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Highlights and Decisions of the November 2021 Governing Board Meeting

From November 17-19, 2021, the Council held its twice-annual Governing Board meeting virtually. At this semi-annual Governing Board meeting of the Council, we: Shared current news and challenges, and supported one another in prayer. Received the governance and program reports from all bodies of the Council. Adopted the 2022 budgets for the Council including its …

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Upcoming Webinar on the Theo-Ethics of Gene Editing

On November 3, 2021 (4-5:30 PM Eastern), the Council’s Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG) will host a webinar entitled “CRISPR-Cas9 and the Theo-Ethics of Gene Editing: A panel-guided ethical and theological dialogue.”  The purpose of this event is to assist participants in thinking theologically and ethically about how gene-editing technology (esp. CRISPR) is …

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2021)

September 30, 2021 Today marks the first annual Federal statutory holiday as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action #80, which asked for a day that “honours the lost children and survivors of Residential Schools, their families and communities.” Over this past year, the discovery and confirmation of the unmarked …

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2021 Federal Election Guide

The 2021 Canadian federal election is scheduled to take place on September 20.  We invite you to join in praying for a healthy and peaceful democratic process. Federal elections provide an opportunity for people of faith to reconsider what their faith commitments have to do with Canadian public life.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to other national and international …

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Sexual Exploitation Working Group Engages Canadian Government on Issues of Human Trafficking and Pornography

This summer, the Council’s Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) issued letters to several elected officials in support of Bills that establish important stepping stones toward the goal of ending human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  On July 14, 2021, SEWG wrote to Senator Julie Miville-Dechene to express support for Bill S-203, which has already been passed in the Senate. Bill S-203 calls …

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Letter to the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day (21 June 2021)

The Canadian Council of Churches has long advocated for the use of the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the foundation for improved relations with Indigenous Peoples and as a framework for reconciliation. On June 21, 2021, recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day, General Secretary of the Council, Pastor Peter Noteboom …

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Videos from the “Abide in My Love (John 15:5-9)” WPCU Celebration Now Available!

On June 5, 2021, The Canadian Council of Churches—in partnership with The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism—were pleased to host an online, cross-Canada celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity entitled “Abide in My Love (John 15:5-9).”  Church leaders representing 12 Christian traditions offered prayers and Scripture readings. …

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Grieving With: A Statement from the President and General Secretary in Response to the Vicious Death of the Afzaal Family

Download the pdf of this statement here. We grieve with… We grieve with the family, friends, and community of the Afzaal family in London who were rammed and killed by a vehicle in London, Ontario on June 6, 2021. Along with many others, we believe that there should be no place in Canada for racism …

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A Statement from the President and General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches Regarding the Documentation of the Mass Grave at the Kamloops Residential School

Edited to add: As more unmarked graves are uncovered and documented, we remain steadfast in our commitment to pause, to grieve, to listen carefully, patiently and humbly to the survivors and former students of Residential Schools, First Nations, Inuit and Métis brothers and sisters and their descendants, and to consult with you about how we …

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