CLC CANADA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, OCTOBER 17 - 20, 2019, WINNIPEG
BULLETIN #6


DEAR CLC COLLEAGUES,


IN THIS BULLETIN #6, YOU WILL FIND

1.A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT,

2.THE GRACE OF CONSENSUS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DISCERNMENT PROCESS.

3.ASSEMBLY INFORMATION FROM HOWARD R. ENGEL, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COORDINATOR

4.FAITHLINE REQUEST
A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT: ASSEMBLY REFLECTION AND LAST MINUTE REMINDERS
Dearest members of CLC Canada,

As we approach the last days before the Assembly, I am reminded of the words of Fr. Jim Bowler sj : ‘When there are so many people working together to do something good for God’s Greater Glory, don’t ask IF the wayward spirit is present but WHERE.’

I know that I am not the only one feeling challenged these days in so many aspects of life. As St. Ignatius suggests, we are called to step up our prayers in times like this and pay attention to the Rules of Discernment and Movements of the Spirit.

Ultimately God’s love will prevail and All will be well. We hold onto the words of the Psalm: ‘Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow me and I will give you rest.’
Well, maybe the ‘rest’ isn’t coming right now with the Assembly so close at hand but God is already where we are headed and this is what keeps us going.
And so, in this final bulletin, I want to tell each and everyone of you how much I appreciate all the efforts that each of you have contributed to get to this point.

There are a few last minute reminders:

1)     The financial Statements will be sent out this week through you Regional Representatives. If you have any concerns or questions please send them to us through your delegate or to your Regional Representative. We hope to address questions at the Assembly.
2)     There is a link to the Assembly Program on our National Website. All delegates and Observers will receive a copy of these in their tote bags. For those of you at home, perhaps you will be closer to us in prayer if you have an idea of what we are doing during the Assembly at any given time.
3)     Please, if you are able, bring a symbol that expresses the identity of your community. There is no obligation, but there will be a display table for these.
4)     Please email Lois Zachariah pictures of your community in jpeg form so that she can put them into a slide show.
5)     Remember to send Chris Butterill copies of your airfare receipts and Expense Claim forms if you are being reimbursed as delegates and/or GC members.
6) Delegates, please remember to bring your loaves and "Lot's Wife" sheets to the Assembly.

I hope that I haven’t forgotten anything. I am deeply grateful to God and each of you for bringing us this far and am like a child full of joyful anticipation at seeing each of you and celebrating this great gift of CLC together!
God Speed and safe travels!

Michelle Mahoney
THE GRACE OF CONSENSUS
Consensus:

The communal discernment process at our 2019 National Assembly will be done by means of the grace of consensus. It is very helpful to ask for this grace from God, when a group has arrived at collecting data to make a choice. This choice is based on our desire to respond to God’s call at this stage in our history in a stance of spiritual freedom .

The consensus method is a very gentle process in which everyone’s input is heard on all sides of the issue. (There may be more than two sides) Time is given for ongoing sharing and prayer at each stage of the process to hear- where it is that God is calling us as a group ? Eph. 5:10 – “Try to discover what the Lord wants of you”. (The Jerusalem Bible)

The goal of consensus is that EVERY member of the group can come to one decision that all can freely accept, support and uphold. But consensus does not necessarily mean uniformity. Rather it means that at the end of the discernment process everyone in the group can freely :
·        Accept or support the decision reached by the group and
·        Be in communion with the group.

Consensus is the fruit of deep and respective listening to one another. There are different forms of consensus in communal decision making. To read more on this topic check out the expanded version on our web site http://www.christianlifecommunity.ca/wordpress/

Submitted by Jane Abernethy-Parker, for General Council
ASSEMBLY INFORMATION FROM HOWARD R. ENGEL, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COORDINATOR
Accommodation update:  We have such a healthy response from communities across Canada that we may have run out of room at the inn (i.e. St. Ben's). If so, some may have to be billeted or put up in local hotel/motel, at no extra cost to participants. We will do our best to accommodate as many as possible at St. Ben's, first come, first served. Please don't panic; if we can't put you up at St. Ben's, we'll let you know where you can lay your head.


Monday, October 21 is Election Day in Canada. To facilitate voter participation among CLC Canada members, the National Assembly Coordinating Team encourages everyone to explore alternative ways to vote (other than on Election Day, if this proves too difficult), such as in the advance polls to be held in their respective constituencies on Oct. 11-14. For more information, please contact Elections Canada: 


Peace,
Howard

Howard R. Engel,
Member, Metanoia CLC, Winnipeg, MB 
Prairie Region Representative and
Coordinator, 2019 CLC Canada National Assembly in Winnipeg
FAITHLINE FUNDRAISING REQUEST : Act now, place your orders thru  clcfaithline@gmail.com  and the cards will be personally delivered to you or to the care of your delegate at the Assembly in Winnipeg!
"Truth will spring from the Earth"
psalm 85: 12

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THEME : Discerning... Sharing….Listening…Deepening…Joyfully In Mission

THE GRACE : We desire a discerning communal heart that will continue to joyfully lead us in mission with many gifts to share.

SCRIPTURE : Matt 14: 13- 21 Feeding the Five Thousand