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Echoes of Resilience

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST

CCS continues in its celebration of Black History Month with “Echoes of Resilience: Celebrating Black Legacies in Church and Society“.

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 27 (5pm Central, 6pm Eastern, 4pm Mountain, 3pm Pacific, 7pm Atlantic). Our special guest will be Franklyn James. Franklyn is a minister at West River United Church in Cornwall, PEI, as well as an author, blogger, storyteller, philosopher, and advocate.

In this conversation, Franklyn will illuminate the indelible impact of Black Canadians on our nation, religious communities, and broader societal fabric. This session will journey through the historical pathways carved by Black pioneers, whose resilience in the face of adversity has significantly shaped the Canadian landscape. We will delve into the stories of iconic figures such as Lincoln Alexander and Viola Desmond, whose legacies transcend time, and also spotlight contemporary trailblazers within the United Church of Canada, like Rev. Wilbur K. Howard and Rev. Michael Blair have continued this legacy of leadership and advocacy.

Our discussion will extend beyond mere recognition, aiming to foster a deep, reflective conversation on the ongoing challenges and triumphs within the Black community. Engaging in this dialogue invites participants to explore the complex dynamics of identity, community, and spirituality. This Presentation is not only a tribute to the profound contributions of Black Canadians but also a call to action—urging us to commit to the principles of equity, empathy, and solidarity.

This event is free. Click HERE for to register.

Rev. Franklyn James, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and now a distinguished resident of Canada, is an educator, pastoral counselor, and fervent advocate for social justice. With an extensive background in theology and education, Rev. James has dedicated his career to fostering holistic growth and empowerment. He is a critical thinker who challenges traditional and contemporary rhetoric, offering insightful perspectives on inclusivity and justice. His literary contributions, including “Tones of Transition,” “Shards of Longing,” “The Little Things We Take for Granted,” and “The Body in Narrative,” reflect his commitment to exploring the dark nature of societal issues and commitment to clear and intentional communication. Through his roles in the clergy and his writings, Rev. James inspires transformation, dedicating his life to educating, enlightening, and empowering others.


February 27
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST




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