MILC AGM: Reflections on God Amidst the Chaos

Manitou Intentional Learning Community

2018 Annual General Meeting – November 14

Please join us for

Dinner and Conversation with

Rev. David Legrand

“Speaking Truth to Power”

and

Rev. Dawn Vaneyk

“Leadership in Times of Chaos and Change”

November 14 at Grace United Church

1520 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, ON

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Dinner and General Meeting at 5:30 pm

Reflections and discussion at 6:30 pm

Booktable Available

For more information or to RSVP,

please contact Gillian Schell   gillian.schell@sympatico.ca

 

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Living Well, Dying Well

On October 11th, 2018 at St. Peter’s United Church, Kathy Dahmer offered a workshop for clergy discussing Medical Assistance in Dying in Ministry.

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Building Strong Congregations in a Changing Church

On Saturday, September 22nd, St. Peter’s United Church hosted a panel discussion about upcoming changes to the structure of the United Church.

 

Topics included:

  • General Council 43: Reports and reflections
  • Our Church: New structure, new vision
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Developing sustainable stewardship
  • Creating connections, working together

 

 

 

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Labyrinth Day

World Labyrinth Day: A Global Celebration of the Labyrinth

 

 

 

 

Taking Steps for Peace took place Saturday, May 5, 2018 on World Labyrinth Day organized by MILC.

The day included a workshop at St. Peter’s United Church.  Participants learned to lead labyrinth walks with the indoor labyrinth available, from Amy Hallman Grout, Rev. Linda Saffrey, Rev. Dawn Vaneyk, Faye Moffatt.

 

The labyrinth walk took place at 1p.m. at the  outdoor labyrinth site at Lourdes Grotto, Van Horne St.

 

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Watch — Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology

The Manitou Conference Living into Right Relations Committee and the Manitou Intentional Learning Community invite you to the premiere of the documentary movie Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology. Through the stories of those present at the first Apology to Indigenous people by the United Church of Canada, this movie, directed by Dr. Hoi Cheu, presents the history of the Apology, meditates on its implications and presents a call for action. The hour long movie will be followed by a time for questions, discussion and refreshments. The Moderator of the United Church of Canada, the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell will be present.

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Widening Our Welcome

  Race and Racism in Our Congregations and Communities

In an engaging and interactive workshop on Saturday April 14, 2018, Adele Halliday and Beth Baskin lead participants in an exploration of issues of power and privilege.

Members from a variety of congregations came out to St. Peter’s United Church for an examination of issues of race and racism and how to become welcoming.  Particants examined questions such as:

How do we welcome people of all racial

identities? How might we become allies?
How will we make our spaces more racially just? How do we have difficult conversations?

How do we respond to racism?

 

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LIVING WELL, DYING WELL: BEFORE THE CRISIS

In a culture that both “doesn’t do death” (eg. no service, visitation), yet claims the right to choose death (Medical Assistance in Dying) how do Ministry Personnel help people of faith navigate the complexity of choices as we confront End of Life issues? How can we enable helpful conversations?

This was the first of two events designed to help Ministry Personnel support individuals and families as they plan for End-of-Life decisions.

On February 22, 2018, Rev. Kathy Dahmer lead participants in an examination of the following questions:

  • How our faith inform our views of life and death
  • How changes in our culture impact those views.
  • The spiritual and psychological impact of a culture that “doesn’t do death”, and how we challenge that trend.
  • How Ministry Personnel can effectively and faithfully walk with people through the many changes and choices End of Life issues present.

 

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Documentary Film Launch – Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology

More than 200 people turned out at St. Peter’s United Church on November 7th for the film launch of Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology by filmmaker Hoi Cheu.  Truly and Humbly documents the stories and experiences of those present with the United Church apologized to the indigenous people of Canada for failing to recognise the value of their spirituality and for imposing Western civilization on indigenous people.  The film not only documents the past but calls non-indigenous Canadians to walk different past. The evening of November 7th, featured the documentary film followed by questions and answers with the filmmaker and project committee members.  Moderator Rev. Jordan Cantwell and Sheila Cote-Meek, Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs both provided reflection on the film and the work to be done towards reconciliation.  The United Church presented Hoi Cheu with a painting as a thank you for his volunteer work that made the project possible.  Artist Leland Bell presented Hoi Cheu with the work.

Drum circle Waabishki Mkwaa.

Chief Steven Miller of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek giving a welcome before the film viewing.

 

Filmmaker Hoi Cheu speaking with the audience following the documentary film viewing.

 

Artist Leland Bell presenting Hoi Cheu with painting.

 

United Church Moderator Rev. Jordan Cantwell speaking with audience member following the documentary.

 

 

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Moderator Jordan Cantwell in Sudbury

On November 8th, 2017, United Church Moderator Rev. Jordan Cantwell was in Sudbury to speak at MILC’s annual general meeting.

She join us at St. Stephen’s on the Hill United Church in Sudbury for a meeting with youth and a public presentation.

The MILC annual general meeting took place over the dinner time between talks with the Moderator.

 

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Inspire, Ask and Thank

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the United Church of Canada in Mission and Service along with MILC hosted a stewardship workshop focused on assisting church members how to inspire, ask and thank.  This practical workshop ran from 10am to 4pm with leadership from:

  • David Armour, Philanthopy Executive Minister, UnitedChurch of Canada
  • Susan Graham Walker, Congregational Giving andStewardship Manager, United Church of Canada
  • Rev. Melody Duncanson Hales, Stewardship and GiftsOfficer, Manitou Conference and Algoma Presbytery
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