Winnipeg musicians donate $10,000 to Siloam 11.15.2012
WINNIPEG, MBFuneral home musicians Tonina Fiorentino and Donna Salo-Campbell have donated $10,000 to Siloam Mission, a street missions organization in Winnipeg's inner city.
Tiorentino and Salo-Campbell raised the funds from the sales of their album Insieme (which means "together" in Italian), which they agreed should go to those in need. More than $20,000 was raised in total, with the other half of the proceeds going to Luxton School, Machray School and St. John's High School to help with their breakfast programs.
The duo publicly presented the cheque for $10,000 at Holy Rosary Parish on River Avenue in Winnipeg, which took place in mid-November. (Siloam press release)
Egyptian Coptics choose new pope 11.08.2012
CAIRO, EGYPTIn an elaborate ceremony on Sunday, November 4, the Egyptian Coptic Church selected Bishop Tawadros to become Pope Tawadros II. Tawadros replaces Pope Shenouda III who died earlier this year after serving as pope for more than 40 years.
In a ceremony intended to invoke the will of God, a blindfolded boy drew Tawadros' name from a crystal chalice, also containing the names of two other senior clerics. Coptic officials selected the short-list of candidates.
Pope Tawadros II is set to face tremendous challenges. Deep rifts by increasingly politically powerful Islamist groups have marred Egypt's transition to democracy. Liberal and secularist groups, who were initially behind the revolt that ousted Mubarak last year, are also predicted to pose hurdles for the Coptic Church. (CBC)
First Nations woman receives sainthood status 11.06.2012
VATICAN CITYA Mohawk woman was recently recognized as a Roman Catholic saint nearly 300 years after her death, with a ceremony at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI canonized Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday, October 21 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, along with six other saints. Tekakwitha's ascension to sainthood marks the first time ever that an individual of North American First Nations heritage has ever received such distinction.
Several residents of Kahnawake, a community south of Montreal, flew to Rome to attend the celebration. Tekakwitha died at age 24 while serving in a Catholic church in the Kahnawake region.
Tekakwitha was born in upstate New York before relocating to Sault-Saint-Louis, Quebec, where she devoted her life to God, and received her first communion in 1677. A childhood bout with smallpox left her facially scarred for most of her life, until shortly after her death when the scars reportedly disappeared miraculously. (CBC)
Langley church brings work to church 11.05.2012
LANGLEY, BCMembers of Willoughby Christain Reformed Church recently took part in a "bring-your-work-to-church" day of sorts, in which members were encouraged to don a different type of "Sunday best" attire.
As part of an eight-week series, Willoughby members showed up for church Labour Day Sunday wearing everything from coveralls to hospital scrubs, and everything in between. The series was designed to encourage congregation members to devote all aspects of their lives to living for Christ, and consider how God may be at work in their workplace.
Several participating congregants shared stories of God's movement in their particular place of employment.
"We hoped that by spot-lighting a variety of individuals we could…be energized as a community sent into the world Monday to Saturday," says Willoughby pastor Mark Glanville. (Banner)
King's UC website awarded for excellence 11.01.2012
EDMONTON, ABBox Clever, an Edmonton-based media agency, has been awarded for its work in designing and creating the website for King's University College. Box Clever was presented the award for Outstanding Achievement in the university category, in late October.
The Interactive Media Council presented the award, stating "The Outstanding Achievement award is the second highest honor bestowed and an extremely challenging award to win. Your website has excelled in all areas of our judging criteria and represents a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism."
"We are delighted that our website has won this award," said Harry Fernhout, president of The King's University College. "It's a testimony to the creativity, imagination and expertise work of Box Clever and our marketing staff. We congratulate them on this accomplishment."
The website was launched at the end of August, and beat out 83 other entries in claiming the award. (King’s University College news release)
Tyndale and Catholic School Board agree to extend lease 10.30.2012
TORONTO, ONTyndale University College and Seminary has reached an agreement with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), extending the lease on Tyndale's use of St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School until 2015.
The current lease is set to expire on June 30 of next year, is extended for two more years at 3379 Bayview Avenue. The extension allows the TCDSB additional time to construct a new replacement school without disrupting Tyndale's plans to consolidate its operations solely on its Bayview campus.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Tyndale," says Bruce Rodrigues, TCDSB director of education. "Our students, parents and staff are grateful for the opportunity to continue to enjoy the current facility while construction plans are underway for a new facility."
The high school building is adjoined to the current residence and operational facility of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, who will be relocating by the spring of 2013. Combined with the additional space allocated for their use in the high school, the relocation provides Tyndale with access to significantly more space, which will enable the college and seminary to continue with its plan to consolidate all its operations onto the Bayview campus. (Tyndale press release)
Redeemer earns top marks from students 10.25.2012
HAMILTON, ONRedeemer University College has earned high marks from its students in an annual report released by The Globe and Mail in late October.
Redeemer students gave their school an A, a mark that tied for the highest rank of any university across Canada, according to The Globe and Mail's Annual University Report.
"These results demonstrate again the high quality of university education that we provide and the impressive dedication and care that our faculty and staff take for our students and their learning," says Hubert Krygsman, president of Redeemer.
The report from The Globe and Mail surveyed 58 Canadian universities, and more than 31,000 students nationwide. (Redeemer release)
Family Life Network celebrates 65 years 10.24.2012
WINNIPEG, MBFamily Life Network (FLN) is celebrating 65 years of operation with a cross-Canada tour in November.
From November 2 to 18, the network will make 29 stops across the country to thank supporters for contributions, as well as share reports on new initiatives. Reports will be given in a multitude of languages (Arabic, English, German, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian).
"I have had the privilege of serving on the FLN Board for more than 10 years," says FLN board chair Herb Buller. "Our team is creative, committed and excited in their mandate to share the Gospel through cutting edge media and technology." (FLN release)
Anglicans 'close the book' on longstanding reader base 10.23.2012
TORONTO, ONThe Anglican Church of Canada and Augsburg Fortress Canada have regretfully announced the impending closure of a longstanding religious bookstore.
The Anglican Book Centre, located at 80 Hayden Street in Toronto, will cease operations in mid-January, bringing an end to the store's 100-plus-year history.
"Religious book and gift stores across Canada have faced significant challenges resulting in the closure of [more than] 120 stores in the past 10 years," said Andy Seal, director of Augsburg Fortress Canada/Anglican Book Centre.
Sales figures have reportedly been in decline since 2009, with current numbers registering approximately 28 per cent below "break-even level," for the longtime distributor. Two of the primary causes are thought to be the increase in web-based competition and a shift towards e-book purchases.
According to a press release from the Anglican Church of Canada, "Canadian Anglicans will still be able to order resources online and by phone through Augsburg Fortress Canada." (Anglican Church of Canada release)
Lausanne Movement launches its own imprint 10.23.2012
OXFORD, UKThe Lausanne Movement, an organization founded by Billy Graham, has established its own publishing imprint as announced in a press release on October 18. The imprint, known as the Lausanne Library, will be used for core titles that relate to the life and ministry of the Movement itself.
The Lausanne Movement held its Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier in October. The Movement's purpose is to unite evangelicals to collaborate for world evangelization, and it has seen hundreds of new, creative partnerships emerge to this end. Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise, has succeeded the late John Stott as its Honorary Chair. (Lausanne release)