Be Bold: a gathering for racialized church leaders in SK Conference, organized by the Intercultural Network of SK Conference.
Wednesday May 23 2018, 10:00AM- 4:00PM. Battleford United Church, 52 4th Ave W, Battleford SK. Click here for a map.
Cost: $30 (The fee can be reduced or removed if it creates a barrier to your being with us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need us to waive or reduce the fee.) Please bring cash, or a cheque payable to SK Conference.
Registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHX5BVJ
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Our purpose for the day: provide a safer space and an opportunity for Indigenous people and people of colour who are church leaders (clergy and lay); encourage these leaders to Be Bold by
* Sharing our stories of overcoming fear,
* Living out of generosity and openness, and
* Calling the whole church to celebrate diversity and practice inclusivity.
Worship, conversation, pastoral support, analysis, and theological reflection will all be part of our day.
Who: The Intercultural Network invites your presence if you:
- self-identify as racial minority, bi-racial, Aboriginal, Métis, or Inuit
- are connected to The United Church of Canada
- are open to speaking about racial and cultural experiences in the church.
The United Church of Canada is a diverse community that values inclusivity and is committed to racial justice. The voices of racial minority, bi-racial, Aboriginal, and Métis leaders in the church are often underrepresented. This gathering is a space to carefully hear the unique perspectives of racialized people in the United Church and beyond in SK Conference.
Of course, racialized people are not the only voices that are underrepresented in the United Church. Still, the focus of this particular gathering, as part of the United Church’s commitment to racial justice and to becoming an intercultural church, is to hear from racialized voices in the church.
Resource people: all present, Nobuko Iwai and Mathias Ross for the planning team, and:
Bernice Saulteaux is the Leading Elder of the All Native Circle Conference, and a member of Carry the Kettle First Nation. Bernice is a graduate of the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, and a respected teacher and elder who has generously accompanied SK Conference and its ministries and people over many years as we work together on truth-telling and reconciliation. We’re delighted she can be with us to offer her knowledge, wisdom and theological reflections.
Adele Halliday is well known in SK Conference, and has accompanied our intercultural work for many years. We’re happy she can be with us again. Adele has served at the General Council Office since 2004. She is currently Team Leader for Discipleship and Witness in the Church in Mission Unit of The United Church of Canada, and is lead staff for work related to racial justice, intercultural ministries, and disabilities, and collaborates with colleagues on many other areas of work. Previously, Adele worked with KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and was a member of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission of the World Council of Churches; she continues to also be involved in local ministries and ecumenical work. She holds a masters of education and a masters of theology. She is a member of the World Council of Churches’ Reference Group on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.