Justice & Mercy

Helping HandsApril 11, 2013 — The CBWC Board has approved the formation of the Justice and Mercy Committee to provide resources and guidance on issues of great concern to CBWC churches and their members.

The committee has been active since 2010 but received approval on April 6, 2013 so that it is now recognized formally as a committee of the CBWC.  It has been active in coordinating workshops on topics such as homelessness, affordable housing and refugees at past Assemblies and the Banff Pastor’s Conference.

The Justice and Mercy Committee works to develop a biblical theological vision of the Kingdom of God that fully includes the pursuit of justice and mercy, to analyze the root causes of injustice and to provide relevant resources and ideas for engaging in meaningful action to alleviate suffering and change society.

To find out more, go to Justice and Mercy Committee

The JMC is planning 5 workshops for The Gathering 2013, the CBWC’s biennial Assembly, held in Calgary May 30-June 1.  At these workshops, theological reflections, information sheets and reading lists will be available as resources on the topics of:

  • Restoring Our Relationship with Aboriginal People
  • Welcoming the Stranger
  • The Church’s Worship Engagement with Poverty
  • Earthkeeping and Care
  • The Face of Homelessness in Western Canada

These materials will be made available on the CBWC’s website once The Gathering is over.

Leadership Forum Tonight

September 18 — Canadian Baptist churches in the Winnipeg area will join together for a leadership forum tonight at Willowlake Baptist.

About 100 pastors and ministry leaders are expected to share a meal, worship God together and learn about resources available to them from the CBWC at the forum.

“This is a way to bring together ministry leaders to demonstrate our support for each other,” said Heartland Regional Minister Devin Seghers.  “It will allow leaders and churches to connect with each other in a broad way and to deepen personal connections so that churches can help each other.”

The leadership forum is expected to be the first of many monthly get-togethers for church leaders in each geographic area of western Canada.