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A Statement on the Recent Violence in the Middle East and its Impact in Canada

The Canadian Council of Churches welcomes the recently declared and enacted ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Violence and destruction are futile. Justice and understanding are a prelude to a lasting peace. May all parties to the conflict recommit to walk together on the long but sacred path to peace and justice for all. In Canada, …

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The Prime Minister in conversation with newly elected Council President Das Sydney and outgoing president, the Rev. Stephen Kendall.

“Preparing for a New Normal: A Vision for a Just and Caring Canada” In Conversation with the Prime Minister of Canada and Other Public Officials

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, members of the Council were pleased to welcome the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and other elected officials of Parliament to a special session of the May 2021 Governing Board meeting entitled “Preparing for a New Normal: A Vision for a Just and Caring Canada – The …

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The Prime Minister in conversation with newly elected Council President Das Sydney and outgoing president, the Rev. Stephen Kendall.
Online Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

June 5: “Abide in My Love” Cross-Canada Online Celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

For over 100 years, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) has gathered Christians around the world in ecumenical prayer and fellowship. This year’s theme, Abide in My Love and You Shall Bear Much Fruit (John 15:5-9), calls us to nourish unity with God and with one another through prayer, contemplative silence, and common …

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Faith and Life Sciences Webinar Videos Now Available!

We are pleased to report that videos of the two recent (English only) webinars organized by the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group are now available on our Youtube channel. We once again thank the presenter, Dr. James Rusthoven, and moderator, Rev. Dr. Peter Kuhnert, as well as everyone in the FLSRG for their hard …

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WCC shares “Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage” resource for churches worldwide

In March of this year, the World Council of Churches (WCC) prepared a new prayer book, “Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage.” The prayer book served not only as a guide for the special upcoming WCC “Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (March 22-27, 2021) but also as a resource for …

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Learning about Gene Editing Technology at the FLSRG’s Recent Webinar Series

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group concluded its two-webinar series “CRISPR-Cas9: From Anti-Viral to Going Viral” (English only). Presented by Dr. James Rusthoven, the series brought Christian bioethics to bear on CRISPR-Cas9. This revolutionary technology enables geneticists to alter parts of the genome by removing, adding, or altering sections …

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Federal Court of Appeal decision disappointing but acknowledges ineffectiveness of review process

The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and The Canadian Council of Churches responded with disappointment to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision overturning the lower court’s ruling that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is unconstitutional. Although it allowed the government’s appeal, the Court pointed to potential shortcomings in the review process for …

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A Prayer for Healing, Gratitude, and a Just Transition on the National Day of Observance for COVID-19

As Canada mourns the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic today, we commend the use of this prayer, written by General Secretary Pastor Peter Noteboom, for reflection and intercession in your hearts and communities.   “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or …

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A Cross-Canada Day of Prayer for Hong Kong on March 21

Mark your calendars for March 21, 2021! We invite churches to participate in a day of prayer for peace and justice to transform Hong Kong and to join others across Canada in an evening prayer gathering conducted virtually.  WHEN: March 21, 2021 | 7-8 PM EST   WHERE: The evening prayer gathering will be conducted virtually using Zoom. Register …

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