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UPCOMING WEBINAR: “Preparing for a Change of Era” (September 16, 4PM EDT)

On September 16, 2020, the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning will be hosting a webinar of interest for their alumni networks and others interested in intercultural ministry. Full description below; please pre-register for this free event on the FILL website. “We are not living an era of change but a change of era.” – …

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Lessons from last week’s Safe Third Country appeal

On Friday, August 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced that the Canadian government had appealed the Federal Court’s decision to strike down the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. The Federal Court has now ruled twice, first in 2007 and again this year that the agreement violates refugee rights. General Secretary Peter Noteboom examines this …

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Organizations call on federal government to immediately stop sending refugee claimants back to the United States

On July 22, 2020, the Federal Court ruled that sending refugee claimants back to the USA under the Safe Third Country Agreement violates their right to liberty and security protected by section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The Court therefore determined that the Canadian legislation designating the US as a safe …

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Joint statement on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024)

Leaders of Canadian churches and faith-based organizations have issued a joint statement committing their communities to recognizing and honouring the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024). The International Decade is a call for churches, governments, and societies to do more to address anti-Black racism in Canada and globally. The main objectives of …

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Federal Court Confirms Sending Refugee Claimants Back to the U.S. Breaks Canadian Law

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Amnesty International (AI) and The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) welcomed the July 22, 2020 Federal Court of Canada ruling that sending refugee claimants back to the US under the Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “We asked the Court to look at …

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Statement Concerning the Hagia Sophia

On July 10, 2020, Turkey’s Council of State annulled the Turkish Cabinet’s 1934 decision to establish Hagia Sophia as a museum. That same day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an subsequently ordered the reclassification of Hagia Sophia as a mosque rather than a museum.   Hagia Sophia is part of the Historic Areas of Istanbul and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has noted her deep regret of the decision and …

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Ecumenical Job Opportunity – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Program Assistant

Are you passionate about ecumenical unity, prayer, faith-sharing and witness? Would you like to build your ecumenical leadership skills in a collaborative environment?   The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has an opening for a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Program Assistant. The primary responsibilities are to make connections with existing and potential local, regional and national expressions of the …

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Commission on Justice and Peace Sends Letter on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to Minister of Foreign Affairs

July 9, 2020 To mark the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Commission on Justice and Peace of The Canadian Council of Churches wrote Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to once again urge Canada to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). This anniversary …

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The Canadian Council of Churches Releases its 2019 Annual Report

July 8, 2020 On occasion of its 75th-Anniversary year, The Canadian Council of Churches has released its first-ever Annual Report. Communicating the work of its bodies across a range of important topics from January 2019 through January 2020, the report is fully bilingual and available in both digital and print formats. We invite you to …

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A Recommitment to Recognize and Combat Racism, Discrimination, and Unearned Privilege

Download this statement in English or French. A Recommitment to Recognize and Combat Racism, Discrimination, and Unearned Privilege: A Statement from the President and General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches   Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the …

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