Racism: Black Lives Matter

John 7:24 says: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly”. In the last sermon Martin Luther King Jr. preached before he was assassinated, he said “remain awake through a great revolution”.  We are seeing a great revolution today. Are we awake? Are we seeing that the killing of George Floyd started a worldwide… Read more »

ZOOM Events Hosted by WICC – Fall 2020

1. WDP Coordinators networking event on Zoom – Friday, November 13th at 3 pm EST A one hour gathering for WDP coordinators to receive service updates; learn how to access WDP materials, discuss various service delivery platforms, understand key people to contact for information and support PLUS have an opportunity to ask questions.  Coordinators are encouraged to… Read more »

Change: Old Roots Flourish in New Soil

Always an avid gardener, I was eager to transform the long-neglected property around our “new” 105-year-old home.  Exploration (excavation?!) of the tangled mess of weeds and overgrown vines revealed some unexpected surprises.  As I was removing rocks and miscellaneous pieces of stuff, I discovered some peonies, small and sun-deprived.  I carefully dug them up, and… Read more »

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 »