Keynote: Rosalyn Kantlah^nta’ Elm
The Disruption of Jesus: The Gospel and Revolutionizing the Journey from Settler to Sojourner The Jesus of history is known as Jesus the Jew, who was a restorer of the covenant with God's people; we know the Jesus of the Gospel as a revolutionary. But how does restoration and revolution come together in our time? How do we make meaning out of our changing world where systems of power that we have found comfort in fall down around us? In this exploration of the disruption of Jesus to empirical structure and institutional church, we look at how the Gospel teachings can lead us from a place of settler to sojourner; from an interpretation of dominion and power to one of radical hope and love of other.
Labyrinth: A place for prayer, reflection, and community building — The Rev. Canon Rhondda MacKay and Dr. Elspeth MacEwan Drawing from the wisdom of the labyrinth and expressive arts, this workshop will provide a space for reflection, meaningful conversations, and learning about labyrinths. As companions on a brief 'pandemic pilgrimage," participants will be invited to experience a labyrinth as a metaphor for our life journeys, and a place for prayer, reflection, and community-building.
Workshop – Preaching
Preaching: a Word of Challenge, a Word of Hope — Bishop Todd Townshend
Participating Organizations: The Center For Congregational Song (The Hymn Society), Sing the Circle Wide (Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song), Liturgy Canada (LC), Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM), and Journey to Baptismal Living (JBL).
Conversations and Connections
1) Gospel Jamboree: Gospel Jamborees have a long history in Indigenous communities, going back to a time when Indigenous peoples gathered to sing Christian hymns—as a means of coming together, praying for one another, worshipping God, spreading the Good News and also, as a means of faithful and courageous resistance to colonization. Within the Anglican Church of Canada, Gospel Jamborees have accompanied the Native Convocations/Sacred Circles as well as being used by communities and ministry areas to bring folks together for fellowship, encouragement, worship, community-building, support and fun. The last three General Synods have also featured Gospel Jamborees as ongoing acts of reconciliation and bridge-building. 2) Conversations at Wonder.me