A Seat at the Table – Journeying towards Beloved Community
2-hour Conversational Webinar: April 14th 3pm EDT
(12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 1pm CST, 2pm CDT, 4pm ADT, 4:30pm NDT)
Join Niki Andre, Dianne Hope, Bill Millar, and Adele Halliday, for a deeper exploration of the goal of Beloved Community. Come, explore a more detailed description of what the journey might involve. Using the methodology employed in the “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for intercultural ministry” course and draw on the “wisdom in the room” to practice elements of:
- Just Intercultural Community
- Sharing power
- Transforming conflicts
The webinar includes:
- An introduction to a unique model for representing Beloved Community, drawing on ideas from Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings, Bill Millar’s “Open Out” podcasts and the Engage Difference! “Continuum for Moving from Monocultural to Intercultural”
- Considerations when planning more inclusive, equitable events in your community
- Exploring of how moving towards Beloved Community intersects with and informs the active work of anti-racism
Dianne Hope identifies as an Afro-Caribbean woman and a Canadian citizen. As an elementary school educator, Dianne sought to enhance the Eurocentric curricula through in-class and extra-curricular activities that acknowledged and celebrated the diversity of the student body. In 2014, Dianne joined the facilitation team for the “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” course. The concept of “Beloved Community” as voiced by Martin Luther King Jr. has captivated her since being introduced to it during her first Embrace Difference! course in 2015.
Niki Andre is a songstress, poet and yoga instructor whose lay ministry uses embodied practice to connect people across diverse cultures and faiths. She designs and facilitates faith-based, social justice programming – including her signature A Cappella Jams – for groups across the country and beyond. She’s been collaborating with the Forum, and various Canadian Council of Churches members, since she became an Engage Difference alum and received additional facilitation training in 2014 and 2015.
Bill Millar is an intercultural ministry researcher & trainer, completing a McGeachy Scholarship from the United Church of Canada on the the nitty gritty of intercultural living to be published as a podcast series beginning mid-January of 2020. Prior to this, he was pastor of Knox United in Winnipeg, a downtown church in Winnipeg that became, over his 14 years, the most culturally diverse United Church in the country. Prior experience includes 11 years working in congregational change and transformation and 12 years as pastor of a Deaf church.
Adele Halliday works at the national office of The United Church of Canada as the denomination’s Anti-Racism and Equity Officer. An experienced anti-racism educator who also holds a theological degree, she brings personal passion and a deep dedication to this work. She has been involved in anti-oppression work with churches in Canada and beyond for many years, and is deeply committed to working towards systemic change as well as to creating better places of belonging for people of all identities in church and society.
Want to go deeper? Concurrent with the spring 2021 4 webinar series, FILL is offering Conversations Circles about Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change.