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Bridgefolk Conference 2019: Mennonites and Catholics in Dialogue

July 25 - July 28

Bridgefolk Conference 2019: Mennonites and Catholics in Dialogue
“Toward a Just Peace: Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation Through Friendship”
July 25-28, 2019, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg

Interested in ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Mennonites? Interested in Indigenous-Settler reconciliation? Then the Bridgefolk 2019 conference might be for you! Bridgefolk is a grassroots ecumenical movement of Mennonites and Catholics who work together toward Christian unity by “proceeding through friendship.” Newcomers are always welcome at Bridgefolk gatherings.

The 2019 conference will continue Bridgefolk’s model of proceeding through friendship, encouraging participants of Mennonite, Catholic, Settler, and Indigenous backgrounds to share our lives and experiences.

We are excited to include Sr. Eva Solomon, CSJ, who is an Ojibwe elder as our Roman Catholic keynote speaker. She will be sharing part of her journey as a nun with a deep passion for ministering among Indigenous people in Winnipeg and beyond, offering hope for reconciliation and healing. She will also gently and wisely lead us through beautiful ancient Indigenous ceremonies of prayer and teaching.

The Mennonite keynote address will be given by Steve Heinrichs, Director of Indigenous-Settler Relations with Mennonite Church Canada, who is passionate about the church’s call to solidarity and reconciliation with host peoples. Steve was recently invited by Tsleil-Waututh spiritual leaders in the province of British Columbia to stand with them as they defended their land and waters against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The conference will open with the powerful presentation, “Discovery: A Comic Lament” written by Alison Brookins’ and performed by Ted & Co, a professional Mennonite theater company. This play seeks to educate people on the enduring effects of the Doctrine of Discovery upon all people of Turtle Island (North America). The patterns of oppression, begun in the fifteenth century, are still used to justify slavery, genocide, land theft, resource extraction, and environmental destruction to this very day.

To register, or for more information, go to the Bridgefolk website: www.bridgefolk.net .



July 25
July 28
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