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Church response to the tragic Humboldt hockey team bus accident has brought new awareness to the vital role of faith communities in the life of the community as a whole.

CiRCLe M is a Saskatoon-based network of persons who seek to better understand and advocate on behalf of rural ministry in Canada. They have a training component for professional and non-professional leaders in the local church. Their “Church and Community Crises Response Training Webinar” ( is a timely resource for rural communities which may face crises events such as accident, flood, fire, trauma and economic upset.

The latest issue of the CiRCLe M newsletter addresses the topics of community resiliency and the relevance of local churches in a swiftly changing world.