February 17, 2016 — Tyndale Seminary

A practical theology colloquium about what it means to live in harmony with others in Toronto today

What does Jesus’ command to “love our enemies” mean for us in Canada today? How do we practice reconciliation and peace building in our own social, religious, and political contexts?

Join us on February 17th, from 9am–4pm as we dialogue about these questions with insight from community leaders around the GTA.

9:00 am
9:00 am
Doors Open
9:30 am
9:30 am
Introduction

Join us as we kick off the day with a few words from our hosts.

Alex Street
Speaker & Ex-Youth Pastor
Nupur James
Pastoral Ministries Student
9:45 am
9:45 am
Sue Mosteller
Who is My Enemy?

The worst enemy we face can be within. Empowering this enemy restricts our capacities to serve and to love. Likewise, our 'other' enemies interfere with our journey of becoming truly human. The process of befriending enemies is impossible, tough, and potent, but contains the power/living water, to transform our journeys as true followers of Jesus.

About Sue Mosteller
Sister of St. Joseph
Sue is a Toronto-based author, and member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She is also a trustee of the Henri Nouwen Legacy, and a former leader in the L'Arche and Daybreak Communities.
Q&A with Sue Mosteller

Following her talk, there will be a Q&A session around what it means to love our enemies.

10:30 am
10:30 am
Break (refreshments provided)
10:40 am
10:40 am
Love Your Enemies

This round of breakout sessions will be focused on what it means to love some of the hardest people in our cities.

Wafik Wahba
Understanding Current Dynamics in the World of Islam

Current world events require deeper understanding of the world of Islam where religion, politics and economy are very much intertwined. A deeper understanding of Islamic religious beliefs will help us navigate the current complexities of political and social upheavals. Issues like human rights and freedom will be explored from religious and historical perspectives.

Wafik Wahba
Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale Seminary
Brad Sider
Loving the Unlovable

By looking at the theological concept of grace and the Book of Jonah, we will discuss how to love the unloveable. At Circles of Support and Accountability we work primarily with individuals who have offended sexually. Pick up any newspaper and you will quickly see what society thinks of such offences. “Monster”, “predator”, “goof” are all words that are used to describe our community members. At Circles we work hard to keep the community safe but we also work hard to let offenders know that they are not abandoned. That despite their crimes they can change and live lives of meaning.

Brad Sider
Restorative Justice Director with the Mennonite Central Committee
Katelyn James
Loving Street-Involved Adults

How can people love those who are difficult to love? What does it take to care for those involved in the street life? What can we do to support people who have mental and physical disabilities and are often challenging to love? We will discuss what The Warming Room is trying to do by providing a safe and warm place for the most vulnerable of Peterborough to sleep during the winter months, and why we try to help our guests and volunteers to listen and learn from one another.

Katelyn James
Manager of The Warming Room
11:50 am
11:50 am
Break
12:00 pm
12:00 pm
Anne Woolger
Our Tears are All the Same Colour

It will examine Jesus command to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us and to love our neighbour as ourselves. It will look at samples from scripture of radical hospitality as well as experiences at Matthew House (refugee ministry) Toronto and challenge people to overcome their fears and reach out and love the outsiders and strangers on our doorstep.

About Anne Woolger
Director of Matthew House Refugee Shelter
Anne has been helping resettle refugees for more than 25 years, and started the Toronto-based Matthew House refugee centre in 1998 to help better accomplish this.
12:45 pm
12:45 pm
Lunch with Roundtable Discussion

As we share in lunch, we will all be encouraged to discuss at our tables what a Christian response might be to Syrian Refugee Crisis. An invitation to respond through a free-will offering will be given to all Colloquium participants.

1:30 pm
1:30 pm
Mark Groleau
WikiGod Podcast Interview

Mark Groleau from the WikiGod podcast will be conducting a group interview with Terry LeBlanc and Danny Richmond about the role of contemporary Christianity in reshaping the culture of Toronto.

Interviewing
Terry LeBlanc
Indigenous Studies Director at Tyndale Seminary
Danny Richmond
Director of Community Engagement at Ve'ahavta
About Mark Groleau
Creator of the WikiGod podcast
Mark is an ordained minister and the person behind the Toronto-based WikiGod podcast, which engages with God-thinkers of many stripes to "wiki" God together as a community. He also loves Cantonese chow mein.
2:50 pm
2:50 pm
Break
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
Love Your Neighbours

This round of breakout sessions is going to be focused on practical ways we can show love in our contexts.

Sue Mosteller
Befriending Enemies: Within and Without

TBA

Sue Mosteller
Sister of St. Joseph
Jason McKinney
Radical Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger

What are the theological stakes involved in welcoming the stranger? This workshop explores several dimensions of hospitality, drawing on insights from the bible, theology, philosophy, and lived experience.

Jason McKinney
Adjunct Professor at Trinity College
4:15 pm
4:15 pm
Janet Clark
Benediction & Closing Remarks
Janet Clark
Senior Academic Vice President at Tyndale Seminary
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
After Party

Following the colloquium, we will be hosting an afterparty at Puck and Wings, only a 12 minute drive from Tyndale. The afterparty is not associated with Tyndale Seminary.

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