Upcoming right relations events: Fall 2016

There are many exciting, excellent right relations events happening across the Conference this fall. And we’re sure this list doesn’t cover them all. If you know of events that involve the United Church in any way and at any level, please send basic event info to Julie Graham, Conference education coordinator, at jgraham@skconf.ca

Ongoing; in Regina but possibly elsewhere too: Unsettling Ideas book club
The SK Writer’s Guild has teamed up with Knox-Metropolitan United and other partners to launch an online and in-person book club on the TRC Calls to Action that will run from September 2016- June 2017 inclusive.
Join the club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/566357473562334/ and watch this space and the SK Conference e-newsletter to learn more. If you’d like to start your own club, get in touch with Cameron Fraser at Knox-Metropolitan United in Regina:

September 23-25, Saskatoon: Pathways Forward to Justice and Reconciliation: Stories from Canada, Palestine and Israel
Join us for the annual gathering of the United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI). Your registration includes all meals, the film screening on Friday night and all the workshops and meetings throughout the weekend.

The theme for this year’s gathering is: Pathways Forward to Justice and Reconciliation: Stories from Canada, Palestine and Israel. We are excited by the folks who have agreed to provide leadership: Jonathan Kuttab (a Palestinian human rights lawyer), Lia Tarchansky (producer of the documentary On the Side of the Road), Raven Sinclair (Gordon’s First Nation, professor, U of Regina School of Social Work); Esther Epp-Thiessen (with the Mennonite Central Committee – Ottawa), Jordan Cantwell (Moderator of the United Church of Canada) and many more. Please register soon:

October 12-13, Saskatoon: Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference
This is a United Way conference that includes former TRC commissioner and United Church member Marie Wilson as the keynote speaker. The United Church will also participate in an interfaith panel.

October 14-16, Saskatoon: The TRC Calls Churches to Action: Building Capacity for Restorative Solidarity
Join Canadian and American church members alike to explore how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action impact Indigenous/Settler relations, and how Christian communities are called to build right relations. Participants from across North America will look at how to educate, advocate and organize around the Calls to Action to churches. Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders will map the new geography for the work of fostering justice and reconciliation, and reflect on how a theology and practice of “restorative solidarity” can help churches rethink discipleship, service, spiritual formation, worship and activism.

This is a joint program of St Andrew’s College and the Bartimaeus Institute, a California-based ecumenical justice organization with a long history of collaborating with Canadian churches.  This is a unique opportunity to take a regional, national and Turtle Island/ North American approach to sharing across identities, churches, and spiritual paths. SK Conference’s All My Relations Network is endorsing this event and has some limited funds to assist with registration.

For more information on this event see: http://www.bcm-net.org/BI

Click here to register: http://events.mennonitechurch.ca:8090/AutoLogin.aspx?page=new&event=36&password=2016TRC

November 2-4, Lumsden: All My Relations Network annual gathering.
This gathering has limited space and is shared equally between Indigenous and settler participants.  We will set up a waiting list as needed. The circle will welcome elder Martha Cachene, and Harry Lafond, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, as theme speaker. For more information, please contact Bill Wall, All My Relations Network co-convener, at billwall(at)sasktel(dot)net

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