Deacon Greg Bobbit

Director of 

Ecumenism

ecumenism@padiocese.ca

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  • CircleM Book Study: These Mountains are Our Sacred Places, April 20 to May 11

  • Saskatchewan Visual Art Awards, April 22

  • Detectives of Divinity: Looking for signs of what God is up to at your church, April 28

  • Christian Commemoration of the Shoah, May 1

  • Our Whole Society conference, May 11-12

  • Campion Alumni of Distinction Awards Gala, May 12

  • Religious Responses to Climate Change, May 24-26

  • Religious Community in a Digital World, June 13-16

Saskatchewan Visual Art Awards, Friday, April 22 at 1pm.

You are invited to attend the Awards Presentation for the Saskatchewan Visual Art Project on Friday, April 22 at 1pm. A celebration of art, faith, and spirituality: Saskatchewan youth working through visual arts for peace, unity, and care of the earth. Celebrate what makes life better for you, for all humankind, and for our planet.

Fifteen cash prizes will be awarded to students in grades 9 to 12. Students have submitted their work in any visual media (sketching, painting, computer-generated digital art, etc...). Three independent adjudicators will judge the works based upon the following criteria: the message; artistic excellence; originality; and impact on the viewer.
 

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CircleM Book Study: These Mountains Are Our Sacred Places, April 20 to May 11

These Mountains are Our Sacred Places, by Rev. Dr. Chief John Snow, Sr.
Join the CircleM interfaith and ecumenical book study on faith, spirituality, and Reconciliation from an Indigenous perspective.
Co-hosted by Rev. John Snow, Jr., Indigenous minister PMRC and Tony Snow, Indigenous minister, CWR
Everyone welcome!

April 20 to May 11, 2022
7-8pm, CST
Zoom meeting: 899 4431 3877
Passcode: 311859

Sponsored by CircleM, the Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry.

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Detectives of Divinity: Looking for signs of what God is up to at your church, April 28

 

Free 90 minute workshop via Zoom

A workshop with author and stewardship consultant Lori Guenther Reesor, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

:Register in advance for this meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcuqprj0sHdyst260k7DK4epBZ6LVF90I

Canadian author Lori Guenther Reesor understands vital discipleship and missional churches and her superpower is helping churches talk about money. She will lead a discussion about seeing what God is doing in our faith community and how a church can grow in discipleship and generosity. Drawing on her extensive Canadian research, she created a fictional Peach Blossom Church in her book, Growing a Generous Church, inspired by faithful donors she met doing her Doctor of Ministry research. Lori has met with church folks of all kinds across Canada. Her workshops and

.her book ring true to our reality

Sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle Stewardship Office. Questions? Contact Cheryl Toth

.at stewardship@sasktel.net or 306-591-5924

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Christian Commemoration of the Shoah, May 1

On behalf of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal and the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, we are pleased to inform you that the 43rd Christian Commemoration of the Shoah will take place on Sunday May 1 at 4:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul (3415 Redpath St., Montreal Qc, H3G 2G2).

 

The theme is "You shall be holy..." This 'in person' event will also be live streamed (https://www.standrewstpaul.com/#livestream).

 

This special Vesper service event will bring together Jews, Christians, and others to commemorate the six million Jews and one million other victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Shoah (“the annihilation” in Hebrew), during World War II.

Co-presided by Rev. Glenn Chestnutt and Rabbi Sherril Gilbert, the commemoration will include a testimony by Holocaust survivor Rachel Gropper. There will be also a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of all the victims of the Shoah. Songs and music will be performed by a vocal Quartet (cantorial soloist Rona Nadler, Alexandra Asher, Kerry Bursey, and Dave Benson) and by Dr. Jonathan Oldengarm Director of Music and Organist.

Yom Hashoah (“the Day of the Shoah”) was established in 1951 by the Knesset, the Parliament of Israel. In Montreal, the first Christian Commemoration of the Shoah took place at Christ Church Cathedral in 1979. Since then, different Christian churches have engaged with members of the Jewish community in a shared act of remembrance on the Sunday closest to Yom Hashoah. In 1999, the National Assembly officially recognized the observance of Yom Hashoah and invited Quebec citizens to share in the memories and mourning of the Jewish community and to ponder the lessons learned from the Shoah.

Founded in 1971, the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal is composed of representatives of various sponsoring organizations, who come together on a regular basis in order to build and strengthen mutual understanding and support between Christian and Jewish communities. We would be honoured to have you as one of our guests.

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Our Whole Society conference, May 11-12

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation will offer the 2022 "Our Whole Society" conference online on Wed. May 11 and Thurs. May 12. "Our Whole Society" is a conference that aims to foster a new dialogue about the changing role of religion in Canadian society. Previously held in Montreal (2013), Vancouver (2015), Ottawa (2017), Toronto (2019), and online (2021), the gathering brings together leading thinkers from all sectors of society to consider how insights from diverse experiences and traditions of thought can shed light on the contribution religion makes, both positive and negative, to the many challenges Canada currently faces. Past speakers have included leading Canadian thinkers and writers such as: John Ralston Saul, Solange Lefebvre, John Borrows, Marie Wilson, Bob Rae, and Daniel Weinstock.

For further details, see https://www.interfaithconversation.ca/our-whole-society

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation gathers representatives of 41 faith communities and faith-based organizations who believe that people of faith can contribute positively to the benefit of all people in Canadian society.

Campion Alumni of Distinction Awards Gala, May 12, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022, The Atlas Hotel, 4177 Albert Street, Regina
To Register: https://campioncollege.ca/alumni/dinner/

HUGH DELANEY (High School '50, BA '51). Canada’s first weatherman has been many things, an actor, community advocate, public speaker and much more! Hugh will say he always had fun in anything he was doing and his faith and family have been the most important to him. Today, Hugh is still active in his Rotary Club – an organization he first joined in 1950 while attending Campion College and which led to his first start in radio.

MARK WIHAK (BFA Distinction '90). An artist, educator and member of our local community, Mark has been a filmmaker since 1992 as well as an Associate Professor since 2003. Mark’s films have been broadcast across Canada as well as at festivals in the USA, Europe, India, Brazil and Australia and has made great contributions to our community here in Regina.

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Religious Responses to Climate Change, May 24-26

Available in online and hybrid formats.
https://vst.edu/inter-religious-studies-program/conference/

An academic and community conference from the Vancouver School of Theology, Interreligious Studies Program.

Opening Keynote:
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, author of Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision
May 24, 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific), online via Zoom only
Dr. Woodley’s talk is free and open to the public.

Additional Conference Events for Registered Participants
May 24-26, in person & via Zoom
Recordings available through June 30

Available in online and hybrid formats.
https://vst.edu/inter-religious-studies-program/conference/

An academic and community conference from the Vancouver School of Theology, Interreligious Studies Program.

Opening Keynote:
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, author of Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision
May 24, 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific), online via Zoom only
Dr. Woodley’s talk is free and open to the public.

Additional Conference Events for Registered Participants
May 24-26, in person & via Zoom
Recordings available through June 30

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Religious Community in a Digital World, June 13-16

Online Community? Church Hybridity? The Digital Body of Christ?

If these are realities which continue to excite, disturb, or otherwise engage you, then mark your calendars for the first annual summer learning event co-sponsored by the three schools of the Saskatoon Theological Union in partnership with St. Thomas More College.

From June 13 – 16 we will be exploring the theme of Religious Community in a Digital World.

As a gift to the wider community, this amazing learning event is being offered by St. Thomas More College, Lutheran Theological Seminary, the College of Emmanuel St. Chad, and St. Andrew’s College without charge! Register now: https://forms.gle/AtMMfT9BJGkuyVDe8

Apropos of our topic, this conference will be held entirely online. It will include keynote presentations, worship, workshops, social time, networking opportunities, and digital spaces for deep and rich ecumenical encounter.

Our keynote speakers this summer are Dr. Deanna Thompson (author of The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World) and Dr. Jeffrey Mahan (author of Church as Network: Christian Life and Connection in Digital Culture). Individually and in dialogue, our speakers will be looking at our new digital-ecclesial landscape through historical, theological, and pastoral lenses. For those of us planning on engaging our plugged-in world, no matter how bewildered we may feel in it, these conversations will be missional and life-giving, practical and prophetic.

For more information, please contact Shawn Sanford Beck at stmstulearningevent@gmail.com or 306-441-6367

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Sacred Places and Spaces:
March 2022 seminars on Ecumenical Stewardship


You are invited to join in our March 2022 series of Ecumenical Stewardship seminars. We're thinking about the use of sacred buildings and properties in new ways. Join us Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 3pm (SK time).

Mar. 3: From Maintenance to Mission
Rev. Dr. Iain Luke will help us consider the factors in moving congregations to a more missional approach in their ministry.

Mar. 10: Greening Our Churches
Norman Lévesque will explore with us the various ways our facilities and our grounds can reduce their impact on God's beautiful Creation.

Mar. 17: Sharing Sacred Spaces – Facilities and Ministries
Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall will discuss the many and varied ways denominations can work together in ministry and in the sharing of facilities.

Mar. 24:  Loving Our Neighbours! (again)
Carla Leon and Zoë Chaytors will engage us in the question of how we practically interact with our communities and use our physical resources in mission for the good of all.

Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpduiurjIuHdE69wI-4LGI5vlHO0mGqViK

For further information, contact Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at stewardship@sasktel.net

All are welcome. This webinar 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.


Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, an Anglican priest, has been principal of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad in Saskatoon since 2016. He previously served as Dean of Athabasca and rector of St. James' Cathedral in Peace River, Alberta as well as parish appointments in Humboldt, Watson, and Nipawin, Saskatchewan. From 1999 to 2007 he was Director of the Institute for Anglican Ministry and Assistant Professor of Theology at St. John's College, Winnipeg. Iain has been a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada since 2016.

Norman Lévesque is animator of Creation Care Ministry in the Diocese of St-Jean-Longueuil outside Montréal. The founder of the Green Churches Network (greenchurches.ca), Norman served as executive director from 2009 to 2018. He has also been Associate Director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, sessional lecturer at the Institut de pastorale des Dominicains, and Assistant to the General Secretary of the Assemblée des évêques catholiques du Québec. He is author of Greening Your Church and Prendre soin de la Création (Novalis, 2014) and a co-author of Les pages vertes de la Bible (Novalis, 2012).

Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada, with pastoral experience in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Ontario, including a United/Anglican shared ministry parish prior to her faculty appointment at St. Andrew’s College. Her teaching, research, and writing bring together historical, pastoral, and ecumenical concerns in the service of congregational ministry in prairie and western contexts and the search for Christian unity. She serves as a member of the World Council of Churches' Faith & Order Commission and has been member of the Anglican-United Church dialogue and the Roman Catholic-United Church dialogue. Together with Mitzi Budde and William McDonald, she is author of Daring to Share: Multi-Denominational Congregations in the United States and Canada (2018).

Carla Leon is New Initiatives Manager, The EDGE Network, United Church of Canada. She firmly believes that churches are the backbone of the neighbourhood and the social innovation ecosystem. After receiving an MBA from the University of British Columbia she launched a social enterprise in 2009, hiring marginalized people, and is the co-founder of an e-learning organization that has helped over 100,000 small-business owners. She currently works as a consultant for The United Church of Canada having launched their innovation grant program and numerous other initiatives including the Social Innovation Challenge, a mentoring network, and a savings platform for churches. She is always interested in how to help the non-profit and charitable sector be more collaborative and the integral role of church.

Zoë Chaytors (she/her) is a registered Social Worker who currently resides on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta where she grew up. Her passions in life are dichotomous. She loves to work with other people in helping capacities and seeks out solitude in nature as often as she can. She has been working with Southminister Steinhauer United Church since 2018, supporting a number programs including Camp Dragonfly and Emberwood. She is currently working with the United Church of Canada on the EDGE team, as Innovation Support. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys curling up on the couch with a good book and her two cats, Benny and Joon. She can often be found exploring Mill Creek Ravine on foot or by bike.