Through prayer, creativity, and reflection participants will be encouraged to be innovative partners on the creative edge of where the Spirit of God is recreating the church and what it means to be a “Missional Church” while keeping the history of Indigenous Peoples in mind. The history of Indigenous Peoples is one important element of the work we do going forward.
What You’ll Learn
This course will provide the opportunity to learn, internalize, and reflect constructively on learnings, experience, and knowledge regarding the First Peoples of Canada and to explore ways in which the “Missional Church” can contribute to a healing path forward. The learning community will:
- Explore the history of First Nations Peoples—the diversity, strength, and resilience,
- Participate in learning experiences such as the mapping exercise and blanket exercise,
- Learn about the history of the doctrine of discovery, colonization, and its continuing effects, and
- Explore a missional way forward.
We envision this course as a space where we can share relevant, meaningful stories, while delivering information that has contributed to the colonization process of Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We anticipate learning experiences and knowledge sharing that will inform, enlighten, and help create a safe learning environment in which all who are participating can gain knowledge and new skills in going forward, in accordance with many of the recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action.
How It Works
Join our instructors, The Venerable Val Kerr and Janice Whiteley, and an engaged learning community of fellow leaders live online and in online forums.
- Participate in six two-hour sessions with the instructing practitioners and the learning community.
The learning community will meet weekly on Thursdays from 6:30p – 8:30p, February 10 – March 17.
- Practice in your context.
During the course you will be encouraged to apply your learning in your context in order to deepen your understanding.
- Reflect within the learning community.
Your new knowledge and experience will become even more meaningful when shared with other learning practitioners like yourself. You will use the online forums between sessions and break-out sessions within learning community gatherings to further integrate your learning.