Outdoor Way of the Cross

The Outdoor Way of the Cross is an annual event held on Good Friday, each year in Edmonton's inner city. Faithful Christians gather to re-enact Christ's journey to His crucifixion two millennia ago. The object of the walk is to draw attention to local social issues and the fact that we are all responsible for their solution.

2018 Good Friday Outdoor Way of the Cross

Friday, March 30, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PMImmigration Hall, 100 St and 105 Ave, Edmonton 
The 38th annual Outdoor Way of the Cross invites people to think about the relevance and importance of the Gospel message in our world today, around the theme of “Speaking Truth to Power.”

Each station offers a reflection on an aspect of the overall theme that highlights both a challenge and a source of hope, woven together with music.

Historically, the Way of the Cross is a Christian activity, but everyone is welcome at this event. Participants walk from station to station, on a route of two kilometres from immigration Hall to Hope Mission. The streets and lanes are paved, so it should not be difficult for most children or people with mobility challenges. Participants are encouraged to check the weather forecast and dress for conditions. Good footwear is important. Light refreshments are available at the end of the walk, thanks to the hospitality of Hope Mission. Participants are invited to bring toiletries or non-perishable food items.

There is free street parking available in the area of the start and finish locations. There is a public Facebook event page called “Good Friday Outdoor Way of the Cross” that can be used to invite people to take part. More information: Linda (780-466-6327) or Jim (780-218-6989).


No Room In the Inn

Dear friends:
Since 1999, the Edmonton & District Council of Churches has sponsored an ecumenical Christmas fund-raising initiative called No Room in the Inn (NRII). As the name suggests, NRII is based on the biblical story of Mary and Joseph being forced to take refuge in a stable after discovering that there was no room for them in the inn in Bethlehem.

Here locally, churches and individuals from many denominations join together around Christmastime to provide financial support to a housing provider to the homeless or those at risk in the Edmonton Capital Region. A committee of volunteers evaluates a range of housing projects and selects one that meets the need for safe and affordable housing for those in greatest need.

The NRII Committee is currently inviting project proposals for our 2018 campaign. We need your help to identify worthy projects in the Capital region and/or to share this invitation widely. Please find two attachments which describe the vision/history of NRII and the criteria used for selecting projects. Please note that preference is given to new or extended buildings, but not to programs or personnel. Application deadline is April 20, 2018.

To learn more about the No Room in the Inn project or to submit a proposal, please reply to this email or contact me directly via the coordinates below.

Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you before April 20th.

Julien Hammond
Chair, 2018 No Room in the Inn Committee

NRII Initial Information Guidelines revised_1.doc
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NRII Vision Statement.doc
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No Room in the Inn, 2017
Christian churches in Edmonton are once again joining forces at Christmas to assist those at risk of homelessness through the annual No Room in the Inn (NRII) campaign. This year NRII has chosen to support the Edmonton Region of the Canadian Mental Health.

CMHA is a non-profit charitable organization that receives funding through the United Way and other government programs. In Edmonton, the CMHA has seven properties with a total of 146 independent living units. Presently, there is a wait-list and an influx of applications.
The property receiving support through our 2017 NRII Campaign will be the Northern Arms apartment complex (in the Queen Mary park neighbourhood) which CMHA purchased in August 2015. Although a structural assessment deemed the building had good bones, renovations are still necessary to replace ALL the windows and balcony doors. Exterior siding, painting, carpet in common areas will also be updated. In individual units, renovations are also needed to update flooring, appliances, and window coverings. As outlined in this year’s NRII pamphlet, tenants of CMHA’s affordable long-term housing can readily access all the services provided by CMHA-Edmonton including a supportive landlord who can assist them when their mental health is not well.

How to donate:
1) Through your church – make a cheque payable to your church and enter “No Room in the Inn” in the memo line. Drop the cheque in the church collection or mail it to your church. The church will then forward donations to A Safe Place.
2) Making a cheque payable directly to 'Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region," enter “No Room in the Inn” in the memo line and mail it to:
#300, 10010 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1C4
This Christmas, please prayerfully consider being a blessing to the Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region's Northern Arms complex and its mission through the No Room in the Inn campaign.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Ecumenical Prayer Service celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 has been scheduled for Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church (10014 – 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton). Reception to follow.

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 will have a particular reference to Ecumenism in Germany: The Land of the Lutheran Reformation. The theme for the week is 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” (www.councilofchurches.ca).

A collection will be taken up in support of the EDCC’s annual No Room in the Inn Campaign, proceeds donated to ‘A Safe Place’. Fellowship to follow. Everyone is invited to attend.