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Faith & Witness is a podcast exploring Christian unity and what it means. Each month, we'll tackle the most important ecumenical and moral questions, and see what happens when churches talk to each other.

Latest Episodes

Ep 15 - Christian-Muslim Dialogue

How can Christians and Muslims engage in dialogue and partnership?Gail Allan and Muneeb Nasir, co-chairs of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee, talk about why it is important for Christians and Muslims to learn about one another's traditions and concerns, build relationships, and work together. They share ideas on how your local community can engage, including participating in an online project that connects Muslim-Christian partnerships in Canada:councilofchurches.ca/mapping-diversity/

26 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Ep 15 - Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Ep 14 - Peace in the Image of God

How does ecumenical dialogue help churches work for justice and peace? What does ‘peace’ mean for Christians? Peter Noteboom, Acting General Secretary of the CCC and former Associate Secretary for the Commission on Justice and Peace, discusses ecumenical and theological principles for justice and peace work, shares personal reflections on peace and peacemaking, and speaks about the current work and future directions for the Council.

20 MIN2018 FEB 16
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Ep 14 - Peace in the Image of God

Ep 13 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Every year, Christians around the world gather to pray and share fellowship during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Ex 15:6). What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and why is it important? And how can your local community take part? Pastor Susan Climo, chair of the Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity writing team, answers these questions and more…

26 MIN2017 DEC 13
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Ep 13 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ep 12 - Together in Christ: Reformation 500

This year, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What makes this anniversary unique – and uniquely ecumenical? How can we participate in this event? And what can we learn from it? Sr Donna Geernaert (CCCB) and Pastor André Lavergne (ELCIC) join us to talk about these questions, and about Together in Christ, a new ecumenical resource that offers Canadian Catholics, Lutherans, and other Christians an opportunity to get to know one another through Bible study, prayer and reflection.

29 MIN2017 NOV 11
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Ep 12 - Together in Christ: Reformation 500

Ep 11 - Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

Have you ever wished you really understood genetic modification and food engineering? What does it really mean for us? Is it good? Is it bad? Who decides? We know these technologies aren't going away. But, can science answer values questions? Join us to discuss cutting-edge genetic research and its impacts on food and farming. What ethical questions do the technologies raise?

23 MIN2017 OCT 2
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Ep 11 - Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

Ep 10 - Ecumenism for Dummies

What is ecumenism? Why is it important for Christians? A 'seasoned' ecumenist, the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Canadian Council of Churches' General Secretary, and a 'newbie' ecumenist, Kaeli Sweigard, delve into these questions and more!

25 MIN2017 SEP 11
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Ep 10 - Ecumenism for Dummies

Ep 9 - The Practical Theology of Welcoming Refugees

This month, Faith & Witness welcomes Fr. TedParaskevopoulos 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.

56 MIN2017 FEB 1
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Ep 9 - The Practical Theology of Welcoming Refugees

Ep 8 - Reconciling in Christ's love with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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). -- For the interview segment this month we are joined by Dean David Neelands ofthe Faculty of Theology at Trinity College, part of the Toronto School of Theology (of which he is a past dire...

62 MIN2017 JAN 7
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Ep 8 - Reconciling in Christ's love with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ep 7 - A shorter holiday episode with CFW chair Prof Richard Schneider

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.

42 MIN2016 DEC 16
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Ep 7 - A shorter holiday episode with CFW chair Prof Richard Schneider

Ep 6 - Ecumenism in intercultural ministry & interfaith encounter

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 AND 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!

52 MIN2016 NOV 1
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Ep 6 - Ecumenism in intercultural ministry & interfaith encounter

Latest Episodes

Ep 15 - Christian-Muslim Dialogue

How can Christians and Muslims engage in dialogue and partnership?Gail Allan and Muneeb Nasir, co-chairs of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee, talk about why it is important for Christians and Muslims to learn about one another's traditions and concerns, build relationships, and work together. They share ideas on how your local community can engage, including participating in an online project that connects Muslim-Christian partnerships in Canada:councilofchurches.ca/mapping-diversity/

26 MIN2018 MAY 16
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Ep 15 - Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Ep 14 - Peace in the Image of God

How does ecumenical dialogue help churches work for justice and peace? What does ‘peace’ mean for Christians? Peter Noteboom, Acting General Secretary of the CCC and former Associate Secretary for the Commission on Justice and Peace, discusses ecumenical and theological principles for justice and peace work, shares personal reflections on peace and peacemaking, and speaks about the current work and future directions for the Council.

20 MIN2018 FEB 16
Comments
Ep 14 - Peace in the Image of God

Ep 13 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Every year, Christians around the world gather to pray and share fellowship during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Ex 15:6). What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and why is it important? And how can your local community take part? Pastor Susan Climo, chair of the Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity writing team, answers these questions and more…

26 MIN2017 DEC 13
Comments
Ep 13 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ep 12 - Together in Christ: Reformation 500

This year, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What makes this anniversary unique – and uniquely ecumenical? How can we participate in this event? And what can we learn from it? Sr Donna Geernaert (CCCB) and Pastor André Lavergne (ELCIC) join us to talk about these questions, and about Together in Christ, a new ecumenical resource that offers Canadian Catholics, Lutherans, and other Christians an opportunity to get to know one another through Bible study, prayer and reflection.

29 MIN2017 NOV 11
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Ep 12 - Together in Christ: Reformation 500

Ep 11 - Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

Have you ever wished you really understood genetic modification and food engineering? What does it really mean for us? Is it good? Is it bad? Who decides? We know these technologies aren't going away. But, can science answer values questions? Join us to discuss cutting-edge genetic research and its impacts on food and farming. What ethical questions do the technologies raise?

23 MIN2017 OCT 2
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Ep 11 - Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

Ep 10 - Ecumenism for Dummies

What is ecumenism? Why is it important for Christians? A 'seasoned' ecumenist, the Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Canadian Council of Churches' General Secretary, and a 'newbie' ecumenist, Kaeli Sweigard, delve into these questions and more!

25 MIN2017 SEP 11
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Ep 10 - Ecumenism for Dummies

Ep 9 - The Practical Theology of Welcoming Refugees

This month, Faith & Witness welcomes Fr. TedParaskevopoulos 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.

56 MIN2017 FEB 1
Comments
Ep 9 - The Practical Theology of Welcoming Refugees

Ep 8 - Reconciling in Christ's love with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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). -- For the interview segment this month we are joined by Dean David Neelands ofthe Faculty of Theology at Trinity College, part of the Toronto School of Theology (of which he is a past dire...

62 MIN2017 JAN 7
Comments
Ep 8 - Reconciling in Christ's love with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ep 7 - A shorter holiday episode with CFW chair Prof Richard Schneider

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.

42 MIN2016 DEC 16
Comments
Ep 7 - A shorter holiday episode with CFW chair Prof Richard Schneider

Ep 6 - Ecumenism in intercultural ministry & interfaith encounter

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 AND 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!

52 MIN2016 NOV 1
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Ep 6 - Ecumenism in intercultural ministry & interfaith encounter
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