The Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation and living within planetary limits. JEM plans to engage religious communities around the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris in December.
The group held a gathering in February 2015 and has planned another gathering on November 3, 2015. More information about this gathering can be found at: http://www.crc-canada.org/en/node/1941
To find out more about the Joint Ecological Ministry, open and download the JEM brochure.
Sister Roma De Robertis, SCIC, shares a brief commentary she wrotes following her participation in a recent NGO conference at the United Nations.
Here is a short excerpt:
"For both the world and church, this is a time like no other. As billions face social chaos and ravages of climate change, our awakened response is crucial. His recent encyclical, Laudato Si’ pleads for lovingly urgent action for Earth, our common home. (...) As people of faith, we celebrate both “vocation” and “advocacy”, arising from the common Latin root word for “call”. Our Christian commitment calls us to partner with others to advocate for social, economic and ecological justice and ensure our federal government lives up to its international commitments."
Based in Saint John, N.B., Roma De Robertis is social and ecological justice and peace coordinator with Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception and a member of the SCIC leadership circle.
The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) & Associates rejoice in the new encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si'.
"To celebrate this vital ethical teaching, the SCIC rejoice anew to sing and celebrate Sister Theresa Hucul’s inspired, cosmic song, "All Praise." With Sister Theresa’s gracious consent, the song is offered freely as well as the sheet music and lyrics. May it awaken new energy for our life and shared faith commitment."
The Canadian Religious Conference is grateful to the SCIC for the permission to post, with the consent of Sister Theresa Hucul, SCIC, on its website the link to the audio and the lyrics of "All Praise."
Photo of Sister Theresa Hucul, SCIC by Sister Marcia Wiley, SGM.
The National Association of Vocation Formation Directors (NAVFD) has announced taht the registration for its national conference to be held in Winnipeg April 25-28, 2016 is now open!
"With key note speakers Fr. Scott Lewis, SJ and Sr. Amy Hereford, CSJ sharing their wisdom around our theme 'Live the Word Courageously: New Voices in Vocation Culture', with an update by Brother Paul Bednarczyk about the interesting projects undertaken by the National Religious Vocation Conference and with the wisdom of local workshop leaders on related topics, it is shaping up to be an experience not to be missed for all those interested in fostering a vocation culture in Canada," writes Sr. Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director of NAVFD.
Lots of information about the Conference is included in the Registration Package. Open and download the PDF document: NAVFD Registration form
Sister Sullivan welcome any questions you may have. You may contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
OMI Lacombe Canada’s Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in partnership with Saint Paul University is pleased to invite you to attend a Symposium on Friday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Symposium will take place at Saint Paul University, 223 Main St. Ottawa, Ontario, in the Amphitheatre.
The theme of the symposium is: “End-of-Life Care: Challenges in Our Post-Christian World”. We hope to offer an educational opportunity regarding the implications of the Supreme Court decision to strike down the Canadian law relating to assisted suicide. As a caring church and wider society, what are our options? Should we be lobbying for better and more available palliative and spiritual care? What should that care look like and how will it be funded?
"Following the call of Pope Francis during his Angelus message this past September 6, 2015, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released an open letter to Canadian Catholics on how all the members of the Church can respond to the refugee crisis."
"In his letter, Archbishop Durocher proposed seven ways Catholics can respond, including diocesan or parish sponsorships of refugees as well as donations toward the work of Canadian Catholic "aid and development agencies which do outstanding international work and are deeply involved in assisting Syrian and other refugees and displaced persons."
Instituted by Pope Francis, The World Day of Prrayer for the Care of Creation wil be celebrated on September 1st of every year, starting in 2015. This World Day of Prayer will coincide with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, writes Pope Francis, will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation."
On the CCCB's website you will find the Pope's letter and the encyclycal Laudato Si.
Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) is hosting its upcoming conference, October 6–9, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Presentations and breakout sessions will focus on the conference theme: “Spirit of the Wind: Spirit of the Message.” The annual conference is an opportunity to meet others in congregational ministry from across the United States and Canada.
CWR invites you and any colleagues involved with advancing the mission of women religious to attend this year’s conference at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. Well known author and spiritual writer Father Richard Rohr, OFM, will give the keynote address, “Becoming Contemplative Communicators.” Workshop presenters will focus on how-to aspects of communication.
The two speakers will be Joan Chittister OSB and Diarmuid O'Murchu MSC. They will speak on the theme of Evolution and the Spiritual Life: Exploring Changing Images of God and the Implications for Daily Life and Spirituality.
The Canadian Religious Conference is inviting its Ontario leaders and their teams and members of the CRC Ontario JPIC Network to come together in a discernment of the new thing God is doing among us. How can we tap a graced reconciling energy to release our capacity to be change-makers in a world of deep divisions?
The Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM) is a collaboration of religious communities and partners using their resources to promote caring for Creation and living within planetary limits. JEM plans to engage religious communities around the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris in December. Open and download the JEM brochure
JEM is currently planning a gathering for Tuesday, November 3, in Toronto at the Mary Ward Centre. The theme of the gathering is Paris and Beyond. As the December World Climate Summit in Paris approaches, the participants will hear from panel speakers and discuss opportunities for religious communities to add their voices to the call for new measures to mitigate climate change. JEM members will also discuss ways religious communities can contribute to ecological justice in the months and years ahead.
The CRC Ontario JPIC Fall Gathering will be held November 4 and 5, 2015 at Scarboro Foreign Mission Centre. The theme is: Moving Forward Together. The regular fall meeting of the CRC KAIROS network will take place at the same time.
The speakers are:
Sheila Smith, RSCJ: What is reconciliation?
Wawahte working group from Kingston
(a residential school documentary group)