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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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