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Upcoming Webinars


Race, Indigeneity, Decolonial Thinking and the Possibilities of Anti-colonial Education
2-hour Conversational Webinar: June 16th 3pm EDT
(12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 1:00pm CST, 2pm CDT, 4pm ADT, 4:30pm NDT)

Join this engaging webinar where the main presenter, Dr. George Dei, will be discussing the intersections of race, anti-Black racism, colonialism and other oppressions. Participants will be engaged in the theory and practice of race, anti-Blackness, Indigeneity and decolonization and what it means for us to practically address social inequalities through a ‘thinking through’ of new futurities. The discussion will highlight crucial sites for interventions in the politics of race, anti-Blackness, Indigeneity and decolonization. There is a particular focus on the strategies for anti-colonial inclusive practice and what institutions need to do in order to bring about transformative change. A key question that will guide conversations is: What does mean for church leaders to move away from colonial approaches to religious education and formation in their church contexts and find new ways for decolonial and life-giving approaches?

On the second half of the webinar, Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo will respond to the presentation from their own social location and lead us to a deeper conversation and engagement.

Dr. George Dei is a renowned educator, researcher and writer who is considered by many as one of Canada’s foremost scholars on race and anti-racism studies. He is a widely sought after academic, researcher and community worker whose professional and academic work has led to many Canadian and international speaking invitations in US, Europe and Africa. Currently, he is Professor of Social Justice Education & Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Professor Dei is the 2015, 2016, 2018-19 Carnegie African Diasporan Fellow. In August of 2012, Professor Dei also received the honorary title of ‘Professor Extraordinarire’ from the Department of Inclusive Education, University of South Africa, [UNISA]. In 2017, he was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, the most prestigious award for an academic scholar. He also received the ‘2016 Whitworth Award for Educational Research’ from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) awarded to the Canadian scholar whose research and scholarship have helped shaped Canadian national educational policy and practice. He is the 2019 Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Chapman University, US – ‘Social Justice Award’ winner. Professor Dei has thirty-five (35) books and over seventy (70) refereed journal articles to his credit. Finally, in June of 2007, Professor Dei was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, specifically, as the Gyaasehene of the town of Asokore, Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah.

Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg is a Graduate Degree Director and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Associate Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College. She is the very first Asian and a racialized faculty to be a full professor in the history of Emmanuel. Committed to an interdisciplinary approach to homiletics in practical theology, her teaching and research address a range of topics related to biblical interpretation, postcolonial theories, feminist homiletics and liturgy, migration, and decolonizing practices. Her current research is involved in the intercultural preaching, as this intersects with race, gender, and multiple identities of the preacher and the congregations. She is particularly interested in language (verbal and non-verbal) issues for preaching as a communicative event. As a recipient of The Rowntree Scholarship at The United Church of Canada Foundation (2019), she will undertake her research project on Preaching and Intercultural Ministry in the United Church of Canada for the next 3 years. To highlight a few of her publications, she is the author of Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect and Interdependence: A Postcolonial Feminist Practical Theology. She also wrote the chapter “The Power and Practise of Indigenous Christian Rituals and Ceremonies” in the upcoming publication, Honouring the Declaration: Church Commitments to Reconciliation and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Theology, June Callwood Professor in Social Justice Special Advisor on Indigenous Issues. He focuses on the history and impacts of Residential Schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Calls to Actions; Indigenous interactions with Christianity and the Church; and building community relationships. As well, he is interested exploring the impacts of educational systems and teaching methods on individuals and communities. His teaching focuses on the use of personal stories, experiences and worldviews to make connections. Aside from teaching, Jonathan seeks ways to enhance the presence of Indigenous peoples, culture and knowledge at the university as the Special Advisory on Indigenous Initiatives. He is the convenor of the Indigenous Advisory Circle at Victoria University. Jonathan is Mohawk from Kahnawake, a First Nations community outside of Montreal.

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Previous Webinars

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The Case Study: The Canadian Churches, Poverty, and Intercultural Analysis

A conversation on how Canadian churches can engage together on the issue of poverty in Canada. The webinar began with a brief presentation from Derek Cook, the director of the Canadian Poverty Institute and representative of the Canadian Council of Churches Commission on Justice and Peace, and Jim Cresswell, professor and researcher at Ambrose University. Following, representing diverse social locations, Benjamin Lujan (a Latin American doctoral student who is majoring in liberation theologies), Serisha Iyar (the Founder and Executive Director of Leading in Colour) and Néstor Medina (Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics and Culture, Emmanuel College) responded. After this panel discussion, the space was opened for the participants to join the conversation.

Read the Canadian Council of Churches Commission on Justice and Peace document at the core of the conversation: “Healing Poverty


View the Recording on Youtube


Downloadable Resources from the webinar:
Read the Canadian Council of Churches Commission on Justice and Peace document at the core of the conversation: “Healing Poverty
Download Jim Cresswell’s Powerpoint presentation used in the webinar:
The Church Response to Poverty

 

Deeper understanding of interculturality:
Living, learning, and relating interculturally in Canadian contexts
FILL’s Theology & Research Working Group examine their living document created to invite Canadian church communities to be open to and live out interculturality: “Interculturality Framework and Guiding Principles: An Invitation to Conversation and Dialogue.”  An interactive dialogue followed a panel presentation of the document.

Panelists: Lloyd Nyarota and Emo Yango
Panel Respondents: Chung Yan 林頌恩 (JoAnne) Lam and Kim Uyede-Kai
Closing remarks: Néstor Medina

 

View the recording on Youtube

 

A Seat at the Table – Journeying towards Beloved Community
Niki Andre, Dianne Hope, Bill Millar, and Adele Halliday take us through a deeper exploration of the goal of Beloved Community. 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
  • Engaging 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

This webinar took place April 14th, 2021 and was hosted by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches.

View the recording on Youtube in English or French

Downloadable Resources from the webinar: Pre-Webinar Registration Package


Preparing for a Change of Era: Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

Living faithfully in a new era requires creative space to imagine new ways of being. Canada’s diverse contexts require that kind of creative imagination. In 2012 Canadian churches came together to create a program to resource local communities for Just Intercultural ministry. Today, the 5-day program, “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” is offered in contexts across Canada and has over 200 alumni. This past winter 50 of the course alumni and facilitators came together to share how this program is shaping them and their local communities, and to dream the future of the work. In this webinar recording, Jonathan Schmidt (The Canadian Council of Churches Associate Secretary, Intercultural Leadership and Learning; Justice and Peace) describes the learning of that gathering and the profound impact of the program. In conversation, webinar participants share glimpses of Just Intercultural community in their contexts and together dream next steps to help resource the Canadian church.

This webinar took place September 16th, 2020 and was hosted by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches.

View the recording on Youtube

Downloadable Resources from the webinar:
Power Point Slides of the Webinar


Bridging Intergenerational Gaps within Ethnic Immigrant Churches

Intergenerational gaps are as common in families as in churches, with far-reaching implications for the health of congregations. Yet open and candid discussions about intergenerational gaps within churches, particularly ethnic congregations, are rare and difficult. In this webinar recording, Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Windsor, will address ways to: a) better understand common intergeneration gaps that occur among, immigrants, children, youth, parents, and families; b) identify how similar intergenerational issues can be observed and reproduced in church and congregational life; and c) respond and manage intergenerational conflicts/gaps in ethnic churches through communication, relationship building, and increased cultural empathy.

This webinar took place April 29th, 2020 and was hosted by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches.

View the recording on YouTube

Downloadable Resources from the webinar:
Power Point Slides of the Webinar
Case Example – Intergenerational Issue
Reading materials:
Communicating and Bridging Relationship Gaps across Language, Generational, and Cultural Divides (Ben Kuo)
From Filial Piety to Religious Piety (Carolyn Chen)
New Missions with a New Generation (Dae Sung Kim)


Strangers & Angels Unaware:
Demographic Change, Church Decline and Radical Hope

Link to recording of Strangers and Angels Unaware youtube video recordingRather than lamenting the declining attendance in our churches as a bad/sad thing, what if we see it as a Divine invitation to a radical new hope, a re-conceptualization of church in Canada. In this webinar recording, Bill Millar, an intercultural ministry researcher & trainer, presents specific info on demographic changes and projections in the Canadian population, as well as patterns of church decline, and then explore strategies to lift churches out of shock and discouragement – helping them mobilize hope by opening their faith communities to more diverse populations!

This webinar took place February 12th, 2020 and was hosted by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches.

View the recording on Youtube

Downloadable Resources from the webinar:
Transcript of the Webinar
Power Point Slides of the Webinar
Tool 1 (Level of Welcome)
Tool 2 (Church Privilege)


Building Welcoming Spaces with Universal Design

In this webinar recording, Miriam Spies (UCC Minister and PhD student) and Alice Schuda (Centennial College) explore how to talk about and create welcoming spaces for People With Disabilities (PWDs) from a theological perspective. We also focus on the practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational approach that seeks to reduce barriers to learning and to address the different learning needs of students. In a diverse classroom, no single method can reach all learners. Multiple pathways to achieving learning goals are required!

This webinar took place on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 and was hosted by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) of The Canadian Council of Churches.

View the recording on Youtube

Downloadable Resources from the webinar:
Power Point Slides of the Webinar
Reading Materials
Transcript of the Webinar


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