MC Canada update - March 6, 2019

Published March 6, 2019

International Witness

 

Witness Support Teams

Volunteers needed! Mennonite Church Canada’s structural change means a transition to relational funding for International Witness ministries. You are invited to continue to demonstrate your support by becoming a member of a Witness Support Team for our Witness worker units. This team functions as a connecting link between international partners, Witness workers and Canadian supporters. If a Witness Support Team sounds like something you want be part of, please read the brief summary of about WSTs on the MC Canada website, here: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/WSTsummary, and then contact your Regional Church office for more information.  

Prayer

Bock Ki Kim and Sook Kyoung Park invite prayer for a national peace event on April 27 that they trust will bring peace to the Korean peninsula. April 27 will be the first anniversary of the meeting between the two Korean leaders last year. Bock Ki says: “We hope ... for 500,000 people [to gather in the ] De-Militarized Zone on April 27. My heart is beating vigorously as I meet people these days. […] Because I taught and talked about peace theology for the last five years, I naturally move toward this peace event.” 

Indigenous-Settler Relations

 

The Walk for Common Ground – March 15th deadline for registrations! 

Between May 31 and June 14, 2019, Indigenous, unionist and church friends will journey 340 kilometres from Edmonton (Treaty 6) to Calgary (Treaty 7) on the Walk for Common Ground. This is an amazing opportunity to build relationships across boundaries and nurture collective understanding of our Treaties. Would you like to join? We have space for a few more Mennonite walkers! March 15th is the deadline to apply. If you are interested and available for seven to 15 days, please email Steve Heinrichs (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca), director of Indigenous-Settler Relations, for more details and a registration form. 

Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) Colombia Delegation 

What does practicing Christ’s way of peace look like in a conflict zone? Mennonite Church Canada wants to introduce a group of sisters and brothers to the nonviolent accompaniment work of Christian Peacemaker Teams by sponsoring four persons in a delegation to Colombia, from June 26 to July 6, 2019. Meet human rights defenders who are working for a just peace in the Magdalena Medio region; learn how CPT supports those who are undoing violent structures that threaten their ability to live on their lands; and explore questions of faith and discipleship. If you’re interested in joining, please email Steve Heinrichs (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca), director of Indigenous-Settler Relations, for more details. 

Mennonites learning Indigenous theology at NAIITS 2019 symposium

The TRC has invited all faith groups to learn and grow in our understanding of Indigenous knowledges. NAIITS -- a Christian Indigenous Learning Community -- can help us do that. NAIITS hosts annual theological gatherings intended for young, older, pastors and activists. Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program wants to help sponsor six friends from across our nationwide church to attend this year’s symposium on “Land and Place,” from June 6-8, 2019, at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. If you are interested, please email Steve Heinrichs for details (sheinrichs@mennonitechurch.ca). 

CommonWord

 

Worship Calendar: 

Mar 6                  Ash Wednesday – www.commonword.ca/go/1691

Mar 8                  World Women's Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1692

Mar 21                International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - www.commonword.ca/go/1693

Mar 22                World Water Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1694

Apr 7                   World Health Day - www.commonword.ca/go/1324

Apr 14                 Palm Sunday - www.commonword.ca/go/1463

Apr 18                 Maundy Thursday - www.commonword.ca/go/1462

Apr 19                 Good Friday - www.commonword.ca/go/1461

Apr 21                 Easter - www.commonword.ca/go/1460

Apr 22                 Earth Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1733

May 15                International Day of Families – www.commonword.ca/go/1751

May 30                Ascension Day – www.commonword.ca/go/1752

 

Lent

The season of Lent is upon us: a time of reflection, fasting and prayer as we prepare for Easter. Whether you’re looking for a family or adult study, a DVD series or a book of prayers, CommonWord has something for you. Order your resources here

 

Adult Curriculum Guide: 

Looking for a new study for a small group, a church or for yourself? CommonWord offers curricula on a wide range of topics. Simply visit our website, choose a topic that interests you and then choose from the wide range of study material that’s available.  

 

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