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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weekly Wire for July 2, 2014



Upcoming Events at a glance

July 5-10 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 10-14 Junior Camp (8-12 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 12-19 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 15-18 International Youth Forum Independence Mo

July 19-26 Spectacular Graceland University

July 20-26 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 27-Aug 2 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

*dates subject to change, always check online or here for the most up to date information


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

Letter from Steve Thompson

Camping Photos Needed

Vancouver Community Barbeque Photos

Child Protection Training

Mission Conference Poster and Schedule

Ribstone Enrichment Weekend Photos

BC Samish Reunion

Chilliwack Family Day Picnic Pics

Junior Camp Hills of Peace

2014 Camps, Retreats and Reunions info

HOP Family Reunion

Singles Reunion Samish Island

Youth Worker Registration Form

Quote of the Week


Letter from Steve Thompson

Canada West Mission President



HOP Family Reunion

July 5-10

HOP Registrations are now closed as all accommodations have been booked. Day visitors are welcome, please refer to the schedule.

Apostle Susan Oxley will not be able to attend Hills of Peace Reunion. She needs to be home at this time to attend to her husband Ron’s medical care. Please remember Susan and Ron in your prayers.

HOP Reunion 2014

Camp Director


HOP Camp Schedule




Vancouver Community Barbeque

Sunday June 29

We started out with a Campfire style service in the Chapel

After our delicious barbeque, we played games.


Some people covered up for the egg toss.

The winners with the last unbroken egg, Shannon McAdam and Sara Peters.


Child Protection Training

in BC

If you’ve taken the Registered Youth Worker training as recently as two years ago, please note that our policies and procedures have been updated.  It’s important that everyone take this training, even if you never intend to teach a children’s class or be a camp counselor.  We owe it to our children to be informed and have all of the current education available.

Registered Youth Worker Application

(to be filled out with your Pastor in advance)

New Picture (38)

Chilliwack September 27, 2014 10am-3:30pm

Victoria September 28, 2014 12:30-3:00pm

The Community of Christ shares its Enduring Principles through all aspects of life. The Worth of all Persons, Blessings of Community, Pursuit of Peace and Responsible Choices are all components especially pertinent to this life experience.


Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

Over 100 people attended the weekend events/activities.

Thirty-three of those were children and youth.


Group Photo


Hymnal Session with Joey Williams

Hymnal Wreath Craft


Spa Session


Noiz with Joey Williams


Children’s Class with Tracy Smith

Youth Black Light Performance


Chilliwack Family Day Picnic!

Playing with Bubbles!

The Egg Toss started out with a lot of bouncy eggs, but got messy fast!


Bonnie Levitt and kids from the neighborhood during her Sermon.

The sun was shining, the food was great, our friends were plenty and the day was FUN!


Photographers and Camera Buffs

We need your camp, retreat and reunion photos!


Please send Debra your photos for our video presentation of the camping season at Mission Conference


Register Today!

Samish Island Family Reunion

July 12 – 19


Reunion Schedule


Registration information

Privacy Policy, Waiver and Medical Release one for each member of your family attending. 

Please remember that you must carry additional health insurance when you leave BC.  The campground insurance does not cover your personal health for accidents or illness.  I’ve included the link to BCAA below.

BCAA Travel Insurance


Click on the link below to get info on all of our

CWM Camps, Retreats and Reunions

For detailed information on the Camps, Retreats and Reunions, go to the camping brochure near the top of the page once you’ve clicked the link above.



Junior Camp Hills of Peace

July 10-14



Click here to read the May edition of the

 What’s Up…In the CWM

online and in full color.



It’s time to register for Mission Conference

in Chilliwack BC, August 29 – 31.

EVERYONE must register with Debra!


Both hotels will be holding a block of rooms for us

and these rates until July 28th. 

After that the rooms will be released to the public. 

Mission Conference Schedule



Peace and Justice – Human Rights


June 29, 2014

Welcome to this issue from the “In The Forefront” mailing list. 

Important Note:

Stringent Canadian email regulations are coming into effect.  This has required a change to the database.  As a result, this specific newsletter content assumes you fit the following ID:

Your Assumed Identification: You are not living in Canada

If this is true, there is no further action required.

If you are living in Canada, please simply immediately hit the Reply button and place the phrase “In Canada” in the first line of the email body to confirm your status.  Then continue with the newsletter.

My apologies for yet another sparse newsletter but this regulation has required considerable time to rework the database.  Hopefully next month the newsletter will be back to normal.

This issue deals with the horrible escalation of violence in Darfur and the rest of Sudan, as well as the Egyptian’s court refusal to rectify its original sham trial resulting in the mass sentencing of hundreds of people to death. 

In addition you will find articles on the global groundwater crisis, the current global country index, and a new campaign to counter the notion that homosexuality can by “cured” via therapy.

The blog associated with this newsletter is at:  Feel free to comment on any topic.

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The March newsletter raised the alarm bell regarding Darfur – the repugnant dynamics are back (see: Current Status  [UntilAll]).  Under the new guise called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), villages were again being razed, people killed or displaced, all linked back to Khartoum.  Recently even the New York Times highlighted the same abhorrent violence ['Sudan Said to Revive Notorious Militias', {requires registration}].  The violence also extends to previously noted areas in the Nuba mountains, and on both sides of the Sudan-South Sudan border areas. Pockets of famine and genocidal targeting are threatening both countries and the intensifying conflicts are pulling in neighboring states.

The advocacy group, Enough, now has the following action to help reinvigorate diplomatic actions to address the escalation of violence.  The U.S. has had a major stake in this area for years, helping to broker the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between North and South Sudan, as well as being involved in trying to end the Darfur conflict, mottled as some say those efforts were. The action also calls for full international reengagement (for non-US citizens, consider also forwarding this to your government).

Take Action (open to everyone):
Ask U.S. Government to Reinvigorate Sudan Diplomacy  [Enough]



This newsletter previously recommended action to tell the Egyptian courts to stop the mass execution of over 500 people.  The courts proceeded, and appeals to both the court and the government have thus far had little or no impact.  Amnesty International considers the proceedings to be nothing short of a complete “travesty of justice.”  Thus they have initiated the following campaign to continue the pressure for a fair trial, which also includes a demand that the three Al Jazeera journalists be freed..

Take Action:
Tell Egypt to Stop Mass Executions  [Amnesty International]


Global Map of “Groundwater Footprint” and Stress

As has been highlighted here and elsewhere, water will likely become a major global tension-point in coming decades. We can see change in rivers, lakes and glaciers.  But for the first time we now have a map of the stresses being put on something we can’t see – groundwater levels.  In many ways this is even more ominous.  The following article, from McGill University and published in Nature, highlights a tool to start measuring the use (sustainable or not) of groundwater throughout the world.  It suggests that “groundwater footprint” may soon have the same coinage as “carbon footprint.”
Article and Actual Map of Global Groundwater Usage  [McGill University]

The 2014 Fragile States Index

Each year the Fund for Peace calculates its Fragile States Index which is published by Foreign Policy.  This newsletter again presents the annual data, which can make for interesting analysis of what is considered worthy of indexing and how the results are highlighted.
2014 Fragile States Index  [Foreign Policy]

New Campaign to End Gay Conversion Therapy

This newsletter has previously indicated the danger of “conversion or reparative therapy”, which is the notion that through therapy homosexual activity can be “cured”.  The medical community has abandoned such notions years ago.  And while some places have formally banned the practice (for example, the states of California and New Jersey in the US) it remains a topic of controversy.  Thus a new campaign has been launched to take direct aim at such notions.
New Campaign to End Gay Conversion Therapy  [TIME]

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In appreciation and support,
  Rod Downing


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


July 5-10 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 10-14 Junior Camp (8-12 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 12-19 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 15-18 International Youth Forum Independence Mo

July 19-26 Spectacular Graceland University

July 20-26 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 27-Aug 2 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 8-10 Young Family Weekend Hills of Peace- Postponed until 2015

August 3-9 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 10-16 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

August 29-31 Canada West Mission Conference Chilliwack BC

September 26-28 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

September 26-28 Singles’ Retreat Samish Island

October 3-5 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Saskatoon

October 24-26 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri

October 17-19 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island


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