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Canadian Forum on Theology and Education: An Update

The Canadian Forum on Theology and Education will take place on April 1 and 2nd, 2016 at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Conference Centre, 300 River Oaks Blvd. East, Oakville, Ontario.

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. 

For further information and to register, open and download this PDF document: Canadian Forum on Theology and Education 2016

Register NOW at http://www.cfotae.ca/Registration-Future.php to guarantee registration. Fewer than 100 places available.


Joint Ecological Ministry

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’s first action was to call together leaders, treasurers, and JPIC representatives of religious communities to reflect on how we can use our resources to influence companies and their carbon emissions. 

JEM also engages religious communities on-line through the sharing of resources and possible actions – for example, an ecumenical letter to the federal Minister of Finance calling for action on a carbon price which was signed by 37 religious communities in April of 2015.

If you are interested in joining JEM and if you wish to receive e-mails from JEM regarding upcoming actions and gatherings, please send your e-mail address to: jemcanada@outlook.com

“On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.” — Pope Francis

Open and download this PDF document: Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM)​ 


New Video Series: “Cultivating and Caring for Creation”

Roman Catholic Television has launch a12 new on-line videos and study guides series on the environment “Cultivating and Caring for Creation”. 

Produced by greenspirittv.com (GSTV), a participant in romancatholictv.com (RCTV), “Cultivating and Caring for Creation” is narrated by Bishop Donald Bolen, chair of Justice and Peace, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and includes content from several Canadian Catholic eco justice leaders.

This is a timely series with the issuing of the Encyclical of Pope Francis Praise be to the Lord. It can serve as a backgrounder to Catholic thought and action on eco justice.

For links to GSTV videos and lesson log on to greenspirittv.com.

For videos only: https://www.youtube.com/user/greenspirittv


Gift Box Project Focuses on Human Trafficking in Ontario

Toronto, May 21, 2015 Press Release: Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a project born out of Catholic Religious congregations in and around Toronto, is launching the Gift Box project.

"Faith communities are working together to launch a project that will unwrap the truth about human trafficking in our province and our country. The unique GIFT Box experience will be introduced to Canada for the first time this summer by Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking with a goal to end human trafficking by creating awareness and inspiring action.

The oversized GIFT Box – designed by students at Toronto’s OCAD University – will be a walk-in piece of public art that draws people in with the same false promises traffickers use to entice their victims. Once inside the Box, the truth is unwrapped as visitors are introduced to the devastating realities of human trafficking, told through the voices of those who have lived experience. 

The Cathedral Church of St. James at King and Church Street in Toronto will be host to the Gift Box when it’s launched just before the start of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games."

To learn more, please visit their website at: www.faithalliance.ca


On the Path of Reconciliation

To mark the official close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Kairos has prepared worskhip resources. The texts and prayers are meant as resources for a worship service on or around May 31, 2015, the Sunday that begins four days of events in Ottawa marking the formal closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

They can flow as a whole service or liturgy or represent options for your consideration. These resources have been prepared largely from the perspective of non-Indigenous Canadians, seeking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

On the KAIROS website, you will find the worhip resources as well as further information on the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: 



CRC-JPIC Connections - May 2015 Issue

The CRC-JPIC Connections is published by the core committee of the CRC-JPIC Ontario network. 

The main topics of the May 2015 issue are:

  • Creative Gift Box Highlights Human Trafficking
  • Indigenous Rights - Post-resurrection: A Time for Reconciliation
  • Peacebuilding in the Middle East
  • Ending Poverty in Canada: A Dream or a Reality?
  • Energy and Climate Change Linked

Open and download the PDF Document: Connections, May 2015



CRC Bulletin, Volume 12, Issue 2 - Spring/Summer 2015

The Year of Consecrated Life provides a good opportunity to stop and reflect on religious life. It is the main topic of this issue of the CRC Bulletin.


Legal Education for Leaders of Religious Institutes

The Faculty of Canon Law of Saint Paul University in Ottawa is offering the third year of the legal education three-year cycle for leadership of religious institutes and their lay collaborators. The legal education will take place from June 15 to 18, 2015.

This year program will be on governance. It entails: Principles of Governance, Human Resources - Conflict Resolutions in Communities, Chapters and other Assemblies, Constitutions, Canadian Revenue Agency, Strategies for the Future.

The legal education program is organised by the Canadian Religious Education, the Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes (ATRI) and the Association des trésorières et des trésoriers des instituts religieux (ATTIR).

The deadline to register is March 31, 2015. The possibility to residence at Saint Paul is limited; therefore it is important to register as soon as possible.

For further information, open and download these 2 documents:
Legal Education 2015
Letter to the participants

View the program on the Saint-Paul University website at: http://ustpaul.ca/



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