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1. ARISE – In Hope and Love
Rev. Deb Rapport
ARISE Ministry is a mission in the Presbytery of East Toronto which offers hope to individuals involved in the sex-trade through outreach, case management, and pastoral care. The Rev. Deb Rapport, Director of ARISE, will share her stories of hope from this ministry, while also providing information on sex trafficking, juvenile prostitution, and the sex-trade in Canada.
The Rev. Deb Rapport is Community Chaplain and Director of ARISE Ministry. Deb is a Minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada and has been engaged in ministry with street-involved youth and women involved in the sex trade since 2007. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology in 2008 and was ordained by the Presbytery of East Toronto in 2010.
2. Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory activity that narrates the 500-year relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on Turtle Island (North America). Participants will learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action for healing and reconciliation and share ideas for building new relationships based on mutual respect and love-of-neighbour.
Katharine Masterton is the Program Coordinator for Justice Ministries (Life and Mission Agency, The Presbyterian Church in Canada). She has served in this position for nine years. She has an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University and is currently enjoying studies at Knox College. She is a member of Glenview Presbyterian Church in Toronto and a lifelong Presbyterian.
3. Connecting a Garden to the Globe
Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee
Digging in the dirt, weeding a row, picking kale, and tending a garden have been a life-changing and world-shaping experience at Camp Kintail. Helping children and youth connect their food to both the earth under their feet and the earth they live on, have helped to create conversations about justice, poverty, ecology, and faith. How might this work in your community or congregation? Come and join the conversation about how age-old practices that are being made new and vital for the next generation.
The Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee is the Co- Executive Director of Camp Kintail, with her husband Johnathon, the mother of three busy and lovely girls, and the daughter of a farmer from southwestern Ontario.
4. Dance to Praise God!
Sharon Geigl and Anointed Joy
Think of your favourite tree. The roots hold it firmly in place, the trunk and branches allow nourishment to travel throughout, delicate leaves collect light, bend and flutter while dancing on the breeze. If it weren’t for the roots, the leaves would have nothing to dance about. Even a mighty oak tree has to have all of these parts in order to thrive. Dancers are like the oak leaves, collecting and refracting light, bending and fluttering in praise dances to the One who loves us first. In a dance meant for one or for many—there’s always room for one more, in a dance with God at the circle’s centre.
God has created us to move about, to dance. In this workshop we will use expressions of praise dance, such as Messianic folk dance, worship flags, and interpretive movement. Sub-topics include use of props and presentation ideas. Be free! Come with us and praise God!
Anointed Joy explores, presents, and shares praise dance to give God the glory (see Psalm 150). Sharon Geigl is trained in classical ballet, modern, and national dance. She leads the liturgical dance group Anointed Joy, and guides the Junior Flag Dance Team, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Whitby, ON.
5. Every Life Needs … To Make a Difference
Rev. Joel and Rebecca Sherbino
Join Rebecca and the Rev. Joel Sherbino as they share God’s desire to partner with His people to make a difference and change the world (even a small part of it!). They will focus on the key principle of partnership as revealed in Scripture, and unpacking the practical ways they are living it out in their own lives, and building it into the fabric of the church that Joel leads. They will focus on one of Paris Presbyterian Church’s newest initiatives; The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise—a social and economic ministry focused on employing people with disabilities and enabling them to thrive in their community.
The Rev. Joel Sherbino came to Paris Presbyterian Church in June 2006. Before arriving in Paris, Joel along with his family lived in Malawi, Africa, where for three years Joel was servingas the Associate Pastor at St. Columba (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian).
With an undergraduate Degree in Global Development, Peace and Justice and a Master’s Degree in International Development, Rebecca Sherbino has always had a passion for working with people. Living in five countries abroad and working for four years in Sustainable Community Development in Malawi and Sudan, Africa, she developed an acute awareness of the issues facing vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Joel and Rebecca are married and they are the proud parents of Isaac, Masika and Canaan.
6. Filled with All the Fullness of God: Ephesians 3:16–21
Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset
What does it mean to live a life of expectation? Doesn’t it just set a person up for disappointment? In this Bible study we will explore Paul’s soaring words about how the unfathomable love of Christ is both hopeful and daunting.
As we come together we’ll explore what it might mean to be embraced by a love so deep and broad and high. We’ll explore what it might mean to be strengthened in your inner being, as a woman in today’s world, shaped by the power of God’s spirit to surpass our imagination.
The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset has been Minister of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Toronto since July 2012. She graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and received her Doctorate of Theology (in homiletics) from Knox College of Toronto in 2007.
Emily has been involved in the life of the national church in a variety of ways including, preaching and coordinating worship for General Assembly, preaching at Stewards By Design, coordinating worship for Canada Youth 2016, and leading retreats and Bible studies. Emily has written curriculum for the PCC and served as Adjunct Faculty at Knox College.
Emily is married to the Rev. Alex Bisset, who is Minister of Riverdale and Westminster Presbyterian Churches in Toronto. They have a 5 year old daughter, Rachel.
7. Half the Sky: Video and Discussion
Rev. Sarah Kim, facilitator
In this workshop, we will watch one of the six videos from the DVD, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and have a moderated time of discussion.
In the video, we journey to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. As the DVD says, “These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.”
The Rev. Sarah Kim is the Executive Director of the Women’s Missionary Society. She has visited many of our partner churches and learned from women around the world.
8. Music Through the Church Year, and from Around the World
Rev. Hugh Donnelly
This workshop will be a singing tour through our hymnal, enjoying some of the lesser known seasonal hymns from around the world. Participants will leave having enjoyed some good singing, and with (hopefully) some new additions to their musical repertoire.
The Rev. Hugh Donnelly’s bio is available under Leadership Preview.
9. Pass it on: Who’s Job is it, Anyway?
Rev. Jacqui Foxall
“When my four year old started asking about dinosaurs and on which day of creation God made them, I realized it was time to bring him to Sunday school so that he could learn from the experts.” How many have heard this line, or one similar?
In this workshop we’ll rediscover God’s command that FAMILIES are to be the heart of faith formation. Of course this poses challenges when parents and grandparents feel underprepared to pass on the faith! Let’s all reclaim the role in faith-formation God has given to us.
The Rev. Jacqui Foxall serves Knox Presbyterian Church in Oakville, ON. Her areas of special interest include Faith Formation and Worship with young families. She and her husband, Matt, are kept busy with two daughters, Acadia (5) and Piper (2), showing them how to operate utensils at the dinner table, and to Love God and Others.
10. Pray All Ways: Expanding Your Prayer Toolbox
Dr. Laura Alary
Do you ever feel you want to pray but don’t know how? Maybe words fail you. Maybe you find it hard to sit still and focus. Maybe you’ve been praying the same way for years and just want to try something new. In this workshop we will explore some different forms of prayer, including praying in colour (popularized by the book by Sybil MacBeth), using beads in prayer, and praying with our bodies. Sharpen your pencil crayons and join us for some gentle—even playful—ways of being with God.
Dr. Laura Alary is a writer, teacher, storyteller and mother of three. She loves to find creative ways to combine her academic background in theology and New Testament with her current work as a Christian educator and writer for children. Her books include Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter, Is That Story True? and How Do I Pray for Grandpa? While Laura has long been drawn to traditional practices such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer, she gives credit to her children for broadening her prayer experience to include beads, clay, and crayons.
11. Reconciliation in the Watershed
We won’t save a place we don’t love; we can’t love a place we don’t know; and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned.
To be rooted in the love of Christ is also to be rooted in a particular place, a watershed. Reconciliation in the Watershed is a project of Biblical and theological reflection, personal reflection, hands-on environmental experience, and social analysis. Participants identify the major ecological justice issues affecting where they live, make the connections with Indigenous rights struggles, and explore how they are part of larger Canadian and global struggles for justice. We share our places—our watersheds—with people past and present, animals, plants, water, and more. Come explore how we are called to be rooted in love with all in our watersheds today and for all generations to come.
KAIROS unites eleven Christian churches and religious organizations in a faithful ecumenical response to the call to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social justice, and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation.
12. Scripture and Spiritual Journey
Rev. In Kee Kim
Spiritual journey is a very important part of our life cycle. It is a process of being awakened and clearly seeing the spiritual condition of our life. Spiritual journey is not only being awakened to our spiritual reality but also being led into deeper connection with God. Through this connectedness, we discern the will of God and live it out in our lives. Scripture plays a very important role in the process of our own articulation about the spiritual reality of the world we live in. In this workshop, we will explore how Scripture can be used in our spiritual journey, digging beyond the superficial level and entering into the spiritual realm of Scripture.
The Rev. In Kee Kim has been the senior minister at St. Timothy Presbyterian Church since 1992. He graduated from the University of Toronto majoring in philosophy and graduated from Knox College in 1987. In Kee and his wife Sarah, Executive Director of the Women’s Missionary Society, have a son and daughter, both of whom are married. They are also happy grandparent’s of a toddler boy and are expecting another grandson soon.
13. 성경과 영적 여정
영적 여정은 우리의 삶의 싸이클의 중요한 부분을 차지하고 있다. 영적 여정은 눈이 뜨이는 과정이고 그 과정을 통하여 우리는 우리 자신의 내면의 모습, 영적인 현실을 볼 수 있게된다. 영적 여정은 우리 자신에 대해 눈이 뜨이는 것일 뿐 아니라 한걸음 더 나아가 하나님과 더 깊이 연결될 수 있는 곳으로 인도함을 받는 것이다. 이런 하나님과의 연결됨이 있을 때에, 우리는 우리의 삶에서 하나님의 뜻을 분별할 수 있는 것이고 그리고 그것을 살아가는 것이다. 이런 과정에서 성경은 매우 중요한 역할을 하고 있고 성경을 통하여 을 통하여 우리는 우리가 살아가고 있는 현실을 영적으로 이해하고 표현할 수 있는 것이다. 이 웍샵에서 우리는 성경과 영적 여정의 관계를 살펴볼 것이고 겉에 보이는 표면적인 의미를 넘어서서 성경이 가리키고 있는 영적 메시지를 보는 과정을 살펴볼 것이다.
김인기 목사는 디모데 장로 교회의 담임목사로 1992년 부터 섬기고 있습니다. 토론토 대학에서 학부과정으로 철학을 전공하였고 토론토 대학 내에 있는 낙스 신학교에서 대학원 과정을 마치고 1987년에 졸업하였습니다. 현재 Women’s Missionary Society의 Executive Director 로 섬기고 있는 부인 김영미 목사와 슬하에 결혼한 두 자녀를 두었습니다. 요즘 걷기 시작한 큰 손자와 함께 시간을 보내는 기쁨을 만끽하고 있으며, 곧 또 다른 손자가 태어날 예정입니다.
14. Suffering, Prayer, and God
Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll
This workshop will explore ways to pray and perceive God’s presence in contexts of suffering and adversity. It will present human stories of suffering and explore different ways to perceive God’s possibility in these stories and in human life.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela McCarroll is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education at Knox College in the University of Toronto. She is a certified Supervisor and Specialist in Spiritual Care with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC), a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and an ordained minister in the PCC. Her research on hope is mostly published in her two books Waiting at the Foot of the Cross: Toward a Theology of Hope for Today and At the end of hope—The Beginning: Narratives of Hope in the face of Death and Trauma. This research earned her an award of excellence from the CASC.
15. Spirituality Centre Workshop
Spiritual living is central to our faith. To add an additional spiritual dimension to your time at theWomen’s Gathering, we will be providing a Spirituality Centre. At your leisure, you are welcome to visit and spend time at this centre.
This workshop is a time set aside for those who would prefer to be led through the Spirituality Centre, rather than exploring it on their own. During this workshop time, the Rev. Theresa Cho, a PCUSA minister who will oversee the centre, and our chaplains, will be available to take you through the centre as well as to answer any questions.
16. With Hands and Hearts: Creative Outreach in a Changing Canada
Patricia Paddy and Karen Stiller
This hands-on interactive workshop focuses on the stories in the new World Vision book, Shifting Stats: 40 Canadian Churches Respond. Authors Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller will lead participants through an exploration of how some congregations are responding to the seismic shift in Canadian culture. Participants will leave with a deepened understanding of how congregations are adapting their ministry to the changing needs of their communities and a tentative plan for how they could ignite the same type of change in their own congregations.
Patricia Paddey is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. With a background in broadcast journalism, she has worked her entire career with mainstream and niche media. Currently, she is a partner in the Canadian Christian News Service, a senior writer at Faith Today magazine and serves part-time as communications director for Save the Mothers. She is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies part-time at McMaster Divinity College. Paddey lives with her husband Doug in Mississauga, ON. They have three young adult children.
Karen Stiller is a freelance writer and editor, and a senior editor of Faith Today magazine. She is author of Going Missional: Conversations with 13 Canadian Churches who Have Embraced Missional Life. Stiller is also a partner in the Canadian Christian News Service and communications manager for Langham Partnership Canada. She was the recipient of the 2012 A.C.Forrest Memorial Award for excellence in religious journalism. Stiller lives in Port Perry, ON, with her husband Brent and their children.