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Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry Network

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Together Resourcing the Canadian Church in Today’s Diverse Contexts

In the spring of 2018, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) hosted a nation-wide ecumenical consultation to hear the experiences, resources, successes and needs of its members around relationships and ministry across cultural and racial differences. This consultation was a step toward forming the new CCC reference group, The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL). This reference group builds on the work of The Canadian Churches Forum, an arm’s length agency of the CCC which began in 1921 as the Canadian School of Missions. The process of forming FILL includes bringing the work of the CCC Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) into the intercultural ministry work of FILL.

A full day face-to-face consultation was held in Toronto April 12 followed by a series of 3 video consultations. Approximately 60 people participated from contexts across Canada and representing or having membership in a number of Canadian denominations or institutions. Participants self-identified a wide range of social locations.

Consultation Summary report [PDF]

Consultation Transcripts [PDF]

Going Deeper with DUIM

Some DUIM alumni have been asking for a DUIM 2 program.  To better understand what alumni were seeking in a deeper DUIM experience, we sent out a survey with the following questions:

1 – Ideally, how do you imagine yourself delving deeper into your intercultural experience? Describe your ideal “Going Deeper” event, program or gathering. What ideas are being explored? Where? How? And with whom?

2 – As a DUIM alum, how can you imagine yourself supporting or contributing to going deeper in this way? How would your involvement look and feel? Is there content or conversation might you bring or lead?

3 – We appreciate your help in charting our path deeper! Thank you. Are you open to responding to more questions like these in the future?

See the results! [PDF]

If you’d like to share your thoughts on these questions, contact the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning.


Upcoming DUIM programs

The best way to connect with the network is to attend a DUIM program. See the DUIM page  for future offerings and information

The DUIM program is now offered in Toronto, Manitoba, Saskatoon, and Vancouver.

We have stared conversations toward program offerings in: Vancouver Island, Alberta, Quebec, and for special “DUIM for Refugee Sponsorship” and “DUIM in rural Canada” programs.

Want to host a DUIM program in your context? Contact the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning.


Resources for Intercultural Ministry

DUIM alumni Niki Andre shares Embodied Practice Guidelines & Sense-Stones. “Embodied Practice Guidelines” is a way to remind people that intercultural ministry is more than “head” knowledge and engages all of who we are. “Sense-stones” is an easy way to help people tell their stories in a way that engages all 6 senses.

Peter Noteboom, Acting General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, shares Reflections on Intersecting Unearned Privilege. This study for a group or self reflection was inspired by conversations at “Engaging Others”, a gathering of DUIM alumni.

Mike Walker, a PhD candidate at the Toronto School of Theology helps us think about privilege by suggesting the addition of a 3rd dimension to the “Intersecting Axes of Privilege, Domination, and Oppression” in Embodiment as Third Axis Disability-Privilege

Alumni of “Engage Difference!” have reworked and adapted the section of the program on conferred privilege into a stand-alone work shop: Exploring lived experience of privilege

Alumni of “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” designed Creating Spaces for New Immigrants. This program is designed to create safe spaces where newer immigrants to Canada can share their experiences of Canada’s culture and better understand the settler-indigenous history they have entered into.

Sometimes its hard to know where to start. Some of the DUIM program alumni create a list of Ideas for Invitation to Becoming Intercultural and Tips for grassroots conversation . Want to know what it takes to facilitate intercultural ministry? This Gifts for Facilitation generated by participants in the “Engaging Others!” Facilitators shows we all have some of the gifts…and since none have all the gifts, we need to do this in community.

Intercultural ministry means creating spaces where everyone can be fully themselves, be heard, and hear others. Program alumni have recommended tools for beginning to this in small groups: Eric Law’s “Mutual Invitation” offers an alternative to ‘volunteer style’ of interaction that favors those from individualist cultures excludes those whose interactions favor a collectivistic culture. Scrupling is an old Quaker practice that focuses on process instead of issues. The focus is on problems that prevent issues from being discussed and resolved.

Lots of great programs and activities have been designed by Engage Difference! alumni:
Ha Na Park shares the Friendship Kitchen project in Winnipeg
Alumni of “Engage Difference!” share a framework for Creating Intercultural Engagement in a Public Space through Ritual and Artistic Expression. Included om this document, program alumni Min-Goo Kang shares a project based on this framework.

The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning Facebook page is a constantly growing resource for intercultural ministry with news items, videos, events and more. The DUIM network is invited to add and post to this page.

EWGRS paper on theology The Ecumenical Working Group  on Residential Schools provided this important challenge: “This paper contends that our theologies of confession, repentance, and reconciliation are not yet sufficient to address the churches’ complicity in historical violence and injustice against Indigenous peoples, perpetrated in Christ’s name, or to confront the injustices that continue”.

Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah. Let us Walk Together.  This resource from the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) is designed to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal peoples live with today. It includes the essays, testimonies and reflections in this resource are organized around teachings connected to the 4 quadrants of indigenous circles. Download the resource here for free:
1.Introduction-Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
2.Spiritual Quadrant
3. Emotional Quadrant
4. Physical Quadrant
5. Intellectual Quadrant
6. Resources