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Learning Archive - 2015 Programming
Through the years many opportunities for learning have been offered at Church of the Redeemer. We are keeping track of what has gone before by years as a window into the life of the community. Below is a list of 2015 programming.
Acting on Climate Change
Creating Common Good
We attended Trinity Institute (TI2015), an annual conference that takes place in New York City - via webcast and our own small group discussions at Trinity College, Toronto. This conference took on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality.
Speakers included The Most Rev'd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Cornel West (The Rich and the Rest of Us), Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed; This Land is Their Land), Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor, Juliet Schor (Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth), The Rt. Rev'd Julio Murray, Bishop of Panama, Rachel Held Evans (Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions), Jennifer Jones Austin, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, R.R. Reno (First Things), and Nicole Baker Fulgham, Expectations Project.
"Who Cares" is a beaded vamp by teresa burrows for the "Walking with our Sisters" exhibition.
As a follow up on the recent roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women and our Teach-In held at Redeemer in March 2014, we joined leaders Audrey Huntley, Carolyn Bennett, Mary Eberts, Dawn Harvard and Victoria Pezzo for a Saturday of conversation.
For the past several years, the Redeemer community has read books about our changing life as church. In 2015, Learning@Redeemer proposed something different. Our summer reading group explored how Christianity has been presented to children in three fiction books from different decades of the twentieth century.
We read selections from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Are You there God, It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume and The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. Our objective was to look at the different and sometimes opposing perspectives on the life of faith which these stories offer and to explore the implications for our spiritual formation and growth as a multi-generational community.
The books we read this year focused on themes of violence and non-violence. There is a pervasive sense at the moment that violence is on the increase, not just in various international and civil wars and crises, but also on the home front: in our streets, sports arenas, sacred places, our aboriginal communities and in our justice system. Religious commitments are often blamed for playing a large role in stirring up bigotries, hatreds and racist persecutions.
This year’s books will took us to various aspects of these conflicts, especially as they are connected with faiths in the Abrahamic tradition: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They pointed to theological and practical responses to the punitive and violent practices of our time.
In the fall of 2015, a three-part series was offered for newcomers and those who were at a point in their faith journey where they wanted to deepen their connection to the community.
In our first session Andrew Asbil, our incumbent, gathered us around the altar to delve into the particular nature of how we worship on Sunday mornings. He spoke about the symbols, vestments, prayers and sacraments that form who we are.
Paul Couillard is an architect and member of the parish. He took us on a tour of our building and spoke about how our space shapes, inspires and focuses our faith.
Amy Buskirk served as Chair of the Advisory Board and John Whincup served as Chair of the Board of Management. They spoke about their journey of faith and how they and we find a place to offer our gifts of leadership.
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