Canadian Council of Churches

Resources

FILL Webinars

This webinar series provides conversation on a number of intercultural ministry projects. Watch recordings of past webinars and sign up for future conversations.

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. 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.

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

Rather 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. 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!

Building Welcoming Spaces with Universal Design

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!

FILL Resources

Workshop ideas, content and materials by alumni.

  • Bill Millar, Engage Difference! program alumni and FILL reference group member created “Open Out”, a series of podcasts drawing on his experiences in ministry across diversity and his research on intercultural ministry.

  • Peter Noteboom, Acting General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, shares Reflections on Intersecting Unearned Privilege. This study for a group or self reflection was inspired by conversations at “Engaging Others”, a gathering of DUIM alumni.

  • DUIM alumni Niki Andre shares Embodied Practice Guidelines & Sense-Stones. “Embodied Practice Guidelines” is a way to remind people that intercultural ministry is more than “head” knowledge and engages all of who we are. “Sense-stones” is an easy way to help people tell their stories in a way that engages all 6 senses.

  • Mike Walker, a PhD candidate at the Toronto School of Theology helps us think about privilege by suggesting the addition of a 3rd dimension to the “Intersecting Axes of Privilege, Domination, and Oppression” in Embodiment as Third Axis Disability-Privilege. 
     
  • Alumni of “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” designed Creating Spaces for New Immigrants. This program is designed to create safe spaces where newer immigrants to Canada can share their experiences of Canada’s culture and better understand the settler-indigenous history they have entered into.

  • Intercultural ministry means creating spaces where everyone can be fully themselves, be heard, and hear others. Program alumni have recommended tools for beginning to this in small groups: Eric Law’s “Mutual Invitation” offers an alternative to ‘volunteer style’ of interaction that favors those from individualist cultures excludes those whose interactions favor a collectivistic culture. Scrupling is an old Quaker practice that focuses on process instead of issues. The focus is on problems that prevent issues from being discussed and resolved.

  • Lots of great programs and activities have been designed by Engage Difference! alumni: Ha Na Park shares the Friendship Kitchen project in Winnipeg.

CCC Resources

Resources produced by or recommended by the Canadian Council of Churches.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go back to the 1800s; it is one of the oldest, most widely observed ecumenical events in the world. The materials on this website are designed to be of service to you not only during the Week itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you find ways to express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united one with another, and all of us with Christ.

Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation

The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network has taken up the challenge of resourcing and accompanying communities of faith in their journey toward truth and reconciliation. This resource zeros in on White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work. Racism is one expression of the White privilege and supremacy that is present in day-to-day interactions and built into systems and church structures. It is impossible to do anti-racism work without examining White identity and the unearned power and privilege that flows from that identity. This resource includes stories, biblical reflections, and workshops.

Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah. Let us Walk Together

This resource from the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) is designed to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal peoples live with today. It includes the essays, testimonies and reflections in this resource are organized around teachings connected to the 4 quadrants of indigenous circles.

From Chains to Freedom: Journeying Towards Reconciliation (2007)

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British, this is a packet of materials on the slave trade and the practice of slavery in Canada for parishes, congregations and study groups including worship materials, biblical reflection, educational materials, children’s resources and much more.

For God So Loved the People of the World (2006)

This kit is the fruit of five years of learning, reflecting and acting together in the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, representing our first attempt to jointly lift up the importance of anti-racism ministry in the member churches of The Canadian Council of Churches. The contributors to this resource kit come from a variety of traditions; each of them has worked from the heart, offering the best of what they know now of the topic at hand.

Bibliography

Here are some selected resources for each major theme of intercultural ministry.

Anti-Racism

Since we embrace the ethical framework of justice and love, which is based on our Christian tradition, anti-racism is a crucial part of intercultural ministry.

  • Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation, Toronto: Canadian Council of Churches, 2012.*
  • Carl James,  Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Culture, 3rd ed. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2003.*
  • United Church of Canada, That All May Be One – A Resource for Educating toward Racial Justice, 2004.*
  • Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, “Naming Racism: Speaking Truth to Power,” Making Waves Vol. 4:2 (2004).*
  • Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton, Courageous Conversations about Race, Corwin Publishers (2005) (Beginning Courageous Conversations About Race (Chapter 4) and Poster)
 
Cultural Studies

How we live and engage with others are profoundly shaped by our own cultural background. Cultural studies can help us to understand better about our own cultural assumptions and the cultural contexts of the others.

 
Disability Studies

To be a welcoming church for all, we should incorporate voices and insights from disability studies to transform our churches and communities that function upon ableism.

  • Amos Yong, The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God, Grand Rapids, Mich: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2011.
  • John Swinton, Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader, Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2012.
  • Thomas Reynolds, Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality, Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press, 2008.*
  • Wayne Morris, Theology without words: Theology in the Deaf community, New York: Routledge, 2008.
 
Ecumenical Dialogue

Intercultural ministry goes beyond one’s own denomination and seeks for active engagement with people from different Christian traditions.

  • Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches, Liturgies for Christian Unity: The First Hundred Years 1908-2008, 2008.*
  • Janet Somerville and Charles Hendry, An Affection for Diversity: a report of a Consultation on Education Ecumenically for the Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Council of Churches Toronto, 1973.*
  • Per Harling, Worshipping Ecumenically, World Council of Churches, 1995.
  • The Margaret O’Gara Ecumenical Dialogue Collection *
 
Right Relationship with Creation

Right relationship with all of creation is part of our call of a holistic shalom. With our “home” being on fire, we cannot create Beloved community.

  • Andrew Baldwin, Laura Cameron, and Audrey Kobayashi, eds, Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature, and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada, Vancouver, BC: UBC, 2011.*
  • Citizens for Public Justice, For the Love of Creation *
  • Scarboro Missions: Justice, peace, and integrity of creation *
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, Penguin Books, 2015.*
 
Truth & Reconciliation with Indigenous People

Continually seeking for truth and reconciliation with Indigenous People is a crucial task for all Canadians. Hence, intercultural ministry in Canadian context must work in this area.

  • Canadian Ecumenical Anti Racism Network. Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah (Let Us Walk Together) Canadian Council of Churches. 2010.*
  • Medina, Néstor. On the Doctrine of Discovery. Canadian Ecumenical AntiRacism Network/Canadian Council of Churches. Toronto. 2017.*
  • Metcalf, Jeffrey. Truth and Reconciliation and the Doctrine of Discovery: Select Responses of Member Denominations of The Canadian Council of Churches to TRC Call to Action #49 on the Doctrine of Discovery and Terra Nullius. Canadian Ecumenical AntiRacism Network/Canadian Council of Churches. Toronto. 2017.*
  • Paulette Regan, Unsettling the Settler Within:  Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling and Reconciliation in Canada, UBC, 2010.*
 
Intercultural Theology & Ecclesiology

How does our intercultural lens inform our theology and ecclesiology and vice versa? These resources help us to engage deeper on this topic.

  • Agnes M. Brazal and Emmanuel S. de Guzman, Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context, Borderless Press, 2015.
  • Christopher Baker, Hybrid Church in the City: Third-Space Thinking, London: SCM Press, 2009.
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, eds, Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2017.*
  • Rob Fennell, ed, Intercultural Visions: Called to Be the Church, Toronto: United Church House, 2012.*
 
Interfaith

Interfaith is intercultural! Due to the intrinsic relationship between culture and religion, intercultural dialogue is also an interfaith dialogue.

 
Mission and Witnessing

How do we witness our faith and engage in missional work in a non-colonial and respectful ways with those who have different beliefs and culture? These resources aim to answer this pivotal question.

  • Cathy Ross and Stephen B. Beavans, eds, Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context, and Prophetic Dialogue, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • Charles J Fensham, Emerging from the Dark Age Ahead: The Future of the North American Church, Ottawa: Novalis. 2008.*
  • Faith and Witness Library *
  • World Council of Churches, Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes.2013 WCC Assembly, Busan, Korea. Available at: www.oikoumene.org Viewed November 2014.
 
Social Justice and Diversity

If difference is to be rightly celebrated and embraced in our diverse society, we should examine carefully the power dynamic that exist. As a result, we should deepen our understanding of social justice and find ways to be in solidarity with marginalized communities.  

  • Abu-Laban, Yasmeen and Christina Gabriel. Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization. Ontario, Toronto: University of Toronto, 2008.*
  • Anne Bishop, Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People, 3rd ed., Winnipeg, Manitoba: Fernwood Publishing, 2015.*
  • Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network, For God So Loved the People of The World, Toronto: Canadian Council of Churches, 2006.*
  • Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, “Called to uncomfortable connections: Living with differences,” Making Waves Vol. 7:3 (2008).*

* is used to indicate Canadian resources

CEARN Resources

The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning and The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network suggest a number of resources for faith communities to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and work toward eliminating racism in the church and beyond.

Created as a response to the killing of 69 protesters at a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been observed around the world every year on March 21 since 1966.

The CEARN resource includes sermon, worship, and action ideas.

CEARN – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Available from the World Council of Churches: Regional daily prayers on antiracism in the week leading up to the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.