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Faith & Witness

The Canadian Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Witness is proud to announce the release of the first episode of Faith & Witness, a podcast exploring ecumenism. Each month we'll learn what happens when churches talk to each other, and about the people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.
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Feb 1, 2017

This month, Faith & Witness welcomes Fr. Ted Paraskevopoulos of St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox church in Toronto and Rev. Lane Scruggs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Ted and Lane discuss the idea of Salvation and the authentic life--how religious discipline and freedom intersect, and what freedom really means.

Our interview this month is with the Rev. Jeffrey Metcalfe, Anglican priest in the diocese of Quebec and the CCC's very own Justice & Piece intern. Jeffrey discusses his early experiences of ecumenism and how ecumenism has shaped him.

Jeffrey also talks about how his research on church approaches to helping refugees has interacted with his current role as CCC intern, the deep practicality of churches on the frontline of helping refugees, and the Words of Welcome Facebook group for people seeking resources and discussion on refugee sponsorship.

Jan 6, 2017
This month's episode is a special episode with a dialogue on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, featuring Rev. Susan Climo (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, chair of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Canadian writing team) and Fr. Damian MacPherson (WPCU writing team and director of the ​​​Office ​of ​​​​​​​​​​​Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs​ for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto).
 
We talk about what the the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity *is*, its origins, how it brings Christians together, and the stumbling blocks faced by ecumenism (and how the WPCU addresses those blocks).
 
To learn more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and download the digital starter kit, visit weekofprayer.ca (ou semainedepriere.ca pour les ressources en français).
 
 
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For the interview segment this month we are joined by Dean David Neelands of the Faculty of Theology at Trinity College, part of the Toronto School of Theology (of which he is a past director) at the University of Toronto.
 
Faith & Witness' Dr. Mary Marrocco talks to Neelands about his life, ministry, and teaching, and the thread of ecumenism that runs through them all from childhood to the present day. 
 
Also: 
 
 
- Neelands' advice to current TST students
 
- Memories and histories of some giants of Canadian ecumenism, some of whom were his role models and mentors:
 
          - Margaret O'Gara 
          - Eugene Fairweather
          - John Egan
          - David Hay
          - Charles Henry Brent
 
 
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If you like Faith & Witness, please share it! You can let us know you're sharing by tagging @CCC_CCE on Twitter, or CCC.CCE on Facebook. As always, we welcome your questions and comments at communications@councilofchurches.ca.
Dec 15, 2016

The first Faith & Witness Advent edition is a briefer episode, featuring a dialogue between CFW staff Dr. Mary Marrocco & Maria Simakova, and CFW chair Professor Richard Schneider.

The three talk about the history of the Commission, and how members work together in the forum model, and what we have learned as we've worked together in forum.

Nov 1, 2016

This month's episode of Faith & Witness features an interview with the Rev. Jonathan Schmidt, Director of the Canadian Churches Forum (a program agency of the Canadian Council of Churches) on the connection and interplay between ecumenism and intercultural ministry & learning

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A discussion with Fred Demaray of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, and John Tenyenhuis of the Christian Reformed Church of North America—both members of the CCC's Christian Interfaith Reference Group—on the encounter of Christians together with other faiths.

Please download, share our podcast on social media, rate & review us on iTunes, and most of all, enjoy!

Oct 6, 2016

It's late, but it's here! In our fifth episode, CFW Secretary Dr. Mary Marrocco interviews the Moderator of the United Church of Canada, the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, on a life spent in ecumenical contexts.

Then we have a discussion with Dr. Moira McQueen and Anne Mitchell—members of the CCC's Faith & Life Sciences Group (formerly the Biotechnology Reference Group)—on what the group does, its history, and how they work as an ecumenical body with diverse opinions in a complicated field.

Please share the podcast with your family, friends, clergy, and your denomination! Have questions, concerns, or compliments? Send them our way by emailing communications@councilofchurches.ca.

Sep 1, 2016

Our fourth episode brings you a dialogue between Dr. Thomas Hentrich, a researcher & theologian specializing in disability issues and ecumenism, and Fr. Pishoy Wasfy, a Coptic Orthodox priest, psychotherapist, and faculty member of the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College. 

Dr. Hentrich and Fr. Pishoy discuss what denominations are doing to serve people with disabilities in their churches, the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, and what sorts of things should and are happening in congregations.

Afterwards, CFW's Dr. Mary Marrocco interviews the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman, campus chaplain at the University of Alberta and Professor of Foundational Theology at Newman Theological College, about his life in ecumenism

Aug 1, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Faith and Witness!

This month we have a dialogue between Dr. Gail Allan, coordinator for ecumenical, inter-church, and interfaith relations for the United Church of Canada, and Rev. Lane Scruggs, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a doctoral student at Wycliffe College in Toronto.

We also have an interview with RC Bishop Don Bolen of Saskatoon, soon to be Archbishop of Regina. 

Theme and interstitial music by Telepathic Teddy Bear ("Churches"; CC BY 4.0)

Cover image: Adaptation of "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Ludolf Backhuysen, 1695 (Wikimedia; Public Domain)

Jul 6, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Faith and Witness!

This month  we have a dialogue between Sr. Gill Goulding CJ, professor at Regis college and Dr. Paul Ladoucuer, Orthodox theologian, professor, & writer.; an interview with the Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and a VP of the CCC; and Q&A session with Faith & Witness staff!

 

Theme and interstitial music by Telepathic Teddy Bear ("Churches"; CC BY 4.0)

Cover image: Adaptation of "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Ludolf Backhuysen, 1695 (Wikimedia; Public Domain)

 

Jun 1, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of Faith & Witness, a monthly podcast exploring ecumenism—what happens when churches talk to each other, and the people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.

This month's episode features a dialogue between Fr. Geoffrey Ready of the Orthodox Church in America (Canadian Archdiocese), and the Rev. Ian Sloan of the United Church of Canada. Fr. Geoffrey and Rev. Ian talk about the idea of salvation, and how Orthodox and United beliefs about salvation are the same, and how they differ.

In our second segment, Associate Secretary for the Commission Dr. Mary Marrocco interviews Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, Director of the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. 

 

Theme and interstitial music by Telepathic Teddy Bear ("Churches"; CC BY 4.0)

Cover image: Adaptation of "Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Ludolf Backhuysen, 1695 (Wikimedia; Public Domain)

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