Resources

Workshops

The Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is an excellent and interactive tool that literally walks participants through the history of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Much of the content is written by Aboriginal people. Created by KAIROS Canada, the exercise helps participants understand why reconciliation is needed and how to take steps toward reconciliation and new relationships.

 

 

 

Journey with Me

Refugees are our neighbours. When we think of refugees, we often hear the biblical call to “welcome the stranger.” And welcoming the stranger is a good first step. But in this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours, and we need each other. Journey with Me is a 90-minute interactive workshop that aims to help Christian citizens work with their refugee neighbours for justice.

 

 

 

Living the 8th Fire

When we sit in Circle after a Blanket Exercise, one of the most common questions is, So now what? We usually respond with encouragement to learn more and build relationships. In a sense, Wab Kinew’s invitation to “get to know the neighbours” in this excellent video series is a way to begin some of that learning and living in relationship with Indigenous neighbours. We’ve built a small group study series around CBC’s 8th Fire videos to help your church take the next steps in reconciliation.

 

 

 

Worship Resources

 

Justice flows out of our worship. We seek justice because we love God and want our lives to reflect his unbounding love for all of his creation. Want to lead worship in your church community? You can find a beginning list of worship resources including prayers, liturgical materials, children’s worship materials, and devotions from a variety of agencies, ministries, and organizations within and outside of the CRCNA. Not finding what you need? Email us at publicdialogue@crcna.org, and we will see if we can help or put you in contact with someone who can.

 

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God’s heart for marginalized people and the call for God’s people to act justly towards “the widow, the orphan, and the stranger”, towards their workers, towards people of from other cultural backgrounds than themselves, towards those who have been wronged, is apparent throughout the arc of the biblical story. One way to lean into this call as a church is to mark Justice and Hope Sunday with your church on February 18, 2018 and take an offering to support the work of the Centre for Public Dialogue. Find resources and ideas here.
"The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." (Psalm 33:5) Because of our Creator's love of justice, we too are called to be people of justice who work in confidence and hope alongside God. We've put together some worship resources to help you and your congregation reaffirm that justice identity in your worship services and throughout the week.
In Canada, the relationship between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians is deeply broken, but Christ the Reconciler calls us to seek healing, peace, and restoration of this relationship. These resources invite us into this restoration through communal worship, worship, and discussion with the children in our midst, as well as personal and group devotion and study.
Again and again, Scripture reminds us that God cares for the foreigner, the orphan and the widow. Because we seek the heart of God, we too have a heart for refugees and newcomers in our country and we believe that we are called to walk with them in advocacy, justice, and welcome.These resources will help you integrate this welcome into your church service, Sunday School curriculum, time at home with your kids, or in personal or group devotions.