Conference Workshops

Steps to register:

1. Read the descriptions of the Outreach Conference workshops below. Pick a morning and afternoon workshop.

2. Visit the registration page and register. If you are paying online, have your credit card handy.

3. If you choose to pay by cheque, send in your payment.

MORNING WORKSHOPS

Riscylla-Shaw-croppedRECONCILIATION WITH FIRST NATIONS
Healing the brokenness between our church and First Nations peoples is a long, arduous and fruitful journey, with some progress made, but much more to do. What are some signs of hope within this movement? What can parishes do to bring about healing? Hear from an Anglican pilgrim deeply invested in this movement, and from others involved as well.

Leader: Riscylla Shaw is the incumbent of Christ Church, Bolton. As a Métis person and as an Ambassador of Reconciliation for the Diocese of Toronto, she has attended the seven National Truth and Reconciliation events, and continues to be involved in the process of listening and working to build relationships for reconciliation.

Paul-Hansen-thumbnailIS THE GOSPEL POLITICAL?
(also offered in the afternoon)

The Magna Carta for the Christian is the Biblical truth. The Gospel is deeply political. The major events in the life of the Israelites, which formed them as a people of God, were political. They created a Temple State in Jerusalem. The prophetic message is deeply political. The life and message of Jesus ending in his death and resurrection were profoundly political in that he challenged the rationale of that Temple State.

Leader: Veteran social justice advocate Paul Hansen is a Roman Catholic theologian and director of the Redemptorist Biblical Justice Consultancy. He’s a former Outreach Conference keynote speaker and former Chair of the Board of the Kairos social justice coalition.

Anne-WoolgerthumbnailNEW REFUGEE REALITIES
This workshop will give a general overview of the current Canadian refugee scene with a particular focus on the plight of refugee claimants, an often misunderstood and sometimes “scapegoated” group. Personal stories will be shared to illustrate how the current realities are affecting real people seeking the protection of Canada.

Leader: Anne Woolger has helped with the hands-on resettlement of more than 3,000 refugees in Toronto. She is the founder and director of Matthew House, a community of three Christian-based homes in Toronto that welcome newly arrived refugee claimants. She has served on national and international committees championing the rights of refugees.

SPIRITUALITY AND ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE
What does it mean to be Christian in an age of ecological disaster? Where do we find our spiritual resiliency? Where do we find hope in what often appears to be a hopeless situation? This workshop will explore these questions and yours.

Leader: The Rev. Stephen Drakeford is the priest-in-charge at Epiphany and St. Mark, Toronto, and a member of the diocesan Creation Matters committee. He has a D. Min. in eco-spirituality.

BIBLICAL STORYTELLING: LEARN AND LIVE THE STORY
Can the biblical tales we’ve heard so often come alive for us in a fresh, new way? The answer is a dramatic “yes” – through biblical storytelling, which breathes new life into God’s Word, including justice-related texts. Come and learn basic Biblical storytelling techniques. The parable of the Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1-8) will be the workshop’s featured story.

Leader: The Rev. Elizabeth Green is the rector of St. Giles, Barrie, and is an active member of the Canadian and International Networks of Biblical Storytellers. She is working on a Doctorate of Ministry Degree that specializes in Biblical Storytelling in digital, post-literate culture.

CLIMATE JUSTICE: STOP LINE 9
A growing citizens’ movement is challenging Enbridge’s plans to ship tar sands oil by pipeline (Line 9) from Sarnia and across our diocese en route to Montreal, due to the environmental risks involved. This workshop will outline these risks, the links between the tar sands and climate change, and how you and your parish can support this campaign.

Leader: Lyn Adamson is a veteran social justice activist heavily involved in the environmental movement, including the campaign to stop the Line 9 pipeline project.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

Maggie-Helwig-thumbnailJUSTICE AND INCLUSION: TELLING THE BODY’S STORY
This workshop will build on last year’s session on stigmatized conditions like mental illness, developmental disability, and HIV/AIDS, and the developing understanding that the body of Christ is a wounded body; that our being as church is incomplete unless we include and work towards justice for those dealing with disability, exclusion and social stigma. This year, we will look at the importance of telling the body’s story. We will consider problems with the Bible’s “healing miracle” stories, the importance of personal narrative in the understanding of HIV/AIDS, and how “storytelling” may or may not happen for people with limited verbal communication.

Workshop Leader: The Rev. Maggie Helwig is the priest-in-charge at the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields and Chair of the diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee.       

Paul-Hansen-thumbnailIS THE GOSPEL POLITICAL?
(also offered in the morning)

The Magna Carta for the Christian is the Biblical truth. The Gospel is deeply political. The major events in the life of the Israelites, which formed them as a people of God, were political. They created a Temple State in Jerusalem. The prophetic message is deeply political. The life and message of Jesus ending in his death and resurrection were profoundly political in that he challenged the rationale of that Temple State.

Leader: Veteran social justice advocate Paul Hansen is a Roman Catholic theologian and director of the Redemptorist Biblical Justice Consultancy. He’s a former Outreach Conference keynote speaker and former Chair of the Board of the Kairos social justice coalition.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE vs. TOUGH ON CRIME
What is restorative justice? What are some restorative practices that enable us to respond to the needs of those who have been impacted by crime, including those who have been hurt, those who have created the harm, and the larger community? 

Leader: Eileen Henderson has been the restorative justice coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee Ontario for the past 14 years, with primary responsibilities for Circles of Support and Accountability. She also works with people doing restorative justice work in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

PARISH ADVENTURES IN GREENING
How can we care for creation in our places of worship? Hear from Anglicans who have conducted retrofits, installed solar panels, and taken other steps to “walk the green talk”.  Participants will learn how to set up a Green Team and put their own parishes on the path to greening, as well as how to save money in the process.

Leaders: Donna Lang is the Toronto Representative and Development Coordinator for Greening Sacred Spaces.  She has helped more than 300 faith communities in Toronto to do retrofits, microfits, community gardens and other environmental initiatives with their buildings. Allan Thompson of St. Matthew’s, Islington and Sr. Doreen McGuff, SSJD will speak from their communities’ experience.

JUSTICE FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS
More than half a million Ontario workers struggle to survive on an $11/hour minimum wage. $11 is 16% below the poverty line in Ontario. Our diocese recently joined forces with others to call for a $14/hour minimum wage. The need to walk alongside the working poor continues. What are the current challenges, and how can we, as people of faith, show our solidarity?

Leaders: Beixi Liu and Pam Frache are organizers from the Workers Action Centre (WAC), which supports workers to address problems at work, tackle wage theft and  involve them in campaigns to improve wages and working conditions. WAC is a key leader in the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage to $14 in Ontario. 

Sucheta--headshotthumbnailETHICAL INVESTING: PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS
“Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So do not worry, saying. …’What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt 6:20-21, 31, 32). Join us for a conversation about ethical investing. Learn what it means, how to do it and the myth of under-performance. We will also cover “hot topics” including impact/mission investing and fossil fuel divestment. 

Leader: Sucheta Rajagopal LL.B., CIM, FSCI, CFP is a beekeeper and portfolio manager with over 10 years experience in socially responsible investing.    

POVERTY IS NO GAME
“I am not POOR;  I am impoverished.” What does that mean? Moving from charity to justice is part of the answer. Participants will experience the “Poverty (is no) game” simulation, and then follow with a facilitated debrief and discussion, supported by an anti-poverty activist.

Leaders: The Rev. Kyn Barker is a Deacon at St. Matthew the Apostle, Oriole, Toronto, involved (and involving others) in community work. As Coordinator of Deacons, he supports parishes and individuals in discerning possible calls to the vocational diaconate. Sharon Anderson is an anti-poverty activist in Toronto with the Bread & Bricks Social Justice Group and Put Food in the Budget. Both groups work to support people with low income to be leaders in the fight against the systemic barriers that keep them in poverty.