Resources for National Indigenous People’s Day

Apology to Action: Reflections on the thirty-fifth anniversary is a fifteen-minute video prepared by the Manitou Intentional Learning Community in collaboration with the Canadian Shield Regional Council Right Relations Resource Team, that revisits the First Apology made to Indigenous People by the United Church of Canada in August, 1986, during the 31st General Council, held in Sudbury, Ontario. The video recounts a brief history of that event, reminds us of the words spoken by those who offered and received the Apology, challenges us to consider our commitment to reconciliation and calls us to act so that the words spoken that day can truly become “words of action and sincerity.” (Edith Memnook)

The video features reflections from Lisa Blais and Maxine McVey, Right Relations Resource Team, Canadian Shield Regional Council, and the Very Reverend Jordan Cantwell, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada.

The video is suitable for inclusion in worship services, especially on June 20, 2021, to mark National Indigenous People’s Day, and to spark discussion of how we, as people of faith, can live out this Apology. .

For those who cannot use technology in their churches, the script is available. You may find words that you would like to incorporate into worship services marking the Indigenous Day of Prayer. Please attribute the words to the speaker and mention this resource.

The additional resource, Apology to Action: A Pilgrimage for Reconciliation invites you to affirm your commitment to reconciliation by making a pilgrimage to the site of the Apology Cairn in Sudbury, Ontario, or to some place that is special to you. You are invited to reflect on the words of the Apology and the Response and to commit to the hard and humbling work of building right relations. This resource was created in collaboration with the Right Relations Resource Team. Sincere thanks to Lisa Blais for her contributions and her wisdom and guidance.

The video and the accompanying Pilgrimage Package are dedicated to the Very Reverend Stan MacKay, whose presentation to the Manitou Intentional Learning Community in April 2021 ignited this project.

Pride Hymn Sing

A hymn by Shirley Erena Murray begins, “For everyone born, there’s a place at the table.” Most churches claim to be welcoming. Some churches are officially affirming. However, we are reminded that “often, people who are trans, non-binary, gender queer, queer, Two-Spirit, intersex, and many more identities are made invisible in worship. We become part of a generic welcome to everyone, or are cast as being welcome ‘regardless’ or ‘despite’ our diversity, not because of it. This is especially true for many racialized and Indigenous LGBTQIA+ people, as well as LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people with disabilities.” (Enfleshed: Worship Service and Communion Liturgy for Affirming PIE Day -United Church of Canada)

With this in mind, Trinity United Church, Capreol, invites you to join their hymn sing on Thursday, June 3. It will feature songs with, for, about, and by people from the LGBTQ+ community celebrating the rich diversities of our genders, orientations, identities and expressions. We will share words of inspiration and challenge and sing from Voices UnitedMore VoicesSongs for the Holy Other, and other sources as we seek to foster authentic welcome, community, justice and joy.

 

For more information, contact Faye Moffatt 1fmoffatt@sympatico.ca or

Gillian Schell manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com

Renewal in the Midst of Uncertainty – World Labyrinth Day

You are invited to join us for our second digital World Labyrinth Day celebration in Sudbury, ON.  Although the Sudbury Labyrinth is open this year, due to gathering restrictions we will again celebrate online.

At 1:00pm on World Labyrinth Day, Saturday, May 1st2021,we will join others around the world in a wave of peace as we “walk as one at 1:00”.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. If you like, watch last year’s video here, on how to make your own finger labyrinth.
  2. Join us at 12:45pm on Saturday, May 1 live on the St. Peter’s United Church Sudbury YouTube channel to follow along at home as we show a video of the Sudbury Labyrinth being walked and talk about symbols of renewal. This event is presented by St. Peter’s United Church and the Manitou Intentional Learning Community (MILC)

Body Image: Seeing Ourselves Through God’s Eyes

As God-made, incarnate beings, we all live in bodies.

And because we all live in bodies, we all have a body image.

Body image is how we see our bodies when we look in the mirror, or conceive of our bodies in our minds.

It is what we  believe about our own appearance; how we feel about our bodies, including our height, shape, and weight; how we physically experience our bodies.

Beginning at a very young age, and continuing throughout our lives, many of us internalize messages that lead to either positive or negative body image.

Developing a positive, joyful body image—grounded in gratitude for the body as gift– is an important part of mental and spiritual well-being.

MILC and Soul Strong are excited to be joining forces to facilitate a two-part, interactive Zoom forum entitled Body Image: Seeing Ourselves Through God’s Eyes.

Inspired by the extraordinary stories of speakers Wendy Coates and Rita O’Link, participants will share and explore their own joys and struggles on the journey to body acceptance.

Tuesday, April 20th and 27th @ 6:30pm

Registration is now closed.

Reconciliation: The renewal of a covenant – Very Rev. Stan McKay

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community is excited to welcome the Very Reverend Stan McKay, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, to lead a workshop entitled “Reconciliation: The renewal of a covenant” exploring the spirit and intent of treaties and an Indigenous philosophy of life – “All My Relations”.

Wednesday, April 7th @ 7pm

Register for the Zoom workshop by clicking on Register.

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McKay was born on Fisher River First Nation, a Cree community in Northern Manitoba and attended Fisher River Indian Day School and Birtle Indian Residential School. After ordination he served in pastoral ministry in Norway House and Fisher River, as national co-ordinator of Native Ministry, as the Director of the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Center and from 1992 to 1994 as Moderator of the United Church of Canada. He is presently working to build cross-cultural relations and participating in dialogue addressing injustices resulting from colonial history.

McKay featured in the 2017 documentary film Truly and Humbly: Memories of the first Apology directed by Dr. Hoi Cheu of Laurentian University that traces the memories of those present at the 1986 United Church Apology to First Nations People. In the film, McKay suggests that our relationships with each other and with creation are broken, and that non-Indigenous people have much to learn from Indigenous philosophies of life.

Easter for Progressive Christians – a Study

Easter for Progressive Christians by Donald Schmidt

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to participate in a three- week Easter study that explores the gospel accounts of the first Easter from a new perspective. Donald Schmidt’s guide “invites participants to engage with the biblical stories of Christ’s resurrection, to try to understand what the gospel writers meant to tell us, and what they wanted us to take from these stories [that] . . . had transformed their own lives, and the lives of many others at the time. . . Reading and exploring these stories can enhance our lives too. Ultimately, how we experience Christ today is what matters – not what might have happened 2,000 years ago.”

The study will take place via Zoom.

Monday, March 15th, 22nd and 29th.

From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Leadership provided by Melody Duncanson Hales, Dave LeGrand and Gillian Schell.

Click on Register below to sign-up.

Registration closed

Print copies and ebooks can be obtained at Woodlake Books and from Amazon.ca.

Contact manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com with any questions.

Singing for Our Lives

Come sing with us!! Join the Manitou Intentional Learning Community on Friday, February 19th via Zoom where we will be “Singing for our Lives.” We are excited to invite you to this engaging and reflective affirmation of welcome, justice and hope. Presented by Wendy and Andrew Donaldson, church musicians with vast Canadian and international experience, this event is a mix of music and spoken word featuring on-line performance, video and audience participation and drawing on multi-faith and multi-cultural wit and wisdom.

Watch, listen and sing along as through words and music, we explore themes of truth, reconciliation, stewardship of the land, turning stranger into “neighbour”, and ways in which our hopes are threatened by power, the lure of profit, lies, and fear.

Friday, February 19th, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

For further information, please contact manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com

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Lenten Inspirations

So,… it’s January already… just in time for Lenten planning. Join Rev.
Stewart Walker and others for a time of reflection and discussion of the
Advent and Easter lectionary readings and how we might frame the Easter
message in this peculiar time we are all living through. As is usual for this
recurring Lent event, we will look at the scriptures but we will also share
how we do/did Lent, Holy Week and Easter in a time of Global Pandemic

Cost: $11.49.

Date: January 16, 2021 from 9:30am to noon.

Registration now closed.

Book Study: Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians

Join us for a three week book study of

Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians

by Donald Schmidt

Monday, November 30, December 7 & 14 @ 7pm

via Zoom

Publisher description:

“The Christmas story most people know comes from pageants, carols, or perhaps a television movie or two. But what we recall – and what many people seek to replicate each year – is an odd mixture of the two quite different stories contained in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, with certain pieces almost always present (even though they are not in the Bible at all) and with others sadly missing. The point of those versions of the story seems to be to nurture a warm, fuzzy feeling that leaves us cooing over a baby so we can then put the whole thing away as soon as possible after December 25 and get back to life as usual. But that’s not what the gospel writers had in mind.

To some extent, each of us fashions our own version of the “Christmas story.” Over time, as our associations and identification with that story grow, it can feel very uncomfortable and even disrespectful to disrupt or question that story. Any yet these reactions can be instructive, for they beg larger questions about what’s really important: the biblical narratives; or the traditions that have gathered around them, layered them, and at times obscured them; or the meaning all of this may have for your lives today?

Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians is a five-session study guide that invites readers to explore the birth of Jesus with a new perspective. This will open up wonderful times of conversation within small groups, but also provides inspiration and guidance to how the birth story of Jesus is still relevant and important in the life of the church and its people today. ”

Click register below to sign up for the book study.

Registration now closed.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ebooks can be obtained at Woodlake Books.

Contact manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com with any questions.

MILC Annual General Meeting 2020

MANITOU INTENTIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

INVITES YOU TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOLLOWED BY

Lessons from Lockdown:

Creating community in the midst of the pandemic

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Via Zoom 6:30 to 8:00pm

If you have questions, please email Gillian at manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com.

Guest Speakers:

Lisa Blais, Trinity United Church, North Bay

Connecting Community through Song and Story


Christina Boggs, Trinity United Church, Capreol

Rendez-vous Reimagined: A virtual community of faith celebrating bold faith, brave space and brazen grace


Rev. Erin Todd, Grace United Church, Sudbury

Soul Strong: Body, Mind, Spirit – a unique approach to whole-person wellness


Stephanie Voyer, Director, Rainbow Camp

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC): Creating virtual community for 2SLGBTQ+.youth

Time for discussion and sharing: What have you learned about the meaning and nature of community during the pandemic?