When: Friday 21 April 5:30 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 22 April
2017, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cummer Avenue United Church, 53 Cummer Avenue,
Cost: $60, which includes 3 meals; pay what you can option available
Xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant sentiments – is it getting worse or has it always been this way? what used to be, at least for the privileged amongst us, mostly hidden but now mainstreaming at an alarming rate? Are right-wing populist abd resurgent white supremacist movements giving permission to throw out the niceties, exposing what for many has been part of daily life and, for others, mostly unseen and unheard?
You’re invited to a workshop, a Friday evening and Saturday gathering of people to talk about these things, to tell and listen to stories and learn new skills. The event will appeal to people from a church background – acknowledging that Christians have work to do – but is not limited to church types.
Using the tools of popular education, experiential learning and Christian liturgy, we will meet one another and ourselves. Rather than issue-based, the training will focus on story-telling and skills that will help us to answer question such as: what does this mean in the context of the national convulsion that was the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and its 94 Calls to Action? What does this all mean in the context of police brutality against racialised youth and adults and the response that is Black Lives Matter? How do we respond to the Québec City massacre of Muslims at worship? Where do I locate myself in these narratives? What do they mean to me and my vocation as activist/ally? What actions can I take?
Facilitators are: the Rev’d Michael Blair, Executive Minister, Church in Mission, United Church of Canada, Elder Renée Hill-Thomas, Turtle Clan, of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and member of Nations Uniting, as well as the Rev'd LeeAnn McKenna, Executive Director of Partera International. The Executive Director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Rev’d LeDayne McLeese Polaski, will be participating, as well.
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