“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 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 Amazon.ca. 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

Rethink and Renew: Restarting anti-poverty initiatives in the Church

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  In Matthew 25:40, God call us to be of service to others and to end poverty in our communities.  The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown meant that many Church programs stopped running… and many did not start up again.  This could be a time to lament what we have lost but it is also an opportunity to start again and build even better projects.  Join MILC on February 6th for a panel discussion about anti-poverty work in our communities.  The panel presentations offer a chance to hear about Christian responsibility to work to end poverty, root causes of poverty in our communities and how Churches can get involved in practical projects.  This panel of speakers will help participants bring new life to projects to address poverty in our communities.

Panel speakers:

Rev. Glen Eagle, United Church of Canada

Rev. Pam Cullen, London Community Chaplaincy

Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, United Church of Canada

February 6th, 2023 @ 6:30pm via Zoom

Contact Gillian if you have any questions at [email protected].

Lenten Inspirations 2023

So, . . . it’s that time of the year again, . . .  time for Lenten planning. Join Rev. Stewart Walker and others for a time of reflection and discussion of the Lent and Easter lectionary readings and how we might frame the Easter message in this particular time. As is usual for this recurring Lenten 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 uncertainty.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to attend a workshop designed for all those who are responsible for preparing worship during Lent and Easter.

The event will take place via Zoom.

Date: Saturday, January 21st from 9:30 to noon.

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

Hate, Racism and Islamophobia in Canada-Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?

**  EVENT POSTPONED

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Presentation  by Mr. Fareed Khan

January 29th marks the four year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting when six people were killed and nineteen were injured. Deemed as one of the deadliest mass shootings in Canadian history, the massacre that took place in the Quebec City mosque continues to prompt much-needed public debate and discussion around hate, racism, Islamophobia and the rise of right-wing terrorism in Canada. In collaboration with the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Green from the Anglican Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury, the Manitou Intentional Learning Community will host a Zoom event that will address ongoing issues of hate, racism and Islamophobia in Canada. Joining us as our Guest Speaker is Mr. Fareed Khan, founder of the anti-racism group known as Canadians United Against Hate. Mr. Khan’s presentation entitled Hate, Racism and Islamophobia in Canada-Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?  will enable participants to ask hard questions, and to raise our awareness for how we might each do our part to become more active in combating hate and racism in our lives and communities.

Biography of Fareed Khan

Fareed Khan is the founder of the anti-racism group Canadians United Against Hate.  He is also the Director of Advocacy and Media Relations, and the co-founder of the Rohingya Human Rights Network.  He has a professional background in strategic communications, advocacy, public policy development and media relations spanning more than three decades. During his career he has advanced public policy initiatives at all levels of government.  He has advised and consulted with federal and provincial cabinet ministers, senators, municipal, business and community leaders on broad spectrum of public policy and communications issues that have impacted the lives of Canadians.

Fareed is passionate about issues which impact human rights and civil liberties, combat racism, and support broader issues of social justice.  Because of his human rights and anti-racism work, he is regularly called upon by CBC, CTV, Global, Canadian Press, the Globe and Mail and others to provide media analysis and commentary.

He has held leadership positions on the boards of numerous national and community-based charitable, civic and business organizations in Ottawa, Toronto, and the US, and has led efforts which have raised more than $375,000 for various charitable causes.

Fareed graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Toronto’s York University and pursued graduate studies at Carleton University in the areas of foreign affairs, defence, national security, and communications studies.  He has also studied at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi and Trois Rivières, as well as pursued professional development studies in communications and media at Ryerson University.

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.