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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Weekly Wire for October 4, 2017

Canada West Mission



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Upcoming Events at a Glance


October 6-8 Singles Retreat Samish Island

October 27-29 Women’s Retreat Samish Island

November 3-5 High Priest, Evangelist and Seventy Retreat –Edmonton


February 3 CWM Virtual Conference

Feb 16-19 CWM Winter Youth Retreat, (location to be announced)

Feb 23-25 Weekend of World Religions Vancouver

March 2-4 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island

Mar 16-18 Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat

*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 this Weekly Wire and on the CWM website.


This Week…in the Weekly Wire!          


Mission Conference 2018 in Regina, SK

Canada West Mission Conference photos, video and more!

Chilliwack Garage Sale 

Camping Thank You Video

High Priest, Evangelist, Seventy Retreat

Women’s Retreat Samish Island

Singles Retreat Samish Island

Peace and Justice Newsletter

What’s Up…In the CWM –time to submit articles

eLearning Temple School Courses

new registration process -new classes

Community of Christ App

Shopping on

Links to our Worldwide Ministries website

We want you to ‘like’ our CWM Facebook Page

2017/2018 Camping Dates

Quote of the Week 


Official Notice: CWM Electronic Mission Conference

The Canada West Mission Centre will hold its first Electronic Mission Conference on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Initially we will plan on it taking about 2 hours beginning at  10 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. MST, 12 p.m. CST.

The conference will operate according to the electronic conference procedures approved at the 2016 Mission Conference in Ribstone.

The intended agenda is to enable consideration of a motion (or two) that may be intended to go to the 2019 World Conference. Such motions must be submitted to World Church by April 1, 2018. Other agenda items may also be considered. Agenda items for our E-Conference must be submitted no later than January 3, 2018. The agenda will be circulated to the mission centre no later than mid-January.

All congregations should plan to elect delegates for this conference just as are elected for regular conferences. Formal notice of numbers of delegates (unlikely to change much from the immediate past conference) will be forwarded soon.

Please watch for information that will be sent to Pastors in the next couple of weeks about what each congregation will need to do to prepare for this conference. It will be Internet based so Internet access will be required for participation. If a congregation does not have Internet access in their building, another location may be used (home, business, hotel conference room, etc.). Please: only one location per congregation.  Two or more congregations coming together in one location will certainly be acceptable.

Much more information will be shared between now and the date. Watch for it!

--Stephen Thompson

CWMC President and Financial Officer


Thanks for your donations

This summer, campers at Hills of Peace Youth Camp were afforded a wonderful opportunity to build community through sports and play. Six generous congregations across Canada West Mission donated money to the cause, resulting in a camp-wide sports day for both campers and staff. Orbis Sports, out of Edmonton, provided everything we needed for the day, and the result was pure joy!

Thank you to the Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, and Senlac congregations for supporting this initiative financially, and for all those who helped to make this sports day a reality!

Thank you video on Facebook


High Priest, Evangelist, Seventy Retreat

There will be a High Priest-Evangelist Retreat in Edmonton the weekend of November 3 – 5, 2017. All are welcome. Please pre-register with Lisa Neudorf by Monday, October 23 and advise if you require billeting.

The theme is “It is I, Lord.” Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner and President of the High Priest Quorum, David Anderson, will guide attendees through Spiritual Formation and Compassionate Action ministry. On Saturday afternoon there will be break-out sessions when Jane and the Evangelists will spend time taking a deeper look at Doctrine and Covenants 165:5. David and the High Priests / Seventies will explore “Our Clarion Call: Prophetic Leadership in an Uncertain Age.” Denise Esch will be ordained to the Office of Evangelist during the Sunday Worship Service.



2018 Mission Conference August 31 – Sept 2

Regina Saskatchewan

Guest Minister President Steve Veazey


I know it may feel early, but I encourage you to reserve your            hotel rooms as soon as possible.  Labour Day weekend is a                huge football weekend in Regina, and all of the hotel rooms                  will be sold out soon for the Saturday night.  We have a group           rate at the Ramada Plaza use code

CG0C4 email or call 306-569-1444

1Queen bed – $117 p/night 

2 Queen beds $124 p/night

$12 per 3rd and 4th adults in room (children are free)

$15 per night parking

This hotel is 4.5 km from the Regina church.  There are other          hotels closer to the church, but the rates were substantially            higher and we wanted to make this weekend affordable for        everyone who would like to come out to see President Veazey.        Please feel free to book anywhere you like but again, we urge            you to do that very soon.  You can always cancel your room             closer to the conference if needed.




Women’s Retreat Samish Island

 GPNW Women's Retreat


We’re accepting submissions for the fall edition of

What’s Up…In the CWM


Tell us about what your congregation did over the summer,                  or what you  have planned for this fall and winter.

Let me know if you plan to send something so I can save you           space in the newsletter.



Mission Conference in Vancouver


Follow this link to see our special edition of

2017 Mission Conference in Vancouver!

See the Conference Program online


Crazy Conference Group Photo


Introduction to Scripture

Ministry of the Disciple

New Online Classes Available for Registration

Do you want or need to take one of the Ministry and Priesthood classes,                        but live classes don’t fit your schedule or they’re too far away? Canada East                 and Canada West Mission Centre’s announce our next elearning Temple                   School classes:

  • Introduction to Scripture - (Class required for all new ordinands) This class,       taught via video by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith, helps students          understand responsible scripture use and exegesis. Note:  This class requires     access to a library with bible commentaries and reference sources.   
  • Ministry of the Disciple - This class explores discipleship in Community of           Christ and explores the mission, message, and beliefs of the church.
    • Dates:  October 7 – December 2 – Classes cover a chapter per week – students can work on readings and assignments ANYTIME Saturday          through Thursday each week!  This schedule will make allowance for            time off during both the Canadian and USA Thanksgiving. 
    • Registration open now through October 7 – first come, first served,  limit of 25 per class.
      • Register now on the Developmetrics web site (make sure you use the Canadian form)
      • Class fee is $20 per student which includes a PDF copy of the class.    Follow instructions for payment to your mission centre on the Developmetrics web site.

The week following class conclusion, students will receive a PDF certificate and         Temple School Credit in Shelby.

    Click here To Register   

    Pay by cheque:

    Steve Thompson Box 345, 224-6655 178 Street NW Edmonton, AB  T5T 4J5

    Or e-transfer to

    Include your name and the course you are taking.

    Contact Information: David Lloyd, Developmetrics, LLC:


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Community of Christ website links

Community of Christ Upcoming Events: Visit the Community of Christ        Calendar 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                                  or on the Announcements page .
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.

Community of Christ, What We Offer You Video

To those seeking a spiritual home, Community of Christ is a welcoming, loving, worldwide faith community that values the worth of every person as a child of God, and provides a safe space for you to explore and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

In Community of Christ, you will receive love and support as you discover renewed purpose for your life through compassionate, Christ-like service that ends suffering and fosters justice and peace.


Peace / Justice  --  Human Rights

This newsletter is short – focused primarily on a couple of urgent actions regarding the Rohingya.  There is a window for movement on this ongoing tragedy and thus the need to take action which will bolster support for those wanting to show global desire for action.  A second time-sensitive action is related to our longitudinal issue of Darfur.

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

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In 2012 and again in 2014 this newsletter highlighted actions and concerns related to the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma.  While most people in Burma are Buddhist, and there are other groups and conflicts, the Rohingya have been marginalized for decades, officially deemed immigrants from Bangladesh.

Being stateless means diminished rights in an impoverished area.  It also means voiceless and thus open to increasing conflict and violence.  From our longitudinal study of Darfur, when people who want a nonviolent resolution, find all such avenues fruitless, eventually a few may take up arms both for protection and to highlight their case to the world.  Thus fast forward and we find again this is the case.

But the government disproportionately cracked down not simply on the insurgents but the entire Rohingya population, resulting in a UN official indicating the government’s response appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.  There have been over 400,000 displaced, with many villages burned, and an unknown number of people killed or raped.

The violence must be stopped, a path to full inclusiveness for all provided, and human rights violations on all sides must be investigated.  The following petitions address two audiences.  Avaaz {the site we sometimes use to explore the influence of massive petitions, in this case now over one million signatures} is targeting those governments supporting Burma’s military.  The Amnesty International petition is aimed directly at Burma’s military Commander in Chief.  Please consider signing both. 

Nobel Peace Prize Laurate Aung San Suu Kyi: While previous newsletters gave her silence the benefit of the doubt, it is time to side with Desmond Tutu’s response where he pleaded with her to speak out for justice and unity and cautioned that “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”

Take Action [Open to all; Consider signing both]:
Tell Governments To Stop Supporting Burma's Military  [Avaaz]
Tell Burma's Commander in Chief to Stop Ethnic Cleansing  [Amnesty International]

Summary of Current Crisis  [International Crisis Group]
How Years of Strife Grew Into a Crisis  [NYT]
How New Muslim Insurgency Arose [ICG, Dec, 2016]
Final Report on Fair Future [Chaired by Kofi Annan; very in-depth]


The action on this issue from the last newsletter was part of efforts that may have helped dissuade the Trump Administration from lifting sanction on Sudan.  However that had a three month timeframe which is almost up now.  So new efforts are needed to help maintain the sanctions until Sudan changes its action and addresses the marginalization of all its peripheries, most especially Darfur and South Kordofan / Nuba mountains.  As noted before, the lifting of sanctions was shocking to many Sudan watchers, including myself, who feel it was based on murky logic (see Current Status, June 25, [] or the Background links below).

Thus there is urgent need to tell President Trump not to permanently lift the sanctions.  Even if one felt progress was being made, six months is far too short, as Human Rights Watch argues, below.

Take Action:
Don't Lift Sudan Sanctions  [Act For Sudan]

Sudan Sanction Review Fails 8 Benchmark Tests [HRW]
{Counter View} Repeal Sanctions, There are Still Others in Place [Crisis Group]


At Least 200 Environmental Activists Slain In 2016:

This newsletter has taken action to safeguard environmental activists throughout the world, and for good reason.  This year saw the most deaths ever.  While India had a three-fold increase, Latin America remained the deadliest region.   Mining, oil, agriculture and logging were the industries most associated with the deaths.
Most environmental activist killed in 2016 [Globe and Mail]


Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu  Xiaobo, Died

In a sad note over the summer, Liu Xiaobo died.  He helped lead the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy uprising for which he was imprisoned.  Upon release he continued to lecture about democracy and human rights, including helping to draft Charter 08 which laid out the comprehensive changes needed, such as a new constitution, for legislative democracy.  He was imprisoned again where his health deteriorated.

An archive is kept at:

In appreciation and support,
  Rod Downing


Canada West Camping and Event Calendar


October 6-8 Singles Retreat Samish Island

October 27-29 Women’s Retreat Samish Island

November 3-5 High Priest, Evangelist and Seventy Retreat –Edmonton


February 3 CWM Electronic Conference

Feb 16-19 CWM Winter Youth Retreat, (location to be confirmed)

Feb 23-25 Weekend of World Religions Vancouver

March 2-4 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Samish Island

Mar 16-18 Women’s Retreat Medicine Hat

April 21-22 Ribstone 110th Anniversary

April 26-29 Arts Retreat Samish Island

Apr 30-May 5 Samish Island Work Week

April 27-29 Weekend of World Religions Calgary

June 1-3 Nurturing Silence Retreat Samish Island

June 8-10 Spiritual Retreat Hills of Peace

June 9-14 Adult Reunion Samish Island

July 1-6 CWM Youth Camp Hills of Peace

July 7-12 Family Reunion Hills of Peace

July 14-21 Family Reunion Samish Island

July 14-18 Junior Camp Hills of Peace

July 17-20 International Youth Forum

July 21-28 Spectacular Graceland University

July 22-28 Camp Kluane (girls 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

July 27-30 Nurturing Spirit Retreat Hills of Peace

July 29-Aug 4 Camp Chimacum (boys 12-14 yrs) Samish Island

August 5-11 Camp Kimtah (15-18 yrs) Samish Island

August 12-16 Camp Gemungai (8-11 yrs) Samish Island

Aug 31-Sept 2 Canada West Mission Conference – Regina Saskatchewan

Sept 28-30 Men’s Retreat Hills of Peace

Sep 28-30 Women's Retreat Chilliwack

Dates are subject to change, please register early to avoid cancellation of your event.


Quote of the Week

Nothing is impossible,

the word itself says

‘I’m possible!’

Audrey Hepburn

~Audrey Hepburn~

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