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Archive pour tag : Canadian Council of Churches

As the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approaches on February 24, Christian leaders of Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical, and other faith traditions in Canada, together with the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peace & Reconciliation Network, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Churches invite all Christians and people of goodwill to join in united prayer and action for peace.

This call to prayer and action—signed by 45 Canadian Church leaders—also acknowledges ongoing conflict elsewhere in the world:

“Without in any way minimizing or ignoring the suffering and sorrow caused by war and violence in other areas of the world, we stand together in inviting Christians and all people of goodwill to prayerfully consider how we are all called, and might contribute to, the achievement of peace in and for Ukraine.”
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Posted: Feb. 16, 2024 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=14069
Categories: News, Pastoral letter, ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, pastoral letters, peace, Ukraine
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Catégorie : News, Pastoral letter, ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, pastoral letters, peace, Ukraine

À l’approche du deuxième anniversaire de l’invasion à grande échelle de la Russie en Ukraine le 24 février, les chefs chrétiens des traditions orthodoxe, catholique, évangélique et d’autres confessions au Canada, en collaboration avec le Réseau de paix et de réconciliation de l’Alliance évangélique mondiale, l’Alliance évangélique du Canada et le Conseil canadien des Églises invitent toutes les chrétiens et les personnes de bonne volonté à se joindre à une prière et à une action unies pour la paix

Cet appel à la prière et à l’action—signé par 45 chefs d’églises canadiens—reconnaît également les conflits en cours ailleurs dans le monde :

« Sans minimiser ou ignorer de quelque manière que ce soit la souffrance et le chagrin causés par la guerre et la violence dans d’autres régions du monde, nous nous tenons ensemble pour inviter les chrétiens et toutes les personnes de bonne volonté à réfléchir avec prière à la manière dont nous sommes tous appelés, et pourraient contribuer à la réalisation de la paix en et pour l’Ukraine. »
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Posted: Feb. 16, 2024 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=14071
Categories: News, Pastoral letter, ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, pastoral letters, peace, Ukraine
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Catégorie : News, Pastoral letter, ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, pastoral letters, peace, Ukraine

The great damage inflicted among Indigenous Peoples by the colonizing projects in North America/Turtle Island, including the far too frequent complicity of the churches with them, is something that can hardly be overstated. Most Canadian Christians are, I hope, relatively aware of the large-scale physical, cultural, and spiritual harms that were perpetrated by things like the reserve system, residential schools, and bans on traditional ceremonies and rites. Less widely considered, however, are the impacts that also came from the importing of inter-Christian hostilities from Europe to the Peoples of this land. Although less urgent than the direct and tangible abuses, here too there are harmful marks that must be reckoned with.
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Posted: Nov. 2, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13996
Categories: One Body, OpinionIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism, Faith & Witness, Indigenous church
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Catégorie : One Body, OpinionDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism, Faith & Witness, Indigenous church

In 2024, The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) celebrates the 80th anniversary of its founding. Anniversaries are an opportunity to review the past and look to the future, to celebrate what has been accomplished and to learn from past experience, with a view to developing a clearer self-understanding in the present and identifying a vision for the future.
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Posted: Aug. 24, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13974
Categories: One Body, OpinionIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : One Body, OpinionDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today on the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is a complex result that ultimately fails refugees.  The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal in part, sending the equality rights issue at stake back to the Federal Court,  and holding out for the possibility of the agreement being declared unconstitutional. But the Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International Canada, and the Canadian Council of Churches are disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada failed to decisively rule that the Safe Third Country Agreement violates refugees’ rights, exposing refugee claimants to further harms while awaiting another legal challenge.
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Posted: June 16, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13722
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, refugees, safe third-country agreement
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, refugees, safe third-country agreement

Cette semaine, les membres du Conseil de direction du Conseil Canadien des Églises se réuniront au Monastère des Augustines, à Québec, pour leur réunion du printemps 2023 (du 24 au 26 mai 2023).

La décision de convoquer cette réunion dans une ville francophone a été prise par le Conseil de direction après une saison de discernement sur ce que le Conseil pouvait faire pour mieux comprendre la vie de l’Église et de ses membres au Québec et améliorer ses relations avec elle.
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Posted: May 24, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13693
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches

With sadness at the loss, and with joy for a life filled with love and justice, we share with you that Janet Somerville, past General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches (1997-2002), breathed her last on Sunday morning, April 16, 2023. We have lost a giant in the Canadian ecumenical movement. The first woman and the first Roman Catholic General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, she embodied and pointed the way to the new pathway of faith, witness, justice, and peace grounded in the broader ecumenical movement of Anglican-Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions.
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Posted: Apr. 18, 2023 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13562
Categories: Memorials, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : Memorials, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) is pleased to announce that the Commission on Faith and Witness (CFW) of the CCC has an opening for a Research and Program Assistant. The position provides research and program support to the CFW Associate Secretary and Program Coordinator.
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Posted: Dec. 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12909
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Faith & Witness
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Faith & Witness

The Canadian Council of Churches has released a revised version of guidelines first issued 20 years ago following the Swiss Air disaster at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

“Canadians come together when we remember and celebrate special events, and when we grieve and stand together in the face of catastrophes. Religious and spiritual leaders are frequently called on to show solidarity, express a word of hope, honour the divine, and channel our feelings toward justice and peace.”
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Posted: Oct. 27, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12639
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Christian Interfaith Reference Group, interfaith, vigils
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Christian Interfaith Reference Group, interfaith, vigils

It will likely be months before refugee advocates, including the Canadian Council of Churches, know whether they have prevailed at the Supreme Court. But for now, council general secretary Rev. Peter Noteboom is satisfied that the argument to strike down the Safe Third Country Agreement between the United States and Canada has been heard.
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Posted: Oct. 13, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12597
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees

As Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States goes back before the Supreme Court of Canada Oct. 6, Ottawa has revealed a surge of 23,358 asylum seekers at irregular border crossings in the first eight months of 2022.

That’s 13-per-cent more than all of 2017, when the flood of refugees at Quebec’s Roxham Road crossing from New York captured headlines.
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Posted: Oct. 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12622
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees, safe third-country agreement, Supreme Court
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees, safe third-country agreement, Supreme Court

The Canadian Council of Churches, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council for Refugees are headed to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of refugee families who want a legal way to apply for asylum at Canada’s land borders. After twice winning in Federal Court only to see those decisions reversed in the Federal Court of Appeal, this is the first time the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about the constitutional validity of Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) with the United States. Under the agreement, persons seeking refugee status must make their claim in the first country in which they arrive. It has been in place since 2004. A definitive ruling is necessary to clarify a system that forces would-be refugees to cross into Canada illegally at unofficial border crossings like Roxham Road south of Montreal at the Quebec-New York border, said Detroit Mercy University law professor Alex Vernon.

“Most refugees’ first experience of Canada is either to be summarily denied protection and excluded if they go to a (legal) port of entry without an exception to the STCA or to be forced to be ‘law breakers’ and arrested and processed upon entry at Roxham Road,” said Vernon, who runs Detroit Mercy’s immigration law clinic and regularly takes students to Roxham Road for real life experience of practising law on the border. “This is not in keeping with Canada’s international obligations, with constitutional rights of people on Canadian soil, nor with the dignity due to human beings — particularly human beings in distress.” The latest court loss for the refugee advocates at the CCC, AI and CCR came in April. The appeal court’s decision was based “not on substantive grounds, but on the basis of how the arguments were framed,” said a press release from the Canadian Council for Refugees.
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Posted: Dec. 17, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10927
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees

Much of the work of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) today is reflected in its two commissions: the Commission on Faith and Witness, and the Commission on Justice and Peace. Where the former promotes theological reflection to improve mutual understanding between denominations, the latter focuses on efforts to foster peace and social justice in Canada and around the world.

Certain issues, such as the ordination of women or same-sex marriage, may be of both theological and social importance, and can find very different views reflected within the council.

In such cases, CCC President Alyson Barnett-Cowan said, “We try two things. One is we will have exploratory sessions where we try to get the sense of where different people are coming on different issues, and that would be one of them … But then on other matters, where we think there might be a consensus, we work hard to articulate what that consensus might be. So for example, protection of refugees, that’s kind of a no-brainer for the members of the council.”
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Posted: Mar. 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10262
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, ecumenism

As one of the founding members of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), the Anglican Church of Canada has long played a major role in the country’s leading ecumenical council.

Ecumenism “is in the Anglican DNA”, according to Bishop Michael Oulton—one of the two current appointed Anglican representatives on the CCC governing board, along with Canon Mary Conliffe.

“I think that’s the heart of who we are as a church … I’m a huge believer in the importance of partnerships and building expanded partnerships wherever possible, and the Canadian Council of Churches is, I think, a critical part of that for us,” Oulton said.

“It’s always been part of who we are as Anglicans to try to find a common table around which to sit.”
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Posted: Mar. 20, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10260
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches

Last week, the Canadian Churches Forum and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) came together at the CCC Governing Board meetings to make some important decisions about the future of their relationship and work. A motion was adopted that the CCF become the “Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL): A Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches.”

Moving more fully into the Council in this way opens the potential of working more closely with the CCC’s 26 member denominations and their diversity and experience. The Canadian Council of Churches is the broadest and most inclusive ecumenical body in the world, representing denominations of Anglican; Evangelical; Free Church; Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox; Protestant; and Catholic traditions. Together, the CCC churches represent more than 85% of Christians in Canada.

Also being considered are some shifts that will make Forum program alumni and others more creatively part of the work with a larger portion of this reference group’s resources going to supporting and networking people across Canada with a calling to intercultural ministry.
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Posted: May 31, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9689
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, intercultural ministry
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, intercultural ministry

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: ecumenism.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

In conjunction with the United Nations Sustainable Development summit, currently underway, Canadian faith leaders are calling for climate justice in Canada—for all Canadians, and for the world. Together they have endorsed the statement “On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada.”

“On the same day when Pope Francis spoke at the UN General Assembly, asking for renewed ambition from wealthy countries in efforts to reach a solid international commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions, this statement echoes the need for Canada to act,” said Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

“In midst of a federal election campaign, climate challenges, ending poverty and responding with justice to Indigenous rights cannot be dismissed. These religious signatories are right to call us to greater respect for the common good.”

CPJ, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped to draft the declaration. In 2011, the “Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change” was released by the CCC.
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Posted: Sept. 26, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8750
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, interfaith, statements
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, interfaith, statements

A new chapter of the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan’s lifelong ecumenical engagement has begun with her installation as the new president of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) on 14 May. The current Interim Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and its former Director for Unity, Faith and Order, she was unanimously elected to a three-year term as CCC president by the council’s Governing Board. She succeeds Lt. Col. Jim Champ of the Salvation Army. A priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, for which she served several years as ecumenical officer, Canon Dr Barnett-Cowan had previously served a term as one of CCC’s vice-presidents. She brings with her a wealth of ecumenical experience, having been engaged with various inter-church dialogues and councils of churches at the local, regional, and international level. “I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen for this important voluntary position. It is wonderful to be able to put the experience I’ve gained working for the ecumenical life of the Anglican Communion to use in the service of the Canadian churches,” Canon Dr Barnett-Cowan said of her appointment.
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Posted: May 19, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8439
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Council of Churches

Last week marked the end of another triennium for the Canadian Council of Churches. With the end of a triennium comes a change in leadership, and in a ceremony at St. Paul’s University last Thursday the CCC saw the induction of a new executive committee for the CCC’s Governing Board.

Outgoing CCC President Lt. Col. Jim Champ of the Salvation Army, and General Secretary Karen Hamilton, welcomed the new executive in brief but meaningful ceremony on Thursday evening, after a program which included a workshop on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and the introduction of Cesar Jaramillo, new executive director of CCC agency Project Ploughshares.

Members of the new executive include Larry Brennan, treasurer; Bishop Ron Fabbro (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops), Vice President; the Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan (Anglican Church of Canada), President; the Rev. Stephen Kendall (Presbyterian Church in Canada), Vice President; the Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger (Mennonite Church Canada), Vice President; Lt. Col Jim Champ (Salvation Army), outgoing President; the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary.
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Posted: May 19, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8451
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches

The fate of refugees and the struggles of immigrants in general is on the agenda for Canada’s Catholic bishops, but the bishops are steering clear of a national campaign supported by several church and lay groups which has been critical of the government’s record on refugee rights. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently working on a statement concerning refugees, migrants and immigrants to be released at an unspecified date. “In general, the conference does not release preliminary information about the development and eventual timelines of its various projects,” said CCCB spokesman René Laprise in an e-mail. “This is in order to ensure that the bishops and their advisors, both internal and external, have full freedom in drafting, developing and approving any eventual texts. This also avoids raising expectations and risking disappointments about the topics, nature and publication schedules of possible future texts.” In December, the bishops declined to sign a Human Rights Day statement calling on Ottawa to change course on refugee rights. Co-ordinated by the Canadian Council for Refugees, the statement called for fairness, respect and compassion in the treatment of refugees. “Canada can and must do better,” said the Dec. 10 statement. Signatories to the open letter ranged from former solicitor general Warren Allmand to Blue Rodeo guitarist Jim Cuddy. They also included the provincial superiors of both the English and French Canadian provinces of the Jesuits, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the moderator of the United Church of Canada and the moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.
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Posted: Feb. 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8533
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees

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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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : biotechnology, Canadian Council of Churches, ethics, genetics

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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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : biotechnology, Canadian Council of Churches, ethics, genetics

Faith communities throughout Canada believe they have a moral responsibility to address global warming. As a result, religious leaders have prepared a Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change. This is among the first times that such a broad interfaith effort at a faith leaders’ letter has been undertaken in Canada.
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Posted: Oct. 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1820
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment

Together as people of faith, informed by our respective traditions, and compelled by our sincerely held beliefs to care for those in need within our communities and across this nation, we recognize this time to be a unique moment and opportunity in Canada for cooperative action to eradicate persistent poverty in our wealthy and wonderful land. It is a time when Canadians of all faiths, from all walks of life, from all parts of this great country are awakening to the unacceptable levels of poverty, inequity and homelessness, and acknowledging that this injustice must change.

But we cannot do this in isolation. Committed to doing all we can, we call upon our government to partner with us in ending poverty.

We acknowledge with gratitude the many positive government initiatives that continue to benefit the poor. In particular, it is gratifying to acknowledge that a majority of Canadians now live in provinces and territories that have developed and are implementing poverty reduction plans. But it is time for comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative action, with national leadership working in partnership with other jurisdictions.
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Posted: Mar. 15, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8752
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, interfaith, poverty, statements
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, interfaith, poverty, statements

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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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : books, Canadian Council of Churches, suffering and hope

The Canadian Council of Churches has written to three of the largest church bodies in the United States – the National Council of Churches, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Association of Evangelicals – to share experiences in similar debates on health care that have taken place in Canada.
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Posted: Aug. 14, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=598
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care

Le Conseil canadien des Églises a écrit à trois des plus grands organismes religieux des États-Unis, soit au National Council of Churches, à la United States Conference of Catholic Bishops et à la National Association of Evangelicalism pour partager avec eux son expérience de débats sur les soins de santé analogues à ceux qui ont eu lieu au Canada.
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Posted: Aug. 14, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=597
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care

Governing Board of Officers of the Canadian Council of Churches met recently at Saint Paul University. The acceptance of the new Denominational Member of the Canadian Council of Churches – the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada – was moved by Archbishop Yurij of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and seconded by Bishop Ron Fabbro of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was adopted unanimously in accordance with the CCC Constitution.
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Posted: May 29, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7186
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Ukrainian Catholic
Transmis : 29 mai 2009 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=7186
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Ukrainian Catholic

Liturgies for Christian Unity: The First Hundred Years, 1908-2008

Earlier this year, Canadian Council of Churches announced their latest publication, an anthology of prayers for Christian unity. Featuring a foreword by retired Anglican Archbishop Michael G. Peers, Liturgies for Christian Unity is an anthology of the very best approaches to celebrating common religious ground. Containing prayers and texts from the past 100 years of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it offers a wide range of ideas for liturgies of all forms and sizes. Its inclusiveness and its usefulness make it a required resource for parishes, retreat centres, chaplains, and educators in all manner of situations.

This resource is the fruit of rich editorial work by the Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches, under the guidance and leadership of Rev. Judee Archer-Greene, Rev. Richard Vandervaart and Dr. Mary Marrocco.

ISBN-13: 978-2-89507-958-3 • Price: $27.95 • Paperback, 200 pp., 8.5 x 11
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Posted: June 24, 2008 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=472
Categories: NewsIn this article: books, Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Christian unity, prayer, WPCU
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The Ecumenical Health Care Network of the Canadian Council of Churches invites every congregation and community across the country to join in a time of celebration and renewal of Canada’s commitment to ensuring the preservation and strengthening of its universal public health care system, better known as Medicare. To this end, we have named the week of November 18th “Celebrate Medicare Week.”

In the past, Canada’s churches have played an invaluable role in defending access to care based on need not on ability to pay, and as a living statement of how we care for one another in Canadian society. In the words of a former vice-president of the Canadian Council of Churches, Karen MacKay-Llewellyn, “Defending public health care in a system that promises accessibility to all Canadians at the same level of quality, is a matter at the heart of our Christian confession, and this must rest at the heart of our public witness.”
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Posted: Oct. 31, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=361
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, Ecumenical Health Care Network, health care, justice
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The CCC need back copies of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity services, and stories about celebrations before 1948. Please search your shelves, cupboards, attics, offices, for existing copies you might have. With your help, we can put together a complete collection. We will be producing an anthology of prayer services to help celebrate the centenary of the Octave of Christian Unity in 2008.
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Posted: Aug. 21, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=339
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, WPCU
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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

Nidus is a festival for people from all streams of Christian faith with music, arts, keynotes, worship, dialogue, drama & dance. Several thousand youth, young adults, families and others will gather in Kitchener, Ontario from August 4th to 6th. It will be a unique opportunity for people to come together to express faith, celebrate through
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Posted: May 17, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=233
Categories: ConferencesIn this article: 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Christian unity, events, justice, worship, youth
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Catégorie : ConferencesDans cet article : 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Christian unity, events, justice, worship, youth

May 8, 2006 — Twenty Canadian church leaders, representing the member churches of the Canadian Council of Churches, have appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to promptly announce six new initiatives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The sweeping measures the church leaders want include cancellation of debts owed by countries with HIV/AIDS rates above
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Posted: May 15, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=231
Categories: NewsIn this article: 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, church leaders, HIV/AIDS, statements, Stephen Harper
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Dear Prime Minister Harper:

As national leaders of Canadian Churches and members of the Canadian Council of Churches, we are extremely concerned about the human impact of the global AIDS pandemic. Currently more than 40 million people are infected with HIV. Last year, over 3 million people died as a result of AIDS. There are 15 million child orphans because of AIDS. These statistics speak powerfully to the human cost.

Our first response to the depth of this tragedy is compassion. We suffer with those who suffer, and work to ease that suffering. We support the many members of our Churches who dedicate themselves to caring for persons living with HIV and AIDS.
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Posted: May 8, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8674
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, HIV/AIDS, Stephen Harper
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, HIV/AIDS, Stephen Harper

Monsieur le Premier ministre,

En tant que dirigeants nationaux d’Églises canadiennes et membres du Conseil canadien des Églises, nous sommes extrêmement préoccupés par l’impact humain de la pandémie du SIDA. Plus de 40 millions de personnes sont actuellement infectées par le VIH, tandis que l’an dernier, le SIDA faisait plus de 3 millions de victimes. Quinze millions d’enfants sont orphelins à cause du SIDA. Voilà des statistiques qui illustrent de façon éloquente le coût humain de ce fléau.

Notre première réaction à la gravité de cette tragédie en est une de compassion : nous souffrons avec ceux qui souffrent et nous travaillons à alléger leurs souffrances. Nous appuyons les nombreux membres de nos Églises qui se dévouent pour les personnes vivant avec le VIH et le SIDA.
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Posted: May 8, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8676
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, HIV/AIDS, Stephen Harper
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, HIV/AIDS, Stephen Harper

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
Transmis : 22 févr. 2006 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=211
Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, education, justice, racism

An official application for membership in the Canadian Council of Churches from the Mennonite Church Canada has been enthusiastically received and unanimously approved by the other member churches of the CCC. This brings the membership of the Canadian Council of Churches up to twenty traditions, including Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern and Oriental Orthodox
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Posted: July 28, 2005 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=151
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, Mennonite Church Canada
Transmis : 28 juil. 2005 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=151
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, Mennonite Church Canada