Synod Scene March 24-30, 2014




Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for AnnE, Doreen, Fred, Kathleen, Paul, Peter, Robert and Shirley.
  • For those who have died: James and those who mourn: Shuel family.
  • Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.
  • Bishop Sixbert Macumi and our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Buyé, Burundi Africa. 


With great sadness Bishop Jane announces that the Rev. James Shuel, retired priest of the diocese, died March 24, 2014. Let us all find time today to pray for James and for the whole family:

Loving and merciful God

We entrust our brother James to your mercy

You loved him greatly in this life;

Now that he is freed from all its cares give him happiness and peace for ever.

The old order has passed away;

Welcome him into paradise

Where there will be no more sorrow,

No more weeping or pain,

But only peace and joy

With Jesus, Your Son,

And the Holy Spirit,

For ever and ever



Journey to Reconciliation

TRC National Event, March 27-30, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton

Local and National Expressions: Over the next few days members of the National Church, including the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, Primate’s Envoy for Residential Schools Archbishop Terry Finlay and General Secretary Archdeacon Michael Thompson, will join Alberta bishops Jane Alexander, Fraser Lawton (Athabasca) and Greg Kerr-Wilson (Calgary) for the TRC event.

  • Many Anglicans, clergy and laity, will be take part in Churches Listening Circles each day.
  • The Anglican Expression of Reconciliation is scheduled for Friday, March 28, between 4 and 6:00 pm in Hall A of the Shaw Centre.
  • A special eucharist with the Primate, including an act of remembrance for all the children who never came home from residential schools, will be held Sunday, March 30, 11:00 am, at All Saints’ Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

View the complete schedule here: EVENT PROGRAM

Interdisciplinary Studies Conference: Open to the public, the Interdisciplinary Studies Conference at King’s University College has been scheduled and designed to coincide with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. Indigenous Missioner Canon Travis Enright will give an Introduction to Truth and Reconciliation at 9:00 am, followed by a presentation on the Church and the Schools at 10:45 am. View the full program online at We welcome all members of the wider community to join us for all events. For more information, contact

reForming Relationships: Debriefing the TRC: All are invited and welcome to gather for a time of reflection and deeper understanding of the truth spoken and the reconciliation sought through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings. Gathered in view of the reForming Relationships art exhibit (, through prayer, spoken word, conversation and listening, we can assist one another to move further along the road to reconciliation and justice. This event will take place Friday evening, March 28, in the Atrium at The King’s University College beginning at 7:30. All are welcome, no admission fee, and refreshments will be provided. For further information please see

Creator’s Sacrifice Art Exhibit: How can art portray God’s heart of reconciliation? ReForming Relationships is a nation-wide art tour which aims to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together in an atmosphere of dialogue, understanding, and friendship. The tour features a series of 17 paintings by Cree artist Ovide Bighetty, entitled Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin—The Creator’s Sacrifice. The artist depicts Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection using the Woodland Cree style, incorporating traditional symbolism from Aboriginal spirituality. The exhibit is currently on display at King’s University College in preparation for the TRC National Event March 27-30.

Birthday Cupcakes and Cards: The singing of “Happy Birthday” and the gift of a cupcake and birthday card have become symbolic gestures for all of the cultural and community rituals the children missed while attending Indian Residential School. A Birthday Celebration will be held on March 30 at 5:00 pm. As many as 2,000 cupcakes and cards are needed. Cupcakes should be nut-free and frozen. They can be brought to the Churches Listening Area at the Shaw Conference Centre on March 30, after 2:00 pm. Please, contact Lois Evans (780-434-4330 / and indicate how many cupcakes your family or congregation can bring. Cards should be hand-made and can be delivered to the Churches Listening Area anytime during the National Event. For more info, contact Debbie Hubbard: 780-458-9286/

Family Gathering: McDougall United Church invites families and community members to join us on March 30 at 4:00 pm at a gathering at Louise McKinley Park in support of the TRC and Survivors of Residential Schools. We hope to include those who may not otherwise have been able to attend the TRC and gather as a pledge to continue to listen to Survivors and work towards reconciliation in our communities.

There will be a chance to explore the Aboriginal Labyrinth and to make a card for the Birthday Celebration of the TRC. At 5:00 pm we invite you to join us in walking across the street to the Shaw Conference Centre to take part in the Birthday Celebration and Closing Ceremony. For more information, please go to or call Claire Savage at 587 520 7289. POSTER

For further information about the Anglican history of Indian Residential Schools, visit: or

Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build

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On a snowy first day of spring members of the Anglican diocese and representatives from more than 15 different faith communities gathered on the grounds of the largest Habitat for Humanity (HfH) build in Canada.

In the next few months, upwards of 400 interfaith volunteers are expected to wear hardhats and workboots in support of Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. By the end of the summer the 62-unit Neufeld Landing condominium complex in south Edmonton will be home to 16 families.

Many Anglican parishes, Bishop Jane and diocesan office staff have participated in Habitat building projects.

“Safe and affordable housing is essential to human dignity,” said Executive Archdeacon Alan Perry, representing the Anglican Diocese at the kickoff to the Interfaith Build. “Every individual or family who obtains housing under the City’s Ten Year Plan is a personal triumph, a success story in the reclaiming of human dignity which we can all celebrate…May God bless this build site, those who work here and those who will live here.”

Parishes can participate in the interfaith build by providing build teams or lunch for build teams. A list of involvement OPPORTUNITIES is attached. To register, call Kim Dedeugd at (780) 461 3416 ext. 232 or email

InterfaceServiceInterface Worship Easter Vigil: Holy Saturday, the day of the tomb, serves as a borderland between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, joining the two holiest days of the Christian calendar. Interface Worship offers the alternative liturgy “Altarwalk Redux: Dead Man Waiting,” April 19, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10127-145 St, Edmonton. Through art, music, poetry, scripture, symbolism and communion this multi-sensory worship experience invites congregants to the stillness of the tomb as a place to ritualistically join Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Introduction to EfM: An Introduction to EfM (Education for Ministry), will be offered Sunday, April 27, from 2:30-4:00 pm, at All Saints’ Cathedral (10035–103St, Edmonton).

EfM is a four-year program of study to help Christians personally relate faith to their lives and to fulfill their baptismal ministries to love God, to serve Christ, and to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

The program blends study of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, Theology, and Ethics with work in seminar groups guided by accredited mentors. The heart of EfM is a practice called ‘Theological Reflection’ through which one learns how to become more attuned and open to God’s gracious gifts and guidance.

Bishop Jane Alexander endorses EfM as a valuable learning resource and the Edmonton diocese formally sponsors the program so that people can enroll at a reduced rate.

To register for the Introduction to EfM , or for more information, please contact

Ed Brownfield at /780-474 0724. INVITATION attached


Starting in September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will be the first participants in an emerging young adult ministry in the Edmonton diocese. They will live in community for 10 months in Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton; balancing real-world responsibilities, such as working and volunteering, with an active and disciplined spiritual life. On evenings and weekends these young leaders will participate in project activities including, daily prayer, mentorship and spiritual and leadership development through hands-on experience. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. or  

Starting in September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will be the first participants in an emerging young adult ministry in the Edmonton diocese. They will live in community for 10 months in Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton; balancing real-world responsibilities, such as working and volunteering, with an active and disciplined spiritual life. On evenings and weekends these young leaders will participate in project activities including, daily prayer, mentorship and spiritual and leadership development through hands-on experience. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. or  

Ascend Young Adult Ministry: In September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will move into Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton and live in community for 10 months. Monday to Friday, 9-5, these young leaders will have the opportunity to work. On evenings and weekends they will participate in project activities, including daily prayer, mentorship, and developing their spirituality and leadership skills through hands-on experiences. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. POSTER / FAQs For more information or to apply, visit


The annual University Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction is an opportunity to help our Anglican Educational Chaplaincy continue to reach out to youth with God’s love. The dinner, featuring Mayor Don Iveson as guest speaker, will be held May 1, 2014 at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, with cocktails beginning at 5:30.

The annual University Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction is an opportunity to help our Anglican Educational Chaplaincy continue to reach out to youth with God’s love. The dinner, featuring Mayor Don Iveson as guest speaker, will be held May 1, 2014 at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, with cocktails beginning at 5:30.

Making Room at the Table – University Chaplaincy Dinner and Auction: Join us on May 1, 2014! With guest speaker Mayor Don Iveson, dinner, and a silent auction, the evening will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith and support the student ministries in our Diocese. The event will be held at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, with cocktails beginning at 5:30. See the attached POSTER for more information.

Lay Reader Training Course: The 2014 offering of the diocesan training course for prospective lay readers has been scheduled. All sessions take place on Saturdays, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, at St. David’s Anglican Church (corner of 79th Avenue and 85 Street in Edmonton). This course is for those seeking to be licensed as diocesan lay readers in their respective parishes, and who have the support of their parish incumbent and leadership. The course covers eight sessions, taking place on the following Saturdays: April: 26; May: 10, 24; June: 7, 21; September: 20; October: 4, 18

A course syllabus will be made available at the first session. To register, or for more information, please contact the diocesan chaplain to lay readers, the Rev. Cameron Burns, at ,or by phone at (780) 469-7530.

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What’s Your Story? Bishop Jane would like to hear “Why Jesus for You?” To share your story, call or email Margaret Marschall at the Synod Office 780-439-7344/ We also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to: Faith stories can be viewed online at

Parish of the Month: In celebration of our Centennial, The Messenger began a special series featuring parishes in the Edmonton diocese. To share the story of your parish in action, please complete and email the attached form along with one or two high resolution pictures, to

Answer to Last Week’s Centennial Trivia Challenge: Church members are participating in the TRC National Event this week by making and collecting prayer shawls for survivors and listening to survivors’ stories as members of Churches Listening Circles.

Base Camp Registration Coming Soon! After a three-year hiatus, Base Camp is back July 7-13, 2014! Rev. Nick (Trussell) and Dr. Mark (Armstrong) are excited to lead teens on an outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay in William Switzer Provincial Park. Base Camp offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, Christian fellowship and much more in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains! Registration information coming soon. POSTER

Hastings Lake Bible Camp – Registration Opens Feb. 20! Register at

Adult Camp——————————– June 24-27

Kidz 1 ———————————- June 29-July 4

Family 1 ————————————–  July 6-11

Jr. Youth ————————————  July 13-18

Family 2  ———————————— July 20-25

Kidz 2  ———————————- July 27-Aug. 1

Single Parent Family ——————– August 4-8

Family 3 ——————————— August 10-15

Sr. Youth ——————————– August 17-22


2014NWCPostcardNational Worship Conference: Discover how art, drama, food, fun, poetry, multimedia, music, movement, nature, spiritual elements, and storytelling can be interwoven with Anglican, Lutheran, and cross-generational threads, to create meaningful and transformational worship. The National ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference: “Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living” will unfold July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton. Presenters and participants from across North America will explore diverse, yet intrinsic styles of worship. For more information see the attached postcard and poster or visit

Share the Gift of Music

In preparation for the conference, congregations are invited to sing the hymn “Great God, Whose Story” during worship. Please email Margaret Marschall ( to share a videoclip of your congregation singing on the NWC 2014 website.

Justice Camp 2014 – “Land”: Registration Now Open! This summer, the Edmonton diocese will host the national Anglican Justice Camp, from August 15-21, 2014. Through a program of directed immersion experiences and hands-on workshops, including trips to Fort McMurray and Jasper National Park, participants will discover ways to safeguard creation. There are seven plenary streams to choose from, including: The Arts and Social Change, Inter-religious Perspectives, Food Ethics, Ecology and Conservation, Aboriginal Reconciliation, Urban Poverty and the Oil and Gas Industry. Through reflection, worship, and relationship building exercises participants will develop skills to become effective social justice leaders within their own local communities. Online registration is now open  POSTER / BROCHURE attached


Four Adults Confirmed at St. Andrew’s, Camrose


Pictured, left to right, are: Lindsay, Kevyn, Joelle, Andra, Bishop Jane and St. Andrew’s, Camrose Rector the Ven. Jacques deGuise Vaillancourt, CD. Photo: Ray Hook

This past Sunday, March 23, 2014, Bishop Jane confirmed four adult candidates at Saint Andrew’s Church in Camrose. Due to unique circumstances and, at times, a varied geography, all eight core preparatory sessions were developed and delivered through distance education. After the confirmation and eucharist the festivities continued in the parish hall. We gathered for a potluck lunch and welcomed three new infants in our midst: Rhea, Asher and Fynn. A freewill Toonie offering raised $180 for children in Africa. Bishop Jane had informed us that a family medical card in our sister Diocese of Buyé costs $10 per year. We enjoyed a wonderful and holy Sunday together. Thanks be to GOD!”

“Script Salon” at HTAC: A new monthly play reading series featuring eminent local playwrights is set to begin April 6, 7:30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Old Strathcona, 10037-84 Ave, Edmonton. Script Salon kicks off with Katherine Koller’s “Last Chance Leduc,” winner of the 2013 Alberta Playwriting Competition.

“Last Chance Leduc” will be read by Jesse Gervais, Beth Graham, Darlene Auger and Joe Perry in the Upper Arts Space. After each reading the audience is encouraged to ask questions and provide commentary directly to the playwright.

Set during the 1947 Leduc oil strike, the play is a witty and moving portrait of the desperate life of oil field workers of the time. With a baby and another dry well Evalma and Wes struggle in the push-pull of a young marriage in peril. He wants a gusher, she wants a garden. As the men work all day and all night the neglected Ev meets a lady trapper in the woods, Nohkum, who shows her the power of the river in the difficult landscape of marriage. Admission is free although donations are accepted. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is free. For more info, including upcoming performances see attached POSTER / PRESS RELEASE

St. Timothy’s Presents “The Fourth Cross”: On Sunday, April 27, 7:30 pm, the choir of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 8420-145 Street, presents “The Fourth Cross,” a cantata by Derric Johnson. Directed by Pamela Graham, the performance features Jung-Suk Ryu on piano and Bruce Hogel as Barabbas. Join us for the story that might have been!

PrintCentennial Celebrations – St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 11203 68 Street, Edmonton:

April 13, 2014 – 10:30 am: Service of Baptism, Confirmation and Reception with Bishop Jane Alexander

May 3, 2014 – 5:00 pm:       Centennial Banquet at Beverly Heights Hall

Tickets $25 per person / RSVP deadline April 20, 2014

May 4, 2014 – 10:30 am:     Homecoming Service

For more information or to purchase banquet tickets, call 780-477-5458 or email

Good Shepherd Seeks Music Director: The growing parish of Good Shepherd in northwest Edmonton is now accepting applications for the position of music director. Initially, the position will entail 5-7 hours per week including Sunday worship, one evening’s practice, and other occasional services during Holy seasons. Remuneration will be in accord with RCCO guidelines based upon experience and will be renegotiated as the ministry grows! Interested candidates should contact Jon at or on 780.456.4643. For more info, see attached document


Free Public Lectures by Dr. Jacob Wright: Dr. Jacob L. Wright (Emory University), author of an innovative new study King David and His Reign Revisited (Apple iBooks), is coming to MacEwan University (Edmonton, AB) to give two public lectures at the City Centre Campus of MacEwan University on Thursday, March 27:

  • 3-4:30 pm, Room 6-212: “War Commemoration: Its Function in Modern Societies, in the Bible, and in the Aegean World” POSTER
  • 7:30-9:00 pm, Kule Theatre (9-323): “‘And All Israel and Judah Loved David’: The Place of the King David Story in the Bible” POSTER

OutdoorWayOfTheCrossGood Friday Way of the Cross: Churches of the city are invited to come together for the 34th annual Outdoor Way of the Cross, a powerful walk of testimony to the relevance of the Gospel in relation to the world today. The prayer walk takes place Good Friday, April 18, 10:00 am, at 9908-106 Avenue (Hope Mission) and returns there about Noon.

This year’s theme focuses on 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love. Love drives out fear,” and asks us to consider how the Christian practice of love can drive out the fears that hurt the lives of many marginalized people.

Each station offers a reflection on an aspect of the overall theme, woven together with music. Participants walk from station to station, on a route of 1.8 kilometres on paved streets and lanes, so it should not be difficult for most children or people with mobility challenges. Participants are encouraged to check the weather forecast and dress for conditions. Light refreshments are available at the end of the walk.

Call Linda 780-466-6327 or Jim 780-218-6989 for more information.

Embrace Charity’s Benefit Concert: On March 29, 2014, Embrace Charity will hold their annual fundraising concert and silent auction. This year’s event will feature Juno Award winning worship leader Brian Doerksen & Band, the Watoto children’s choir from Africa and live painters Lewis Lavoie and 5-year-old Kiya. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit POSTER / PowerPoint Slide

Shroud of Turin Exhibit: An official replica of The Shroud of Turin, authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, is currently on display at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825-97 St, Edmonton. The shroud can be viewed Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 4 and 9:00 pm, with brief presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. On Sundays it can be viewed between 1 and 4:00 pm, with an in-depth presentation at 2:00 pm. There will be an All Night Vigil on Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, from 1:00 pm on April 18 to 7:00 pm on the April 19. Please bring a food bank donation. POSTER

Legends of Broadway Community Services Benefit: Jewish Family will bring three stars from three generations to the stage in Edmonton for the first time, as part of a fundraising effort to increase support for individuals and families in Edmonton though the Edmonton Healing Centre for Grief and Loss, Life Links Community Services, Seniors Making Age-Related Transitions (SMART) and other programs. Acclaimed artists Chita Rivera (June 2), Megan Hilty (June 16) and Andrea Martin (October 5) will each bring one-woman shows to the Jubilee Auditorium between June and October.

Please visit Ticketmaster at or call 1-855-985-5000 to buy tickets. Series subscribers receive a 20 per cent discount and pay only one transaction fee. All shows begin at 7:30 pm. POSTER


Ronning Centre Talks: Come, listen, and engage with issues of public life and religion, at the Augustana Campus in Camrose:

  • Saturday, 4 April, 1:00-3:30 pm, “On the road to secularism? Charles Taylor meets Jean-Jacques Rousseau,” with Nicholas Wickenden, Prof of History Emeritus, 11116 – 82 Ave, Edmonton
  • Saturday, 12 April, 1:00-3:30 pm, “Is the prophet necessarily a voice crying in the wilderness?” with Martin Tweedale, Prof of Philosophy Emeritus, 11116 – 82 Ave, Edmonton

Visit for more information.

Star of the North Retreat Centre: 3A St. Vital Ave. St. Albert, AB T8N 1K1

Time for Serious Play: Women’s Expressive Arts Workshop
Facilitators Mary Norton and Janet Stalenhoef will invite you to step out of day to day busy-ness, to slow down time and to connect with your creative self. Explore and express yourself through movement, music and painting. Wear comfortable clothes and bring an old shirt or apron to paint in.

Thurs. Apr. 3      7pm         $29. (includes snack & supplies)     Please register by Mar.27

Away Days with Sandy Prather
Through a combination of presentations and reflective time, we will explore the themes and ideas of author Richard Rohr in A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, The Active Prayer, 2011. It is not necessary to have read the book.

Wed.Apr.16: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Advance Registration:       $40.00/day     OR   $45.00 at the door         (lunch included)

Courting the Muse: Renewing Inspiration for Our Work & Our Lives
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways of replenishing our creative energies and to enhance our being in the world. Together, we’ll explore what renews and/or depletes our energy, what’s most important to us, and what holds us back. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Facilitator: Alfred DePew

Thur.  May 1    7pm                 $29.                 Please register by Apr. 22

A Journal Keeper’s Workshop
Join us in a workshop designed to free your imagination, renew your enthusiasm, and have fun in bringing your journal practice to the next level. Together, we will explore such techniques as Dialogues, Drawing, Dreamwork, Maps, and Mandalas, and how they can be used to enhance creativity, overcome obstacles, deepen the inner life, and create new strategies for living. For beginners and seasoned diarists alike. Facilitator: Alfred DePew

Fri. May 2       7-9 pm   and Sat. May 3,  9am-4pm
Live in: $149.   Commute: $89.                       Please register by Apr. 22

Call 780-459-5511 to register at least 1 week before program begins.

Providence Renewal Centre: 3005 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T6J 5R5

Join Sandy Prather for THE ‘EASTERING’ LIFE
Friday, April 11 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 13 (1:00 pm)
Let [Christ] Easter in us,” writes the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. What does that mean? What would it mean to know Easter as more than a liturgical event we celebrate yearly? What if we knew Easter as a verb, something we do? Come explore the rich invitation to let Christ Easter in us!

with Bishop Emeritus Gerry Wiesner
Sunday, April 13 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 20 (9:00 am)
We will accompany Jesus on his way to Jerusalem by examining key events along the way. In doing so it is hoped that we will be able to enter into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus in our lives. After all, Jesus did say, “I call you friends.” What is our response to this offer? Come for the week or come for one day.

Post-Easter Retreat! YOU ARE MY WITNESSES: Understanding the New Evangelization
with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie
Friday, April 25 (7:00 pm) to Saturday, April 26 (4:30 pm)
Through input, quiet time, prayer, optional sharing, and ritual this retreat will explore new avenues of evangelization aimed at deepening our call to be joyful witnesses to Christ in our lives today.
For more info, or to register call 780-701-18554

Holy Body-Talk: a Retreat for Women in Ministry: This retreat is designed for women employed in their respective churches as a time away to re-center, to pray for and with one another, to share joys and sorrows of ministry, and to support our mutual call to serve the Body of Christ in all of our churches. The retreat will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from April 27-29, 2014. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Alberta Pastoral Care Association – Annual Conference: Open for clergy, volunteers, social workers, and everyone else interested, this year’s conference is themed on The Spiritual Journey: Embracing Life and Becoming. The conference, taking place in Edmonton this year, will be held on April 28-29 and is an excellent opportunity to expand one’s awareness and skills in pastoral care. See the attached brochure for more information.

Church Admin Lunch & Learn: Taylor Seminary, 11525-23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, invites church administrative professionals to a Lunch & Learn session, Wednesday, April 30, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Microsoft Office specialist Joanne Swensrud of Edmonton-based computer training centre Know It Sooner will present a variety of tips and tricks to use Microsoft Office effectively and efficiently. Please join us for some lunch, some learning and hopefully some laughs too! Sign up at or for more info, contact Heather

Parliament of World’s Religions Conference: From May 1–4, the Edmonton Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (ECPWR), presents “Faiths Coming Together through awareness, compassion, justice “at the University of Alberta. The conference will feature workshops, panels, films, concerts and presenters, including keynote speakers, Amir Hussain, editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Dawn Waring, an environmental activist and professor at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. The ECPWR is a committee of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Action and Education For information, or to register visit:    BROCHURE attached

Becoming a Missional Church and Leader: Alan Roxburgh, one of the foremost thinkers in everything missional, suggests that the missional church, ideally, is a unified body of believers intent on being God’s incarnational presence to the surrounding community. This intensive three-day workshop focuses on answering the question, “HOW do we become that church?”

Where: Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB,  7th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders

When: May 6 to May 8, 2014

Cost: $450 including taxes, lunches, and materials (discounts available for groups of 3 or more)

More Information:

Online Crisis Response Training: The Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry (CiRCLe M) is offering free webinars on Rural Church and Community Crisis Response Training, May 15 and 22, 2014, to help churches, EMOs, and other local organizations prepare to respond when crises arise in rural communities. To register, contact CiRCLe M by phone: 306-966-7864; or email:

Athabasca Bishop Seeks Christ Church Rector: The Bishop of Athabasca seeks to appoint a full-time rector of Christ Church in Grande Prairie. Interested clergy may request a parish profile from the synod office in Peace River. Applications will include a response to the profile, a current curriculum vitae, and a short description of their spiritual journey. Applications will be received until March 31, 2014. Diocese of Athabasca, PO Box 6868, Peace River, AB T8S 1S6, 780-624-2767, Job Profile attached

OEWpicBible Camp Volunteers Needed: On Eagle’s Wings is accepting applications for volunteer Bible Camp teachers for the GLOW (God’s Love in Our World) 2014 Bible Camps throughout northern Canada.

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 98 and have always wanted to experience teaching Bible Camp in a different culture, now is the time! Application forms are online at or more information is available at 780-440-6594, 866-441-6594 or

On Eagle’s Wings is an ecumenical ministry that proclaims Jesus Christ and serves the church and individuals in remote and isolated areas of northern Canada.

Student Braves Elements in Support of Edmonton’s Homeless: Colin Messelink, a 17-year-old student of Edmonton Christian High and member of First CRC, has been sleeping in his tent since October 1, 2013 until this March 31, 2014 in efforts to raise funds and awareness for the homeless in Edmonton and the Mosaic Centre. Colin has a goal of raising $10,000 and is in the final countdown to the end of his amazing endeavour to spend the winter outside! Please visit to see interviews with CTV and the Edmonton Journal front page story on this amazing young man and to donate to his cause.

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