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Saturday, November 3 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Intercultural Ministries in The United Church of Canada: Faithfully Challenging White Privilege

Adele Hallday, The United Church of Canada General Council Office
Stephen Fetter, Forest Hill United Church, Toronto
HyeRan Kim-Cragg, St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon

At our Conference in November ALLLM is sponsoring three workshops in addition to the reception with Diana Butler Bass. In this edition of the newsletter we're pleased to highlight this workshop from The United Church of Canada.

The United Church of Canada has embraced a commitment to intercultural ministries to combat racial injustice and to challenge White privilege and Eurocentric culture. There is a clear theological and pedagogical basis for the work, as well as practical methods for implementation. In this workshop, three leaders from that denomination will reflect on how the focus on intercultural ministries is changing their congregations, theological schools, denominational decision-making, and understandings of mission and ministry, and will describe what they each do to educate and nurture this development.

Adele Halliday will describe the history and development of The United Church of Canada’s vision for intercultural ministries, with particular focus on: (1) why this vision has become a denominational priority, (2) the practices, processes, and programs she and her team use to nurture this vision within the denomination, and (3) some evaluation of the impact this work is having. She will also explore some of the foundational work that led the denomination to declare intercultural ministries as a priority, some of the practical programs that have been put into place, and the various ways the church has been trying to challenge White privilege in various aspects of its work.

Stephen Fetter will describe the 15-year journey his congregation has been on to move from being “accidentally multi-cultural” to “intentionally intercultural.” Forest Hill United Church in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a fascinating mix of people with Caribbean, East Asian, Eastern European, and White backgrounds, with a handful of folks from different countries in Africa and elsewhere as well. He’ll focus on three specific strategies that he and his Board members have used to enhance intercultural ministry in this context, and provide examples of activities designed to enhance each strategy. (1) Intentional focus on hospitality and belonging, including ways to celebrate each person’s place within the community, an emphasis on curiosity rather than judgement, and a wide variety of activities designed to enhance and strengthen relationships that cross cultural boundaries. (2) Intentional and on-going conversations about cross-cultural relationships and respect, including ways to enhance Worship, committee make-up, decision-making, and celebrations. (3) Development of ministries that emerge from the gifts and backgrounds of the people actually sitting in the pews, including ministries to strengthen internal relationships and a refugee sponsorship program.

HyeRan Kim-Cragg will offer reflection on intercultural ministries that is happening at congregational levels in the province of Saskatchewan. She will also share reflections about her work as a professor of theology at a United Church theological school: St Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. St Andrew’s is an inclusive and justice-seeking educational institution; at this school, HyeRan offers continuing education work to lay and ordered on the issue of race and colonialism, which is connected to intercultural ministry.


Thursday November 1 5:30pm

Diana Butler Bass to speak at the November Conference

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

We've invited her to describe her understanding of how the North American church is changing, and how those changes require different knowledge and skills from church leaders. In a time when the tried and true doesn't always seem to be working, Bass will share some success stories, and offer insight into how those of us who train ministry leaders can build on these to adapt our course offerings.

Be sure to register for this session, which includes light refreshments and a cash bar, when you complete your REA Conference registration.

At a Friday morning workshop, ALLLM Officers Sarah Erickson, Stephen Fetter and Jim Haun will facilitate discussion reflecting on Bass’s Thursday evening presentation. We’ll consider the implications of her observations and recommendations for our educational and pastoral contexts and how we may apply them in our particular settings.

REA Annual Conference: Beyond White Normativity
Nov. 1-4, 2018

ALLLM is pleased to partner with REA as a related learning organization, offering three workshops, a reception, the ALLLM Annual meeting and a time to gather as a working group to reflect on our common work.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 September

Our Annual Meeting will be held at the
     Hyatt Regency Reston
          1800 Presidents Street
          Reston, Virginia, USA, 20190

Click here to Register for the Conference
Click here for Accommodations Information

ALLLM Sponsored Workshops

ALLLM members are welcome to attend any of the workshops that are hosted by the REA, but your Leadership Team has commissioned these three which we hope will be of particular interest to those offering continuing education programming:

Implications to Implementation: Responding to Diana Butler Bass’s Remarks

Three officers of ALLLM will facilitate a conversation about how Bass's remarks the previous evening could have an impact on the continuing education programming we offer in our own particular educational and pastoral contexts.
  • Rev. Sarah Erickson, Director, Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.
  • Rev. Stephen Fetter, Program Coordinator for Webinars and Electronic Meetings, The United Church of Canada
  • Rev. Jim Haun, Consultant, Leadership Coaching at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Plymouth, MN

What Do You Think You're Doing? Supporting Dynamic Continuing Education in Changing Landscapes

This workshop will explore the who, what, and how of sustaining a nimble and relevant continuing education program within the larger context of ministry education and practice:  Who are our participants likely to be, and what ministries are they doing?  What are they likely to need?  And how do we continually assess and reshape our programs?
  • Helen Blier PhD., Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Intercultural Ministries in The United Church of Canada: Faithfully Challenging White Privilege

Three leaders from The United Church of Canada will reflect on how the focus on intercultural ministries is changing their congregations, theological schools, denominational decision-making, and understandings of mission and ministry, and will describe what they each do to educate and nurture this development.
  • Rev. Stephen Fetter, Minister, Forest Hill United Church, Toronto ON
  • Adele Halliday Team Leader, Discipleship and Witness, The United Church of Canada.
  • Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies in St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon


ALLLM Annual Meeting: Saturday afternoon November 3

Sunday morning Gathering

Continuing education leaders to reflect together on learnings from the conference and ways to take these home.


Wornom Innovation Grant

Are you dreaming about an innovative educational project that could use a financial boost?


The REA offers a  $3,000 award for innovative religious education projects and initiatives that further knowledge and deepen the practice of religious education, or that expand the field of religious education to a new area that is not traditionally associated with religious education. The annual application deadline is September 15.

The grant recipient(s) will be offered a breakout session or poster acceptance to present their work at the following year’s annual meeting of the REA.  The Harper-Wornom Committee will award $250 toward the travel expenses of the grant recipient(s).  If the recipient(s) is not able to be at the annual meeting, the allotted travel award will be used for technology arrangements for the recipient(s) to present via an online medium.

Click HERE for more information


Become an ALLLM Member today

to assure discounted registration for the REA meeting

Membership provides:

  • resources, program opportunities and services for growth in ministry;
  • a framework for sharing insights and experiences through a broad range of contacts with other professionals;
  • identification of issues facing the profession, with strategies, programs, and methods to address them;
  • research opportunities and support for research projects;
  • a channel for advocacy; and
  • an organization that is searching for and implementing new ways to serve the field of lifelong learning for ministry.


Join the REA too, and save

ALLLM has become a "Related Learning Organiation" with the Religious Education Association, so ALLLM members are entitled to join the REA at the lowest membership fee levels. For 2018 these are:

  • $40 for retirees and students
  • $80 for individual ALLLM members

Click HERE to join or renew membership in the REA

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