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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weekly Wire for April 8, 2015



Upcoming Events at a glance

April 10 – Child Protection Training Saskatoon

April 12 – Child Protection Training Edmonton

April 19 – Child Protection Training Vancouver

April 23 – Child Protection Training Ribstone

April 23-26 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-26 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Ribstone

Apr 27-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

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

All camping dates are included at the bottom of the Weekly Wire and on the CWM website.


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!

All Are Called: Ministry Workshops

Get God – New Program for Young Adults 21-35


‘We All Can Help’ link to

Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

Encounter World Religions Event

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

Hills of Peace Youth Leader

Samish Island Arts Retreat

What’s Up…In the CWM online link

Community of Christ Links to note…

Community of Christ Career Networking Program



I will be away from April 6th – 14th.

  If you have an urgent

Mission Centre matter, please contact Steve Thompson, while I’m away.

Thanks, Debra


Summer Job Opening at Hills of Peace


Lisa Neudorf


What’s Up…In the CWM

May edition!

We’re looking for your worship, family and

congregational stories, photos, and more for our

May edition of What’s Up…In the CWM.


Submissions are due April 27th

send yours to

kid’s submissions are most welcome!


“We All Can Help”

Use our link above to make purchases on

Community of Christ earns cash back!!!



Get God

Now for Young Adults 21-35!








Deadline for applications is April 30, 2015

Click on these links for more information

Get God Program Information

Get God Application Form

Get God Ideas


Ribstone Enrichment Weekend



Child Protection Training

Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ribstone



 CWM Facebook Page!

Go to our facebook page to see what’s going on in the CWM

and be sure to ‘like’ us.


Exploring World Religions – July 5-11,  2015




Community of Christ website links …

Community of Christ Upcoming Events: Visit the Community of Christ Calendar at to see upcoming events, links to Daily Prayer for Peace, and Worship Resources.
Community of Christ Current Announcements: See the most current announcements on Community of Christ homepage at or on the Announcements page at
Community of Christ Mission Stories:  Mission Stories

The next link is to a great video produced by the Community of Christ that everyone should see.

Must See Video!

Community of Christ, What We Offer You Video


Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island


Calling all Artists!

Do you paint, write, draw, dance, take pictures, make people laugh through comedy or show your dramatic skills through theater, knit, crochet, cook, make lamps, decorate candles or any other kind of art form? Do you want to show others how to find joy and community through your art? Than consider being a teaching artist for the 2015 Arts Retreat at Samish Island!

Please send a proposal for your class and include the following:

Name, Title, Description, Space requirements, Class size preferred, Class time preferred: Morning or Afternoon, to


All Are Called: Ministry Workshops

Photo: Good discussions and great company

All Priesthood are invited and encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Ministry Workshops at a location most convenient to them. These workshops will be led by Steve Thompson and Lisa Neudorf and are being offered to all members and Priesthood within Canada West Mission.  These workshops are an opportunity for learning and to share with others and find spiritual renewal.

For more information, please Contact Lisa Neudorf

or 1-877-411-2632, ext 5, to register.

Ribstone workshop – April 25 Registration

Chilliwack, Meadow Ridge, Victoria workshop – May 8-9 in Chilliwack Registration


Community of Christ

more links to note…



Community of Christ Career Networking

Looking for work? Looking to hire?

Want to be open to new possibilities?

Connect on Net Connect.



Peace / Justice  --  Human Rights

March 31, 2015

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. 

Due to other pressing projects, this again will be a minimal newsletter edition.  There are three actions.  The first involves a US notion of feasible, reduced support for nuclear weapons. The second action pertains to Michigan and discrimination, while the third action involves the potential for Arctic drilling.

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

Pour la traduction française: cliqueter ici; et cliqueter alors le bouton de traduction sur la page Web.
Para la traducción española: clic aquí; y entonces hace clic en el botón de traducción en la página web.



The amount of money spent on nuclear weapons is always a contentious issue.  For U.S. citizens, the following petition will allow you to consider whether the current priorities form a good balance.

Citizens for Global Solutions support the “Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act” [H.R.1534; S.831], suggesting that the current nuclear spending and priorities do not align with today’s security needs.  They believe that cuts in nuclear programs will not jeopardize security but rather will increase security if it is accompanied by a more relevant focus on contemporary threats.  Read more details in the link below.

US-only: Tell Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor the SANE Act:



The state of Indiana is getting so much negative reaction regarding discrimination after its “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” was recently passed that it may be self-correcting, a topic for another day.  However, right now in Michigan, there are no laws preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and Michigan may try to implement a similar version of the Indiana law which could, worst case, entrench such discrimination.

As a specific example, a pediatrician in Michigan discriminated against a six-day-old baby because the baby’s parents are lesbian.  The couple came to the doctor’s office, but the doctor had “prayed on it,” and decided she could not care for their baby.

The following petition can be used to send a signal to Michigan lawmakers about how such a law would be perceived.  It might have been useful for the Indiana lawmakers to have fully understood the outside-state consequences (which include the freedom of people and companies to move or avoid an area) before the voted.  Democracy works best from a well-informed standpoint.

Take Action (open to all):
Tell Michigan Legislators Not To Discriminate

Indiana's Law Puts Obstacles to Equality [The Atlantic]



Sudan will go to the polls in mid-April.  It is a foregone conclusion that President Bashir will be re-elected.  This means that the horrid conditions in Darfur, as well as the deplorable state of South Kordofan and the Nuba mountains will remain.

Up to six million people are at humanitarian risk in Darfur.  As mentioned last month the levels of death and displacement approach the most gruesome levels of the 2003-2006 outbreak of violence.  Villages remain empty or even worse, are being filled by outside Arabs.  One contact recently returned from Darfur has indicated that some of these outsiders have extremist tendencies.

There is no action at the moment for Darfur.  However a new set of strategies, relying partly on Sudan’s feverish mining of gold, is being developed, as noted in the link below.

Latest Potential Pressure Points for Sudan



Greenpeace is following the movement of a Shell oil rig as it makes it way to the Arctic.  This newsletter has previously explored the potential negative impacts of drilling for oil in the Arctic and has advocated for making the Arctic a sanctuary.  The following link can be used join the movement to save the Arctic and/or to track the progress of the oil rig and Greenpeace ship.

Take Action / See Progress


Canada Ratifies the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Good news: Canada became the 91st State Party (and 19th NATO member) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on March 16, 2015.  Its stockpiles were completely destroyed as of June 2014.


Do you need a new cell phone?

There are continual voices that lure us to buy the ‘next’, the biggest or the best. Green America has produced a simple one-page flowchart to remind us that buying a new phone is not simply a financial decision.  It has environmental implications from e-waste to the cost of producing yet more rare and precious minerals and other components.  Our newsletter has already highlighted that some of those costs also sometimes include the fueling of conflict and the maintenance of sweatshop labour.

In appreciation and support,
  Rod Downing


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


April 23-26 Fine Arts Retreat Samish Island

April 25-26 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Ribstone

Apr 27-May 2 Samish Island Work Week

May 8-10 All Are Called: Ministry Workshop Chilliwack

May 9-10 Hills of Peace Camp Opening

May 23-24 Ribstone Enrichment Weekend

June 5-7 Camp Genesis (8-9 yrs) Samish Island

June 5-7 Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 13 Samish Island Work Day

June 13-19 Adult Reunion Samish Island

June 12-14 Young Adult Retreat Hills of Peace

June 28-July 3 Canada West Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 4-9 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 10-14 Junior Camp (8-11 yrs) Hills of Peace

July 11-18 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 18-25 Spectacular Graceland University tentative dates

July 19-25 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 26-Aug 1 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 2-8 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 7-9 Nurturing Spirit Weekend Hills of Peace

August 9-15 Camp Mungai (10-11 yrs) Samish Island

August 16-22 NW Singles Retreat Samish Island

September 4-6 Canada West Mission Conference – Saskatoon, SK

Sept 25-27 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

October 2-4 Women’s Retreat Chilliwack

October 2-4 Young Adult Retreat Samish Island

October 23-25 Peace Colloquy Independence, Missouri tentative dates


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