Deacon Greg Bobbit

Director of 

Ecumenism

ecumenism@padiocese.ca

WPCU Bible Study 2021

A daily Bible study on the theme of the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Monday, January 18 to Monday January 25 from 12:15-1:00pm CST (except Sunday, Jan 24 at 1:00pm CST)

Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wpcu-bible-study-2021-tickets-135920448721

Hosted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Regina Council of Churches, this study is free and open to all. A different Christian leader will guide us each day as we explore the theme "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit" (John 15:5-9).

The 2021 theme calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

Note: 12:15pm CST is 1:15pm EST, 11:15am MST, and 10:15am PST

WPCU Online Ecumenical Service
You might also want to register for the WPCU Online Ecumenical Service planned by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism (Montreal) on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3pm (Eastern). The service is bilingual. Register to receive the Zoom or YouTube links at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvWflnQX5_187OOoiXcWKWgmDkwGJXY5mYZHSNJXq9Njp-GA/viewform

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated 18 to 25 January 2021

on the theme “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (John 15:5-9).

For more information see the following link:

https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/resources-for-2021-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=resources-for-2021-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity_125

 

SAVE THE DATE! 

Please consider participating in Saskatchewan's first ever Week of Prayer for Christian Unity virtual 8-day Bible study sponsored in partnership with  The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Regina Council of Churches​.

This year, due to the pandemic, we are not able to hold our regular events and so the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and Regina Council of Churches have decided to partner and hold an 8-day virtual Bible study series based on the themes for Week of Prayer 2021 which will run Monday January 18th- Monday January 25th from 12:15-1:00pm daily over Zoom.   

The theme for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 is "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit"(John 15:5-9) and materials have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. This theme is developed through a series of reflections which extend over eight days and will be the basis of the Bible study. Each day will be led by a different denominational leader. 

The daily themes are as follows:
 
Day 1 - Monday, January 18th:

Called by God: "You did not choose me but I chose you" (John 15:16a)
 

Day 2 - Tuesday, January 19th:

Maturing Internally: "Abide in me as I abide in you" (John 15:4)
 

Day 3 - Wednesday, January 20th:

Forming One Body: "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12b)
 

Day 4 - Thursday, January 21st:

Praying Together: "I do not call you servants any longer...but I have called you friends" (John 15:15)
 

Day 5 - Friday, January 22nd:

Letting Oneself Be Transformed by the Word: "You have already been pruned by the word..." (John 15:3)
 

Day 6 - Saturday, January 23rd:

Welcoming Others: "Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last" (John 15:16b)
 

Day 7 - Sunday, January 24th:

Growing in Unity: "I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5a)
 

Day 8 - Monday, January 25th:

Reconciling with all Creation: "So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11)
 
Further details and registration information will be released early in January.

You are all invited to attend the celebration of the signing of the

LAURC ( Lutheran, Anglican, Ukrainian, Roman Catholic) Covenant

that will be held on

Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 7:00pm at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert.

 

On April 2, 2019, all of the Saskatchewan bishops of the Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Catholic faiths signed an Agreement (the LAURC Covenant) pursuant to which they would pray, study and act more in concert. This would hopefully lead to and include joint social action, things like Advent and Lent studies, Marriage Preparation, and giving support to interfaith couples.

 

Bishop Albert has extended an invitation to the Anglican and Lutheran bishops to attend this celebration. The faith communities have been invited as well.

 

Please extend this invitation to your parish communities.

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

LAURC Covenant

LAURC Communique

We are pleased to share with you the fall edition of Growing Together, the Prairie Centre For Ecumenism’s quarterly newsletter. Growing Together was originally a six-week bulletin series for the ecumenical education of Christ’s faithful. These bulleting inserts were published and distributed annually to churches in Saskatoon starting 1985 and served the community until 2005. Our newsletter will feature some of the previous archives from the original Growing Together series and relevant ecumenical articles from today.

Growing Together Volume 1 Issue 2

 

Please feel free to share and to encourage people to join our mailing list by emailing admin@pcecumenism.ca

The ecumenical initiatives to mark this Pentecost weekend are truly stunning, and even Pope Francis is in on the gig with the Holy Spirit! Today's technology is giving fresh expression to the Holy Spirit moving throughout the entire world, literally and virtually. Below is a listing of events worth our time and attention. I encourage you to take in some of the following worship services and share this list with any of your own interested friends:

 

 A Canadian-wide ecumenical Zoom Pentecost service featuring ten national church leaders airing tomorrow/Saturday May 30 at 1:00pm SK time. For more information on how to register, go to:
https://www.councilofchurches.ca/news/together-in-one-place/    

 

A fresh Pentecost expression of our Canadian full communion between Anglicans and Lutherans will air on Sunday May 31 at 2:00pm SK:

https://anglicanlutheran.ca/pentecost/ 

 

Pope Francis will take part in his first-ever online ecumenical prayer service with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday May 31, airing at 9:00am UK timezone, so this can be watched anytime for us in Canada on Pentecost Sunday. The following websites give some background to this ground-breaking event and where the service can be streamed from: 

 

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12989/pope-and-archbishop-seek-outpouring-of-holy-spirit-  

 

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ 

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online 

 

 Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

 

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

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