Sharon Wilson and Maylanne Maybee were our Second Fridays guests last week. (OK, technically it was the third Friday of the month, but…) Sharon and Maylanne were part of a United Church of Canada delegation visiting Christians in China.
On Friday, November 13, longtime peace activists and founders of Project Peacemakers, Bev Ridd and Dianne Cooper, were our guests for Second Fridays. They reflected on Peace – what encourages them, and the significance of story in building a culture of peace. It was a poignant discussion, coming a couple of days after Remembrance Day, and just before news reports started coming in of attack in Paris. Our small noon-hour gathering feels like an importance reminder of the challenge and the need for hope.
Bev Ridd has been the heart and soul of Project Peacemakers since its founding meetings over 30 years ago. She was the key person in working with the Province of Manitoba to call for an implementation of a rating system for video games. She acquired grants from the Winnipeg Foundation for Project Peacemakers to sponsor a banner programme in schools. As her friend Dianne says, “She talks the talk (lots of great ideas) and walks the walk (works at everything we do).”
Dianne Cooper has been a dedicated activist in the struggle for peace and global justice. In her peace activities, she’s been a participant in Witness for Peace, a peace group that traveled to Nicaragua documenting experiences in war zones. She was also a member of the World Council of Churches’ Advisory Committee to the Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) event for four years, and a participant at the JPIC conference held in 1990 in Seoul, Korea. Together with Bev, Dianne was one of the co-founders of Project Peacemakers, a group working for peace and justice from a faith perspective. “We decided we had to get past thinking that this issue was too big to tackle. We didn’t want to tell our kids that we hadn’t at least tried.”
For our Second Friday gathering last week we invited local people who had attended the United Church General Council gathering in Newfoundland this past summer to have some conversation with those of us who didn’t about what it was like. Shelly Manley-Tannis, Bill Millar, Adrian Jacobs, and Stan McKay all told stories, recounted experiences, and reflected on what happens when “the church” meets to do business. Continue reading “Bending the System as Far as It Can Go”
Rob and Keiko Wittmer were our Second Fridays guests in May. They spoke to us about their work with the Dohoku Centre in Japan and about the Ainu people, the indigenous people of northern Japan. Continue reading “VIDEO – May Second Friday – Rob & Keiko Witmer on Solidarity with the Ainu”
On Friday March 13, 2015 Leah Gazan was our Second Fridays guest, discussing the #We Care movement and the need to do something about the disproportionate number of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. Leah describes herself as a “local trouble-maker.” She is a fierce advocate, and in the discussion following her presentation she didn’t hold back in naming the need for political and social change.
On Friday, February 13, 2015 our Second Fridays guest was Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak, exploring the topic of decolonization through dialogue and creativity. Kelly is also inviting interested participants for the next round of her sharing circle/art project.
On Friday, January 9th, our Second Fridays partnership with the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre continued as we welcomed Niigaan Sinclair as our guest speaker. Niigaan spoke about the need to move past rigid, boxed-in “OR” thinking toward open and inclusive “AND” thinking if Christians want to join Indigenous peoples in creating a fair and just Canada.
We’ve broken Niigaan’s presentation into 4 bite-size pieces for you, but watch them all, because the themes tie together. Continue reading “VIDEOS – Second Fridays with Niigaan Sinclair”
Anishinabe elder Peter Atkinson explored the theme “All My Relations” with us on Friday, October 10, 2015 for Second Fridays.
(Videographer notes: The videos for 2nd Fridays are nothing fancy. I mostly try to keep the focus on what our invited guests are saying, maybe adding a helpful graphic or two in post-production but that’s about it. That said, I will usually zoom in and out at least a bit, to keep up with when people use their hands to talk or reference something nearby. However, with Peter all I did was press Record and Stop. He was almost mesmerizingly still, focused. If you hear the occasional crackling on the video, that was Peter’s grand-daughter having a snack from Tim Horton’s. She was very patient and we were happy to have her in our circle along with Peter.) Continue reading “Video – Second Fridays – All My Relations”
Videos from September’s Second Friday!
Second Fridays at CCS is back for its third year, and once again we are partnering with the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre to bring you aboriginal and non-aboriginal voices addressing themes of spiritual and political importance to us all.
On Sept. 12th we were invited to re-connect our faith to our natural context, the land. Melanie Kampen unpacked the biblical image of “living water” and Stan McKay encouraged us to move beyond an anthropocentric theology that is like a potted plant, never rooting itself in its natural setting. Through storytelling and exegesis, Melanie and Stan sparked deep reflection on “The Context of the Land.” Continue reading “Second Fridays – The Context of the Land”
CCS is pleased to announce that for January, February, and March of 2014 our Second Fridays series of presentations and discussions will be a partnership between CCS and the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. An Indigenous and a non-Indigenous speaker will be invited to address a common theme, with time for discussion and conversation to follow.
Themes for 2014:
Friday, January 10 – “RESPECT” with special guests Adrian Jacobs and Doug McMurtry
Friday, February 14 – “COMMUNITY” (speakers to be announced)
Friday, March 14 – “RECONCILIATION” (speakers to be announced)
If you’re in the Winnipeg area, mark it on you calendar and plan to join us. If you’re not, watch for the videos on the CCS website. (By the way, Second Fridays videos are a great resource for discussion groups. Get together, watch a vid or two, and then talk about what stood out for you.)