Working Groups are created by either the Commission on Faith and Witness or the Commission on Justice and Peace and report to the Commission that created them. They are established to accomplish a specific mandate from the Commission and draw on the expertise of different membership from the Commission.
Each year, an international joint committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity prepares ecumenical resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 18-25), including a theme and a focus Scripture text. National and regional councils of churches adapt these materials for use in their local context.
For over 40 years, the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Witness has assembled an ecumenical writing team to prepare Canadian Week of Prayer resources, including French translations and original materials. This Writing Team, made up of members from constituent churches of the CCC and a representative from the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, meets in February and April to produce resources for the following year.
More information on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Canada.
Following the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in September 2001, the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) was established in 2002.
This network is an expression of Canadian churches working together to support anti-racism programs and educators who are working in member churches, sharing resources and learning among anti-racism educators, and supporting long-term change in Canadian churches and church organizations.
The mandate of CEARN is to accompany churches and church organizations in Canada who are working toward racial justice, racial reconciliation, and peace, to transform themselves and their communities. The goals are:
- To build and strengthen a national ecumenical network of anti-racism educators and activists.
- To mutually support and hold one another accountable as we learn more about racism in the churches and church organizations in Canada, and become transformed churches.
- To develop and share resources being used and being developed
Reference Groups are created by an act of the Governing Board and report directly to the Governing Board. They are established to accomplish their specific mandate in close collaboration with both the Commission on Faith and Witness and the Commission on Justice and Peace.
The Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group was established by the Governing Board of The Canadian Council of Churches in 1999 as a reference group, a clearinghouse for the gathering and exchange of information on biotechnology. Both the Commission on Faith and Witness and the Commission on Justice and Peace are represented on the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group and see the work of the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group work as their own.
The Mandate of the Interfaith Reference Group involves both ecumenical engagement about religious diversity and continued ecumenical engagement with different religions. The foundational work will be in-house engagement with the participation of the member churches focusing on interfaith matter. The group may make contact with different religions, build relationships, and build foundations for addressing common concerns. The programmatic focus of the group is information sharing, education, theological reflection, and building relationships.
The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning is an ecumenical partnership through which Canadian churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally.
Through the work, Canadian churches engage in innovative education and programming; come together for reflection on contemporary issues; participate in dialogue about honouring diversity and God's unequivocal welcome; networking and support for intercultural ministry.