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Recordings of previous webinars can be found below.

Upcoming Webinars
This spring we are offering a series of 4 webinars. Scroll down for more information and to register for each.

  • A Seat at the Table – Journeying towards Beloved Community: April 14, 2021 Registration open now
  • Deeper understanding of interculturality: Living, learning, and relating interculturally in Canadian contexts: May 5, 2021
  • The Case Study: The Canadian Churches, Poverty, and Intercultural Analysis: May 26, 2021
  • Race, Indigeneity, Decolonial Thinking and the Possibilities of Anti-colonial Education: June 16, 2021

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
  • 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

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. After her retirement in 2014, Dianne took, and then joined the facilitation team for the “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” course, now offered by the Canadian Council of Churches through the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL). 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.

Questions?  
Contact pablo@councilofchurches.ca 416-972-9494 x204

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Deeper understanding of interculturality: Living, learning, and relating interculturally in Canadian contexts
2-hour Conversational Webinar: May 5th 3PM EDT
(12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 1pm CST, 2pm CDT, 4pm ADT, 4:30pm NDT)
Registration will open shortly. 

Join FILL’s Theology & Research Working Group to examine the document “Mandate and Purpose” that the group has produced and adopted on the theme of interculturality. After a brief presentation, there will be interactive dialogue between the members of the groups, a few panelists, and the participants. Into this conversational webinar, we invite the participants to bring and share intercultural experiences from their social locations and local communities.

Want to go deeper? Concurrent with the spring 2021 4 webinar series, FILL is offering Conversations Circles about Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change.

Questions?  
Contact pablo@councilofchurches.ca 416-972-9494 x204


The Case Study: The Canadian Churches, Poverty, and Intercultural Analysis
2-hour Conversational Webinar: May 26th 3pm EDT
(12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 1pm CST, 2pm CDT, 4pm ADT, 4:30pm NDT)
Registration will open shortly.

Join this constructive conversation on how Canadian churches can engage together on the issue of poverty in Canada. The webinar will begin with a brief presentation from Derek Cook, the director of the Canadian Poverty Institute, and Jim Cresswell, a representative from the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Justice and Peace and professor at Ambrose University. Later, three people from diverse social locations will be responding and the respondents are Benjamin Lujan (a Latin American doctoral student who is majoring in liberation theologies), Adrian Jacobs (Keeper of the Circle/Principal of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre/Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy), and Serisha Iyar (the Founder and Executive Director of Leading in Colour). After this panel discussion, we will open the space for the participants to join the conversation.

Want to go deeper? Concurrent with the spring 2021 4 webinar series, FILL is offering Conversations Circles about Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change.

Questions?  
Contact pablo@councilofchurches.ca 416-972-9494 x204


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)
Registration will open shortly.

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.

Want to go deeper? Concurrent with the spring 2021 4 webinar series, FILL is offering Conversations Circles about Race, Gender, Poverty and Social Change.

Questions?  
Contact pablo@councilofchurches.ca 416-972-9494 x204


Previous Webinars

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September 2020

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


April 2020

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)


February 2020

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)


November 2019

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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