October 26 Cross Canada Conversation for the 75th Anniversary of the CCC

For coordinates to join the Cross-Canada Conversation via live-stream, register here



Pastor JoAnne Lam,

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Eastern Synod

Pastor JoAnne Chung Yan Lam (ELCIC) is a Hong Kong-born Chinese immigrant who arrived in Canada in 1987 with her family. She holds theological degrees from Emmanuel College (Toronto), Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (Geneva), Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and is pursuing a PhD at Saint Paul University (Ottawa). JoAnne’s passion for ecumenism is a lived one. She has served as intern and student with the World Students Christian Federation (Geneva) and The Canadian Council of Churches. She is a member of the CCC Governing Board and Commission on Faith and Witness.


Pastor Mary Fontaine,

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

The Rev. Mary Fontaine is Cree from the Mistawasis First Nation in Sask. She is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the founding Director of Hummingbird Ministries, a ministry for healing and reconciliation with Indigenous people living in the lower mainland of British Columbia.


Pastor Ken Shigematsu,

Tenth Church in Vancouver 

Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Ken is the author of the award winning, bestseller Survival Guide for the Soul

Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.


Bishop Noël Simard,

Catholic Bishop of Valleyfield, Québec

Bishop Simard was ordained a priest on May 28, 1972, and ordained Auxiliary Bishop at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on October 3, 2008. Until his appointment as bishop, he was a professor of moral theology and bioethics at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Bishop Simard is currently Bishop of Valleyfield and President of the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops.


Former Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson,

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Marie Wilson spent over three decades building an illustrious career in journalism before becoming one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). At the TRC, she worked for six and a half years to reveal the history and impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for Indigenous children. Ms. Wilson currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-Radio-Canada) and the Rideau Hall Foundation. As a prominent public speaker throughout Canada and internationally, she brings acknowledged expertise on the successes and challenges of advancing reconciliation.

Watch on Facebook Live

Registering through the live-stream system ensures a more participatory experience than Facebook. However, it will also be possible to watch the event on Facebook live by visiting our page at the time of the event: www.facebook.com/CCC.CCE.

Media for Sharing

Members of the media are invited to register for the event as well! Feel free to use the following images to promote the Cross-Canada Conversation in advance of October 26, 2019. Please contact communications@councilofchurches.ca for more information and images from the event.

Poster PDFs

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Large flier (French) as pdf (11x17)

Write-In Posters

Write-in (English) flier as pdf (8.5x11)

Write-in (French) flier as pdf (8.5x11)


Social Media

Flier for social media (Eng) as jpeg 

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Word Documents

Poster text (ENG)

Poster text (FR)

Highlights from the September 26 Ecumenical Worship Gathering

On September 26, 1944, the CCC was inaugurated at an ecumenical worship service held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto. On Thursday, September 26, 2019, we gathered once again at Yorkminster Park and gave thanks for the ways God has worked through the one ecumenical movement in Canada.

We were honored to receive congratulatory greetings on our 75th Anniversary by Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

The service reflected the growing diversity of Christianity in the Canadian context. (See photo highlights below.)

For many, the highlight of the service was the sermon “Growing Up Together”, preached by The Rev. Amanda Currie, 2019 Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The text is now available in English (French translation coming soon!).


Local Events


Where: Living Spirit Centre | 3018 Doan Drive, Regina (wheelchair accessible)

When (local time): 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (gathering and worship at 10:30 am, lunch and conversation at 1:00pm
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/548336419305218/ 

Contact: Amanda Currie, revfpc@sasktel.net

Other info: lunch will be provided, donations are appreciated to cover the cost


Where: St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7M6

When (local time): 12:30 - 3PM  (light refreshments will be served at 3PM)

Register here.

For more information, contact: Pastor JoAnne Lam (pastorjoannelam@gmail.com)


St. John's (Newfoundland)

Where: West End Baptist Church | 314 Topsail Rd. (wheelchair accessible)

When (local time): 2:15 PM (tea/coffee provided)

Contact: Rev. Derek Krunys dkrunys@hotmail.com or George Powell georgehpowell@nl.rogers.com



Full flier as jpeg (11×17)

This event is sponsored in part by Ecclesiastical Insurance.

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