Seasons of the Heart

Join us for a soul-nourishing Pop-up Lunch and Learn Webinar! Dive into the spiritual practices of gratitude and generosity, embracing the sacred seasons of Lent and Easter.

Wednesday, January 24 @ 12 noon via Zoom

Hosted by Rev. Melody Duncanson-Hales from the Canadian Shield and Shining Waters Regional Councils, this session is a unique opportunity to support your Community of Faith Stewardship in profound ways. Don’t miss this enlightening journey through the seasons of the heart.

Medical Assistance in Dying: Continuing the Conversation

This workshop will provide information and insights about medical assistance in dying (MAID). Workshop participants will explore how to care for people on their journey and those in their circle of support while knowing that each person will have different experiences of anticipatory grief complicated at times by a moral/spiritual burden. It will be a safe space to ask difficult questions.There will be an opportunity to wrestle with theology and faith, ethics and fear.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

Presented by Rev. Kathy Dahmer who works at Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury as a Psychotherapist in the role of chaplain.

More about Rev. Kathy Dahmer:

Rev Kathy Dahmer lives in Whitefish and works at HSN as a Registered Psychotherapist in the role of Chaplain.  She works with patients and families as they navigate MAID and attends the deaths to provide care; first to patient, then to family.  Kathy has extensive experience in providing supportive care in palliation from her many years of work at Hospice.  In private practice Kathy specializes in Emotion Focused Therapy, which is an experiential therapy rooted in attachment science.  Kathy suggests that often the questions from our heads are coming from a need within our heart, and listens deeply for the language of the heart.  These experiences lived and learned contribute to her understanding pastoral care as the greatest reflection of incarnation.  Kathy is passionate about mentoring and modelling pastoral care as a non-anxious presence, able to journey into the deepest of valleys unafraid.

Advent Study 2023: Do you hear what I hear? Insights from the African Methodist Church

After serving in the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and the United Methodist English Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rev. Desire Tiriwepi joined St. Paul’s United Church in Thunder Bay in 2022.  Please join the Manitou Intentional Learning Community to hear Rev. Desire share insights on  Advent and Christmas according to the United Methodist Church in Africa and his experience of establishing Intercultural Worship Services at St. Paul’s United in Thunder Bay.

Rev. Desire holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in Religious Studies and Theology from the University of Zimbabwe, and recently earned a Master of Divinity from Drew University, New Jersey, USA.

Monday, December 4th, 2023 @ 6:30 pm Eastern Time

Via Zoom

MILC Annual General Meeting 2023

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to our Annual General Meeting, followed by:

Bold Discipleship in Practice

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Hybrid meeting: in person at St Peter’s United Church, Sudbury and online via Zoom

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

(A brief business meeting followed by presentations and discussion)

Guest Speakers

Tracy Davis, DLM, Supporting End of Life Journeys

Torrin Maag, Master’s Student, Atlantic School of Theology, Lessons from Young Adults: Discipleship in the 21st Century

Diane Matheson-Jimenez, Spirituality as Bold Discipleship

Advent in October 2023

October, the time when all good worship leaders start planning for Advent and Christmas!

This workshop will provide opportunities for reflection and discussion of some of the Advent and Christmas lectionary readings and of ways in which we might frame the Advent message in these challenging times. There will be opportunities for group wide and small group work.

Our workshop facilitator will be Rev. Stewart Walker, who currently serves the St. Joseph Island Pastoral Charge. Stewart is an ordained minister with a passion for preaching and biblical study. He has led these sessions for MILC for the past few years, bringing worship leaders together to share their insights into the lectionary readings for the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Please join us for this workshop via Zoom on Saturday, October 28th from 9:30 am to noon.

For more information, please contact Gillian Schell at [email protected].

Participants are invited to make a donation (suggestions $10) to support the work of the Manitou Intentional Learning Community. Please make an etranfer to [email protected]

Town Hall Watch Party

An in person event to engage with Canadian Shield Regional Council online town hall exploring the remit to remove structural barriers to developing and sustaining an autonomous Indigenous Church. Post presentation discussion, light refreshments and fellowship.
Please note, supper is not provided- please bring your own


Open to all who are interested in learning more about the remit vote, both for your own community of faith’s vote, or our regional response

Journeying Towards Reconciliation

A learning and networking gathering for United Churches across Greater Sudbury

Are you passionate about engaging in Indigenous justice initiatives in your congregation?

Do you want concrete, helpful resources?

Are you looking for connection and relationships to support you?

Join us for a simple dinner, conversation and exploration.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 @ 5:30pm

St. Peter’s United Church, 203 York Street, Sudbury

Hosted by the Manitou Intentional Learning Community

World Labyrinth Day 2023

Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 12:45 pm

Lourdes Grotto, 271 Van Horne St., Sudbury

Join the event hosted by MILC. We are meeting at the top of the hill at the labyrinth where there will be readings and songs, and then a “Walk as One at 1:00” with friends around the world. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Rain or shine!

Listening for the Spirit

Manitou Intentional Learning Community Presents
LISTENING FOR THE SPIRIT : Reflections on Lent and Easter scripture from an Indigenous perspective

with guest speaker

THE RT. REV. DR. CARMEN LANSDOWNE, Moderator, The United Church of Canada

Join us 29 March 2023 @ 6:30 pm on Zoom

Registration Fee — by Donation

Book Study: Queer Virtue

“Queer identity may be discerned in relative isolation, but it comes to life in community.”  Elizabeth M. Edman, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity

Join the Manitou Intentional Learning Community in a-three session study of the book Queer Virtue led by Peter Haddow, Canadian Shield Regional Council Affirm Team.

February 27th, March 6th and March 13th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Participants are cordially invited to make a donation (suggestion $10) by etransfer to [email protected].

Please note, the text is not available in Chapters stores. It can be purchased from Chapters online and from It is also available as an ebook. We recommend that you purchase the text promptly to be sure to get a copy on time.

More about the book:

Arguing from the heart of scripture, Edman reveals how queering Christianity—that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about self and other—can illuminate contemporary Christian faith. Pushing well past the notion that “Christian love = tolerance,” Edman offers a bold alternative: he recognition that queer people can help Christians better understand their fundamental calling and the creation of sacred space where LGBTQ Christians are seen as gifts to the church.

Weekly readings:

Week One: February 27th Chapters 1-3

Week Two: March 6th Chapters 4-6

Week Three: March 13th Chapters 7-10