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Peacemaking in the Neighbourhood Event – “The Blanket Exercise”


February 4, 2017 9:00 am February 4, 2017 1:30 pm America/Regina Peacemaking in the Neighbourhood Event – “The Blanket Exercise”

In 2 Corinthians 5:18, Paul says that just as we were reconciled to God through Christ, God in turn gives us “the ministry of reconciliation.” As we seek to be more and more like Jesus, he calls us toward his Kingdom vision: where we love each other as we love ourselves. We believe there is a call on our lives as a church community to be reconcilers in our Canadian context. We want to explore what this looks like and what it means for us as God’s people to live into Jesus’ righteousness (right relationship) within the diversity that marks our nation – being Peacemakers in the Neighbourhood. For many non-indigenous Canadians, prejudice, racial profiling and preconceived assumptions influence our thoughts, perspectives and actions in ways of which many of us have never truly become aware. Of course, this can be true of indigenous Canadians as well. In recent times in particular, it is easy for we Canadians to reflect on our neighbours to the south: why do they ‘still’ have racial problems? In reality, we have our own deeply complex racial issues and have not always admitted to them. Someone has called this “casual racism.” Particularly as an evangelical church and more specifically, as an evangelical Covenant church, we want to respond and interact, for example, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission spearheaded by the Canadian government in a thoughtful, godly way. As people of God, called to love ‘the other’, this journey of seeking understanding and moving towards being kingdom peacemakers in our neighbourhood is our goal. The great commission calls us to make and mature disciples across every barrier and boundary. Until we can grow into people with a genuine heart of hospitality for people who are different than us, we are severely hampered. We want to grow toward maturity in relationship to others so that we can be effective reconcilers and disciple makers. So come to the special Peacemaking in the Neighbourhood event: The Blanket Exercise Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9am-1:30 Special guests: Jess & Alison Lefebvre (Kairos trained facilitators from our sister Covenant church – Kensington Commons in Calgary) and elder Eileen Thomas. The Blanket Exercise is a workshop type experience developed by an organization called Kairos Canada that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a powerful teaching tool aimed at fostering reconciliation.The Blanket Exercise is an educational approach that shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and provides a perspective that most of us have not received. Watch this video for an introduction to the “Blanket Exercise”: https://vimeo.com/129161339 This event is sponsored in part by a discipleship grant from Trellis Foundation.

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In 2 Corinthians 5:18, Paul says that just as we were reconciled to God through Christ, God in turn gives us “the ministry of reconciliation.” As we seek to be more and more like Jesus, he calls us toward his Kingdom vision: where we love each other as we love ourselves. We believe there is a call on our lives as a church community to be reconcilers in our Canadian context. We want to explore what this looks like and what it means for us as God’s people to live into Jesus’ righteousness (right relationship) within the diversity that marks our nation – being Peacemakers in the Neighbourhood.

For many non-indigenous Canadians, prejudice, racial profiling and preconceived assumptions influence our thoughts, perspectives and actions in ways of which many of us have never truly become aware. Of course, this can be true of indigenous Canadians as well. In recent times in particular, it is easy for we Canadians to reflect on our neighbours to the south: why do they ‘still’ have racial problems? In reality, we have our own deeply complex racial issues and have not always admitted to them. Someone has called this “casual racism.” Particularly as an evangelical church and more specifically, as an evangelical Covenant church, we want to respond and interact, for example, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission spearheaded by the Canadian government in a thoughtful, godly way. As people of God, called to love ‘the other’, this journey of seeking understanding and moving towards being kingdom peacemakers in our neighbourhood is our goal. The great commission calls us to make and mature disciples across every barrier and boundary. Until we can grow into people with a genuine heart of hospitality for people who are different than us, we are severely hampered. We want to grow toward maturity in relationship to others so that we can be effective reconcilers and disciple makers.

So come to the special Peacemaking in the Neighbourhood event: The Blanket Exercise
Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9am-1:30

Special guests: Jess & Alison Lefebvre (Kairos trained facilitators from our sister Covenant church – Kensington Commons in Calgary) and elder Eileen Thomas.

The Blanket Exercise is a workshop type experience developed by an organization called Kairos Canada that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a powerful teaching tool aimed at fostering reconciliation.The Blanket Exercise is an educational approach that shares the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and provides a perspective that most of us have not received.

Watch this video for an introduction to the “Blanket Exercise”:

https://vimeo.com/129161339

This event is sponsored in part by a discipleship grant from Trellis Foundation.

Trellis Foundation