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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations


Newsletter of the

Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee

Easter 2018

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant was established between the Archdiocese of Rgina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle in 2011. Since then, the two dioceses have been engaged in numerous forms of common witness and service. This newsletter reports on some of those experiences. To read about the progress and events of the past year, click here: ARCCIC Newsletter - Easter 2018

  • Parish Exchanges 2018
  • Covenant in action: ecumenical representatives meet for workshop
  • Converted to ecumenism
  • A Message from the Christian Bishops of Saskatchewan, February 13, 2018

Events calendar

    • Program in Ecumenical Studies & Formation
      Tues. to Fri., July 10-13 in Saskatoon

    • Preaching for Reconciliation: Ecumenical Clergy Study Day
      Tues., Oct. 2 in Moose Jaw

What's New


It was an evening of music performed by several choirs interspersed with comments about the psalms as Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen and Rabbi Jeremy Parnes continued their public discussions in areas of mutual interest. This time it was the psalms, specifically psalms 100,29,92, ,126,150,33 and 27 in that order.

Seated on chairs placed ahead of the steps leading to the sanctuary, they were angled so they could face each other and still be seen by the 150 people seated in the main body of the Cathedral.

The two alternated reading the psalms and explained the psalmists’ intent. After each reading one of several choral groups performed music and lyrics.

The Leo Morgan Community Choir with Parnes as Cantor led off the evening engaging the audience with their first piece. The Leo Morgan Community Choir is really the Choir of the Beth Jacob Synagogue. In a telephone conversation, the Rabbi explained Leo Morgan is a...

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By Frank Flegel

REGINA……Organizers were hoping for 60 but more than 100 registered for the first Anglican-Roman Catholic-Ukrainian Catholic Diaconate International conference held here May 10 -13 at Campion College, University of Regina. Delegates listened and took part in discussions as papers presented by known authors and scholars offered a variety of opinions about deacons and their role in their faith communities. Co-chairs Anglican Bishop of Qu’Appelle Robert Hardwick and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina Donald Bolen officially opened and closed the conference.

Joe Lang, a Roman Catholic deacon for 20 years, felt reaffirmed in his ministry after listening and taking part in all the discussions. “It was very interesting to hear the variety of ministries in all the faith communities.”  Conference Secretary Deacon Michael Jackson has served the Qu’Appelle Anglican Diocese for 41 years. “We learn so much from each other and experienced each other’s worship and...

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World Day of Prayer in Moose Jaw

Last updated on March 19, 2018

By: Rose Mary Hartney

World Day of Prayer 2018 was hosted by Church of Our Lady following the program, “All God’s Creation is Very Good”, prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname.

The seven women of Suriname were portrayed by women representing various Moose Jaw congregations. The children’s choir from St. Mary’s School, assisted by members of The COOL Saturday Choir provided the music.  The reflection/meditation for the service was in the form of a dramatization written and presented by Michele Yeager and Debbie Burgher. Following the drama, people were invited to write words of individual commitment to protect God’s creation.

Fr. Jake Ibay and Rev. Linda Tomlinson-Seebach, Minto United Church read the Scriptures.

A reception followed the prayer service and featured the colours of the Suriname flag as depicted with tablecloths. The replica endangered turtles and flowers highlighted the tables....

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Purim Party at Beth Jacob Synagogue

Last updated on March 8, 2018


by Frank Flegel

The celebration of Purim is one of the most joyful holidays in the Jewish calendar. It celebrates a time in ancient Persia when the annihilation of the Jews was ordered by the king at the request of his Prime Minister Haman, but they were saved by the intervention of the beautiful Queen Esther.

The story is called the Megillat (the book of Esther) and is read in its entirety during the celebration.

It begins with the king appointing Haman, the richest man in the kingdom, as his Prime Minister. Haman’s inflated ego demands everyone bow before him but Mordechai, Esther’s cousin refuses. “I bow only to God,” he says. An enraged Haman orders gallows built on which he intends to hang Mordechai and prevails on the king to exterminate the Jews who, Haman convinces the king, plan to take over his kingdom.

The king had his wife executed for refusing to obey his orders to come and dance at a party, but...

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The Uncomfortable Pew

Last updated on February 12, 2018


FEBRUARY 7, 2018

By Frank Flegel

We are in a new era of Ecumenical culture, said Dr. Darren Dahl. He was addressing a small audience who were attending, on a very cold evening, a workshop at Regina’s Living Spirit Centre titled The Uncomfortable Pew. It was an appropriate location for the workshop in that the Centre houses three different Christian traditions: St. Phillips Anglican. East side United, and Bread of Life Lutheran. The workshop was a project of The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

Dahl said Ecumenism has progressed from the 1960s when people had no awareness of Christian traditions other than their own, to today where people more easily “move in and out of each other’s churches and places of worship, and that’s a good thing,” said Dahl. “However, this new ecumenical culture can produce situations of very uncomfortable pews.”  He gave the example of, after a lifetime of not entering Uncle Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church,...

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Highway to a Harmonius Canada

Last updated on February 2, 2018


JANUARY 28, 2018

By Frank Flegel


A video promoting Canada as a harmonious nation was premiered on World Religion Day, Sunday, January 28, in Luther College, University of Regina auditorium to an audience of invited guests. Initiated by the Regina Multi-Faith Forum and produced by Access Communications Regina, the video featured children representing a variety of cultures speaking briefly about a harmonious and inclusive Canada. Each held a replica of familiar highway signs but with an inclusive message: a stop sign that said Stop Racism; a yield sign that said yield to the rights of others, etc. Segments of the video showed the children playing and participating in prayer together, and showed short performances, mostly dance groups, from a variety of cultural organizations, also by children. The Regina observance of World Religion Day was moved to Luther College from Beth Jacob Synagogue this year to...

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Think for Actions request’s the government to designate January 29th as National Day of Remembrance & Action on Islamophobia

Calgary, AB, August 23, 2018
Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada have increased by 60% from 2014 to 2015, and 253% over four years, from up from 45 in 2012 to 159 in 2015. This attitude was one of the major factors that lead to the death of six and injured 19 others when Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire in a Quebec Masjid on January 29, 2017.
When Iqra Khalid, a member of parliament, tabled a motion before the House of Commons called Motion M103, she received more than 61,000 hate messages in 48 hours.
Canadian Community Engagement Study 2018 concludes:  

2/3rd of Canadians believe that the atmosphere towards Muslims in Canada is negative 2/3rd of Canadian’s want the government to invest resources towards reducing and eventually eliminating systemic racism and discrimination on... Read More

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Last updated on January 24, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Participants praying for Christian unity formed a circle around the perimeter of the nave of the church. They prayed for peace, they prayed for justice, they prayed for reconciliation, and then they linked arms to connect their circle and prayed together The Lord’s Prayer to end the annual service of prayer for Christian unity.

First Presbyterian Pastor Reverend Amanda Currie welcomed everyone on behalf of the Regina Council of Churches and the Downtown Regina Churches. She was followed by Elder Lorna Standingready who offered the opening prayer, in English, and emotionally prayed for the “wisdom to deal with our challenges.”

First Presbyterian Church hosted this years’ service January 21 and attracted representatives from several Christian faiths as well as representatives from Regina’s Aboriginal community, a Christian outreach program, and at least two soup kitchens. This year’s program was put together by the churches of the Caribbean.

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Last updated on December 19, 2017

By Frank Flegel

 Children and adults from the Regina Jewish community gathered on December 17 in Beth Jacob Synagogue for a community celebration of Chanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the miracle of the Menorah remaining lit for eight days in the temple even though there had been only sufficient holy oil for one day. The miracle occurred during the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem following a successful rebellion against Antioch IV. In the first century B.C., Chanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar which can occur in late November or early December according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated over eight days and began this year on December 13 and will end December 20.  

The celebration included the lighting of Menorah candles which many people brought with them. A few children made their own candles from beeswax and a hair dryer to soften the wax so it could be rolled into a candle...

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Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant in Action

Last updated on November 22, 2017

Ecumenical reps meet for workshop
by Joanne Shurvin-Martin

REGINA More than two dozen representatives from Anglican and Roman Catholic parishes across southern Saskatchewan met on November 19 for a workshop. They shared stories of ecumenical action in their local areas and learned about Anglican and Roman Catholic dialogues at national and international levels.

Fr. Rick Krofchek, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee (ARCCIC) opened the gathering with prayer in the hall attached to St. Paul's Cathedral. Archbishop Don Bolen then recounted how the covenant between the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle and the Archdiocese of Regina had come to be. It built on relationships which had developed since the 1960s, and was signed in January 2011. Bolen has been involved in ecumenical relations at the highest level, serving on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Vatican from 2001 to 2008. Bolen said, "We were...

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