February 17, 2016 — Tyndale Seminary
A practical theology colloquium about what it means to live in harmony with others in Toronto today
Join us as we kick off the day with a few words from our hosts.
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.
Following her talk, there will be a Q&A session around what it means to love our enemies.
This round of breakout sessions will be focused on what it means to love some of the hardest people in our cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This round of breakout sessions is going to be focused on practical ways we can show love in our contexts.
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.
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.