Interchurch and Interfaith Learning

 

*NEW* Together in Christ: Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have jointly prepared resources for five sessions of prayer and dialogue. The sessions in Winnipeg have been organized by Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, Most Rev. Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of Saint Boniface, Right Rev. Elaine Sauer, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Dates of the sessions: February 28, March 16, April 19, May 23 and June 20. These sessions are intended to encourage the faithful in reflecting prayerfully on the past 500 years; in offering thanksgiving to God for the progress made in the efforts toward reconciliation; and in praying for pardon and peace whenever words or actions have fallen short of what Christ demands of Christians. For more information about the sessions being held in Winnipeg from February 28 to June 20, 2017:  view poster.


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.

Interchurch and Interfaith Learning

 

Coordinator: Greg Barrett


Interchurch and Interfaith Learning