Taking Steps to End Violence Against Women

In this anniversary year, the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is launching a new section of its website titled, “Restore: Ending Violence Against Women.” Women in churches across Canada have been working in small and big ways to help women and children who are affected by violence. They have been doing this work for… Read more »

Human Trafficking in Canada: What You Need to Know

By Emily Pelley The history of global slavery is often a topic that is presented as a past wrong that belongs to less educated people and a shameful time in our history. However, it has become more evident over recent years that the eradication of slavery did not actually happen because slavery still exists in… Read more »

A Letter from Suriname

  To: The World Day of Prayer Committees Paramaribo, February 2018   The World Day of Prayer 2018 is soon to be celebrated around the world on Friday the 2nd of March. Suriname as the theme country is very excited and also humbled to be the centre of all your prayers. We enjoy and thank… Read more »

Sing all together now!

We commissioned Judith Snowdon, a WICC past president, to compose a hymn to celebrate WICC’s 100th Anniversary. Today, you can hear it and sing with us. If you are planning an event and wish to use the hymn, you can also download the sheet music. We thank the Pembroke Community Choir, Gerald LaRonde and Darlene TerMarsch for… Read more »

A Tale of Two Prayer Movements

  World Day of Prayer, AKA “WDP” International Body: The World Day of Prayer International Committee, headquartered in New York. Granting Body: In Canada, the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. (Each country has its own structure.) The World Day of Prayer program is inspired by its motto, “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.” Through informed prayer we seek… Read more »

All God’s Creation is Very Good: Water

How we care for Creation is the central theme of World Day of Prayer 2018 Suriname. Water is of great concern for this nation so rich in biodiversity and resources. Most of the population of Suriname lives along its coast, also where birds and sea turtles nest. Floods and rising sea levels due to climate… Read more »

Bible Study: Inspiration from an Old Testament Prophet

What does WICC have in common with an Old Testament prophet? More than you would expect! A miracle performed by the prophet Elisha is recorded in 2 Kings 4:1-7 providing us with a model for responding to injustice today. A Family in Crisis This passage centers around a widow whose life was falling apart. Her… Read more »

Understanding Our Call to Stewardship

The environment has always held a special place in my heart. It is where my soul is healed from the stresses of reality and it is where I find God, fully present and fully visible, reaching to me in ecological stillness. Often I feel God draw close when I am immersed in nature, particularly around… Read more »

Network News Winter 2017: Indigenous Mayan Midwives

Sharing a World Day of Prayer Story: Leonora Obara, Cofounder, Kijiji Cha Upendo On February 6, a group of sixteen women gathered to hear Leonora Obara describe the Kijiji Cha Upendo project, which received support from a World Day of Prayer grant. “Kijiji Cha Upendo” means “Village of Love” in Swahili. As Leonora put it,… Read more »

A Port in the Storm

In order to be easily recognized in a busy Toronto coffee shop, Reverend Judith Alltree is wearing her clerical collar. It is not something she wears when she is on a ship because it can be a barrier between her and non-Christian seamen or Christians whose tradition does not include female clergy and inhibits her… Read more »