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Lent Study Guide (Resources)

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LENT RESOURCES

Lent Study Guide

Available online, PDF, and/or app

Trinity Institute 2017 will coincide with the second week of Lent. In order to enhance that vital season of prayer, study, and repentance, members of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network have created a Lent Study Guide. The guide is available for individuals and groups on the web, in a PDF, and as an app for smartphones and tablets in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The study guide PDF is available to download below:

English Study Guide

Spanish Study Guide

Portuguese Study Guide

French Study Guide

 

To view the study guide in the app follow these steps:

1) From your smartphone or tablet, click the links to download the Issuu app from iTunes or Google Play
2) Search for Water of Life Lenten Study Guide in the Issuu app.

Each week includes a contextual meditation, scripture, a prayer, and online resources. The Rev. Jeff Golliher, the Anglican Communion’s environmental representative at the United Nations, is editing the guide. The writers are:
  • Dr. Andrew Leake, Anglican Diocese of Northern Argentina;
  • Rachel Mash, Anglican Church of Southern Africa;
  • The Right Reverend Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand;
  • Michael Schut, The Episcopal Church in the United States;
  • Dr. Mathew Koshy Punnackadu, Church of Southern India.
  • And, writing a special meditation for Palm Sunday: The Right Reverend Ellinah Wamukoya, bishop of Swaziland and convener of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network

Lent Sermon Series

Available online

Our partners at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London will offer a preaching series on the theology of water at Evensong each Sunday in Lent. Each sermon will be posted the following week, with study questions crafted by the preachers.

Preachers:
  • March 5: The Rev. Canon Dr. Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge, “The Sacramental Sea”
  • March 12: The Rev. Canon John Rodwell, Honorary Canon Blackburn Cathedral
  • March 19: Lorraine Kingsley, CEO, Toilet Twinning
  • March 26: Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute
  • April 2: The Rt. Rev. James Jones, “The Tree and the Water of Life”
  • April 9 (Palm Sunday): The Rt. Rev. the Lord Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

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Trinity Church Wall Street, Trinity Institute Website, March 2017

PWRDF announces $50,000 more for East Africa

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Tali Folkins on March 15, 2017

An estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger as a result of drought and war. Photo: ©UNICEF/UN056039/Holt


The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is committing another $50,000 for famine and drought relief in East Africa, the aid agency announced Tuesday, March 14.

PWRDF is making a $20,000 contribution to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an emergency food aid agency of which PWRDF is a member. ADRA is currently operating a program that provides child-friendly spaces and school supplies to displaced families in Juba, South Sudan.

PWRDF is also pledging $30,000 to ACT Alliance, a coalition of church-based agencies, for drought relief in Somalia. The money will help provide food, water, sanitation, education, health care and livestock to people suffering from a severe drought in that country, PWRDF said.

Four seasons of scant rain have devastated crops and livestock in that country, causing many people to sell what they have and borrow food and money to survive, the agency said. About 6.2 million Somalis now need humanitarian aid, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The funding announcement follows an earlier appeal and commitment of $50,000 PWRDF made for famine and drought relief in South Sudan and Kenya Feb. 24.

All together, an estimated 16 million people in East Africa are now facing serious hunger because of drought and, in South Sudan, war.

Donations to PWRDF’s East Africa emergency response can be made online, by phone (contact Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355; or 1-866-308-7973) or by mail.

Mailed cheques should be payable to “PWRDF, Emergency Response East Africa,” and sent to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

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Anglican Journal News, March 17, 2017

Anglicans and Lutherans invite participation in daily reflections for Lent

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

Liberated by God’s Grace – Anglican Lutheran Reflections

Anglicans and Lutherans from around the world have prepared 42 biblical reflections which are suitable for a Lenten study programme, to mark together the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The authors represent a balance of global Anglicanism and Global Lutheranism, and include both ordained and lay people, women and men.

Although suitable for a Lenten study programme, the reflections can also be used at any other time of the year and it is the hope of the Anglican Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee that the reflections will continue to be used long after 2017. They are being posted day by day throughout Lent on the websites of both The Lutheran World Federation and the Anglican Communion.

The reflections are guided by The Lutheran World Federation’s overarching theme for the 2017 commemoration: “Liberated by God’s Grace”, with its three sub-themes, “Salvation: Not for Sale”, “Human beings: Not for Sale”, and “Creation: Not for Sale”. Rather than simply focussing on the events of the sixteenth century, like the LWF themes, these reflections focus on what Reformation in its broadest sense means for Christians today.

The authors represent a balance of global Anglicanism and Global Lutheranism, and include both ordained and lay people, women and men.

The Director of Unity, Faith and Order at the Anglican Communion, the Revd John Gibaut has contributed one of the reflections: “This timely volume brings together diverse Anglican and Lutheran voices from around the world in wondrous harmony, as we reflect together on what reformation and renewal mean for Christians today and into our common future. For Anglicans, the volume is an experience of “receptive ecumenism” and a way to engage in the Lutheran World’s Federation’s 2017 theme, “Liberated by God’s Grace”.

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 13 March, 2017

Spend a year living in God’s Rhythm

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Spend a year living in God’s Rhythm

Join the Sisters of Saint John the Divine for a year’s travel adventure as we follow Jesus on the road of prayer, community, learning, service, and creative enjoyment.

 
The Sisters of Saint John the Divine invite women between the ages of 22 and 40 to explore an expression of new monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition. Companions will develop a rhythm of life including public and private prayer, engage in service to others, and learn to live in intentional community.

 
Room and board are provided, and most living expenses are covered by the Sisterhood. Companions, in turn, use their gifts to share in the work of ministry and have the same free time, retreat opportunities, and vacation as the Sisters. Grow in wisdom and knowledge through spiritual formation courses offered jointly by the Sisterhood and Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and those who are eligible may apply for academic credit.

 
Applications may be submitted any time, and successful candidates will be notified in a timely manner. The deadline for all application materials is June 15, 2017. However, applications are processed as received so those who are interested should inquire early.

 

For more information browse our website, or contact Sister Constance Joanna: 416.226.2201 ext.316 companions@ssjd.ca

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News from the Diocese of Montreal!  Programme Office e-newsletter, February 22, 2017

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017

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International Women’s Day
8 March, 2017

History of the Day

Introduction

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Chronology

  • 1909   The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
  • 1910   The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
  • 1911   As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
  • 1913-1914   International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
  • 1917   Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for “Bread and Peace” on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
  • 1975 During International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
  • 1995 The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
  • 2014 The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The UN and Gender Equality

The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

Over the years, the UN and its technical agencies have promoted the participation of women as equal partners with men in achieving sustainable development, peace, security, and full respect for human rights. The empowerment of women continues to be a central feature of the UN’s efforts to address social, economic and political challenges across the globe.

Canadian Bible Society announces Canada’s first Inuit Bible Translation Conference

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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January 23, 2017 — Toronto, ON

Canada’s national Truth and Reconciliation movement has allowed fresh winds to blow through the dark history of colonization, broken treaties, and residential schools that have so devastated Canada’s indigenous populations. These resilient peoples – First Nations, Metis, and Inuit – are facing formidable obstacles in terms of preserving and revitalizing their precious cultures and languages. For the indigenous Church, Bible translation and Bible-based literacy are strategic and empowering avenues of expression and engagement.

Celebrating a decades’ long partnership with the indigenous peoples of Canada, the Canadian Bible Society is hosting the first-ever Inuit Bible Translation Conference in Toronto from Jan. 30th to Feb 3rd 2017. These meetings will bring together, for the first time, Inuit Bible translation teams from Alaska (Inupiaq), Western Nunavut (Inuinnaqtun), Eastern Nunavut (Inuktitut), Nunatsiavut (Inuttut), and Greenland (Kalaallit), along with church leaders and ministry partners committed to serving the indigenous peoples of the Arctic with Bible translation and Bible engagement tools.

The process of Bible Translation in the 21st century involves not just expertise in the original languages of the Bible – Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic – but also skill in specialized Bible translation software, disciplined project management, and in involving diverse partners who bring different resources to the table. One key ministry partner, Faith Comes by Hearing, will bring a special emphasis on the importance of the spoken word in primarily oral cultures, and share about the amazing advances in technology for recording the Scriptures.

Dr. Myles Leitch, Director of Scripture Translation for the Canadian Bible Society says: “This event is a first in the history of Bible Translation in Canada. We wanted to bring Inuit translation teams together to leverage commonalities in culture and language, to allow the more experienced translators to mentor the newer ones, and to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of each group. It is also an opportunity to refresh the training of the translation teams in terms of revised software, new approaches to translation, and biblical exegesis.”

Representing a long-standing translation partner, the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. David Parsons, Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic, is slated to deliver the keynote address on the first day of the gathering: “The Importance of Vernacular Scriptures in the Life of the Church”. Other church leaders and ministry partners will bring spiritual reflection and encouragement to the gathering as well. ” It promises to be an exhilarating time together, celebrating the richness of Inuit culture and the diversity of languages among the Inuit people,” says Leitch.

The Canadian Bible Society works exclusively at the invitation of indigenous communities and churches to engage in Scripture translation projects. Our goal is always local ownership for these projects. The Canadian Bible Society is committed to supporting the goals of indigenous communities, to respecting languages and cultures, and to assisting and promoting translation of the Bible into the languages people speak and understand.

Translation of Bible texts follows a rigorous process of drafting, team checking, community checking and consultant checking. We draw upon and apply a large body of best-practice knowledge, developed over many decades, to every translation project, large or small.

The Canadian Bible Society has had a role in translating and/or publishing the Scriptures for many languages. The following list underlines the diversity of projects we have been involved in (not a complete list):

  • Plains Cree (Saskatchewan)
  • Inuktitut (Nunavut, Eastern Arctic)
  • Ojibwe (Ontario, Manitoba)
  • Inuttut (Nunatsiavut, Labrador)
  • Coastal Cree (Quebec)
  • Inupiaq (Alaska)
  • Inuinnaqtun (Nunavut, Central Canadian Arctic)

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society, is likewise enthusiastic about this Inuit Translation Conference, notes, “I am thrilled that we can support the Inuit Christian community and bond over the life-giving Scriptures. I am grateful for the support and care of the Anglican Church and other partners in this venture. We are privileged in seeing lives positively impacted and hope imparted in wonderful ways. Thanks to all parties for making this Bible Translation conference a wonderful way to care for one another and trust God together.”

Currently in our 111th year, the mandate of the Canadian Bible Society is today as it always has been: to promote and encourage, without doctrinal note or comment, the translation, publication, distribution, and use of the Bible, and to co-operate with the United Bible Societies in its worldwide work. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is a uniquely inter-denominational organization that transcends denominations to partner with individuals, churches, and para-church organizations who similarly believe that God’s Word changes hearts and lives.

The Canadian Bible Society, together with 150 national Bible Societies worldwide, has translated the Bible into more than 100 languages. Last year, more than 418 million Scripture publications were distributed. For more information on the translation projects of the Canadian Bible Society, please contact:

Dr. Myles Leitch, Ph.D. Linguistics, Director of Scripture Translations
T: (416) 689-3411 | Toll-free: 1-800-465-2425 Ext. 3411
E: mleitch@biblesociety.ca

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Canadian Bible Society e-newsletter, January 27, 2017

Archbishop of Canterbury calls on Christians to join global wave of prayer

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to join in with a ten day global prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” from Ascension Day to Pentecost.   What began  last year as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Last year more than 100,000 people joined in and in 2017 it’s expected to be on a bigger scale. Launching the initiative, which runs from 25 May to 4 June, Archbishop Justin said:  “When the wind of the spirit is blowing, hoist the sails and go with the wind. It’s not a Church of England thing, it’s not an Anglican thing, it’s a Christian thing.”

In a video to promote the ten days of prayer, Archbishop Justin talks about his faith, why he’s a Christian and why he is asking Christians around the world to join him in praying for more people to know Jesus Christ.  He encourages Christians to #Pledge2Pray, and unite with thousands of others in praying for people to come to faith:  “Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe’. We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.”

He said prayer happens when we have before us a challenge that we can’t meet by our own resources and he recalled a visit to a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo; he was asked to say something and, amid the appalling conditions,  whilst trying to think of some “practical” advice, found himself saying: “Jesus Christ is the same today, tomorrow and yesterday.” He was surprised when the crowd responded by singing: “It was a lesson to me …..the Spirit opens ears and warms hearts, it’s not us, it’s about Jesus.”

Emma Buchan, project leader for the Archbishop’s Evangelism Taskforce, who heads up “Thy Kingdom Come”  says: “The global response to the campaign this year has been overwhelming. We’ve heard from churches across the world, including different denominations and traditions, who are all pledging to get involved from South Africa to Canada and from Brazil to Hong Kong. Each place is organising the time in their own way, for example in Hong Kong they are planning big celebrations in the cathedrals and establishing a network of ‘prayer warriors’. That’s the beauty of Thy Kingdom Come.”

Emma explained, “We’re hoping people will be inspired to take part and be catalysts for setting up prayer events in their local area. Last year “Thy Kingdom Come” gave people time and space outside their normal worshipping patterns to come closer to God and we heard many stories of the deep impact it had on people’s lives. Our new website has a wide range of resources for everyone which includes ideas on prayer stations, prayer walks, finding fun and creative ways of praying together as a family. We also have Novena prayer booklets and liturgy for a range of traditions.”

Archbishop Justin: “Over the years Jesus Christ has been a faithful friend. His love has healed me and following him has been the core point of my life. We have to pray “Come Holy Spirit” because the Spirit inspires every Christian. We are being called to pray for evangelism.”

Here’s the link to the Thy Kingdom Come website:

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Thursday 9 February 2017

Common Vision Concerts – Singing to End Hunger (March – June 2017)

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Common Vision Concerts – Singing to End Hunger (March – June 2017)

The Foodgrains Bank invites singers, choral conductors, musicians, and other volunteers across Canada to join together and envision a world without hunger. Previously known as “Spring into Song,”  Common Vision is a do-it-yourself concert for your community to encourage action and participation in efforts to end global hunger.

Register Now: http://foodgrainsbank.ca/campaigns/commonvision/

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank, HungerAction Network, February 08, 2017

International Development Week (Resources)

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International Development Week – February 5 to 11, 2017

International Development Week Poster 2016

What is International Development Week?

International Development Week (IDW) aims to encourage Canadian women and men—especially youth—to learn more about and contribute actively to international development.

IDW also highlights what Canada and Canadians are doing to make a better world.

For many Canadians, as global citizens, this will be an opportunity to talk about what they have done to help reduce poverty in the world.

Since its inception in 1991, IDW has been held during the first full week of February.

 

For more information

To find out more about IDW, email the IDW team or call 613-944-4000 in the National Capital Region or toll-free at 1-800-267-8376.

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Email Update–January 16, 2017

A tangible connection: finding new and ancient ways to pray

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