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Covenant for Christian unity to breathe new life into Canadian churches in Regina

Posted on: June 7, 2019 5:42 PM
Archbishop Donald Bolen, Bishop Sid Haugen (ELCIC Saskatchewan Synod), Bishop Robert Hardwick (Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle) and Father Vasyl Tymishak (St Athanasius Ukrainian Catholic Church) after the Covenant Vespers on Sunday 26 May.
Photo Credit: Nicholas Jesson
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[ACNS, by Rachel Farmer] A renewed relationship between four different churches in Canada, including the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle was celebrated at a covenant service at St Athanasius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Regina last month (26 May).

Lutherans and Ukrainian Catholics joined the annual celebration of the Anglican and Roman Catholic ecumenical covenant which began in 2011 between the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina. This year’s annual covenant service was an opportunity to give thanks to God for drawing the four churches together.

Bishop Sid Haugen of the Saskatchewan Synod ELCIC spoke on Ezekiel 37: 1-14 and said the covenant was a means God’s Spirit is using to breathe new life into the church in Saskatchewan.

The draft LAURC Covenant, named for the Lutheran, Anglican, Ukrainian, and Roman Catholic churches, is due to be inaugurated during Pentecost 2020.

The covenant identifies considerable agreement in faith and life between the churches. It offers a series of practical commitments to be taken up by local parishes, schools, religious orders, and the diocesan offices.