A Conversation about Race, Discrimination and the Mission of The United Church of Canada – October 4-6, 2017

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Theme Speaker is Dr. Anthony Reddie of Britain’s Methodist Church

Awkward Conversation - United Church of Canada/RacismThe Alberta and Northwest Conference (ANWC) of The United Church of Canada will be having a two-day symposium to discuss the contemporary issues of race and discrimination as it affects black people and, in light of the Mission of the Church, to consider ways that the church might respond to these issues.
The symposium is entitled, “An Awkward Conversation in the Church”. The event will be hosted by the Conference Intercultural Ministry Committee and will be held at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, from October 4 -6, 2017.

In recent years the challenges of race, race relations and racial discrimination have come to the fore with the shooting of Black people in the USA and acts of racial discrimination in Canada. The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement found its genesis in those events as a reaction and response of the African American community in the USA to confront and correct the injustice implicit in those actions. The Black Lives Matter movement has also sparked a renewed consciousness throughout North America about the continuing discrimination faced by Black people in society. The reality is that racism in various forms is still alive and well in Canada and in the United States of America.

The United Church of Canada has officially affirmed the journey towards being an intercultural church. This movement includes the need for the church to be an interracial community where all persons of different races are invited, welcomed and can fully participate. In the face of the discrimination and racism the church will not be silent.

Organizers have made every effort to provide this Conference without a registration fee. We thank the donors for their generosity.  The only costs for attendees are accommodation and meals.

“An Awkward Conversation in the Church” is an invitation for the ANWC to engage in a conversation about the often times uncomfortable issue of racial discrimination in the society and to discuss the role and witness of the church in these issues in the current context. The conversation will be open to all persons within The United Church of Canada, who will be accommodated depending on the availability of space. Each Presbytery in ANW Conference will be asked to send two representatives to the conversation.

Dr Anthony Reddie comes to Alberta and Northwest ConferenceMain Speaker

The Main Speaker for the symposium will be Professor Anthony G. Reddie. Professor Reddie is a Learning and Development Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa and a Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 17
books. His more recent  titles include The SCM Core Text: Black Theology (SCM, 2012) , Contesting Post-Racialism (2015) (co-edited with R. Drew Smith, William Ackah and Rothney S. Tshaka) and Journeying to Justice (2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is editor of Black Theology: An International Journal, the only academic periodical of its kind in the world.

Meeting Venue: Providence Renewal Centre, 3005 – 119 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Time Table
Wednesday October 4, 2017
03:00 – 05:00 p.m. Registration at Providence Renewal Centre
07:00 – 08:30 p.m. Formal Opening
Venue: Riverbend United Church,
14907 45 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Thursday, October 5

08:00 –  08:45   BREAKFAST
09:00 – 09:30 Worship — at Providence Renewal Centre
09:30 – 10:30 Main Speaker
10:30 – 11:30 Discussion
11:30 – 11:45 “My experience of racism in the Church”
11:45 –  Noon: Lunch
Noon – 01:30 p.m. LUNCH
02:00 – 04:00 p.m. Speaker
04:00 – 04:45 p.m. Table Discussion
04:45 – 05:00 p.m. “My experience of racism “
05:30 – 06:30 p.m. SUPPER
07:00 – 08:30 p.m. Address from the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell.
Venue: Riverbend United Church,
14907 45 Avenue NW, Edmonton

Friday, October 6, 2017
08:00 – 08:45 BREAKFAST
09:00 – 09:30 Worship
09:30 – 10:30 Speaker
10:30 – 11:30 Discussion
11:40 – 12:00 p.m. Putting it together & Closing
12:00 – 01:00 LUNCH