A Word from Jonathan

The movie “The Fourth World War” (2003 Big Noise Films) describes the complexity of injustices of today’s world and, in working toward justice, the difficulty “finding an edge to grab a hold of”.

I resonate with that image as I reflect on a lifetime of seeking justice as a person of faith. Responding to issues of injustice as I become aware of them has felt like finding edges to grab a hold of, while not really getting to the root of injustice.

Intercultural ministry offers a different way to respond as a person of faith seeking justice. Instead of an edge, an issue, a moment of injustice it provides a deeper space from which to build a just world. It is a way of being in relationship from which the community can live and be its calling to justice.

I trust you share my excitement for intercultural ministry! One of the purposes of this e-newsletter is to share the work we are all doing. Some of you have been sharing workshops, events, and ideas for intercultural ministry in your context which we will highlight in this and future newsletters.

In the journey of Lent—a time of reflection, preparation, and anticipation—listen for God’s call to Shalom; to right relationship with each other, with all of creation, and with God.



Jonathan Schmidt 
Director, Canadian Churches' Forum
an agency of the Canadian Council of Churches.

In This Issue:

  1. Reflections on the Intersectionality of Unearned Privilege
  2. Intercultural Ministry as Embodied Practice
  3. The Skin We're In
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Engage Difference! Program Bursary Fund

Feedback from the wider community is requested by Peter Noteboom.
After using this article for your personal reflections or for a group study please
email us your thoughts.


Reflections on the Intersectionality of Unearned Privilege

Peter Noteboom, Deputy General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches
February 2017

During a recent event called “Engage Difference” led by the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries I was struck early on by comments from two White participants. 

The first paraphrased Pope Francis remarking that truth is not to be found in agreement with particular concepts or beliefs or ideologies but instead in the quality of a relationship, a way and a life

… The truth, according to Christian faith, is God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. So the truth is a relationship! Each one of us receives the truth and expresses it in his or her own way, from the history, culture and situation in which he or she lives … it means that [truth] is given to us always and only as a way and a life

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Intercultural Ministry as Embodied Practice 

DUIM alumnus Niki Andre was in Toronto recently to help shape the DUIM program. As a songwriter-singer and trained improvisationalist, she used her vast repertoire of resources and worked with the group to engage their senses and helped them tell their stories through song and shared moments.

Niki has wonderful gifts and by sharing them, she enabled everyone to feel and experience that Intercultural Ministry need not only be about  "head" knowledge, but that it should also be embodied and felt through the senses.

Here are some resources you can use in your own context:

  • Reminders for Embodied Practice
  • Sense Stones (activity using all your senses)

Learn more about Niki Andre and through her facebook page.
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The Skin We're In  
A documentary from acclaimed director Charles Officer
pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada.

This profound documentary invites the viewer in Desmond Cole's mind and into his calling - to name and confront racism in Canada and helps us understand how race and racism are an integral part of Intercultutural Ministry. More than a witness to racism in Canada, this is an important piece for anyone confronting racism to know what that journey can be about.

The work is not easy, but we are compelled to do it.
See Now

Upcoming Events

Spring 2017  DUIM Manitoba
(Sandy-Saulteaux Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba)

May 8-12, 2017 (Registration Deadline - April 10, 2017)

Cost $975 (includes accommodation and meals).
Fees subsidized by St. John’s College, University of Manitoba
($100 deposit to confirm registration)
Additional accommodation $60/night, plus meals.

Fall 2017   DUIM Montreal *
(Villa St Martin, Montreal, QC)

September 25-29, 2017 (Registration Deadline - August 28, 2017)
Cost TBA  ($100 deposit to confirm registration)

* Bilingual French/English program

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Engage Difference! Program Bursary Fund

Please donate to the Engage Difference! DUIM Bursary Fund.

As a way to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry program, Canadian Churches' Forum offers bursaries.

You’ll receive a charitable receipt and help grow the community of program alumni. 

You can also donate to a general fund that supports the work of the Canadian Churches' Forum, including the work we do for our network program alumni.

Donate Now
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