Let's Walk the Talk
of Reconciliation with Bill C-262:
Package of 75 Free Postcards
Orders will be sent August 1.
Request 75 (or multiples of 75!) free postcards and, together with your church, community group, and neighbourhood, write your local Member of Parliament, calling upon them to act for reconciliation between Indigenous and Settler peoples by supporting Bill C-262.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has stated that the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is the key to genuine reconciliation between Indigenous and Settler peoples in Canada (Call to Action #43). Bill C-262 can help make that happen. Supported by a broad array of Indigenous, social justice, and faith-based organizations, Bill C-262 is “An Act to Ensure that the Laws of Canada are in Harmony with the UNDRIP.” The current government has expressed support for the Declaration. Now’s our chance to help them do the right thing…to help Canada take a tremendous step forward towards justice and healing.
Sample letters/statements are also included.
Postcards are free. A flat shipping rate of $5.85/package will be applied.
Pathways for Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel:
A Congregational Study
In response to the resolution passed at the 2016 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon, the Palestine and Israel Resolution Working Group has compiled these resources for congregational study. Others outside Mennonite Church Canada will also find it beneficial as a source of information and perspective on the Palestine and Israel situation.
Includes a 4-session Script, with accompanying PowerPoint, and a list of Recommended Resources.
Quest for Respect:
The Church and Indigenous Spirituality
Attentive to the concerns of Indigenous peoples from across these lands, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has specifically summoned all churches and faith groups
. . . in collaboration with Indigenous spiritual leaders, Survivors, schools of theology, seminaries, and other religious training centres, to develop and teach curriculum for all student clergy, and all clergy and staff who work in Aboriginal communities, on the need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own right . . . (Call to Action #60).
In Quest for Respect, over 40 authors from diverse backgrounds – Indigenous and Settler, Christian and Traditional – take up this call to respect Indigenous spirituality, exploring what it might mean to Christians across North America and what it entails for relationships with host peoples and host lands.
With a firm hold on past and present colonialism, the contributors tackle key questions that the TRC’s call raises: What is Indigenous spirituality, and why is it critical for Settler Christians to learn about it? What is the history of Indigenous–Christian encounter? How does spiritual abuse and violence continue today? How might we repair the damage done? And what does genuine respect really look like?
Includes a study guide by Tim Runtz.
Rarihokwats, Daniel R. Wildcat, Chantal Fiola, Blair Stonechild, Lyla June Johnston, Steven Charleston, Elaine A. Robinson, Darren H. Courchene, Carmen Lansdowne, Adam Barker, Emma Battell Lowman, Vivian Ketchum, J. R. Miller, Peter Morin, Jennifer Graber, Patricia Vickers, Miriam Saainawap, Jonathan Dyck, Josie Winterfeld, Joseph R. Wiebe, Gord Hill, James Cox, Mark Macdonald, Jenna Licious, Michael Redhead Champagne, Christina Conroy, Terry LeBlanc, Derek Suderman, Jodi Spargur, Cheryl Bear, Deanna Zantingh, Willie James Jennings, Gordon Zerbe, James W. Perkinson, Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Peter C. Phan, Tinu Ruparell, Angelina McLeod, Jobb Arnold, Jeremy Bergen, Dave Courchene Jr., Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, Tom Reynolds, Joy De Vito, Cheryl Pauls, Terry Schellenberg, Andrew Dyck, Wendy Kroeker, Laurel Dykstra, Suzanne Owen, Lyla June Johnston, Tim Runtz, Moses Falco, Dan Dyck, James Mishibinijima, Daniel Joder, Christi Belcourt, Edgar Heap of Birds, Rick Pelletier, Gregg Deal, Arlea Ashcroft, Judy Gascho Jutzi, Barry Ace, Jeff Friesen, Steve Heinrichs.
For additional reading, click here.
Also see related special Intotemak issues Yours, Mine, Ours and Wrongs to Rights, both available separately.
Note: Intotemak subscribers will receive a free copy as part of their subscription.
Every Creature Singing:
The Canadian Edition
of MCCN's creation care curriculum, Every Creature Singing, is free and
Every Creature Singing grew out of a resolution that Mennonite Creation Care Network presented to the delegates at the 2013 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The resolution called members of Mennonite churches “to commit to growing in their dedication to care for God’s creation as an essential part of the good news of Jesus Christ.” It also proposed a series of twelve questions for study and discernment. This curriculum follows the questions in the resolution and is intended to help congregations act on the resolution. As partners of MCCN, Mennonite Church Canada requested permission to adapt the curriculum for a Canadian context.
This curriculum has four components:
- A biblical emphasis, using a method of interpretation that we are calling an ecological lens.
- A focus on your local community using questions we call circle questions.
- Suggested spiritual practices.
- Suggested household practice.
Christian Discipleship Seminars
Begin Anew is a 16-session series of studies that can provide your congregation with rich rewards. As you work through the sessions, you will discover that Christianity is a combination of
believing, belonging, becoming, and behaving. This course is designed in a holistic way to bring about a clear faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, a solid sense of belonging in a family of loving people, and a disciplined lifestyle. This new lifestyle leads to becoming joyfully involved in a ministry in the church and in God’s mission in the world.
These studies are for everyone, no matter their background or what compelled them to come to faith in Jesus. They may be young adults who grew up in the church, dropped out, and are now interested in making a new start. They may be brand-new to the faith and to your congregation. Or perhaps they simply want to better understand the Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective.
Also see a video introduction (45:45 min ff) by Palmer Becker on this series.
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Lifting Hearts Off the Ground:
Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a powerful proclamation of the principles that should guide Indigenous-Settler relations around the world. Some call it a blueprint for reconciliation. Some say that, if taken seriously, it could help states and Settler societies repair significant historic injustices and reject present colonialism. Yet as a legal text, it’s not the easiest document to read or to imagine into action.
In Lifting Hearts Off the Ground, two poets — one Indigenous, one Settler — come together to breathe life into the seemingly dry bones of the Declaration. And as we contemplate, wrestle with, and pray their words, we discover an invitation to renewed relationships with each other, the land, and Spirit.
Afterword by Leah Gazan.
Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights
A documentary recording the shared experience of non-Indigenous, Indigenous walkers as they advocate for the adoptions of Bill-262 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights took place from April 23 - May 13, 2017
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