By Alwin Maben & Yoon Ok Shin Kang, Co-Chairpersons,
Intercultural Ministry Standing Committee

Registration Deadline Extended to September 21, 2018

Breaking News: United Church of Canada Moderator Richard Bott to attend The Church’s Struggle to see Jesus from Intercultural Eyes.

The Church's Struggle to see Jesus from Intercultural EyesFollowing up on last year’s An Awkward Conversation in the Church, the ANWC Intercultural Ministry Standing Committee and Edmonton Presbytery Intercultural Ministry and Mission are holding a Continuing Education/Learning Day event on September 26-27, 2018, to discuss and respond to the issues that are affecting the church. This education event will be held at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, Alberta.

The United Church of Canada has officially affirmed the journey towards being an intercultural church. Over the years, we have been listening to what it means to be truly an intercultural church. We will continue to offer opportunities for us to engage in conversations that address the issues that hinder us from being an intercultural church, especially with regard to racism, discrimination and white privilege. The Intercultural Ministry Standing Committee of Alberta and Northwest Conference and the Edmonton Presbytery Intercultural Ministry and Mission have been working together since last year to address these issues with full support from the church at all levels. One of our Conference proposals to the 43rd General Council that passed with full support was to encourage having an Intercultural Standing Committee at every structural level of the Church in its changing structures so as to address the issues of racism, discrimination, white privilege, etc.  We acknowledge this as our priority and goal to work towards the future of our church.

Today, we live in a world that is fragile and complex. Individualism, materialism, etc. have influenced the Church adversely. But our call is to serve God, who is justice and love, who leads us into transformation, and who helps us to live in a closer relationship with each other.

Our hope is that this education event will bring us together in one circle to share our stories and meet the challenges as we engage in difficult conversations in the church and find a way to be renewed in our faith, and move towards harmony, equity and peace in the church, as well as in the diverse world in which we live.

The Formal Opening of the event will take place at Edmonton Korean United Church, 9624-74 Avenue NW, Edmonton, beginning with a Pot-luck supper. Please bring a dish to share and join the fellowship prior to the Formal Opening.

The Church’s Struggle to see Jesus from Intercultural Eyes is an invitation for us to continue to engage in a conversation that is uncomfortable but necessary for our journey toward being an intercultural church.
This education event is open to all persons and friends within The United Church of Canada. Each Presbytery in Alberta and Northwest Conference is requested and encouraged to send two representatives to the event.

Wednesday night’s lecture is free. Thursday’s registration fee is $30 plus affordable meal and accommodation costs at Providence Centre. Download Registration form HERE: Registration Form for Jesus from Intercultural Eyes

Dr Mary (Joy) Philip

Theme Presenter: Dr Mary (Joy) Philip

The Main Speaker for the education event will be Dr Mary (Joy) Philip, who is Assistant Professor of Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at Martin Luther University College federated with Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a native of India. Joy, as she is fondly called, taught Zoology at Baldwins Methodist College, Bangalore, India, before venturing into theological studies.

Dr Philip earned her doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and is actively involved in the life of the church. When not in the classroom nurturing and inspiring her students, she is sought out as a speaker for consultations/conferences around the world, speaking against injustices to marginalized fellow human beings and to creation.
Dr. Philip has penned several articles, among which, Human Beings Not for Sale, Three Sister’s Garden: Living Together for the Common Good, Majestic at the Margins, Thistle Flowers: Theology from the Wayside, and The Space in Between Spaces: The Church as Prophetic Pest/Parasite, are to name a few. Her book, Can Humanization be Salvation, is in the process of publication. Dr Philip is also the director of the M.Div. program at Martin Luther University College and the editor of the journal, Consensus: A Canadian Journal of Public Theology.
Dr Philip will present a brief introduction on Wednesday evening (open to the public), and on Thursday, will lead us in an exploration of intercultural ministry through the Workshop.

Event Agenda

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Venue: Edmonton Korean United Church, 9624 74 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB. T6E 1E6 (Ph.: (780) 465-9202

02:00 – 04:00 p.m. Registration & Fellowship                                                                                                                                                 05:00 – 06:30 p.m. Pot-luck supper
07:00 – 08:30 p.m. Formal Opening and Lecture by Dr Mary (Joy) Philip

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Venue: Providence Renewal Centre, 3005 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB. T6J 5R5 (Ph.: (780) 430-9491

08:00 – 08:45 a.m. Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 a.m. Bible Study & “Colour Line” Exercise
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Table Talk/Group Discussion

11:30 – 12: 00-noon Reporting
12:00 – 01:00 p.m. Lunch
02:00 – 03:00 p.m. Main Speaker
03:00 – 04:00 p.m. Table Talk/Group Discussion 04:00 – 04:30 p.m. Putting it together
04:30 – 05:00 p.m. Closing Worship

Download Registration Form HERE:  Registration Form for Jesus from Intercultural Eyes

Download Poster: Poster – The Church’s Struggle to see Jesus from Intercultural Eyes

For further information please contact Kathy Jackson at the Alberta and Northwest Conference Office, 13535 – 122 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5L 2V7.  Telephone 780 435 3995, or Email