Ecumenical Book Club: Grassroots Ecumenism
The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to invite you to participate in an Ecumenical Book Club! Join us for four Wednesday evening zoom sessions as we study the book, Grassroots Ecumenism by Karen Petersen Finch. This study group will be led Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier and Cathryn Wood, Executive Director of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.
"The quest for Christian unity has traditionally been initiated at the international level between official leaders of Christian denominations, with the effects of their dialogue expected to trickle down to local Christian communities. In Grassroots Ecumenism, Karen Petersen Finch upends this process, proposing an approach to Christian unity that begins in your neighbourhood. She draws directly from her experience equipping everyday Christians to know their own Christian tradition more thoroughly and to engage thoughtfully with separated Christians down the street and around the corner."
The study will run from November 15th - December 6th; 7:00-8:30pm. The cost of the book is approximately $35 CAD. Limited copies will be available through the Prairie Centre for purchase. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for book ordering details.
NOTE: Karen Petersen Finch will be the De Margerie Lecturer, January 25 and 26, 2024. Details will be coming soon.
Advent Reflection Series with Fr. Scott Lewis SJ
Campion College Campus Ministry will offer a short Advent reflection series online with Fr. Scott Lewis SJ. The dates are Tuesdays, November 28, December 5 & 12, 2023, from 10:00 - 10:40am CST/SK time (that's 11am in Ontario). Fr. Scott will lead a reflection for 30 minutes, followed by a brief Ignatian Conversation or an Ignatian prayer tool (if our numbers are too high).
Here is a link to the registration form: https://campioncollege.ca/uncategorized/peace-on-earth-advent-scripture-reflections-online/
A Zoom link will be sent out to all registered participants. The reflections will be recorded and made available to registered participants.
Ecumenical Red Wednesday Prayer Service
Red Wednesday is a day of prayer, action and awareness about the persecution of Christians around the world. In Saskatoon, there will be an ecumenical Red Wednesday service to pray for persecuted Christians, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Holy Covenant Evangelical Orthodox Church, 1426 Alexandra Avenue, Saskatoon. Evangelical Orthodox Bishop Jakob Palm and Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Hagemoen are among those participating in prayer and reflection during the service. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, please contact Myron Rogal in the RC Diocese of Saskatoon Office of Justice and Peace at email@example.com or (306) 659-5841.Background: Be RED, Wear RED, Light RED - With establishment of Red Wednesday, the international Catholic aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has drawn attention to the fate of millions of persecuted, oppressed and threatened Christians worldwide. Since Red Wednesday was established, many countries around the world, cathedrals, churches, monasteries, monuments, and public buildings are illuminated in blood red around this day. Make a statement and take part by wearing red, learning more, and praying for those who are persecuted for their faith. Find more information at: https://acninternational.org/. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) supports over 5,000 projects every year in around 140 countries, helping Christians to live their faith in situations where they are oppressed, or lack the necessary means to cover their pastoral needs.
Letters of Support Needed for Warm Welcome
Local faith communities, organizations and concerned citizens have come together, recognizing the crisis for the houseless community and the severe cold weather coming. This Warm Welcome Coalition has drafted a proposal to the Saskatchewan Government to fund an overnight warming centre in Regina. Carmichael Outreach has offered their space and has developed a budget for staffing and managing this project.
Please consider writing a letter of support to the Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Gene Makowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org or Room 303, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, S4S 0B3), and cc your local MLA and Russell Mitchell-Walker (email@example.com). Email addresses for your local MLAs are located here: https://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/
Stay tuned for other ways that you can support the Warm Welcome Coalition and Carmichael Outreach by volunteering or donations of baking.
Ministry Means Everybody: A webinar on the ministry of all the baptized
You are invited to join this webinar on the baptismal ministry of all people. How would the church be renewed by a vision of the whole people of God engaged in ministry? How would an understanding of baptismal vocation transform our churches and ourselves?
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, Principal of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad
Thursday, Nov. 23, 3pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join this free 1-hour online webinar offered 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 has been principal of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, the Anglican college within the Saskatoon Theological Union since 2016. He previously served as Dean of the Diocese of Athabasca and rector of St. James Cathedral in Peace River, AB. Iain has also served parishes in Humboldt, Watson, and Nipawin and was the Director of the Institute for Anglican Ministry and Assistant Professor of Theology at St. John's College in Winnipeg. He is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada and continues to serve in many and varied national committees and projects of his church. Iain previously presented on March 3, 2022 in the Sacred Places and Spaces series with the title "From Maintenance to Mission".
For further details contact Nick Jesson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar on Thérèse of Lisieux and Martin Luther
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Thérèse of Lisieux and it is a major event in many countries and churches. Bishop Karin Johannesson from the diocese of Uppsala has written a book about Thérèse of Lisieux and Martin Luther based on receptive ecumenism. The book has just been translated into English.
The book begins by highlighting the extensive similarities between Therese's teaching and Martin Luther's theology. With the help of the three Carmelite Doctors of the Church - Therese of the Child Jesus, Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and John of the Cross (1542-1591) - the discussion develops further, and a receptive ecumenical study is carried out. The overall question is how the Carmelite tradition can enrich the Evangelical-Lutheran tradition in a way that contributes to the renewal of the church. Bishop Johannesson argues that such a renewal is of vital importance if people today are to receive the spiritual guidance that they are longing for.
Dr Michelle Jones from the Australian Institute of Theological Education and Dr Christof Betschart, o.c.d. from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology Teresianum in Rome will discuss the main points of the book together with Bishop Karin Johannesson.
November 29th, 2023, at 3pm CET (8am in Saskatchewan)
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Laudate Deum: Eco-Spirituality in Action
Join Citizens for Public Justice in collaboration with For the Love of Creation and the Galilee Catholic Retreat Centre for a powerful webinar dedicated to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Laudate Deum.” Discover how this inspiring document serves as a call to action in the realms of environmental justice and creation care. Our speakers include leaders in Catholic social and environmental justice, as well as individuals from local congregations actively pursuing green initiatives.
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30-8pm EST (5:30-7pm in Saskatchewan)
Visit http://CPJ.ca/events to register
Please note that live French interpretation of the webinar will be available!