Five participants from across Canada have been gathered with CCS program staff Ted Dodd in Peterborough, ON, for the past two weeks, exploring leadership, learning, community, and commitment.
This is the first time the Leadership Development Module has been offered in January. (Originally, we planned on holding the course in Quebec City but that did not work out, so we hastily arranged a venue in Peterborough, Ontario as an alternative.)
Ted and the gang were hosted at Bedford House, a new project partially sponsored by the United Church’s EDGE initiative for fresh expressions of ministry. Lynn Smith, one of our third year students, and her partner Allan Reeve, opened the House in July. They envision Bedford House as a centre for promoting social justice and faith. It proved to be a perfect partner for CCS.
Ted reports, “I was staying some distance from the venue and walked forty minutes every day to class. I delighted in trudging up the wee hill through the cemetery emerging to a great view of Little Lake. Proceeding along Crescent Drive I enjoyed the elegant brick building with front porches, that I fondly remember from my youth growing up in Ontario. Further along the shore of the Otonabee took me to George Street with its “Back to the Future” clock tour.
George Street is Peterborough’s main street where I found some creative graffiti art. In the one in the picture, someone had pasted a map of Canada on the side of the “old Y”, and stenciled on the map is the caption “Racism, sexism and homophobia are not permitted in this area.” What better a scene for our LDM group picture? For an organization, like CCS, committed to “living a theology of justice” it seemed perfect.
I was glad that this group of students were willing to stand with me as witness to this vision of inclusion and safety.”
There will be two more LDM’s in 2015. June 8-20 in Montreal and August 10-22 in Winnipeg. Apply today.