Dear Partners in Intercultural Ministry;
I cannot describe to you the many moments of learning and relationships built by bringing people together to discern how God is calling us to minister in the Canadian context.
I am astounded that so much can happen in one year!
- We launched the first in a series of intercultural ministry webinars. Fifty people from across North America participated in “Creating Welcoming Spaces for People with Disabilities” just last week.
- We offered the first French-language only “Engage Difference!” program in Montreal this past Fall.
- In collaboration with Wycliffe College and the Toronto School of Theology, we began offering “Engage Difference!” for academic credit for the first time. Likewise, participants in the program at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Manitoba applied the course toward indigenous ministry certification. We are also developing a Spanish-language program we hope to offer in 2020.
- Together we have had more occasions than ever to facilitate learning. We provided workshops for the World Council of Churches and for the Governing Board of The Canadian Council of Churches. We helped resource World Council of Churches webinars on racism and xenophobia. We offered a workshop on “Interfaith is Intercultural”. We gathered program designers and facilitators who will provide a one-day introduction to intercultural ministry workshops beginning in 2020.
- The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) provided a faith-based resource on the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and for the International Decade for People of African Descent. CEARN also challenged the other bodies of The Canadian Council of Churches to reflect on how racial and other forms of diversity shape their work.
- We initiated a “Theology and Research Working Group” that began by reflecting on how we do theology and learn from each other as we speak from different ethno-cultural vantage points and diverse theological traditions.
Our endeavour to resource intercultural ministry depends on donations. Join me in supporting this ministry that has such an incredible impact on the changing contexts of churches in Canada.
You are among the growing number of people and organizations who have recognized the importance of the resources for intercultural ministry offered by the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning. Today there are more than 250 graduates of our programs who are engaged in this work with us.
Here’s how you can contribute:
- Donate to our general fund to support intercultural ministry and the people involved.
- Donate to the bursary fund to support people who might not otherwise have the resources to participate in our programs.
On behalf of the many others involved in this ministry across Canada,
Associate Secretary, Intercultural Leadership and Learning