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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023
January 18 - January 25
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023 – Do good; seek justice (Isaiah 1:17) – January 18 to 25, 2023
Learning to do right requires the decision to engage in self-reflection. The Week of Prayer is a time set aside for Christians to recognize that the divisions between our churches cannot be separated from divisions within the wider human family. Praying together for Christian unity allows us to reflect on what unites us and to commit ourselves to confront oppression and division amongst humanity. The 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) resources were developed by the Minnesota Council of Churches. They reflect the ecumenical work on racial justice in the U.S. following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020. Resources are available at https://weekofprayer.ca
Prayer Service – Queen’s House
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service at Queen’s House will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, led by representatives from the ecumenical community (followed by optional lunch, cost: $15). Register for the lunch online at www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916.
Closing celebration – Ecumenical prayer service
A closing celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome!
Eight-Day Bible Study – Do good; seek justice (Isa. 1:17)
The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon and the Regina Council of Churches will once again be offering an eight-day online Bible study on the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Each day will be led by a different Christian leader from across Saskatchewan. Mark your calendars for Jan. 18 to 25 from 12:15 to 1:00 pm (except Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 pm). Free registration required to join by Zoom at: https://bit.ly/WPCU-2023-Bible-Study Also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@PrairieCentreforEcumenism
Schedule for online Bible Study, daily at 12:15 pm (except Sunday Jan. 22, when start time is 3:00 pm):
- Wed, Jan 18 – Rev. Brody Albers, Anglican, Christopher Lake
- Thu, Jan 19 – Rev. Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan, United Church, Saskatoon
- Fri, Jan 20 – Major Al Hoeft, Salvation Army, Regina
- Sat, Jan 21 – Pastor Rachel Wallace, Mennonite, Eigenheim
- Sun, Jan 22 (at 3 pm)– Deacon Harry Lafond, Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert
- Mon, Jan 23 – Dave Feick, Micah Mission, Saskatoon
- Tue, Jan 24 – Rev. Keitha Ogbogu, Free Methodist, Calgary
- Wed, Jan 25 – Rev. Dr. Ali Tote, ELCIC, Saskatoon
De Margerie Series:
Ecumenical Log Drivers: Forming Agents of Reconciliation for Church and World – The 2023 De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity will feature speaker Rt. Rev. Bruce Myers, OGS (Anglican Bishop of Quebec). In the past century the ecumenical movement has made extraordinary efforts in healing the wounds of division in the the church. However, despite efforts to educate and inspire successive generations of Christian leaders about the quest for the church’s visible unity, an ecumenical malaise has set in which ignorance, fear, mistrust, suspicion, stereotypes, caricatures, recrimination, anathematization—even persecution continue in the relations between divided churches. Drawing on decades of reflection on ecumenical reception and formation, Bishop Myers presents an approach to teaching the practical and theological aspects of ecumenism in a way that is both holistic and pragmatic and offers the potential to raise up a new generation of church leaders who are also agents of reconciliation and Christian unity. Dates and times for the 2023 De Margerie Series:
- Wed. Jan. 18, 7:00 pm at Campion College, Regina
- Thurs. Jan. 19 at 7:00 pm at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon
You are invited to the 11th annual De Margerie Lectures. Available both in-person and on live-streamed video, there will be two different lectures. Please plan to view or attend both either in-person in Regina and in Saskatoon OR viewed on video online at: https://youtu.be/DaxTcC9qeoE.
About the De Margerie Series:
Speaker – Bishop Bruce Myers has been Anglican bishop of Quebec since 2017. Raised on a farm in Glengarry County, Ontario, he studied at the University of Toronto before a decade as a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa and Quebec City. He completed his theological studies at McGill University, Montreal Diocesan Theological College, Bossey Ecumenical Institute, and the University of Geneva. He has recently completed a doctor of ministry at St. Paul University in Ottawa. He is a professed member of the Order of the Good Shepherd, an international community of Anglicans who share a common rule of life. Before election as bishop, he served parishes in Quebec City and the Magdalen Islands, and as Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada.
History: The De Margerie Lectures are named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon who has dedicated his whole life in ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. In this 11th year of the lecture series, we are expanding to offer lectures in both Regina and Saskatoon under the sponsorship of St. Thomas More College, the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, the Archdiocese of Regina, and Campion College.
CLERGY WORKSHOP – Ministering Ecumenically in Our Congregations — A workshop for clergy and pastoral leadership with Bishop Bruce Myers will be held in-person only, Friday, Jan. 20 at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 10 Grosvenor Cres., Saskatoon from 10 am to 12:00 pm. Restricted to clergy and pastoral leadership, no registration required. Presented in-person by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the RC Diocese of Saskatoon.
PUBLIC WORKSHOP – Living into the Unity We Seek – A public workshop for all people of God with Bishop Bruce Myers will be held in-person only, Saturday, Jan. 21 at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 10 Grosvenor Cres., Saskatoon. Schedule: 9 am breakfast; 10 am workshop. All are welcome, no registration required. Presented in-person by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the RC Diocese of Saskatoon