The Canadian Council of Churches
The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning
and The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network
Invite you to attend or send representatives to an ecumenical consultation:
Together Resourcing the Canadian Church in Today’s Diverse Contexts
Shaping the work of The Canadian Council of Churches:
Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning
The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network
Or mail: Attn Registrar, Canadian Council of Churches, 47 Queens Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON., M5S 2C3
In person: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
60 Lowther, Toronto, ON
Lunch is provided.
Web seminar-based consultations:
April 2018, dates to be determined by poll.
All are encouraged to attend the April 12 face-to-face. However as this ministry is in contexts across Canada, the opportunity to hear voices not able to be in Toronto is essential to this conversation.
Purpose of the Consultation:
This will be an opportunity hear the successes, struggles, and learnings of Canadian denominations and other faith-based organizations, hear what each needs and offers, and discern how better to resource this work ecumenically.
The Day will include:
- Ecumenical networking
- Current work and ministry across difference
- Current Theological & Biblical foundations of intercultural ministry, ministry across difference, and racial justice
- Denominations and organizations sharing of current work, successes, learnings, and needs
- Conversation: how work together to learn from and support each other ecumenically
- Next steps
This consultation will help FILL and CEARN better know, respond to, and support Canadian denominations and other faith-based organizations.
Who is being invited?
From across Canada:
- Canadian denominations (up to 6 representatives from each denomination)
- Canadian faith-based theological schools and similar organizations
- Persons engaged in ministry across difference in local contexts
Representatives of a wide range of area of ministry and ministry contexts will attend. Ministry across difference intersects every area of ministry in today’s Canadian context at national, regional, and local levels, including (but not limited to):
- Theological education
- Reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples
- Ministry in almost every Canadian community as diversity increases
- Ministry where there is diversity of any kind; racial, ethnic, gender, age, class, sexuality, able-ness, faith, and more?
- Global Ministries
- Engaging the unchurched
- Relationships with refugees and immigrants
- Justice ministries
- Church structures and programs to fully engage the diversity and gifts of its members
Who is inviting this consultation?
The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) is an ecumenical partnership through which Canadian churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally. Through our work, Canadian churches engage in innovative education and programming; come together for reflection on contemporary issues; participate in dialogue about honouring diversity and God’s unequivocal welcome; and networking and support for intercultural ministry. Begun in 1921 as the Canadian School of Missions, later known as the Ecumenical Institute, the Ecumenical Forum, and The Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries, FILL is today a reference group of the Canadian Council of Churches.
Learn about our history. Read our terms of reference.
The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) is an expression of Canadian churches working together to support anti-racism programs and educators who are working in member churches, sharing resources and learning among anti-racism educators, and supporting long-term change in Canadian churches and church organizations. The mandate of CEARN is to accompany churches and church organizations in Canada who are working toward racial justice, racial reconciliation, and peace, to transform themselves and their communities. The genesis CEARN can be found in 2001, part of a Canadian response to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, that year. Located in the Canadian Council of Churches, CEARN, is discerning its future work and exploring connections with FILL.
The Canadian Council of Churches is the broadest and most inclusive ecumenical body in the world, now representing 25 denominations of Anglican; Evangelical; Free Church; Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox; Protestant; and Catholic traditions. Together we represent more than 85% of the Christians in Canada. The Canadian Council of Churches was founded in 1944.
Click here to read the consultation invitation from Peter Noteboom, Acting General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches
Click here to read the consultation invitation from Rev. Jonathan Schmidt, Associate Secretary: Intercultural Leadership; Justice and Peace, The Canadian Council of Churches
Questions can be directed to:
Rev. Jonathan Schmidt
Associate Secretary: Intercultural Leadership; Justice and Peace
Canadian Council of Churches
416-972-9494 x 26
Further details will be emailed to participants and posted to https://www.interculturalleadership.ca/consult prior to April 12.
Please register by March 23: