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New worship resources for Advent

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

 

 

At Advent, Christians find themselves looking in two directions. Even as they remember Christ’s nativity, they also anticipate his coming again. Like the season of Lent, Advent is an opportunity for Christians to examine where they are now in light of where they have come from and where they are going. For those seeking ways to engage Advent thoughtfully and intentionally this year, the Anglican Church of Canada and some of its partners will provide a number of resources to spark personal reflection.

Last year, the Anglican Church of Canada released a six-episode podcast produced by saint benedict’s table, an Anglican liturgical ministry in the diocese of Rupert’s Land. That tradition will continue this year with a seven-episode podcast starting in the week before the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 30) and going through to Christmas. The podcast features a delegation from the Episcopal diocese of Cuba who participated in the justice camp hosted by the diocese of Edmonton in August.

All seven members of the delegation provided reflections that were recorded in Spanish, and both Spanish- and English-language versions will be available. The podcast will be broadcast weekly, with the last two episodes being released on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Leadership in the Anglican and Episcopal churches have also teamed up with leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church partners, with whom they are in full communion, to create a series of advent reflections. Both podcasts and reflections can be found at anglican.ca/resources/advent/.

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is once again offering their modern take on the Advent calendar using Pinterest, a social media platform. Each day during Advent a new window will become available to open on their Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/iamepiscopalian/advent-calendar/) to reveal an Advent word, meditation or image to spark personal devotions.

The ecumenical justice organization KAIROS Canada has also produced a resource (available for free download from their website at www.kairoscanada.org) on the theme of reconciliation called “Building Reconciled Relationships.” The resource, which includes prayers, sermon notes and information on KAIROS’s work, encourages Christians to reflect on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to imagine what living reconciliation might look like.

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Anglican Journal News, November 28, 2014

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Annual Resources 2014-2015

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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PWRDF Annual Resources 2014-2015

PWRDF’s three year food security campaign Fred Says, continues to be the theme for the 2014 annual resources. As we enter the second year of the campaign, the focus is on the connection between good health and a better future for individuals and families due to a secure, nutritious source of food – every day.

Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, coin boxes, a third edition of Super Friends-Super Friends3! – Fred Says reflect the theme along with educational resources for use at gatherings, events – wherever food security is a priority.

Sharing Bread – designed to offer opportunities to come together to learn about food security issues through sharing and reflection; Just Food – a fun way for youth groups and others to explore food security issues both in Canada and internationally; Hunger Isn’t A Game – a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice; While We Wait – an Advent service of prayer. Learn about PWRDF’s guidelines for Maternal Newborn and Child Health through the 2014 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry these with you on an MNCH bookmark.

These and other resources are available in print and downloadable formats. Please visit The Primate’s World Relief and Development website:  http://pwrdf.org/

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update–November 2014

World AIDS Day – 1 December 2014

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December each year, is an important opportunity when governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals around the world bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic and emphasize the critical need for a committed, meaningful and sustained response.

The global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, as selected by the World AIDS Campaign, is “Getting to Zero.” Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.

How to get your Faith Community Involved in Worlds AIDS Day

    • A 2014 World AIDS Day Liturgy, developed by the EAA, will soon be available in English. The liturgy will contain scripture readings and prayers that may be adapted to your local context.
    • Some EAA members and partners develop their own resources for World AIDS Day that may inspire your World AIDS Day events this year. They include:
      • The Christian AIDS Bureau of Southern Africa (CABSA) and the CARIS programme in South Africa highlight resources focusing on the Christian response to HIV at their website. These include Bible messages, prayers, poems, stories and liturgies.
      • The Balm Gilead has developed a number of resources around the National Week of Prayer for Healing of AIDS, observed in the United States in March each year. These resources include a guide on how to develop a sermon around HIV and AIDS and an online worship book containing liturgy, prayers, and hymns that may be used in World AIDS day services, Both resources may be downloaded here
  • Congregations and faith communities may also consider inviting a person living openly with HIV to be a guest speaker at a World AIDS Day service or event.

Reflect and pray with the ‘Live the Promise’ Advent Calendar

Continue your World AIDS Day reflections into Advent with an online devotional calendar in English, Spanish and French. Written by EAA members from around the globe, short devotions on current HIV issues will lead leaders in daily Biblical reflection and prayer from 1 December until 6 January.

You can visit the site daily at http://advent.ecumenicaladvocacy.org

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update–November 2014

Anglican and Lutheran leaders offer Advent resource

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Seeds, song, patience, justice—these are some of the images invoked in a series of Advent reflections offered by the leaders of the four Anglican and Lutheran churches in full communion in Canada and the United States: Archbishop Fred Hiltz (Anglican Church of Canada), National Bishop Susan Johnson (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada), Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (Episcopal Church), and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

These Advent reflections represent a modest but visible sign of what our churches can do together rather than separately. Through them our prayers will be united across international and denominational boundaries. They are offered in the same spirit as a series of Epiphany devotions produced for 2013 by members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission in Canada and the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee in the United States.

Congregations are invited to download and reproduce these reflections for use as bulletin inserts during each of the four Sundays of Advent, or to otherwise make them available to their members.

You can also learn more about our full communion agreement here.

For more information, contact:

Archdeacon Bruce Myers
Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
bmyers@national.anglican.ca

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, November 04, 2014

Anglicans, Lutherans called to lift up National Housing Day: November 22

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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On November 22, Lutherans and Anglicans are called to lift up National Housing Day 2014, learn more about the issues contributing to poverty, homelessness and substandard housing, and advocate for changes.

Inadequate housing and homelessness impacts a growing number of Canadians. An estimated 400,000 people are without access to a healthy place to live. These numbers continue to increase despite economic growth and prosperity here in our country.

“Our churches have a faithful record of working with and for people who are homeless or who struggle to find affordable housing,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. “But still home ownership and even affordable rental options are out of reach for many. We are called to support the agencies and programs that address these issues, as well as explore and advocate for new approaches to address poverty and homelessness.”

At the 2013 Joint Assembly, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Church in Canada unanimously endorsed a shared commitment to learning, action, advocacy and prayer concerning homelessness and affordable housing.

“Every day and night thousands of children, women and men are fed and housed by the churches in partnership with social agencies.  This is holy work,” says Anglican Archbishop Fred Hiltz.  “We press on with the call for a comprehensive national housing strategy reflecting the 2012 commitment of all members of Parliament ‘to respect, protect, and fulfill the right to adequate housing’ for all people living in Canada.”

Several resources have been prepared by the ELCIC and ACC to assist churches and their members in lifting up National Housing Day on November 22. They include:

If you are in the Toronto area, consider participating in the Come & See Pilgrimage where you can visit local churches committed to working alongside those who experience inadequate housing.

Download, print, and share information sheets in colour and black and white.

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, November 6, 2014

Ginny’s Journey

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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“I am doing this because it might help others going through what I am going through.” This is what the Rev. Canon Ginny Doctor replied when asked why she agreed to be filmed weekly as she recovers from a life-threatening illness. Hospitalized since mid-July, Ginny expects to recover fully, but it is a long slow road. Her weekly reflections can be see online as “Ginny’s Journey” . In them she reveals what she has learned from this period of crisis and reflects that her faith has been strengthened by the support and prayers of Anglicans all over the world.

Ginny has been the Indigenous Ministries Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada since 2011. She has been involved in Indigenous Ministry for over twenty-five years, in both Canada and the US.

“God is not finished with me yet”, said Ginny recently. “he is preparing me for what will come next”. Ginny’s Journey will continue with weekly “chapters” of spiritual and personal reflection in the months to come. Ginny hopes to start an online conversation with others who are experiencing similar journeys and she asks all of us to pray for all those who are struggling on a road to healing.

Watch online:

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, October 20, 2014

Twenty-Five Decembers

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)

Saturday, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of 14 women in Montreal on that day in 1989. WICC will commemorate these twenty-five Decembers with a special sunrise prayer service, symbolic of hope for a new day, free of violence against women.

We hope to have as many services across the country as possible. Planning for the service will be minimal so our hearts and minds can be turned fully to the words we pray and the women for whom we pray. Please gather your community and pray with us. The service will be available for download from our website on Monday, November 3.

Website:  http://www.wicc.org/

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Annual Resources 2014

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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PWRDF Annual Resources 2014

 

PWRDF’s three year food security campaign Fred Says, www.fredsays.ca, continues to be the theme for the 2014 annual resources. As we enter the second year of the campaign, the focus is on the connection between good health and a better future for individuals and families due to a secure, nutritious source of food – every day.

Placemats, bookmarks, donation envelopes, coin boxes, a third edition of Super Friends-Super Friends3! – Fred Says reflect the theme along with educational resources for use at gatherings, events – wherever food security is a priority.

Sharing Bread - designed to offer opportunities to come together to learn about food security issues through sharing and reflection; Just Food – a fun way for youth groups and others to explore food security issues both in Canada and internationally; Hunger Is Not A Game - a great resource to draw youth to issues of food and justice. Learn about PWRDF’s guidelines for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health through the 2014 edition of the MNCH brochure and carry these with you on an MNCH bookmark.

These and other resources will be available in print and downloadable formats in late September. Please visit the resources section: http://pwrdf.org/resources/annual-resources/ and http://pwrdf.org/resources/ . For information, please contact Christine Hills, chills@pwrdf.org

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund,  Email Update–September 2014

Council of the North Sunday (Resources)

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Resources

Here is a list of resources to aid parishes and individuals in learning more about the Council of the North and in supporting the mission of the Council of the North.

NEW fall 2014 resources:

Resources:

Resource Order Form Page

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Hope Bear is a new partner with Hope Air

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Anglican Foundation of Canada

Hope Air is dedicated to arranging free air travel for Canadians who are in financial need and require medical care outside their communities. As a partner, AFC is helping make free air travel possible for children and young people. When you or someone you know needs to travel to a medical appointment, Hope Air may be able to arrange a flight. Hope Air is proud to provide all flights to eligible clients completely free of charge.

Here’s what you can do: Your group can collect donations to pay for one flight (approximately $250.00) and Anglican Foundation of Canada will send it to Hope Air when a child needs air travel. You may become a supporter and help us ensure that all Canadian young people receive the healthcare they deserve.

Visit website:  http://www.anglicanfoundation.org/

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Anglican Church of Canada, Info! News from General Synod, September 2, 2014