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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will see if we can help or put you in contact with someone who can.