The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada

May 01, 2007 11:00 ET

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada-Over 200 International Delegates Meet in Toronto to Focus on World Day of Prayer: May 30-June 5

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2007) - Women from more than 100 countries, representing their WDP National Committees, will attend the Quadrennial meeting of the World Day of Prayer International Committee (WDPIC) from May 30 to June 5, 2007, at Seneca College, King City, just north of Toronto. This is the first time a Quadrennial meeting will be held in Canada.

The World Day of Prayer is a world wide ecumenical movement of prayer and action centered in an annual worship service held on the first Friday of March. Each year the service is written by a group of women from a different country, translated into more than 90 languages and celebrated in tens of thousands of local communities in about 170 countries, including 2,000 communities in Canada.

The WDPIC - currently chaired by a Canadian, Sylvia Lisk Vanhaverbeke of Newcastle, Ontario - meets every four years to share experiences of World Day of Prayer, hold regional meetings, select themes and writer countries for the annual worship service, elect an Executive Committee, and consider ways by which the movement may grow. Previous gatherings have been held in Sweden, Thailand, Mexico, Zambia, Germany, United States, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa and England.

Toronto's meeting, on the event theme "I will put my breath into you, and you shall live" (Ezekiel 37:14), will include the following highlights:

- The opening keynote address by Mary Jo Leddy, author, activist and director of Romero House for Refugees in Toronto

- Bible studies led by the Rev. Dr. J. Dorcas Gordon, Principal and Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Knox College, Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto) and Professor Dr. Ulrike Bechmann, Old Testament scholar at the Institute for Religious Studies at the University of Graz, Austria

- Workshops on HIV/AIDS facilitated by Canadian Jeanette Romkema with a team of resource people from the Caribbean, Pacific and Latin American regions

- An ecumenical reception attended by delegates, WDPIC Executive Committee, members of the public and members of the media

- Visits with area hosts to attend worship at local churches and sightsee in Toronto

- International displays and cultural presentations of song and dance

- A trip to Niagara Falls following the meeting.

The Quadrennial meeting will be hosted by the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) and a local ecumenical committee drawn from the Toronto area.

Attention editors:

Members of the media are invited to attend two events:

1. The Opening & Keynote Address - May 31, 9-10:45 a.m. - Seneca College, King City

2. The Ecumenical Reception - June 3, 4:30-6 p.m. - Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto

As space is limited, please RSVP by May 18 to the WICC office at 416-929-5184. Additional information and directions to Seneca College and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church are available on our website at A full information kit will also be available.

About WICC: The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is the only national women's ecumenical organization in Canada. A vibrant and diverse Christian women's council consisting of representatives from 11 church partners, WICC coordinates programs and develops resources that foster ecumenism, support faith and spirituality, and encourage action for justice.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with delegates or Sylvia Lisk Vanhaverbeke, Chairperson, World Day of Prayer International Committee, please contact Gillian at the WICC office at or 416-929-5184.

Contact Information

  • Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)
    Gillian Barfoot
    (416) 929-5184