Deacon Greg Bobbit

Director of 

Ecumenism

ecumenism@padiocese.ca

Now it Springs Forth: Looking for Ecumenical Movement with Fresh Eyes

Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman will present the 2021 De Margerie Lecture

on Christian Reconciliation and Unity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



This year’s De Margerie lecture (named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie, who established the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon) is entitled “Now it Springs Forth: Looking for Ecumenical Movement with Fresh Eyes.” Featuring guest speaker Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman, the lecture will be presented online from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 co-hosted by St. Thomas More College, St. Andrew's College, and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

The link to register(free) for the event is  https://bit.ly/2Qj4K8h

The 2021 De Margerie Lecture is part of the ReJUNEvation program at St. Andrew's College.
More info at standrews.ca https://stu.usask.ca/standrews/students/rejunevation.php

Guest speaker:  Born and raised in Edmonton, the Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman is the Animator for the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada. His primary work and ministry today is coordinating the Anglican Church of Canada’s ecumenical partnerships with various churches at the national level, including bilateral dialogues and commissions with the Evangelical Lutheran, Mennonite, United and Roman Catholic traditions, as well as working closely with the twenty-six Christian denominations which are members of the multilateral coalition known as the Canadian Council of Churches. He also represents the Anglican Church of Canada in a number of capacities in the interfaith context, working especially in the areas of Christian-Muslim and Christian-Jewish relations.

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Abide in My Love: Cross-Canada Online Celebration
of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


During this season of Pentecost, The Canadian Council of Churches and its ecumenical partners, The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, invite you to "Abide in My Love: Cross-Canada Online Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity"

Saturday, June 5, 3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT (1:00 - 2:00 pm in Saskatchewan)
Register on Eventbrite: https://wpcu-2021-spuc.eventbrite.ca

Gathering as branches of Christ the True Vine, let us experience, and bear witness to, God’s abiding love amid this year’s unique challenges.

Leaders from diverse Christian traditions in Canada will offer prayers and Scripture readings. The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, The United Church of Canada, and His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, will offer homiletic reflections.

This event is bilingual (English and French), with simultaneous translation in both languages.
This online celebration is free for all who would like to attend, but a small contribution to offset the cost is welcomed.

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LAURC Covenant Study
You are invited to join a discussion about the new LAURC Covenant between the Lutheran, Anglican, Ukrainian Catholic, and Roman Catholic churches in Saskatchewan. What is a covenant? Does this mean that we are becoming one church? What will change because of the covenant? What should change? These and other questions will be explored Monday evenings, 7pm, on April 12, 19, and 26 with Nick Jesson and members of the LAURC Covenant Committee.
Register now at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkc--tqTgiHdGy0YPCZ_Cji3kmw4Yy9fmd

 

Engage Difference! Introducing Intercultural Ministry Workshop
Identify and explore tools and attitudes for leading and facilitating organizations, churches, and communities in reflecting on intercultural ministry across difference. This introductory workshop recognizes intercultural ministry as a life-long project. It offers some common language and questions to encourage deeper exploration for the art of intercultural ministry.

Thursday, April 22 and 29 from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Registration: $40 includes both sessions
Maximum 30 people
To register, email Nick Jesson at njesson@archregina.sk.ca

This 2-part workshop is planned in the spirit of the LAURC Covenant by the Ecumenical Stewardship Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle, the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina. The workshop will be facilitated by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Conversations About Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change
 

On four Saturday afternoons,

at 4:00pm EDT/2:00pm in Saskatchewan:

April 17, May 15, June 12 and June 26.
https://www.interculturalleadership.ca/programs/conversation-circles

 

These interactive conversations will be led by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of the Canadian Council of Churches, an ecumenical agency with 26 member denominations representing 85% of Christianity in Canada.
 

Save the date: Cross-Canada Service of Prayer for Christian Unity
Led by the Canadian Council of Churches,

this service on Saturday, June 5 at 3pm EDT/1pm in Saskatchewan will draw from the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme "Abide in My Love" (cf. Jn 15:5-9).
Further details will be coming soon.

 

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Signs of Life in the Local Church: May 2021 Webinar Series


 

 

Join in this series to explore signs that new missional perspectives are bringing life to local congregations.

  • Each Thursday in May, starting May 6 at 3pm (Saskatchewan) on Zoom.

  • 2pm BC, 3pm Alberta, 4pm Manitoba, 5pm Ontario & Quebec, 6pm Maritimes, 6:30pm Newfoundland

Free registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-ytqzosGdVoDhE6gNcveFr2JjU4-WCd
For further information, contact Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at stewardship@sasktel.net

May 6: Unmasking the Post-Covid Church
with Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart (Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall at UBC, Professor of Mission Studies at Vancouver School of Theology)
Churches have been through a prolonged period of adaptive leadership challenges over the last year with Covid-19. What has God taught us through this experience about what it means to be church? How will this experience shape and change the nature of our witness and shared life together in a post-pandemic world?

May 13: Fabulously Flourishing in the Local Church
with Canon Dr. Neil Mancor (Congregational Development Coordinator, Anglican Diocese of Montréal)
Before we start talking about money, we need to get the conditions right. In the same way that we prepare the ground for planting our gardens, we need to do the same in our churches. Research has consistently flagged two key characteristics of flourishing congregations: a lively spirituality and an outward focus on the community. In this seminar, we will explore these two characteristics and how they impact financial generosity in the local Church.

May 20: Blessed to be a Blessing ... The Stewardship of Opportunity
with Rev. Dr. Tim Beadle (co-founder of the Rural Church Pastors Network & Missional Engagement Team Lead, Foothills Alliance Church, Calgary)
In our time together we will lean in together and explore how we can steward the opportunities God entrusts to us and our faith community based on Matthew 25. We will unpack a B.L.E.S.S. model that will offer practical steps to engage you in reaching out to those around you. A book summary will be supplied. Participants will be exposed to a free resource in which they will determine their S.H.A.P.E. (S – spiritual gifts / H – heart-passion / A – abilities / P – personality style / E – experience) for use in being stewards of the opportunities around them.

May 27: To The Regions Beyond: Spiritual Care in Under-served Areas
with Rev. Dr. Robin Haensel (Director of Church Development, Canadian Midwest District, Christian & Missionary Alliance Church)
Dr. Haensel will introduce his recent D.Min. project (Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon) helping him fulfill God’s calling to equip the church to serve those often ignored because of the logistical challenges of shrinking rural populations. His greatest desire is that the church would be able to fulfill her calling to the world, but especially to those communities that face the challenge of diminishing resources.

This series is planned in the spirit of the LAURC Covenant by the Ecumenical Stewardship Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle, the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.

Photo: Dan Kristolaitis

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The new Laurc document, an agreement between the Lutheran, Anglican, Ukrainian and Roman Catholic bishops over all of Saskatchewan, pledging to work together.

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Together in Christ -
An Ecumenical Study for Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and other denominations

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have developed joint material entitled Together in Christ — Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The process of developing these resources has been an occasion of dialogue and of a deepening…

Read more: Together in Christ — An Ecumenical Study for Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and other denominations