international resource kit prepared by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
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Posted: Jan. 29, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=201
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Christian unity, prayer, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Christian unity, prayer, WPCU


PCE library re-catalogued

We have had volunteer help in getting our library re-catalogued from the Dewey Decimal system to the Library of Congress (LC) system. There are about 2,000 books, most of which are available for borrowing for 1 month, on a number of ecumenical and interfaith topics. Besides some videos, we also have a vertical file on
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Posted: Feb. 2, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=203
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, ecumenical centre, library
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : books, ecumenical centre, library


Canadian Churches’ Racial Justice Week — March 19 to 26, 2006

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is March 21, the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960.
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Posted: Feb. 22, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=211
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, education, justice, racism
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, education, justice, racism


Une semaine canadien contre le racisme — 19-26 mars 2006

La Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale est mars 21, l’anniversaire du massacre à Sharpeville en 1960.
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Posted: Feb. 22, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=212
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: 2006, Canada, justice, racism
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2006, Canada, justice, racism


WCC Annual Review 2005

WCC Annual Review 2005

Now available in electronic and printed format, the WCC Annual Review 2005 is an illustrated account of WCC programmes and activities over the year. The Annual Review also contains key information on WCC member churches, governing bodies, finances, publications and other resources.
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Posted: June 15, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=240
Categories: Documents, Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC
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Catégorie : Documents, Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC


Compte rendu annuel 2005 du COE

WCC Annual Review 2005

Disponible maintenant sous forme électronique et imprimée (en anglais seulement), le document WCC Annual Review 2005 est un compte rendu illustré des programmes et activités du COE tout au long de l’année. Il contient également des informations de base sur les Eglises membres, les organes directeurs, les finances, les publications et autres documents du COE.
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Posted: June 15, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=241
Categories: Documents, ResourcesIn this article: WCC
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Catégorie : Documents, ResourcesDans cet article : WCC


Church Leaders call for Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

Church leaders and inter-church organizations around the world have been speaking out about the current crisis in the Middle East, and despite differences in perspective, are urging an immediate ceasefire.
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Posted: Aug. 12, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=254
Categories: Documents, Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: church leaders, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestine, peace, statements
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Catégorie : Documents, Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : church leaders, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestine, peace, statements


Workshop: After you say hello: going deeper in inter-church dialogue

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s Fall Workshop for Ecumenical Contacts will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at St. Francis RC Church, Saskatoon (Willow St. & Melrose Ave.) from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Our theme is “After you say hello: going deeper in inter-church dialogue.” Lots of people can generate some enthusiasm for ‘surface’
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Posted: Oct. 21, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=272
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: events, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : events, Saskatoon


Creative Partnerships & Collaborative Action

Restorative Justice Week

The week of November 12-19 will be observed across Canada and around the world as Restorative Justice Week. The theme for 2006 is “Creative Partnerships & Collaborative Action.” This theme celebrates the expression of the creativity found within existing partnerships and challenges us to forge new and stronger ones. These new alliances provide an opportunity to introduce restorative justice principles, values, and initiatives to broader cross sections of Canadians.
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Posted: Oct. 29, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=276
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: conflict, justice, resolution, restorative justice
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : conflict, justice, resolution, restorative justice


Growing Together 23rd series, 2007

The 2007 edition of Growing Together is now available for pre-order at the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Growing Together is a series of Sunday bulletin inserts prepared by a special writing team for the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Produced annually since 1985, GT consists of a set of 5 inserts normally distributed in church bulletins from January to May.

The 2007 GT series is:

1. Hear the Word of the Lord – Prophetic Voices for God
2. The Power of Words
3. When We Disagree: Living with Difference in our Congregations
4. A Muslim Friend I Would Like To Have Known
5. The Spirituality of Travel
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Posted: Nov. 28, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=279
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Christian unity, education, Growing Together
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Christian unity, education, Growing Together


From chains to freedom: 2007 Week for Racial Justice

From Chains to Freedom: Journeying Towards Reconciliation

Sunday, March 25th 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the ending of the slave trade in the British Empire. The abolition law brought to an official end the forced transportation of millions of Africans from their homeland, across the Middle Passage, to the Americas. Canada was part of the British Empire and participated in the practice of slavery. Slavery’s impact continues at the same time as modern forms of slavery are appearing. The struggle is far from over. Enslaved Africans and people of faith led the movement to abolish the slave trade. But the modern form of racism which developed to justify the enslavement of Africans remains a reality in too many of our churches and societies. People of faith need to commit anew to addressing the racism in our churches, our country and our world. The Canadian Ecumenical Anti Racism Network (CEARN) invites churches to commemorate this anniversary by participating in the ongoing journey we must take towards healing, reconciliation and the transformation of our relationships.
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Posted: Mar. 1, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=297
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, racism
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, racism


De l’esclavage à la liberté : Semaine pour la justice raciale 2007

De l'esclavage à la liberté : Vers la réconciliation

Le dimanche 25 mars 2007 marque le bicentenaire de la fin de la traite des esclaves dans l’Empire britannique. La loi sur l’abolition mettait officiellement un point final au transport forcé de millions d’Africains arrachés à leur pays pour être expatriés vers les Amériques via le Passage du milieu. Le Canada, alors membre de l’Empire britannique, a pratiqué lui aussi l’esclavage. L’impact de l’esclavage persiste, tandis qu’on assiste à l’émergence de formes modernes d’esclavage. La lutte est loin d’être terminée. Des Africains réduits en esclavage et des personnes de foi ont pris la tête du mouvement en faveur de l’abolition de la traite des esclaves, mais la version moderne du racisme, qui tente de justifier l’esclavage des Africains, demeure une réalité dans de trop nombreuses Églises et sociétés. Il faut que les gens de foi s’engagent à nouveau dans la lutte contre le racisme dans nos Églises, dans notre pays, dans le monde entier. Le Réseau œcuménique canadien contre le racisme (ROCCR) invite les Églises à souligner cet anniversaire en s’engageant elles aussi sur le chemin de la guérison, de la réconciliation et de la transformation de nos relations. Nous vous offrons à titre de ressource cette pochette documentaire sur la justice raciale.
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Posted: Mar. 1, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=298
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, racism
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, racism


RJ City – a new way to explore restorative justice

We encourage you to explore RJ City, a website that seeks to be “an adventurous and perhaps audacious attempt to imagine a city of 1,000,000 responding as restoratively as possible to all crimes, all victims and all offenders.” RJ is shorthand for restorative justice, an approach to justice that seeks to restore the relationships broken by criminal behaviour. “Restorative justice is a broad term which encompasses a growing social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights.” [Wikipedia] Numerous examples of restorative justice are described on this website, and elsewhere on the internet. Perhaps the most familiar form to Canadians is the use of Aboriginal sentencing circles.
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Posted: Mar. 15, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=303
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: conflict transformation, restorative justice
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : conflict transformation, restorative justice


No other name? Can only Christians be saved?

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism will present another workshop for lay leaders in local congregations on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. The subject “No other name? Can only Christians be saved?” will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church (2 blocks south of Taylor on Lansdowne) in Saskatoon.
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Posted: Nov. 3, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=363
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: interfaith, salvation, study, workshop
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : interfaith, salvation, study, workshop


March 29 is a Carbon Sabbath

March 29 is a Carbon Sabbath

KAIROS wants you to turn off your lights for an hour at 8 pm on Saturday, March 29!

Why? Because our use of fossil fuels -symbolized here by a light bulb- is contributing to global climate change. In 2007, the people of Sydney, Australia, decided that they could send a powerful message for change by turning off all their lights at the same time. More than 2 million citizens and businesses did so. Now, the World Wildlife Fund is taking Sydney’s history-making moment global by encouraging people, businesses, and communities all over the world to turn off their lights and demand action on climate change.

KAIROS asks you, your church, and your community to join in this global effort as part of your commitment to the Re-Energize: Time For A Carbon Sabbath campaign. Use this time to reflect on your use of fossil fuels and their connections not just to climate change but to human rights and conflict as well. Build community around these issues. Advocate with local and federal governments to change their policies and practices related to fossil fuels.
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Posted: Mar. 21, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=439
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, climate change, ecology, environment, events
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, climate change, ecology, environment, events


Canadian federal election guides – 2008

Canadian federal election guides – 2008

Another federal election has come to Canada. Canadians will go to the polls on October 14 to select members of Parliament in all 308 ridings across the country. For more information about who can vote, the candidates, and the locations of the polls, please see the Elections Canada website.

Here at “Ecumenism in Canada” we have a continuing interest in highlighting the reflections offered by the Canadian churches on matters of public policy. With this in mind, we have compiled the following links to election resources prepared by the churches and their ecumenical justice groups.

CCCB Federal Election 2008 Guide
EFC 2008 Election Kit
• United Church of Canada 2008 Federal Election Kit
• Mennonite Central Committee’s 2008 Election Primer
• Citizens for Public Justice 2008 Election Guide
• Candidates Against Poverty

The Catholic bishops of Canada have a long history of public statements on justice issues, both during and between elections. As in recent elections the CCCB has issued an election guide that is intended to enumerate principles of Catholic social teaching that are relevant to the elections. Like all churches, the CCCB does not endorse any political party. Instead, the CCCB’s Social Affairs Commission “encourages Catholics to become better informed about the issues, to voice their concerns with the political candidates … and, most of all, to vote.” The four-page text goes on to list some basic principles from Catholic moral and social teaching to help voters examine and evaluate public policy and programs. These principles include respect for life and the dignity of the human person, as well as the preferential option for the poor. The text also addresses the question of the war in Afghanistan and the debate on the environment. The four Bishops who signed the document call on the political parties to “engage in a peace process for Afghanistan” and to ensure that “future generations … can have a healthy environment.” The Social Affairs Commission admits that “choices can be tough” for Catholics when a political candidate or a political party holds “values that are not fully in line with Church teaching.” Citing the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the CCCB Social Affairs Commission points out that “a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has also issued an election kit. The EFC says that “Canada needs strengthened families and secure marriages. Canada needs to protect its most vulnerable: children, the poor, the unborn and the disabled.” The EFC’s kit is not entirely focussed on personal and family ethics. It also affirms that “Canada needs to share its blessings with the world, especially meeting commitments made to foreign relief and development work.” The EFC kit includes position papers on various issues, and is expected to be updated with further statements as the campaign proceeds.

The United Church of Canada also regularly issues public statements during federal elections. The United Church website says that their new 2008 Federal Election Kit “takes a non-partisan approach. It lifts up justice concerns that need voice to get on the election agenda and into public awareness. As well as offering a brief background and sample questions on issues important to the United Church, the kit offers tips for asking questions at all candidates meetings and advice on how to use the media effectively.” There are a variety issues that the United Church highlights, however it brings a special focus to Aboriginal issues.

The Mennonite Central Committee serves both Canadian and American churches, both of which are in the midst of elections. However the issues and concerns are different, and an election primer is offered by MCC-Canada for Canadian Anabaptists. The MCC is not a church, and thus does not speak on behalf of its member churches. It therefore frames its election reflection in the form of “questions for Anabaptist Christians to consider during the 2008 federal election campaign.”

As of September 16th, there were no election guides or other resources available on the websites of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), or KAIROS. If these become available, this website posting will be revised to include these links.

There are two other resources of interest. The Citizens for Public Justice is an independent social justice research and advocacy group. The CPJ has issued election guides during many of the past elections. The CPJ 2008 election guide addresses a number of issues of concern in the current campaign: poverty, immigration, tax policy, and the environment. These are issues that CPJ has addressed for many years, and thus their guide draws on additional resources available through their website. The CPJ invites Canadian voters to consider their electoral choices through the lens of public justice.

The Religious Social Action Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador has created a new website to encourage candidates to establish a government priority to end poverty in Canada. The coalition is “a nonpartisan group from a broad array of religions — Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others — united in our religious commitment to call on society to abolish poverty at home and abroad. … It is the goal of our coalition to call upon all candidates for Parliament to pledge to move our society toward greater economic fairness. … To finally fulfill the promise that Parliament made to abolish poverty among Canadian children, even though they have missed their own deadline by seven years. To make sure that working families can find affordable housing. And to fulfill Parliament’s Kelowna pledge to Canada’s Aboriginals. … It is our goal to get citizens talking about poverty — and to make Ending Poverty a voting issue.”

The coalition has established an admirably low-tech website entitled Candidates Against Poverty which lists all the candidates who have taken a simple pledge to make poverty a governmental priority. At this point, the number of candidates who have responded is quite small. Voters can explore the website to see whether their candidates have made the pledge. Voters can also challenge their candidates to make this pledge and have it recorded on the website.
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Posted: Sept. 23, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=502
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, elections, justice
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Ecumenical Shared Ministries: an idea whose time has come?

Ecumenical Shared Ministries: an idea whose time has come?

by Rev. Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard
(Executive Director, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism & Coordinator, Shared Ministries Bureau)

In Winnipeg, a Catholic parish and an Anglican parish share a large building on a busy city street. In Shell Lake Saskatchewan, Anglican, Lutheran and United Church Christians have joined buildings and hearts together to form one worshipping community with joint staff and programming. In Montreal, downtown clergy of two denominations start talks about sharing a worship space: one has a big church with a small congregation, while the other has a congregation with no suitable place to meet. In Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, three existing congregations are about to break ground for a new church facility which will serve them as one congregation and help them serve the needs of their town. In Biggar, Saskatchewan, the Anglican and Lutheran pastors run a ‘Monday School’ kids club for the children of the whole town. What are all these Christians doing? They are exploring ecumenical shared ministry.

An Ecumenical Shared Ministry (ESM) exists where Christians of more than one denomination worship and serve God in a united way while still maintaining their denominational identities and connections. ESMs take many forms, from sharing a building, to sharing programs, staff and worship. There are an estimated 80-150 ESMs in Canada. Some are found in tiny rural communities. Some are in major cities. Most ESMs are located in Western Canada and the Maritimes, and new ones are forming all the time.

Ecumenical Shared Ministries are showing themselves to be part of the solution to the problem our churches face in the rural areas, and in new urban areas. In places where numbers are diminishing due to rural depopulation, ESMs offer a way for rural Christians of several denominations to work together in ministry to their communities without losing their denominational allegiances. In the new city suburbs in Western Canada, denominations are stretched to finance the planting of new churches, and some are creating new urban ESMs, like the Living Spirit Centre in Regina. These ESMs not only maximize limited financial resources, but also give ‘flesh’ to Christians’ spiritual commitment to seek Christian unity and reconciliation.

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Posted: Mar. 27, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=567
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, ecumenical centre, shared ministry
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The Bruised Reed: A Christian Reflection on Suffering and Hope

The Bruised Reed: A Christian Reflection on Suffering and Hope

The Bruised Reed: A Christian Reflection on Suffering and Hope

More than five years in the making, the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission for Faith and Witness, has published a beautiful theological text on Suffering and Hope. The book stands apart from others in its highly experiential quality. It follows eight real Canadian stories to give rise to a highly experiential encounter with these challenging theological topics. This resource is an invaluable addition to any library.

This pastoral resource is the result of the Faith and Witness Commission’s being called upon to give shape and form to a paradox: the paradox of finding hope in suffering and suffering in hope.

The Commission for Justice and Peace has also pulled together a must have resource. It is a First Nations reflection on racism, truth, and reconciliation. You may order both resources through Erin Green, Communications Officer, . A donation of $10 is suggested to cover printing and mailing costs.
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Posted: Oct. 23, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=605
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Canadian Council of Churches, suffering and hope
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Calling Canadian Church Composers!

The international resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2014 are being prepared by a Canadian writing team. Church musicians and composers from across Canada are invited to submit original hymns, praise choruses, or shorter songs for worship for possible inclusion with the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity worldwide in 2014.

The theme that we have chosen for the week is “Has Christ Been Divided?” based on the biblical text of 1 Corinthians 1:1-17. Submissions should be suitable for congregational singing in a variety of ecumenical contexts around the world. They should include words in either French or English, and preferably in both languages. Other languages may also be included, provided that translation into English or French is included as well.

Successful submissions will be focused on prayer for the unity of the Christian Church and may relate directly to the biblical text from 1 Corinthians 1:1-17. They will be distributed freely with the international resources, so the copyright will need to allow for free use of the music and words for worship and prayer gatherings related to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014.

Please make all submissions by Thursday, May 31, 2012 to the Rev. Amanda Currie by email to music [at] ecumenism [dot] net or by mail to 436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3G6.
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Posted: Apr. 10, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2166
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: 2014, WPCU
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Pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion

Pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012)

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) today released a pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion. Issued by the CCCB Permanent Council, the letter expresses concern about an “aggressive relativism” in Canada that seeks to relegate religion to the private sphere.

“Legitimate secularity draws a distinction between religion and politics, between Church and state,” the pastoral letter states, but is open to the engagement of religious beliefs and faith communities in public debate and civic life. “Radical secularism”, however, excludes religion from the public square “and from freely engaging in the public debate necessary for shaping civic life.”
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Posted: May 14, 2012 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2170
Categories: Documents, ResourcesIn this article: bishops, Canada, Catholic, CCCB, religious freedom
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Central Themes in Recent Catholic Teaching on the Environment

Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment

A new Canadian bishops’ document summarizing themes of recent church teaching on the environment is an urgent cry for action, says Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. “Recent church teaching and papal statements are clearly telling us that the way we are living is not sustainable,” said Bolen, one of the bishops on the Canadian bishops’ Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, which released the new resource April 8 entitled “Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment.” “Care of the environment is a growing area of concern for the Church and for all human beings, and in fact the Church has been speaking about this – and in particular, recent popes have been speaking about this – not only with regularity, but with passion,” said Bolen.
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Posted: Apr. 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3590
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: bishops, Canada, CCCB, creation, ecology, environment, theology
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Rock the Bible for 30 days in June

30 days + 30 amazing United Church leaders and over a dozen posts by special guests (Shane Claiborne, Lois Wilson, Dennis Gruending, Donna Sinclair, Fulata Lusungu Moyo, Gary Paterson (the UCC Moderator) and more…) = one of the coolest, free (yep-free) social media based Bible studies ever. For the whole month of June, join spiritual seekers coast to coast to rock the Bible from various perspectives and have a rockin’ time doing it. Get ready! Join the Facebook Group “Rock The Bible” today.
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Posted: May 11, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4165
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Bible, Scripture, study
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Quand la religion chrétienne et la génétique se rencontrent: un programme pratique pour groupes

Le nouveau document du Groupe consultatif sur la biotechnologie du Conseil Canadien des Églises, 'Quand la religion chrétienne et la génétique se rencontrent'

Bien des familles de nos communautés s’interrogent sur l’interaction entre leur foi et la génétique.

François et Julie, par exemple, ont l’intention d’avoir un enfant, mais avant la conception, ils veulent se soumettre à des criblages génétiques, pour savoir s’ils risquent de transmettre une maladie génétique à leurs enfants. Ni l’un, ni l’autre ne veut d’avortement. S’il y a un risque élevé de maladie génétique, ils prévoient l’adoption plutôt que la conception. S’agit-il là de « se prendre pour Dieu »? Si votre partenaire a des antécédents familiaux de surdité, devriez-vous envisager un test génétique?

On envisage ce genre de scénarios dans un nouveau document du Groupe consultatif sur la biotechnologie du Conseil Canadien des Églises, « Quand la religion chrétienne et la génétique se rencontrent ». On y présente cinq modules d’études de cas fondés sur des aspects génétiques, de même qu’une introduction très fondamentale à la génétique et à la technologie génétique.
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Posted: Dec. 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6947
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: biotechnology, Canadian Council of Churches, ethics, genetics
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When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet: A Practical Group Resource

The new resource from the Canadian Council of Churches' Biotechnology Reference Group, 'Quand la religion chrétienne et la génétique se rencontrent'

Many families in our communities are questioning how their faith interacts with genetic science.

For instance, Frank and Julie are planning on having a child, but before conceiving they want to undergo genetic screenings to discover the chances they have of passing on a genetic disorder to their children. Neither wants to have an abortion. If there is a high risk of a genetic disorder they plan not to conceive, but to adopt. Is this ‘playing God’? If your partner has a history of deafness in their family, should you consider genetic testing?

Scenarios like these are addressed in a new resource from the Canadian Council of Churches’ Biotechnology Reference Group, “When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet.” It offers five case-study modules based on topics in genetics, as well as very basic introduction to genetics and genetic technology.
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Posted: Dec. 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6945
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: biotechnology, Canadian Council of Churches, ethics, genetics
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Has Christ Been Divided? The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2014

Cristo non può essere diviso - The artwork from the Italian translation of the 2014 resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The world will pray with Canada this January, and in a special way with native Canadians. For the second time in the 106-year history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Canadians have written the biblical reflections, prayer services and educational materials to be used worldwide.

Celebrated Jan. 18-25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is prepared each year in a different country under the direction of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome and the Geneva-based World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission. Since the two major ecumenical organizations took over the annual event in 1968, Canada is just the second country to be asked twice to prepare the worship and study material.

Coming back to Canada, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity wanted to make sure the material is fresh and reflects a different perspective. In 1989 Canada’s offering was prepared by the Canadian Council of Churches. This time, preparations were led by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Having Canada’s independent ecumenical centres take over was the initiative of Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen, who for years worked on the Week of Prayer as an official for the Pontifical Council in Rome. Though the CCC did not lead the 2014 effort, general secretary Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton played an important role helping to review the material, said Nicholas Jesson, ecumenical officer for the diocese of Saskatoon and part of the 2014 writing committee.
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Posted: Jan. 2, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7054
Categories: Catholic Register, ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU 2014 resources dedicated to the memory of two great ecumenists

Professor Ralph Del Colle (1954-2012), Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In Memoriam

Professor Ralph Del Colle (1954 – 2012), a Roman Catholic systematic theologian, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), died on 29 July 2012. From 1998, he was a member of the Pentecostal/Catholic International Dialogue, and took part in the Informal Conversations with the Seventh-Day Adventists (2001-2002) as well as in the official delegation attending the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare in 1998. A dedicated spirit and a joyful approach always marked his contribution to the meetings of the dialogue. Professor Del Colle never turned away from any issue, and he combined a lively and perceptive sensitivity with a dedication to the service of the truth. Throughout his career, he generously offered his expertise in the firm conviction that unity is God’s will and the irrevocable path for all Christians.

Dr Margaret O’Gara (1947 – 2012), Professor of Theology at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, died on 16 August 2012 after two years of illness. A Roman Catholic who specialized in Church teaching authority and ecumenical dialogue, she was active in ecumenical work for over 35 years, and was appointed to numerous ecumenical dialogue commissions. Dr O’Gara served on the Disciples of Christ/Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue (1983), the US Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue (1994), and the Evangelical/Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (2008). In addition, she also served for 18 years on the Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (1976-1993) and for 12 years on the Lutheran/Roman Catholic International Commission for Unity (1995-2006). She also served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the North American Academy of Ecumenists.
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Posted: Jan. 3, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7097
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Has Christ Been Divided? Introduction to the WPCU 2014 theme

Is Christ Divided? - The artwork from the British and Irish resources for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Canadians live in a country that is marked by diversity in language, culture, and even climate, and we also embody diversity in our expressions of Christian faith. Living with this diversity, but being faithful to Christ’s desire for the unity of his disciples, has led us to a reflection on Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians: “Has Christ been Divided?” In faith we respond, “No!” yet our church communities continue to embody scandalous divisions. 1 Corinthians also points us to a way in which we can value and receive the gifts of others even now in the midst of our divisions, and that is an encouragement to us in our work for unity.

2. Canada is known for its natural splendour: its mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, seas of wheat and three ocean shorelines. Our land stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the U.S. border to the north pole. This is a land rich in agriculture and natural resources. Canada is also a land of diverse peoples: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis,1 and many people who came to settle here from around the world. We have two official languages, French and English, yet many Canadians celebrate the cultural and linguistic heritage from their ancestral homelands. Our social and political divisions frequently hinge upon linguistic, cultural, and regional distinctions, yet we are learning to understand how these national identities contribute to a healthy Canadian diversity. Within this multicultural milieu, many Christians have brought their particular ways of worship and ministry. Paul’s letter addresses us within our diversity and invites us to recognize that as church in our particular places we are not to be isolated or to act over against each other, but rather to recognize our interconnectedness with all who call on the name of the Lord.
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Posted: Jan. 8, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7051
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Has Christ Been Divided? The Ecumenical Context in Canada

Le Christ est-il divisé ? - The artwork from the French resources for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Among the many factors that influence Canadian religious experience is the sheer size of our country. Canada is the second largest country in the world, 40% of which is in the Arctic, north of 60o latitude. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the United States to the North Pole, Canada has ten provinces and three territories. We are surrounded by three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic. Our only land border is with the United States and it has experienced almost 200 years of peace. Canada is a confederation of former British colonies, with a parliamentary form of government in a federal system of ten provinces and three territories. The union of the former colonial territories and independence from Britain occurred peacefully, and Canada remains a strong proponent of international engagement and cooperation. The vast distances between our cities have promoted both self-reliance and formation of distinct identities in the regions, but can also engender feelings of alienation or resentment.

Canada is known for its natural splendour: its mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, seas of wheat and three ocean shorelines. This is a land rich in agriculture and natural resources. Canada is also a land of diverse peoples: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis,2 and many people who came to settle here from around the world. We have two official languages, French and English, yet many Canadians also celebrate the cultural and linguistic heritages of their ancestral homelands.
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Posted: Jan. 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7065
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 1: Together… we are called to be saints

Together, we who call upon the name of the Lord are called to be saints “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor 1:2). In Exodus, this gathering together of God’s people is described as a treasured possession, a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.

In 1 Peter, our membership in this communion of saints is understood to come as a result of God calling us together as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, God’s own people. With this calling comes a shared mandate to proclaim the mighty acts of God that drew us out of darkness and into God’s light.

Furthermore, we discover in Matthew that as a communion of saints, our oneness in Jesus is to extend beyond our family, clan, or class as together we pray for unity and seek to do the will of God.
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7075
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 2: Together… we give thanks for God’s grace in one another

Gratitude, in Deuteronomy, is a way of living life with a deep awareness of God’s presence within us and around us. It is the ability to recognize God’s grace active and alive in one another and in all people everywhere and to give God thanks. The joy that flows from this grace is so great that it embraces even “the aliens who reside among you”.

Gratitude, in the ecumenical context, means being able to rejoice in the gifts of God’s grace present in other Christian communities, an attitude that opens the door to ecumenical sharing of gifts and to learning from one another.

All of life is a gift from God: from the moment of creation to the moment God became flesh in the life and work of Jesus, to this moment in which we are living. Let us thank God for the gifts of grace and truth given in Jesus Christ, and manifest in one another and our churches.
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Posted: Jan. 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7080
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 3: Together… we are not lacking in any spiritual gifts

Job realizes that even though all has been taken away from him, the fear of the Lord remains – that is wisdom. As brothers and sisters in Christ, even though we are impoverished by our divisions, we have all been graced with an abundance of diverse gifts, both spiritual and material to build up his body.

Yet, despite God’s promises and Jesus’ generous life and love, we, like the disciples in Mark, sometimes forget our true wealth: we divide, we hoard; we speak and act as if we have “no bread”.

Christ has not been divided: together we have gifts enough to share with one another and “with every living thing”.
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Posted: Jan. 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7084
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 4: Together… we affirm that God is faithful

The eternal unity of Father, Son and Spirit draws us closer into the love of God, and calls us to participate in God’s work in the world which is love, mercy and justice. Mercy and justice are not divided in God, but rather are joined together in the steadfast love manifested in God’s covenant with us and with all of creation.

The new father Zechariah testifies to God’s manifestation of mercy in keeping his promises to Abraham and his descendents. God is faithful to his holy covenant.

As we continue to pray for the unity of the church, we must not neglect to meet together and encourage one another, spurring each other on towards love and good deeds, saying: “God is faithful.”
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Posted: Jan. 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7087
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 5: Together… we are called into fellowship

We are called into fellowship with God the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. As we draw closer to the Triune God, we are drawn closer to one another in Christian unity.

Christ has initiated a change in our relationship, calling us friends instead of servants. In response to this relationship of love, we are called out of relationships of power and domination into friendship and love of one another.

Called by Jesus, we witness to the gospel both to those who have not yet heard it and to those who have. This proclamation contains a call into fellowship with God, and establishes fellowship among those who respond.
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Posted: Jan. 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7089
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 6: Together… we seek to be in agreement

The disunity described in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 reflects a distortion of the gospel, undermining the integrity of the message of Christ. To acknowledge conflict and division, as Chloe’s people did, is the first step to establishing unity.

Women like Deborah and Chloe raise a prophetic voice among God’s people in times of conflict and division, confronting us with the need to be reconciled. Such prophetic voices may enable people to gather in renewed unity for action.

As we strive to be united in the same mind and the same purpose, we are called to seek the Lord and his peace as the psalmist wrote.
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Posted: Jan. 23, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7091
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 7: Together… we belong to Christ

Isaiah envisioned a day when Egyptians and Assyrians would worship together with Israel as God’s people. Christian unity belongs to the design of God for the unity of all humanity, and indeed of the cosmos itself. We pray for the day when we will worship together in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship.

We are blessed by the gifts of various church traditions. Recognising those gifts in each other impels us towards visible unity.

Our baptism unites us as one body in Christ. While we value our particular churches, Paul reminds us that all who call on the name of the Lord are with us in Christ for we all belong to the one body. There is no other to whom we can say, “I have no need of you” (1 Cor 12:21).
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Posted: Jan. 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7093
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 8: Together… we proclaim the gospel

Together we proclaim anew the good news prophesied in Isaiah, fulfilled in our Lord Jesus, preached by the Apostle Paul, and received by the Church. Facing honestly the differences we have and the labels of denomination we embrace, we must never lose sight of the common mandate we have in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul is sent “to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power” (1 Cor 1:17). The path to unity is to be found in the power of the cross.

The Gospel we proclaim is made tangible and relevant to us as we bear witness to the work of Jesus Christ in our own lives and the life of the Christian community.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7095
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution

Gregory Baum, <i>Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution</i>. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7735-4326-3

After the Quiet Revolution, the Catholic Church lost its stronghold in Quebec. Despite this decline, or perhaps because of it, contemporary Catholic thought in Quebec exhibits a bold creativity. In Truth and Relevance, Gregory Baum introduces, contextualizes, and interprets Catholic theological writing in Quebec since the 1960s, and presents this body of work for an anglophone readership.

Baum shows how Catholic theologians, inspired by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), uncovered the social meaning in the Christian message, allowing them to address many problems and concerns of contemporary society. With reliance on the Gospel, they supported Quebec’s new self-understanding, embraced its nationalism under certain conditions, fostered social solidarity, criticized the unregulated market system, demanded gender equality, and called for respect of new religious and cultural pluralism. Leaving behind the Catholicism of Quebec’s past, these theologians embraced the humanistic values of modern society, recognizing their affinity with the Gospel, while at the same time revealing the destructive potential of modernity, its individualism, utilitarianism, relativism, and its link to empire and capitalism.
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Posted: Mar. 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7456
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Catholic, Québec, theology
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Rebuild my house: Sermon to the General Synod of the Church of England by Father Raniero Cantalamessa

Father Raniero Cantalamessa delivers his sermon in Westminster Abbey during a Eucharist to mark the inauguration of the 10th five-year-term of the Church of England's General Synod

Few prophetic oracles in the Old Testament can be dated so precisely as that of Haggai, which we have just heard in the first reading. We can place it between August and December in the year 520 BC. The exiles, after the deportation to Babylon, have come back to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. They set to work, but soon grow discouraged, each preferring to work on his own house instead. Into this situation comes the prophet Haggai, sent by God with the message we have heard.

The Word of God, once it is proclaimed, remains forever alive; it transcends situations and centuries, each time casting new light. The situation deplored by the prophet is renewed in history each time we are so absorbed in the problems and interests of our own parish, diocese, community – and even of our particular Christian denomination – that we lose sight of the one house of God, which is the Church.

The prophecy of Haggai begins with a reproof, but ends, as we heard, with an exhortation and a grandiose promise: “Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House, and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there” – says the Lord”.

One circumstance makes this point particularly relevant. The Christian world is preparing to celebrate the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. It is vital for the whole Church that this opportunity is not wasted by people remaining prisoners of the past, trying to establish each other’s rights and wrongs. Rather, let us take a qualitative leap forward, like what happens when the sluice gates of a river or a canal enable ships to continue to navigate at a higher water level.
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Posted: Nov. 25, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9185
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Church of England, Raniero Cantalamessa, Sermon
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Robert Stackpole: What Can Catholics Learn from Evangelicals?

A public lecture with Dr Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This lecture is presented by the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon, and complements the April 2015 lecture “What can Evangelicals Learn from Catholics?” by Dr Gordon Smith (Ambrose University, Calgary). For further information, contact Nick Jesson (306-659-5814) or Pastor Harry Strauss (306-933-2266).

Robert has a special academic interest in ecumenical dialogue with Evangelical Christians, an interest that grew during his 10-years of teaching theology to undergraduates at Redeemer Pacific College at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Robert also enjoys reading and writing about the works of C.S. Lewis, and describes himself as an incurable “Narniac.” From 2012 to 2015, Robert taught at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK where he was the Assistant Director of Formation. During this period, he also served on the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue in Saskatoon.

Since 1997, Robert has been the Research Director, and later Director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences, and the author and editor of numerous journal articles and books, including Divine Mercy: A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI (Marian Press, 2009).
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Posted: Feb. 4, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9153
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, ResourcesIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, ResourcesDans cet article : Catholic, Evangelicals


Luther and the Reformation – a new video resource

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.
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Posted: Jan. 21, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9624
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Martin Luther, Reformation
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Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Opportunity

Pastor Harry Strauss

Pastor Harry Strauss, co-chair of the Saskatoon Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue, has written a small group resource specifically for dialogue. It is entitled Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Discussion Guide. It is 7 sessions in length, addressing the topics of revelation, the church, salvation, baptism, communion, the communion of the saints, and missional engagement. It is designed for laypeople, shaped as a user-friendly resource. Anticipated outcomes include new friendships, shaped around spiritually engaging conversations, and most importantly, relational growth in Jesus Christ. The material has been field tested some, with good results. However, there is a desire for additional testing. If interested in being part of this effort, particularly in initiating and leading a small group, please contact Pastor Harry Strauss at harry [at] forestgrovecc [dot] com or call 306-280-7147.
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Posted: Mar. 22, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9639
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals, resources, Saskatoon
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Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years after the Reformation

<i>Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue 500 Years after the Reformation</i> is edited by Archbishop Donald Bolen, Nicholas Jesson, and Sr. Donna Geernaert, SC. It is available from Novalis.ca, or in the USA from Paulist Press. ISBN: 978-2-8968-8422-3 (Novalis) and 978-0-8091-5349-7 (Paulist Press)

Those who work in the field of Christian unity for any length of time are quick to point out that ecumenism is the work of the Holy Spirit. We say that not to sound pious but because we know firsthand two things: from our failed efforts, that we cannot bring about unity by ourselves no matter how hard we try; and from our successes, that something else is operative in this work of dialogue and reconciliation. God’s grace shapes our efforts in countless ways, experienced in a deep yearning for unity, in the insights which come forth from dialogue, in the moments of breakthrough when new understandings are reached, in the relationships and bonds of communion that are formed when we work with other Christians at the service of unity.

Ecumenism is a work of the Holy Spirit in the churches as they put themselves at the service of Jesus’ desire that his disciples be reconciled, and it is a work of the Spirit in people’s lives. This volume, which reflects on ecumenical achievements and hopes as we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is a celebration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the churches and ecclesial communities of the West as they have sought to address conflicts and heal divisions. It is also a celebration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the ecumenical ministry of Monsignor John Radano, and in a secondary but very real way, of each of the contributors to this volume. John Radano, generally known by his dialogue partners and colleagues as Jack, served as head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s (PCPCU) Western section for nearly a quarter century, from 1984 to 2008. In this capacity, he participated in dialogues with Lutheran, Reformed, Baptist, Mennonite, Classical Pentecostal, and Evangelical traditions, and served as liaison with the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order. Jack was also involved in relations with the Anglican Communion, the World Methodist Council, and the Global Christian Forum, so had a truly comprehensive involvement in relations with the Catholic Church’s dialogue and consultation partners in the West.
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Posted: Apr. 1, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9672
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, Donna Geernaert, Nicholas Jesson
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Subject Matters: interview with Nicholas Jesson about ‘Towards Unity’

In 2017, we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This Festschrift in honour of Monsignor John Radano, who served as head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Western section for nearly 25 years, offers a window on what has been achieved through ecumenical dialogue over the past 50 years. It also reminds us of the importance of ecumenical friendship in advancing the cause of Christian unity.

Since the Reformation, Christian unity has suffered many failures. Yet, especially in more recent times, it has also celebrated encouraging successes. Disparate Christian traditions are beginning to trust each other. Will Christians eventually find one shared identity? What are the theological and ecclesial challenges ahead? This timely collection of essays by prominent Catholic and Protestant ecumenists witnesses a hope for a future Christian unity born out of 50 years of honest and genuine dialogue.

Towards Unity – a collection of papers by major ecumenical contributors – reflects with passion and hope on bilateral dialogues, the ecumenical movement, and organizations that promote multilateral relationships. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the scandal of division is giving birth to renewed relationships, dialogue, and awareness.
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Posted: Apr. 15, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9673
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: books, Christian unity, Nicholas Jesson
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Video Conferencing Etiquette

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches across Canada are cancelling services, meetings, and other gatherings. Many are exploring options for live-streaming services and for video-conferencing of meetings. With this in mind, I have drafted these suggestions based on my own experience and some ideas I have found in the documents listed at the end.

The following tips are provided to enhance the effectiveness of video conference technology in church meetings. These suggestions are based on using Zoom, but many of them are applicable to other software as well, such as GoToMeeting or Skype.
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Posted: Mar. 16, 2020 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10712
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: church, video conferencing
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Church divisions over moral issues can be bridged with fruitful dialogue, webinar shows

A webinar on how churches make moral decisions—and what causes divisions—brought a lively discussion attended online by more than 100 people on 29 April.

Basing their remarks on a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission publication, “Churches and Moral Discernment. Volume 1: Learning from Traditions,” the speakers shared insights from very different church perspectives.

As the foreword of the publication says, “The hope is that necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, allowing for constructive conversations within traditions. This will prevent divisions over moral issues and provide solid ground to engage in fruitful ecumenical dialogues that appreciate and attribute appropriate relevance to moral issues.”
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Posted: May 6, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10901
Categories: Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: moral discernment, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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WCC digital archive now included in Globethics.net library

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization Globethics.net. The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.

For many years, the Globethics.net Library has hosted a variety of collections on behalf of the WCC, an active member of the Globethics.net Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education, as well as co-founder of the former Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib).

The institutional “World Council of Churches collection” has recently been updated with new content collected from its website, including documents and publications published at www.oikoumene.org/resources. Thanks to an electronic bridge between the two sites, new resources are automatically added to the collection on a weekly basis.
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Posted: June 1, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10903
Categories: Documents, Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC
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Salt + Light doc captures spirit of Indigenous visit to Rome

Indigenous delgation at an audience with Pope Francis in Rome from Salt + Light's 'Walking Together' documentary

Teeing up the historic Papal Visit to Canada from July 24-29, Salt and Light Media Foundation unveiled a 59-minute documentary entitled Walking Together on July 17, chronicling the landmark meetings hosted at the Vatican between Pope Francis and representatives of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples in March and April.

Fr. Alan Fogarty, SJ, CEO and executive producer of Salt + Light Media, said his team’s passion to record this momentous summit kindled instantly after the news came out that ambassadors from the Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami would travel to Rome.

“In the initial discussions when the news was coming out, we looked at ourselves and said, ‘where should we be? What should we be doing? What can we document in a way that will be helpful?’ This [documentary] is the best use of our resources as something that will help the Indigenous, the Church, the people of Canada and the Canadian government,” said Fogarty.
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Posted: July 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12261
Categories: Catholic Register, ResourcesIn this article: documentary, Indigenous peoples, Reconciliation, Salt+Light Media
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, ResourcesDans cet article : documentary, Indigenous peoples, Reconciliation, Salt+Light Media