Police and Racism

Two years ago, “Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” was released in two volumes. One year ago, Chantel Moore, a young woman from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, was shot by a police officer in Edmundston, New Brunswick after being called to her… Read more »

Father’s Day and Christianity

“Father’s Day” honours fathers and fatherhood as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on 19 March as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. The first celebration of “Father’s Day” in America took place at a YMCA  in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.  Sonora Smart Dodd, a Christian woman born… Read more »

Canadian Council of Churches and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) recently welcomed WICC as an Affiliate member at their Governing Board meetings. CCC is the broadest and most inclusive ecumenical body with representatives from over 25 Christian denominations and Affiliate groups. Rev. Steph McClellan, WICC President, and Cath MacKeil, WICC Executive Director, were blessed to attend CCC meetings in… Read more »

Words of Comfort

Some years ago, I was on a flight during which there were turbulences.  It was a bit unsettling so I began to pray.  As I prayed, I remembered the scripture (Matthew 8:23-27) when Jesus and his disciples went into a boat. As Jesus slept, a storm swept over the boat, the disciples woke Jesus, asking… Read more »

The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)

In the 1900’s, a dream spread through Canada: growing Christ’s kingdom through prayer, fostering unity, and having a voice in social justice.  Various denominations were already passionate about prayer and justice, but in 1918 Bessie McMurchy invited them to gather for what would become the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. In 2021, members of the… Read more »

Some Bread…or a Stone?

The first step to action is awareness! Recent studies show that there are 400 million children living in extreme poverty around the world. The average person in a developing country lives on $0.78 CAD a day. This can contribute to child labour and create generational poverty traps. **** THINK NAME THAT COUNTRY …. Over 840,000… Read more »


The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand in Matthew 14:13-21 talks of compassion for people who are hungry, and of sharing even the little that may be available. Ontario statistics indicate that the child poverty rate in Ontario, one of the richest provinces in Canada, is similar to the Canadian level (campaign2000.ca – Child… Read more »

Kids Pray, Too! World Day of Prayer 2021

By Rev. Steph McClellan, WICC President, living in Lewisporte, NF Every year, the World Day of Prayer writing country includes a children’s program in the package for coordinators and planning teams. This year, since many were going virtual with our online service, a colleague and I decided to coordinate a virtual service led by and… Read more »

Invisible Homelessness & Our Approach

By Mary Nordick, WICC Board member living in Saskatoon. Surfing:  What images does this word conjure up for you?  Blue skies, an expansive ocean, bronzed athletic, graceful bodies skilfully riding towering white curling waves to a sun-kissed dazzling white beach, Beach Boy movies and songs, carefree idyllic summer living?  Or maybe you live with someone… Read more »