Cost: $45 (RSVP on this page so we get an idea of numbers and payment will be taken during registration at the event)
Friday – October 28/16
6pm – Registration
7pm - 9pm Evening Session Begins
Location: Royal City Church (50 Quebec Street, Guelph)
Theme: Friday night will be an encouragement to all to hear the voices of those who
have often been pushed to the margins by the Church and Christian communities. How
do we truly create inclusive space and welcoming community?
Garry Sault Ojibway Elder, Storyteller, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Garry is an Ojibway elder from Mississauga’s New Credit Nation. His people signed over 20 pre-confederation treaties with the Crown which cover most of the Golden Horseshoe. He is a veteran and served in the United States Navy. He resides on the New Credit First Nation with his wife of 40 years and enjoys spending quality time with his grandchildren. Garry is a storyteller and has welcomed chiefs, premiers, environmentalists, and many more to the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
John Martin Holmes
John has been blessed by multiple experiences of failure. It’s true that failure is a hard teacher, but it’s capacity to grab your attention and motivate change is unassailable. Because of his Evangelical faith, John tried for over 3 decades to be straight. It didn’t turn out so well. But in the process, John discovered God’s grace for the marginalized “other” from a unique perspective. As John shares his own story and the stories of his LGBTQ Christian friends, the contrast between exclusive and inclusive Christian spaces will be explored from the position of a marginalized person who marginalized himself for most of his life. John believes that the creation of inclusive spaces must begin with our relationship within the context of our Christian faith.
“When we claim and constantly reclaim the truth of being the chosen ones, we soon discover within ourselves a deep desire to reveal to others their own chosenness. Instead of making us feel that we are better, more precious or valuable than others, our awareness of being chosen opens our eyes to the chosenness of others. That is the great joy of being chosen: the discovery that others are chosen as well. In the house of God there are many mansions. There is a place for everyone - a unique, special place. Once we deeply trust that we ourselves are precious in God's eyes, we are able to recognize the preciousness of others and their unique places in God's heart.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
AFTER PARTY @ THE ALBION HOTEL- walking distance from church building
Saturday – October 29/16
9 am at Royal City Church
Tarcia Gerwing will lead us in a short retreat. Tarcia is a Spiritual Director at Loyola House.
10 am Workshops
“Kicking Against The Pricks” (conflict resolution) with Kevin Rogers
Deepening the conversation with our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters with John Martin- Holmes
More to come
11 am Conversations
Based on information gathered on Friday night, there will be several spaces for people to share thoughts around a common topic, including...
Clients? Friends? Partners?: How do we confront power imbalances and allow the voices of those on the margins to help determine in tangible ways how we create community together?
12:30 pm Lunch together at Royal City Church
Accommodations: Comfort Inn on 480 Silvercreek Prkwy- 519-763-1900 . There is a
discount for Street Level bookings.