August 6 and 9 mark the somber 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. World Conference Resolution 1178, Nuclear Arms Reduction; and WCR 1303, Action toward Nuclear Weapons Abolition, encourage the church to denounce the violence of nuclear weapons and acknowledge the suffering they cause.
We are grateful for the global hibakusha (survivors) who have courageously borne witness, often amid great difficulty.
As a people dedicated to peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit, Community of Christ joined 189 organizations that signed a statement in opposition to nuclear weapons, making it one of the largest and most diverse interfaith proclamations against nuclear weapons to date.
The signatories, coordinated by Faith Communities Concerned About Nuclear Weapons, remind us that we can act together from a place of determination, resilience and joy to make the world a different place. Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Jain and indigenous voices came together on this statement.
Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a reminds us to: “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
The church continues to find those pathways through its prayers and ongoing programs, Toward Jesus the Peaceful One; a series of internet lectures from Europe, Peaceful Humanity—A New Creation; and the Daily Prayer for Peace, among others.
Looking ahead to Week 6...
This is just a sampling of what you can participate in:
Let us worship together with hundreds of participants from around the world this Sunday, August 9th, 2020.
Live from Whitby, Ontario, Roger Dodson will bring the message on the theme "God, Where Are You?" Our lectionary scripture comes from GENESIS 37:1-4, “Joseph Dreams of Greatness” and GENESIS 12-28, “Joseph Sold by His Brothers.” Live from Tahiti, Apostle Mareva Arnaud will offer the Prayer for Peace. Other ministers will join us live from Germany, French Polynesia, Canada, and the USA.
The Beyond the Walls choir will premiere CCS 94 - “The God of Abraham Praise” and 208 - “It's Me, It's Me, O Lord” with Michael Karpowicz at the piano. We invite everyone to sing with us. This inclusive online church service is an opportunity to share a sacred moment together regardless of physical location. All are welcome and invited!
SLIM (Sharing Love in Ministry) - 2 p.m. Troy Roach is the speaker. It is a special prayer, mediation and water blessing. You will need a pitcher or container of water and another pitcher or container that is empty. Please also have a drum or shaker ready. Looking forward to everyone being with us. Contact Don Robb for Zoom info.
Port Elgin Congregation - 10 a.m. Larry Buchanan is the speaker. Ron Rowbottom will be sharing the spiritual practice “Dwelling on the Word” including breakout groups to share.
Darrell Belrose will be presiding. Worship will include special music and hymns to unite us! Contact Larry Buchanan for Zoom details.
La Salle Road Congregation - Please note change in time - Social time from 10:15-10:30. Worship 10:30 a.m. Contact Pastor Vonda den Boer for Zoom details.
Reaching Out - Generally meets twice a month. Please sign up for email notices by clicking here.
Kitchener Congregation - Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Contact Carman Thompson for details.
Other Online Ministries are available from many varied places for you to connect with.
Earlier this summer, Canadian church leaders were made aware of a unique opportunity to join with the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) as a signatory on a joint statement condemning anti-black racism in Canada. While Community of Christ in Canada has not yet been admitted as a full member of the council, our engagement has been highly meaningful, and we have been building good ecumenical relationships.
In our June 2020 survey of church members across Canada it was clear that there was a strong degree of support for our denomination’s participation in this effort, and we have been busy following through with this mandate. With 107 responses from across Canada, the results provided us with the feedback we needed to proceed in a way that honoured our tradition of being guided by the wishes of the body. It is worth mentioning that the Intercultural Chair of the CCC praised our democratic and participatory process indicating that he felt we were taking the time to connect with members rather than simply having our leaders sign on to a statement.
With the support of the membership, Canada East Mission Centre President Kerry Richards, our designated representative with CCC, formally added Community of Christ in Canada’s support to the joint statement.
View the official CCC joint statement here.
While we recognize that signing a document in and of itself is not enough, it signals the beginning of a larger ecumenical conversation and actionable steps. By joining this declaration, we are making strides toward fulfilling our call to “…work tirelessly to tear down walls of separation and to build bridges of understanding.” (Doctrine and Covenants 162:6b) We seek reconciliation within our own denomination and through our communities across Canada, and we look forward to hearing from you about the unique ways in which you prioritize to combat anti-Black racism in your congregations. Thank you for your participation in this process.
Apostle Art Smith
Replays of previous sessions are available for you to view and/or share with friends! Click here for selection of videos on Community of Christ Canada East Mission's YouTube page.
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Here's what's coming up in Week 5...
This is just a sampling of what you can participate in:
Dining Hall Supper and Chit-Chat
Are you missing the dining hall chatter, visiting and laughter of camp life? Getting tired of not being able to enjoy a meal with friends? Well, get your dining table ready for visitors by adding a virtual leaf to expand your table on Wednesday, August 5. Drop in via ZOOM at 6 p.m. with your dinner and join the visiting. Find out who else is in the dining hall. Catch up on what's been happening with one another.
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