Please Note: Clicking on the registration links below will allow you to register for that session only. You will need to return to this page to register separately for each session (Opening Plenary, Morning Workshop, Afternoon Workshop, and Closing Plenary.) We don’t want you to miss out on any of the great programming we have lined up!
Opening Plenary Session (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
REGISTER HERE for the Opening Plenary Session: “Re-Membering and Re-Making Community”
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Gerlyn Henry is the assistant curate at St. Timothy, North Toronto. Born in Chennai, India, she moved to Mississauga at the age of 5, returning to India at the age of 14, where she completed high school and a degree in social work. She then joined the ecumenical movement and worked with the National Council of Churches, the Council of World Mission and the youth department of the World Council of Churches. Soon after, she began her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she discerned a call to parish ministry. After graduating in 2018, she worked as a chaplain at the children’s hospital in Atlanta and in local parishes before returning to Toronto, where she was ordained in 2020.
Morning Workshops (10:30 - 11:45 a.m.)
Watershed Discipleship: knowing, loving, and saving the places where we live – The Rev. Susan Spicer and Brandon Underwood, EANAP (Environmental Action Now Ajax Pickering) REGISTER NOW
How well do you know your watershed? Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum said, “we won’t save the places we don’t love, we can’t love the places we don’t know, and we don’t know places we haven’t learned.” The watershed discipleship movement tackles the ecological crisis by taking a bio-regional approach, focusing on the sustainability of the local creational community. In this workshop, we will have a brief discussion of the theology of watershed discipleship and then use the grassroots action to save the Pickering Wetlands from development as a case study and discussion generator.
Facilitators: The Rev. Susan Spicer is the priest at St. George’s, Ajax. The Pickering Wetlands are 2 km from the church as the crow flies. She is also co-chair of the Bishop’s Committee on Creation Care and enjoys exploring the Duffin’s Creek Watershed where she lives.
Brandon Underwood holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. While he now works in Geographic Information Systems he continues to advocate for the environment and other social justice issues in his free time. When not working or advocating Brandon enjoys playing piano, participating in community theatre, running, biking and exploring nature.
Justice for Workers: Decent Work for ALL – Pam Frache, Workers’ Action Centre REGISTER NOW
The global pandemic helped expose the low wages and unsafe working conditions experienced by so many of the frontline workers who keep our communities fed, safe, and cared for. We believe we have an important opportunity to work together to turn precarious jobs into good jobs by fighting for higher wages, safer working conditions, fair scheduling, job security, and end to racism and discrimination in the labour market. We believe a united movement can push the federal and provincial governments to improve and enforce workplace laws.
Facilitator: Pam Frache is the Coordinator of the Justice for Workers: Decent work for ALL campaign (formerly the Fight for $15 and Fairness) and an organizer with the Worker’s Action Centre. Currently based in Toronto, Pam is a long-time labour and social justice activist.
Growing the Common Table: Re-imagining and Renewing Church Lands – Melodie Ng, Amos Owolabi, and Allison Drage, Flemingdon Park Ministry REGISTER NOW
The Common Table Farm began with a simple question: “What if we could grow food for our community?
Flemingdon Park Ministry (FPM) works with and walks alongside the residents of Flemingdon Park, a high density neighbourhood and an incredibly diverse community. FPM’s urban farm project is one response to food insecurity in the community; it’s also a creative way to seek ecological and food justice through re-envisioning church lands. We’re honoured to share our story and join in conversation with you. How might church lands transform in your context?
Melodie Ng is the Farm Assistant for FPM. She loves the creative ways that community, arts, and justice intersect. Melodie is thrilled to support community food access through urban agriculture as part of the FPM team.
Amos Owolabi is Common Table Project Officer for Flemingdon Park Ministry.
Allison Drage is a student working towards her Dual Masters in Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Business Management. She loves winter sports and all things surrounding plant-based nutrition. She dreams of having a farm filled with happy cows and varieties of veggies for the community!
Faith-Filled Engagement: An Invitation to BE part of Re-making Settler/Indigenous Relations – The Rev. Maggie Dieter REGISTER NOW
Using the Medicine Wheel (an ancient symbol used by Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island to see and understand things unseen or not understood), the Rev. Maggie Dieter will speak to the legacy of colonization using story, past, and present. Participants of this workshop will be invited to respond and reflect on their perspectives as Settler Canadians and consider holistic approaches to building just and respectful Settler/Indigenous Relations.
Facilitator: The Rev. Maggie Dieter is a United Church of Canada minister currently serving in New Hamburg, Ontario. Maggie is Cree. Her homeland is on the Treaty Four Territory, the Peepeekisis First Nation (Saskatchewan). Maggie has served communities of faith within the Suageen-Ojibway Nation Territory, the Neyasshingaming and Saugeen First Nations. She has also serve as the Executive Minister, Indigenous Ministries and Justice at the United Church of Canada General Council office. Maggie is a mother, a grandmother, and an intergenerational survivor/thriver of the Indian Residential School system.
Afternoon Workshops (1:00 - 2:15 p.m.)
Registration is now open for the workshops listed, but we are still awaiting confirmation of additional workshops. You may change your selection at any time.
Building Community Through Refugee Sponsorship – Alex Hauschildt, AURA
The COVID-19 pandemic has given many Canadians a glimpse of what it is like to experience how events beyond our control can drastically change our everyday lives. Right now, over 26 million refugees face fear and uncertainty every day. Many will never be able to return home and for them their only durable solution is resettlement through refugee sponsorship. Successful refugee sponsorship is a collective effort that builds relationships and develops understanding, ultimately strengthening our communities. This workshop will cover the current refugee context, the new Afghanistan initiative, refugee sponsorship process and timelines, opportunities for involvement, experiences from past sponsors, and resources available. REGISTER NOW
Facilitator: Alex Hauschildt has a passion for social justice and a professional history based in Education and Social Service work. He has worked with AURA (Anglican-United Refugee Alliance) since 2011 in varying roles, and is currently AURA’s operations director.
Transgender Ministry: Opportunities and Challenges – The Rev. Margaret Rodrigues & others
This workshop will identify the growing needs in the Diocese of Toronto for expanding our ministry to trans people, their families and allies. What opportunities are opening up across the Anglican Church of Canada, what demands are growing in our diocese, and how can we best respond to these needs over the next few years in a post-COVID world? Please come and help us to develop a strategy to meet these challenges. REGISTER NOW
Facilitator: The Rev. Margaret (Michael) Rodrigues (they/them/their) is an Honorary Assistant at St. John, West Toronto, and the coordinator of transgender ministry in the diocese. Margaret was ordained in December 2011 after MDiv studies at Trinity College, followed by a ThM focussing on the spiritual journey of trans people. Prior to ordination, they worked in public administration and not-for profit management, and served the Diocese in various volunteer capacities since 2003. They will be assisted in the workshop by several trans Anglicans with unique perspectives to share.
Issues Facing Temporary Agricultural Migrant Workers in Our Communities – The Rev. Augusto Nunez REGISTER NOW
The Rev. Augusto Nunez will share his experience with the Durham Region Migrant Worker Ministry and explore the issues faced by temporary agricultural workers in our Diocese: loneliness and isolation, mental health issues, language barriers, and community opposition to the temporary foreign worker program.
Facilitator: The Rev. Augusto Nunez was born in Peru and completed his M.Div training at Wycliffe College. Since 2017 he has been the priest in charge at St. Saviour’s, Orono, and ministering to migrant agricultural workers in the Durham Region.
Yes, In Our Back Yard! Supporting Affordable Housing in our Communities – Jesse James REGISTER NOW
Being a neighbour starts with being friendly to those who live around you, but being a neighbour can be much, much more. This workshop will explore a few examples of local engagement in Willowdale, a neighbourhood at the far north end of Toronto. One of the key issues is how a coalition of local religious leaders can work with multiple levels of government, other local community organizers and residents to help provide supportive housing for Toronto’s vulnerable people.
Facilitator: Jesse James works for Toronto City councillor for Willowdale, John Filion, and holds an MDiv. from Tyndale Seminary with a focus on Canadian Christian history, community organizing, and urban development. He lives in Willowdale with his wife and three children. His family has been car-free since 2014 and are avid explorers of their neighbourhood. Jesse attends a local Lutheran church and enjoys finding ways of being a neighbour more and more.
Closing Plenary Session (2:45-3:15 p.m.)
At the close of our program, we will gather together again to share reflections on what we learned and pray for each other in our respective ministries.
REGISTER HERE for our Closing Plenary Session