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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weekly Wire for June 15, 2011



Mission Conference 2011

Are you making plans to come to Vancouver for Mission Conference 2011?  Our full schedule will be out soon, but please note that our activities will go into the early evening on Sunday night.  You will probably want to make your return travel plans for the holiday Monday.

Mission Conference Accommodation

Be sure to book your accommodation early for Mission Conference in Vancouver, September 2nd to 4th.  We have LOTS of FREE accommodation available!  To arrange for billeting contact Linda Phelps at 604-792-1057 or

Mission Conference Registration

Register now to or call toll free 1-877-411-2632


Upcoming camps in July!

July 2-8 Senior High Camp (15-18 yrs) Hills of Peace
July 3-9 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island
July 9-15 Family Reunion Hills of Peace
July 16-20 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Hills of Peace
July 16-23 Family Reunion Samish Island
July 21- Aug 1 Spectacular Graceland University
July 23-29 Junior High Camp (12-14 yrs) Hills of Peace
July 24-30 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island
July 31-Aug 6 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

Please remember to register today!

Samish Family Reunion Guest Ministry: Susan Skoor, Brad and Lori Martell.  Registration

Hills of Peace Family Reunion Guest Ministry: Jim Poirier, Kris and Peter Judd   Registration

For more information on these and all camps, click here to see the

 CWM Camping Guide 



Saskatoon Worship Service Summer Schedule

Saskatoon Congregation edited

no Sunday School

June 26 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Lisa Neudorf)

July 3 Communion Service – 10:00 am (Brenda Senga)

July 10 NO WORSHIP SERVICE (Reunion)

July 17 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Diane Middleton)

July 24 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Pat Fisher)

July 31 Worship Service – 7:00 pm (Clarissa McLean)

August 7 Communion Service – 10:00 am (Lynne Wilkie)

August 14 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Corleen McLean)

August 21 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Brenda Senga) – Guest Speaker: Dan Woynarski

August 28 Worship Service – 10:00 am (Lisa Neudorf)

September 4 NO WORSHIP SERVICE (Mission Conference – Vancouver)

September 11 Regular Services Resume

Presider’s name in italics


We Need You!

Camp Genesis 2 

Remember when you were a kid at camp and you looked up to the camp councilors?  Remember how cool you thought they were and how you always wanted to be the little girl who held hands with her  councilor or the little boy who got to win the 3 legged race with his councilor?  Well now is the time to give back.  Youth camps NEED YOU to be an inspiration to a whole new generation of kids.  If you’re a registered youth worker contact a camp director and volunteer at a camp this summer.  If you’re not a registered youth worker – what are you waiting for! – contact your pastor today.  Make a difference in a child or youth’s life today. 


Hills of Peace youth camps

We urgently need campers to register by June 15th for ALL Hills of Peace Youth Camps. Jr. High camp also urgently requires male staff who are Registered Youth Workers.

It is extremely important that registrations happen immediately and that we have enough staff for the Jr.High  Camp. The deadline for registrations is June 15th

 Junior Camp 8-11 year olds
July 16-20 Theme ―”It’s a God Thing” Director Corleen McLean  or 306-716-2784
We will play together, work together, sing together and learn together - and we will learn to see God in everyone we meet. There will be mini-Olympics, sunrise walks, "backwards day" and lots of crafts, classes and activities!

Junior High Camp 12-14 year olds
July 23-29
Camp Director Tabatha Knox

Senior High Camp 15-18 year olds
July 2-8 Directors: Dan Woynarski, Rachelle Smalldon  
Theme: the Me I want to be
Last year's highlights; Swimming at Capt Ayre, Movie Night in Wainwright, Canada Day celebrations at CFB Wainwright and Tim Horton's Drive Thru.

Costs: donations accepted


Click here to see the

new issue of

“What’s Up … in the CWM” online.

What's up May 2011 


You can now register for

Youth Camps at Samish Island 

through this link! 


Registration Instructions for Camping Season

To register for camps please use this link Camp Registration fill out the form and email it to the appropriate camp director. This is used as a courtesy to the camp director, to  hold your spot at the camp, retreat, or function, and to provide the cooks with basic numbers for meals.

The enrollment form must be printed, filled out, scanned and emailed, snail mailed, or you can bring the signed forms with you to camp.  This procedure is in place because we MUST have signatures on these forms.

Additional Medical and Liability information can be found on the CWM Downloads page of the CWM Website as well.


Peace and Justice  --  Human Rights

Monday, May 30, 2011

Welcome to this issue from the “In The Forefront” mailing list.  To alter your profile, follow the steps at the end, where your profile is listed. 

[This newsletter was delayed until it became clearer where the potentially explosive events in the Abyei region of Sudan might go (fortunately it did not lead to civil war).  And due to other constraints, the overall contents are smaller than normal.]

This newsletter contains the latest status of Sudan – both the extremely volatile region of Abyei, and the continuing deterioration of Darfur even while peace negotiations draw near to their closing.  Also included are actions related to the IMF and to Arctic drilling.


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Less than two weeks ago, North Sudan’s armed forces attacked and occupied much of Abyei.  As of May 31, they have moved south and destroyed the bridge that links the region to the South, but as of this writing, they have not taken over the near-by oilfields.  While it was precipitated by a prior, somewhat fuzzy, skirmish, the act could have ignited a return to civil war.  However the South did not escalate the crisis and [June 1 update] negotiations are underway to resolve the immediate tensions.  Humanitarian aid into the region has largely been choked-off by a North-imposed embargo on goods from the South a month ago.

This attack is a blatant violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.  President Bashir is either determined to take Abyei and more oilfields, is acting to shore-up northern support, or he is at least probing to see what credible threats might occur if he continues.  The four main actors to help stabilize the situation are South Sudan itself, The AU, the U.S. and China (for more details, see  At this point there is an action, below, addressed to President Obama, to support a firm stance on this incident.  In the rapid pace, this is now slightly dated, as the U.S. is quite engaged, so the action would be to support such moves.

Take Action:

Send a Message to President Obama




For two years a Doha peace process has been underway to try to resolve the Darfur crisis.  It has had two levels – one dealing with the Sudan government and rebels, and one dealing with “civil society”, and is about to wrap up.  This is a little dated but the overall sentiment remains valid and thus is worth pursuing.



The president of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) recently resigned amid a scandal.  Just as this newsletter was about to be sent, the following action came in, to encourage a fair and merit-based selection process for the new president.   Given its selection history, there is merit in such action.  But I signed it also simply to send the IMF a signal that the world hasn’t forgotten about the IMF.  It is not a strong signal, especially given the influence the IMF has, thinking in particular of some of the terribly destructive fall-out of its SAP (Structural Adjustment Programs) directives to countries.  And it sidesteps the issue of the need to overhaul the whole international system (World Bank, IMF, etc.).  But the opportunity arose and you can take it if you feel similarly inclined.

Take Action:



Greenpeace has created an action to stop Cairn Energy from drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean by Greenland.  Cairn has not disclosed its plan for any potential oil spill.  Thus due to the harsh Arctic weather, sea ice and the lack of facilities to handle an oil spill, it would be sheer folly to proceed, even if you were for Arctic drilling.  Consider taking the action below to at least force Cairn to disclose its oil spill response plan:

Take Action:

Email Cairn CEO




In Reverse Gear: Unsustainable Plans for the Amazon

These newsletters have raised the crucial issue of a healthy Amazon rainforest (“the earth’s lungs”), and we have seen moves tilting in the right direction.  But recently the lower house of the Brazilian Congress approved a reform of the forestry code that would make it easier to clear land in the Amazon jungle for agriculture, an unfortunate backward step, brought on by many factors including the rise in soybean production, mainly for ethanol for gas.  Coincidentally, that same day, a husband and wife team of activists who spent years fighting illegal deforestation in the rainforest were murdered.  The political landscape is complex; the death of such activists is both tragic and  reprehensible; the whole dynamic reinforces that tendency that gains made, unless they transform societal structures, are prone to being undone at a later stage, and thus require continual vigilance.




Happy 50th birthday – Amnesty International !

May 28 is a day that changed the human rights movement forever. Fifty years ago one person - Peter Benenson - outraged by injustices he read about in the paper, asked others to unite with him in common action. He said: “Yet if these feelings of disgust all over the world could be united into common action, something effective could be done.” But more than words, he acted.  Of course he was not the first person to stand up and organize against injustice.  But it shows the power of what can be done and it is worth pausing to honour the effort and effect that Amnesty International has had and continues to have.  For a brief background on May 28, 1961, see the following link:

Ratko Mladic, former Bosnian Serb Commander, Captured

This newsletter usually includes a few issues not covered by mainstream news.  But Mladic’s capture is being highlighted for its overall strengthening of international justice.  Moving toward a better world involves creating an ethos and structure whereby such atrocities happen less and less because potential perpetrators know the risk of being caught is too great.  We have decades to go, but this is a step that reinforces that goal.

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In appreciation and support,

  Rod Downing

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