Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry Network
People and communities across Canada interested in intercultural ministry
Organized by region into local DUIM “pods”
Intercultural ministry is not done alone! Connect with others in your part of Canada for conversation, support, learning, and mutual encouragement.
We are organizing into local “pods” that will occasionally connect with other pods:
- DUIM Greater Toronto Area West Alumni pod
- No pod in your area yet? Contact the Canadian Churches Forum and we will put you in touch with others in your area. We are looking for volunteers to be contact people for local pods.
Your local pod is encouraged to host an event or webinar for the rest of the pods. Canadian Churches Forum will provide technical support to share your event.
Some DUIM alumni have been asking for a DUIM 2 program. To better understand what alumni were seeking in a deeper DUIM experience, we sent out a survey with the following questions:
1 – Ideally, how do you imagine yourself delving deeper into your intercultural experience? Describe your ideal “Going Deeper” event, program or gathering. What ideas are being explored? Where? How? And with whom?
2 – As a DUIM alum, how can you imagine yourself supporting or contributing to going deeper in this way? How would your involvement look and feel? Is there content or conversation might you bring or lead?
3 – We appreciate your help in charting our path deeper! Thank you. Are you open to responding to more questions like these in the future?
If you’d like to share your thoughts on these questions, contact the Canadian Churches Forum.
The best way to connect with the network is to attend a DUIM program. See the DUIM page for future offerings and information
The DUIM program is now offered in Toronto, Manitoba, Saskatoon, and Vancouver.
We have stared conversations toward program offerings in: Vancouver Island, Alberta, Quebec, and for special “DUIM for Refugee Sponsorship” and “DUIM in rural Canada” programs.
Want to host a DUIM program in your context? Contact the Canadian Churches Forum.
DUIM alumni Niki Andre shares Embodied Practice Guidelines & Sense-Stones. “Embodied Practice Guidelines” is a way to remind people that intercultural ministry is more than “head” knowledge and engages all of who we are. “Sense-stones” is an easy way to help people tell their stories in a way that engages all 6 senses.
Peter Noteboom, Deputy General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, shares Reflections on Intersecting Unearned Privilege. This study for a group or self reflection was inspired by conversations at “Engaging Others”, a gathering of DUIM alumni.
Mike Walker, a PhD candidate at the Toronto School of Theology helps us think about privilege by suggesting the addition of a 3rd dimension to the “Intersecting Axes of Privilege, Domination, and Oppression” in Embodiment as Third Axis Disability-Privilege
Alumni of “Engage Difference!” have reworked and adapted the section of the program on conferred privilege into a stand-alone work shop: Exploring lived experience of privilege
Alumni of “Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry” designed Creating Spaces for New Immigrants. This program is designed to create safe spaces where newer immigrants to Canada can share their experiences of Canada’s culture and better understand the settler-indigenous history they have entered into.
Sometimes its hard to know where to start. Some of the DUIM program alumni create a list of Ideas for Invitation to Becoming Intercultural and Tips for grassroots conversation . Want to know what it takes to facilitate intercultural ministry? This Gifts for Facilitation generated by participants in the “Engaging Others!” Facilitators shows we all have some of the gifts…and since none have all the gifts, we need to do this in community.
Intercultural ministry means creating spaces where everyone can be fully themselves, be heard, and hear others. Program alumni have recommended tools for beginning to this in small groups: Eric Law’s “Mutual Invitation” offers an alternative to ‘volunteer style’ of interaction that favors those from individualist cultures excludes those whose interactions favor a collectivistic culture. Scrupling is an old Quaker practice that focuses on process instead of issues. The focus is on problems that prevent issues from being discussed and resolved.
Lots of great programs and activities have been designed by Engage Difference! alumni:
Ha Na Park shares the Friendship Kitchen project in Winnipeg
The Canadian Churches Forum Facebook page is a constantly growing resource for intercultural ministry with news items, videos, events and more. The DUIM network is invited to add and post to this page.
EWGRS paper on theology The Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools provided this important challenge: “This paper contends that our theologies of confession, repentance, and reconciliation are not yet sufficient to address the churches’ complicity in historical violence and injustice against Indigenous peoples, perpetrated in Christ’s name, or to confront the injustices that continue”.