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The next EDCC Council meeting will be held on January 14, 2018.  Please go to the "Meetings" tab for complete information..

​Grace to you and peace,
 All are welcome to attend this year's AGM of the EDCC which is framed within an integrated agenda of prayer and worship.  The AGM will be at McDougall United Church (10086 – MacDonald Drive NW) on Sunday, February 4th, 3 p.m.  It’s my hope to send out the Annual Report by email sometime next week.
This year, we'll be presenting Jim Gurnett with The Reverend Marilyn McClung Memorial Award for Ecumenism.  Jim is a former MLA, has been actively involved with the Outdoor Way of the Cross for 20 years, is a pastoral associate at ICPM, past Executive Director of the Edmonton Centre for Newcomers and Hope Foundation, and past director of community services at the Bissell Centre. Julien Hammond, ecumenical officer for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton calls Jim a "social justice legend and ecumenist extraordinaire." Jim is Anglican by tradition (at ICPM's Community of Emmanuel), serves on the Social Justice Committee for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton and even has his own Wikipedia entry:

​Please go to the eetings tab to see the 2017 Annual Report and the agenda for the 2018 meeting.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Rev. Kevin Kraglund
President, Edmonton & District Council of Churches (EDCC)
The Ecumenical Service celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2018 has been scheduled for Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at McDougall United Church (10086 – MacDonald Drive NW, Edmonton).  Reception to follow.  Please see the attached letter from Kevin Kraglund, President of EDCC.

2018 Letter of WPCU Invitation to Church Leaders.docx
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National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness - August 6 at 9 a.m.

As Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, we have always relied on the Spirit to guide us toward a peaceful, harmonious life, and a close and sacred relationship with the land.
With the myriad of challenges facing humanity - climate change, violence and war, mental health and addiction crises, the ongoing marginalization and poverty among First Peoples - we need more than our sharpest minds to solve the problems before us. We need the Spirit.
As First Peoples of this land, Indigenous Elders invite citizens of all religious and spiritual traditions to come together for a National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness and to pray together in solidarity and unity.
The Day of Prayer begins on August 6th at 9 am at the East Coast of Canada and follows the path of the sun traveling from East to West. Please join us with your moment of prayer, ceremony or mindfulness at 9 am local time in your region.
Stand with us and pray with us!
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The short version for Twitter is:

Both versions will get you to the page. Thank you so much for your support for what Indigenous Elders feel is a critical initiative at this time.
Sabina Ijaz
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Service
Celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Ecumenical Prayer Service celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 was held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church (10014 – 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton). A reception followed the service.

Over the years we have deeply appreciated the participation of the leaders of the various Christian faith communities in the Edmonton area. It is our hope that you will be able to attend and share in the leadership of this service.

This year’s liturgy for the Week of Prayer had a particular reference to Ecumenism in Germany: The Land of the Lutheran Reformation. The theme for the week was Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us based on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20.

“It was in the context of [the Reformation Anniversary in 2017] that the Council of Churches in Germany, invited by the World Council of Churches, took up the work of creating the resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” (

An offering was taken up in support of the EDCC’s annual No Room in the Inn Campaign, proceeds donated to ‘A Safe Place’.

No Room in the Inn, Christmas 2016

1. The 2016 No Room in the Inn Campaign is complete. NRII has raised $76,525.00. This is the second largest total in the history of NRII. The funds raised will support a Safe Place Women’s Shelter in Sherwood Park. An event was held to mark the conclusion of the 2016 campaign in Sherwood Park on Thursday, June 15. A list of potential affordable housing projects is currently being gathered for the 2017 NRII collection.
Reverend Marilyn McClung Memorial Award for Ecumenism: This year’s recipient of the Rev. Marilyn McClung Memorial Award is Mr. Jay D. Freeman, Executive Director-Housing & Homelessness, City of Edmonton. The EDCC acknowledges Jay’s role in helping to found the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative in Edmonton and inviting the entire Christian community to be part of the initiative from the start. Jay will be providing a brief update at our meeting re: the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness and how our churches can continue to support the City’s work on this front.