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Join us on Zoom every second Thursday at 1 p.m. EST for online worship.

Praying with PWRDF is on pause through July and August and will return in September. Subscribe to the registration list below to receive information about our fall program.

Past reflections can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

June 28, 3 p.m. ET

PWRDF’s Indigenous Responsive Programs Grant

Learn more about this new program which launched in 2021, with support from PWRDF’s Indigenous Program Advisory Committee. Freda Lepine from the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of Manitoba – North, and Lisa Phillips, Executive Director of Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KORLCC) in Kahnawake, Quebec share how the grants have contributed to their programs.

May 31, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

PWRDF’s Ukraine Response

Since the war in Ukraine began, PWRDF supporters have been giving generously, which has allowed us to increase our commitment to the ACT Appeal and support new partners. In this webinar, Patricia Maruschak, PWRDF’s Director of Programs and Partnerships, herself a Ukrainian Canadian who has lived and worked in Ukraine, will be joined by other staff and Hanna Zaremba-Kosovych from Fight for Right, one of PWRDF’s partner organizations in Ukraine. They will provide an overview of PWRDF’s response and their experience of supporting people with disabilities during the war.

Meet our presenters

Hanna Zaremba-Kosovych has a PhD in Sociology and is a Research Fellow in The Ethnology Institute (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) in Lviv, Ukraine. She is also an analyst in the Disability Research Centre. Hanna is currently working with the Ukrainian NGO, Fight for Right, an organization established by Ukrainian women with disabilities with a core mission to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. Since the start of the war, FFR has provided critical support to people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Patricia Maruschak has worked in international development for more than 25 years, designing and implementing development and humanitarian assistance programs in partnership with people and organizations in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Uganda, Myanmar and Palestine, to name a few. Most recently, she was the Director of Engagement and Learning at the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, two sons and dog Mojo. 

Thursday, March 17, 1 p.m. ET

Laudato Si’ webinar

In 2015, Pope Francis issued a papal encyclical (a letter to the faithful on a particular area of church teaching or doctrine) titled, Laudato Si’ – Praise Be to You, On Care for our Common Home. Since then, the encyclical has informed ecumenical, inter-faith and broader societal discussions about climate change and a range of related issues. As part of our Creation Care: Climate Action education focus, PWRDF Public Engagement Program Coordinator Suzanne Rumsey offers a webinar describing what Laudato Si’ does (and does not) contain, what some of the responses to it have been, and how it informs ongoing efforts to address the future of “our common home.”

Tuesday, March 22, 3 p.m. ET

PWRDF volunteer information session

If you are interested in volunteering with PWRDF as a parish representative or in any capacity, join us to learn more. This session will include an overview of PWRDF and its programs, information about our volunteer network and what support volunteers can expect from PWRDF staff.

Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. ET

Introduction to the Youth Council Social Justice in Focus resource

Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a focal point, Social Justice inFocus strives to inspire Anglicans ages 12-17 to bring action-based change to their own communities. With the help of local experts, guest writers and members of the PWRDF Youth Council, this carefully constructed resource provides an opportunity for youth to explore Climate Justice in-depth and learn how to, amplify their voices and empower them to work towards a truly just, healthy and peaceful world for all. 

February 3, 11 a.m. ET

Maintaining the Gains: People, Projects and Partnership in the Time of COVID-19

For the past two years, PWRDF and the Government of Canada have supported partners in Burundi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda as they responded to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Designed to maintain the gains achieved through the four-year All Mothers and Children Count program, these projects have ensured vital COVID-19-related work could be carried out. In this panel discussion, PWRDF staff and partners will explore and share the impacts of COVID-19 through gathered data and real-life experiences.

We are pleased to present this event as part of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation Global Citizen’s Forum. Click here to view the full schedule of events.

Meet our panelists:

Witness Gerald Mushi, Gender Officer
Anglican Diocese of Masasi, Tanzania
Witness has worked closely on the the All Mothers and Children Count program implemented by the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Masasi and the Gender focal person for Diocesan operations. She has six years experience in the field of supporting mothers’ and children’s health with a focus on gender sensitivity and special needs. 

Ramula Issa, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
EHALE, Mozambique
Ramula is a university lecturer and Researcher in the areas of Nutrition and sexual and reproductive health. She has a Masters in Clinical Nutrition (2014), and a Degree in Nutrition Sciences (2012). She works as a Consultant for various organizations where she conducts baseline and endline project evaluations, as well as situational analysis of project implementation in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Children’s Education, Nutrition and Early Childhood Development.

Melchiade Ninganza, Senior Programs and Communications Manager
Village Health Works, Burundi
Melchiade worked as the Project Coordinator for the All Mothers and Children Count program, which focused on increasing access to maternal and child healthcare both through activities at VHW’s clinic, as well as within the community through Community Health Workers. Previously, he worked with Village Health Works in communication and community organization, where his responsibilities included producing radio shows, conducting sensitization campaigns and organizing community members. Melchiade has a B.A. in History with a specialization in political science from Burundi University, as well as certificates in global health from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Washington. 

Bart Dickinson, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, PWRDF
Bart has been working in international development for more than a decade, the last six with PWRDF. He specializes in project management, applied social research, evaluation and learning, curriculum development, field training and capacity building. Bart works closely with partner organization staff to maintain and strengthen monitoring mechanisms and help develop, define and refine indicators to measure and learn from PWRDF’s intended beneficiaries. Before COVID-19 he frequently visited PWRDF’s partners in the field to observe and learn from them. Bart is fluent in three languages and has an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School at Carleton University.

Moderator: Sophie Kiwala, PWRDF Diocesan Representative
Sophie was appointed PWRDF Diocesan Representative for the Diocese of Ontario in 2020. From 2014 to 2018, she served as Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. Prior to that, she worked for seven years in federal constituency offices as a manager and chief of staff. Sophie lived in Turkey and France for five years and studied politics at Athabasca and Queen’s University. She is currently working on her Professional Masters of Public Administration degree. Sophie is a tireless community advocate and is passionate about supporting vulnerable sectors of society and Indigenous reconciliation.

January 19, 12:30 p.m. ET

“Sabbath Rest” – An introduction to Learning Module #4 (creation care: climate action education focus)

Year One of PWRDF’s three-year education focus on Creation Care: Climate Action has centred around food security and climate change. Three learning modules have been developed to date for individuals or groups to explore these issues and learn how PWRDF’s partners and volunteers are addressing these challenges.

In this webinar, you will be introduced to the fourth module, “Sabbath Rest,” and learn how you might use all of the modules in your parish or community. You will hear from the Rev. Canon Cathy Campbell who has written the module’s reflection, and view a video from partner, ECLOF Kenya, profiling their work with dairy farmers supported by PWRDF. Suzanne Rumsey, PWRDF’s Public Engagement Coordinator, will introduce the series of modules and guide you through “Sabbath Rest.”

Our presenters:

The Rev'd Cathy Campbell
The Rev’d Cathy Campbell

The Reverend Canon Cathy Campbell, PWRDF Board Liaison to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Diocese of Rupert’s LandCathy is a former academic and retired Anglican priest with a strong commitment to social justice, sustainable development and food security. While Rector at St. Matthew’s, Winnipeg from 2003-16, the church was redeveloped into the WestEnd Commons: 26 units of affordable housing, a neighbourhood resource centre, and a worship centre for seven congregations of various faiths. It was there that she also participated in a PWRDF Connections initiative called the Winnipeg Women’s Resource Centre in Bor, South Sudan. Cathy has written about poverty, hunger and nutrition including Faith as if Food Matters for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice (Liturgical Press; 2003). She is also part of Anglican Grow Hope, a PWRDF Rupert’s Land initiative with the Foodgrains Bank.

Suzanne Rumsey

Suzanne Rumsey, PWRDF Public Engagement CoordinatorSuzanne was born and raised in the Kootenay region of B.C., the traditional and unceded territory of the Ktunaxa Nation. She joined PWRDF in 2001 as the Latin America and Caribbean Program Coordinator and in 2010 moved to her current position as Public Engagement Coordinator. Prior to joining PWRDF, Suzanne worked for a decade with the Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America (ICCHRLA), one of the predecessor coalitions of KAIROS. She is also a part-time student at Trinity College, University of Toronto, working on a Master of Theological Studies degree. Suzanne lives with her son, Robin, in downtown Toronto.

November 16, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

Advent with PWRDF – Threads of Hope

PWRDF is pleased to launch our 2021 Advent Resource Threads of Hope. This year’s resource will include daily, prayers and PWRDF partner stories. Please join us for a preview of this resource and learn how you might use it in your personal and church Advent journey. You will meet two of the writers, Charlotte Lilley, and the Rev. Martha Tatarnic, who will share a sample of prayers and reflections from the Advent Resource.

November 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PWRDF Refugee Support

There are more refugees and displaced people than ever before. PWRDF has a long history of supporting refugees around the world, as well as supporting a network of volunteers in Canada who support new refugees through the Sponsorship Agreement Holder program. This webinar will introduce you to some of this work including in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and through the PWRDF Refugee network of Anglican Sponsorship Agreement Holders. You will meet representatives from PWRDF partner, National Council of Churches Kenya, (NCCK), and Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder in the Diocese of Toronto, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA).

October 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

For the Love of Creation Fall Symposium 

PWRDF has been an active member of the For the Love of Creation movement. This gathering will mark a key moment in the group’s journey, in Canada’s climate plan, and in global climate action in advance of COP 26 (November 2021). Participants will hear the collective theological reflections in the Letter of the Faithful, learn about how advocacy goals have evolved, and engage with faith leaders, theologians, climate organizers including: 

  • Sister Eva Solomon, csj
  • Councillor Christine Boyle, Vancouver
  • Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat
  • Dr. David K. Goodin
  • Mueni Mutinda, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Jennifer Preston, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) … and more! 

October 26, 11 a.m. ET

Light for Every Birth Wrap up and Celebration 

Thanks to our generous supporters the Light for Every Birth Campaign was a huge success. At this wrap up and celebration of the campaign we will hear from our partner, EHALE, and celebrate the efforts of churches and individuals who helped us raise the funds necessary to purchase 50 Solar Suitcases that are on their way to rural health clinics in Mozambique. We will also hear stories and celebrate the accomplishments of our Ride for Refuge participants.

Tuesday, September 7, 1 p.m. ET

Celebrating Food & Faith Together

Celebrating Food and Faith Together is a new worship resource that was developed as part of PWRDF’s three-year Creation Care: Climate Action education focus. The Very Reverend Ken Gray designed the resource to be used during the Season of Creation or at any time suitable for your congregation. This liturgy is flexible enough to be used in person or online. Rev. Ken will introduce us to the various components that make up this resource and will show us how it may be used or adapted for a variety of settings.

Whether you have already decided to use the resource, or are considering how you might incorporate it into your liturgical schedule, come and hear how others are creatively and faithfully building support for the work of PWRDF in this year’s Season of Creation.

The presenter

The Very Rev. Ken Gray

Recently retired from over 35 years of lay and ordained ministry throughout the Anglican Church of Canada, Ken Gray now devotes much of his time to environmental advocacy, teaching and writing. He also continues in various contexts to develop liturgical and other resources. He can be seen gliding up and down the hills of Kamloops with his new e-bike. He also coordinates the work of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club and connects with a variety of local sustainability projects. You can follow his blog Take Note and his images may be viewed at

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank Partnership

PWRDF is a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a coalition of 15 churches and church agencies whose goal is to end global hunger. In this webinar, we will explore the many ways that we work with the Foodgrains Bank and how that allows PWRDF to have a greater impact around the world. You will learn about how we work in collaboration with other Foodgrains Bank members, with partners internationally, and how we engage Canadians in learning, advocacy, and support for this important ministry.

Tuesday, June 22, 1 p.m. ET

A Light for Every Birth

Our Solar Suitcase webinar will provide a deeper look into PWRDF’s “Light for Every Birth” project, which will bring solar electricity to clinics and birthing centres in rural Mozambique. You will meet representatives of We Care Solar, makers of the solar suitcases, and Richard Librock, PWRDF’s External Funding Program Manager, who will provide an overview of the partnership with EHALE, the implementing organization in Mozambique.

The presenters

Kim Gordon is the Senior Manager of Global Programs and has been with We Care Solar since 2015. She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and a Masters Degree in Global Finance and Economic Integration. For the past 15 years, she has worked with Village Enterprise, Kiva, Vittana, and many other non-profits to improve quality of life in rural communities in Asia, South America, and Africa. Kim loves to travel and has lived, work, and/or traveled to over fifty countries.

Richard Librock has worked at PWRDF since 2014 as the External Funding Program Manager. He is a certified educator in Holistic Management and one of the founders of the Participatory Ecological Land-use Management (PELUM) network of more than 200 member organizations that promote sustainable agriculture in 12 countries of eastern, southern and central Africa.

June 3, 1 p.m. ET

Webinar – Ride for Refuge

You are invited to join us for our Ride for Refuge Kick Off. You will learn more about what’s in store for Ride 2021, Ride Freestyle options and how to get started with your fundraising page. Jen Taylor of Blue Sea Philanthropy will join us and you will also be introduced to the “Light for Every Birth” project.

Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day) 12 (noon) p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Webinar – Climate Change and Food Security

This webinar will examine the impact of climate change on food security and demonstrate how conservation agriculture is being used to address these impacts. Kevin Muneene Kamuya from Utooni Development Organization (UDO) in Kenya, will share details of a conservation agriculture project, and PWRDF staff member, Richard Librock will share why conservation agriculture is an important approach to address climate change. In addition, you will be introduced to the 2021 Creation Care: Climate Action learning modules that will also focus on climate change and food security. 

The Presenters:

Kevin Muneene Kamuya, CEO, Utooni Development Organization, Kenya

Kevin has a lifelong interest in community development with a focus on changing lives. He has been working with rural communities in Kenya for 10 years (eight with UDO) enabling them to improve water supply, food production, income and health. In 2014, Kevin received the UNDP Equator Initiative Award on behalf of Utooni Development Organization for promoting sustainable land management practices, and in 2015, he was accredited to the United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification observer status.

Richard Librock, External Funding Program Manager, PWRDF

Richard Librock has worked at PWRDF since 2014 as the External Funding Program Manager. He is a certified educator in Holistic Management and one of the founders of the Participatory Ecological Land-use Management (PELUM) network of more than 200 member organizations that promote sustainable agriculture in 12 countries of eastern, southern and central Africa.