What does it mean to live out God’s call to be “beloved community”? How do the practices of becoming an intercultural church provide models for what it means to be a vibrant community of faith?
As we gather to worship together, we are called to celebrate God’s presence and to celebrate the diversity of all God’s people. All of our communities of faith have some degrees of difference: ages, gender identities, economic incomes, sexual orientations, disabilities, family traditions and heritages, body sizes, languages, citizenships, nationalities, racial identity, and many more. God has created us as diverse peoples with many gifts.
During this program we will explore how to honour all of our God-given differences in the planning and leading of worship. We will also explore the ways in which we unintentionally exclude by harmfully engaging with or ignoring our differences. We will explore how to build authentic worshipping communities that honour and respect our diversity.
Intercultural worship is one way that we attempt to faithfully live into God’s call for being beloved community. Join us for a life-giving program that will involve worshipping and learning together.
This program will include:
– onsite program at Five Oaks from Nov. 20-21, 2015
– three conference calls following the program from 7-8:30pm on Feb. 3, Apr. 6 & June 1, 2016.
Leadership will include:
Adele Halliday and Alydia Smith who are General Council staff of the United Church of Canada, Robin McGauley who is Program Director at Five Oaks, and a team of worship leaders including Sarah Grady, Adam Kilner, Sue Howard, SungMin Jung and Janice Asiimwe.
This program is co-sponsored by Emmanuel College Continuing Education
For a printable flyer for this program, click here