Who are we?
Manitou Intentional Learning Community creates and sustains opportunities in learning for people of the United Church of Canada and for people who make common cause with people of the United Church of Canada. The Community has its physical and administrative home at St. Andrew’s United Church in Sudbury Ontario. It recognizes and lives a broadly local and global commitment to transformational learning for all members of the United Church and its partners and friends.
Manitou Intentional Learning Community charters to:
- Seek to discern what God is saying
- Learn together
- Adopt a holistic approach to learning (engaging heart, mind, body, and soul)
- Strive to develop leadership and a love of learning in its members
- Be transformative for individuals and the community
- Draw generally, but not exclusively, upon local learning resources
- Share its learnings beyond its membership
- Be accountable to one another for learning together, including self-assessment of individual and group learning, and discerning ongoing and arising needs for education
- Have members who have a commitment to each other to meet together on an ongoing basis
The Manitou Learning Community calls itself “intentional” because we are a community of adult learners motivated to learn things that will increase our competence in the areas of common concern to us. There is a clear cut and pragmatic learning goal in sight in each of our various learning opportunities. Is there something you believe you could learn about that would increase your and your community’s well-being and effectiveness? Let us know.
How to Become a Member:
Learning Community Membership is by nominal annual membership fee, set initially at $5.00, and subsequently set by the Executive Team and approved by Learning Community as it determines appropriate, and – or — by intentional and accountable participation in at least one on-going Learning Community group.
Any person may join and be in good standing in the Learning Community who fulfills one of these two conditions.
Group members shall be accountable to each other with respect to acceptable levels of participation within groups.
Learning Groups formed by members shall undertake accountability reports annually to the Learning Community, or at the request of the Executive Team.
Members will be regularly informed of Learning Community activities and events.
Members will be eligible to vote at the Learning Community’s annual meeting and to serve on the Executive Team.
Our logo was created by Katie Pile, a recent Grade Twelve graduate of LaSalle Secondary School. Katie is an active member of St. Andrew’s United Church, Sudbury. She has participated in the Youth Group, the Choir and annually paints faces on the pumpkins that are sold at the St. Andrew’s Fall Fair. Katie will be entering the Art History program at Queen’s University this fall. She is the recipient of several bursaries including the Evelyn Crandall Memorial Bursary for the Arts.
When she spoke of her design, she said, “Spirit was central to the design as symbolized by the cross, while the circle represents community with its sense of wholeness and completeness. The scrolls emanating from the circle reflect the nature of a community reaching out beyond itself to inform and be informed. They also suggest strongly a sense of continuous movement.”
We have appreciated the efforts of this young woman in the creation of our MILC logo.