I have been reading the “Truth and Reconciliation Report.” It is a sad account of colonialism, racism, hatred, and ignorance. It’s especially sad because “the Church” is a key player in this story. Understanding the whole “story” is an important step forward. Living into a shared narrative (in our schools, media, government and churches) is essential for healing in Canada.
We have invited Jonathan Maracle to help us with this conversation in order to pursue a shared narrative with our indigenous brothers and sisters. We believe that the church should now play a key role in healing. We will hear from a couple of our churches that have begun to engage in truth and reconciliation. We will have time to discuss contextual steps each of our churches can take, and of course, we will PRAY – for each other, for our ministries, for truth and reconciliation in Canada.
Jonathan Maracle is Mohawk from Ontario, Canada. He is the visionary and founder of Broken Walls, an internationally recognized First Nations musical group and ministry, and has travelled the world for the past twenty-four years. The vision of Broken Walls is to see people from cultural minorities restored and able to walk in their true destiny, realizing and able to share their unique gifts and abilities.
Broken Walls does workshops, assemblies and musical performances to raise awareness between First Nations people and today’s society with a goal of educating and bringing a deeper understanding. They stress that work among First Nations is relational and building trust through redemptive relationships is an important first step. They also target major issues such as suicide prevention and social struggles among both First Nations and non-natives. For the past several years, they have partnered with Carry the Cure from Palmer, Alaska whose focus is suicide prevention.
He resides on Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation with his wife and four children.
|Will Keller has been the lead pastor at Westdale Park Free Methodist Church since 2017. Prior to that will served at Marmora and Harrowsmith Free Methodist Church.|
|Joe Manafo is the lead pastor at Lakeview Free Methodist Church in Saskatoon, SK. Joe was the teaching pastor at Lakeview for six years, and prior to that he was part of a team who planted The Story in Sarnia, ON.|
|Dyan Mouland is the lead pastor of Cornerstone FMC in Prince Albert, SK. Dyan has experience as an assistant pastor, youth pastor, and as the director of Arlington Beach Camp in SK.|
DATES & LOCATIONS
(In the East) Wesley Acres Retreat Centre – October 1-3, 2019
CALL WESLEY ACRES TO REGISTER
Location: PO Box 330 – Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0 (Location: 1391 Wesley Acres Road)
tel. 613.393.3159 email/ [email protected] www.wesleyacres.com
REGISTRATION INFORMATION & RATES
(In the West) QUEEN`S HOUSE RETREAT AND RENEWAL CENTRE – September 17-19, 2019
Register no later than: September 6, 2019. Payment will be due at registration
TO REGISTER ONLINE [WESTERN CANADA ONLY]: https://www.fmcic.ca/western-ministers-conference-online-registration-form-2019
ROOM AND MEALS (GST INCLUDED)
Single room & meals = $207
(single rooms that share a washroom with the adjoining room- the shower is down the hall)
Meals only = $87
WESLEY ACRES (EAST) October 1-3, 2019
Register no later than: September 20, 2019. Payment in full is due at check-in.
ROOM AND MEALS (HST INCLUDED)
Single accommodations = $170.00 pp **
Double accommodations = $150.00
DON DEYO CENTRE
Single accommodations = $160.00 pp **
Double accommodations = $140.00
Single accommodation = $150.00
Double accommodations = $130.00**
Triple accommodation = $125.00**
Cabin (INDIVIDUAL – UP TO 10 people per cabin) *** = $115.00**
Meals only = $100.00
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