Black Lives Matter: A Letter to WICC Sisters

Dear WICC Sisters, I hope that you’re safe, healthy, and doing as well as you can right now amidst the uncertainty, fears, and changes due to the pandemic. (By the way, have you noticed how emails in 2020 are starting to sound a lot like Paul’s greetings in the Epistles?) In an age of Zoom… Read more »

What does Jesus say about welcoming the foreigner?

Matthew 25: 31-40 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me….” One of my favorite authors, Jane Urquhart, in her book Sanctuary Line (2010), introduced me to the plight of migrant workers here in Canada. Through powerful storytelling in this fiction set in the 1980’s, the author highlighted for me what it means to be… Read more »

Migrant Workers are Essential: A Rural Perspective

Micah 6:8 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   (NRSV): Migrant workers have long-been a vital component of agriculture – in grape, asparagus, apple, cherry, honey, melon, bok choy, cabbage, squash and… Read more »

At Home with a Tasty Vanuatu Treat

Here’s a recipe for those who may be watching a WDP 2021 service from the comfort of their homes via Zoom, Facebook Live or another internet platform. Coconut Mug Cake 1 egg 2 tablespoons soft margarine 1 tablespoon water ½ teaspoon vanilla or coconut flavouring 2 tablespoons sugar ⅛ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon unsweetened coconut ¼… Read more »

WICC Board Meeting Highlights

The 2020 annual WICC board meeting took place via ZOOM on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th. WICC board meetings always start with the Recognition of the Land.  For the city of Toronto, where the annual board meeting usually takes place, the land acknowledgment is as follows: The City of Toronto acknowledges that we… Read more »

Vanuatu Flag Quiz

Vanuatu is the host country for World Day of Prayer 2021. Here’s an opportunity to learn about this country. At the first South Pacific Games in 1963 a team from the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu, displayed a flag of blue-yellow-white vertical stripes with a central emblem. Later, political parties developed flags of their own. In… Read more »

Thank you WICC Donors

Thank you WICC donors! With your financial support, WICC was able to distribute $100,000 to 22 World Day of Prayer grant applicants in late June. Together, we are restoring hope and justice to women and children in the midst of a global pandemic. Many worthy projects benefitted from your partnership including emergency COVID-19 aid for… Read more »

Keeping Good Habits Post-Lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has changed some daily rituals, for better or worse, allowing new ones to emerge and take their place.  Sleep schedules may be more in accordance with our body’s optimal schedule.  Church services are taking place via ZOOM, YouTube, and parking lot drive-ins with free FM radio transmission so people can stay in… Read more »

Prayers for Children

Children are eager to learn simple but powerful prayers; especially those with rhymes.  Thank you to Connie Rose for sharing a booklet that addressed prayers for children that inspired this article. Please recite these prayers with your children, grandchildren and Sunday School classes so that they may become part of their everyday lives. God is… Read more »