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.
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.