Ecumenism & Inter-Religious Dialogue

*NEW* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18-25, 2017

A “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” will take place in Winnipeg from Wednesday, January 18 to Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Theme: Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us (Corinthians 5, 14-20). The City-Wide Ecumenical Worship Service during which church leaders (i.e. bishops, moderators, presbytery chairs, etc. and/or their representatives) take an active part in leading the worship will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberley Avenue, Winnipeg. The ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value present in the other, and to ask God for the gift of unity. For more details: 1- View poster; 2- View schedule for the week; 3- View Introduction to Theme.

*NEW* Ecumenical Choir for City-Wide Celebration - Sunday, January 22, 2017

An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on Sunday, January 22, 2017 during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome. Rehearsals will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on Sunday, January 8, 2017 and on Sunday, January 15, 2017. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 22, 2017. For further information: Michele Barr, 204-453-5016 or mbarr41@shaw.ca.


 

Muslim-Catholic Dialogue: God Desires the Heart

In September 2016 two faith communities - Mary, Mother of the Church and the Manitoba Islamic Association - met for two sessions of dialogue on the topics of - 'The Name of God is Mercy' on September 14 and the 'Problem of Suffering', September 21. The conversations were led by Father Peter Genger of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface and Dr. Nazir Khan of the Islamic community. Read complete story.

  


Description of Services

Ecumenism brings mutual enrichment to Christian communities: through discovering the workings of the Spirit in others, the different communities of faith are enlightened more fully about the mystery of Christ. As for dialogue with other religions, ecumenism shows that it is possible for the Church to speak of God to, and with, all people.

Current Projects

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity;
  • Inter-diocesan participation in activities of Bat Kol, an international association of Christian women and men who are committed to study the Word of God in a Jewish context, and to incorporate their studies into Christian self-understanding in a manner that respects the integrity of both traditions;
  • An annual ecumenical meal during the Week for Christian Unity;
  • Four to five meetings a year of youth leaders from Christian churches, within the framework of the Ecumenical Youth Ministry Leaders’ committee (EYML).

The Pastoral Centre and the Archbishop’s Office will promote the following:

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity;
  • Regular ecumenical meetings of Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox, Roman and Ukrainian Catholic bishops;
  • Participation of diocesan delegates to ecumenical and interfaith dialogues;
  • Initiatives encouraging parishes to commit to ecumenical and interreligious undertakings together with other local organizations, including those related to education and testimonies of charity and social justice.

New Projects

  • The creation of a Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue to provide guidance and support to parishes.

Ecumenism & Inter-Religious Dialogue

 

Coordinator: Vacant


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