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Engage Difference!

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

12 weeks focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry

Winter 2022 Virtual Program
January 10 – April 4, 2022

Ecumenical + interactive program

Practical ideas to use in your own context

Nurture cultural understanding + awareness in your community

Participate on-line from anywhere in Canada

Optional Academic Credit through Wycliffe College


Learn More About the Program and Register


As we emerge into a new context of living with COVID, The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning is able to again offer the “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Leadership and Learning” program.

Winter of 2022, the course will be offered as an on-line program synchronous with the Wycliffe College course: “lntercultural Leadership and Learning: Engaging Ministry in Diverse Contexts: WYP1625HS.


Course Delivery:

“Engage Difference!” participants will participate in weekly on-line classes with Wycliffe students: Mondays, 10 am -1 pm (Eastern), January 10 through April 4, 2022

Course content will be similar to our traditional offering of the 5-day intensive course: https://www.interculturalleadership.ca/duim

Class time will offer creative uses of on-line tools for large group, small group and individual reflections, conversations and activities. Content and activities will be led and facilitated by a variety of resource people and the full program accompanied by facilitators and an intercultural mentor.

Weekly activities between classes will help participants engage course content in their local contexts.
In small groups, participants will design and practice with peers an activity, workshop, or program for bringing the course content and conversation into local ministry contexts.

Wycliffe students participating for course credit will be expected to produce a final project or paper and other graded assignments. These will not be an expectation for non-credit participants.


Tentative weekly class schedule:

  • Week 1: January 10 – Course overview, Pedagogies for Intercultural Ministry, Gathering and building an intentional learning community
  • Week 2: January 17 – Telling our Intercultural Stories and journeys, Mapping stories of migration and experiences of diversity
  • Week 3: January 24 – Culture and Interculturality: definitions and models, Faith perspectives on community and culture
  • Week 4: January 31 – Exploring power, privilege, racism, social location and the dominant culture, Reconciliation and decolonization
  • Week 5: February 7 – History of Canada’s and Christianity’s relationship with “the other” including missiology, Doctrine of Discovery, Biblical texts and Christian theologies, Economics and Interculturality.
  • Week 6: February 14 – A case study: Exploring the cultures of our denominations and ministry settings
  • February 21: Reading Week
  • Week 7: February 28 – Engaging Conflict Across Cultures
  • Week 8: March 7 – Theology and culture, Theologies from the margins
  • Week 9: March 14 – Theories of change, Small group projects: practical design and implementation of the learning to our contexts
  • Week 10: March 21 – Practice and feedback of small group projects
  • Week 11: March 28 -Self and Community Care: making the work sustainable
  • Week 12: April 4 – Next Steps in Intercultural Ministry and Leadership, Closing Community liturgy

Course learning is built on interaction between participants. Participation requires weekly attendance and access to internet and zoom suitable video-conferencing computer equipment. Participants are expected to attend with video and sound on. Availability for a small amount of group work via zoom, email, or telephone outside class time during the course is expected.

Full course description and syllabus can be viewed at: https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/programs-and-courses/courses/lntercultural-leadership-and-learning-engaging-ministry-diverse-0  Evaluation Requirements are for Wycliffe academic students only.



$620. Bursaries available: Denominational bursaries and FILL Marginalized Communities bursary


Steps to register:

(Wycliffe College students are register directly with the college for in-person study and remote, synchronous learning.)

1) Fill out this registration FORM

2) Register with the Wycliffe college to audit at: https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/programs-courses/courses/auditing-courses. Please pay the $320 fee to audit directly to Wycliffe College.

3) We will be in contact about next steps.
The Forum for Intercultural Leadership (FILL) does not receive fees from Wycliffe College for auditing students. Some denominations will provide a grant to FILL to support your participation. Some may also offer bursaries toward audit fees. We will direct you to their application for this grant. Those from non-granting churches will be asked to provide a donation on a sliding scale (suggested donation of $300). Participants who qualify are invited to apply for the FILL Marginalized Communities Bursary.