Migration, Human Dislocation, & the Good News: August

International Association for Mission Studies
August 15-20, 2012

Public Lectures

“Migration, Human Dislocation, and the Good News:
Margins as the Centre in Christian Mission”

This conference will be attended by 200 missiologists from around the world.

Lectures open to the public:
(For more information and map download IAMS Keynote Poster)

Jehu Hanciles & Emma Wild-Wood
Thursday, August 16, 8:00 pm
Sorbara Auditorium, St. Michaels College, Toronto

Daniel Groody & Mojúbàolú Olúrúnké Okome 
Saturday, August 18, 8:00 pm
Sorbara Auditorium, St. Michaels College, Toronto

Learn more about the speakers

The Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries is a member of the local host committee.

Conference description from the International Association for Mission Studies Website:

The IAMS 2012 Toronto Assembly will explore the profound missiological dimensions of human migration and dislocation, past, present, and future. We will attend especially to the many repercussions of widespread contemporary human movement for the theory and practice of Christian mission.

The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, reflecting the lives of God’s people who were uprooted, exiled, and scattered, feature epic experiences of human mobility like the call to a new land, exodus and resettlement, and the scattering of the early Christians. The last half-millennium has seen the Gospel span the globe, often accompanied by the disenfranchisement and sometimes obliteration of other peoples. Dislocation, compelled and voluntary, continues to characterize our contemporary human story as people cross state boundaries or move within their own countries in search of safety or well-being. Christian mission, often a feature of large-scale movements of peoples, must continue to attend responsibly to these historic global realities.

We welcome papers on mission and diverse aspects of human mobility from across the disciplines. These can touch upon a range of themes including ethnicity, race, gender, HIV-Aids, human rights, violence, poverty, nationalism, other religion s , and ecclesiastical tradition . We urge IAMS members to prepare papers and share research, especially as these relate to this Assembly’s migration theme.

5 Day Program: Learning For International Faith Engagement: Fall 2012

Expanded L.I.F.E Seminar
with focus on local and global food security

Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 31-November 4, 2012

This workshop is designed for individuals from congregations or other faith communities seeking leadership skills for facilitating direct mission engagement. Group is limited to 20 participants.

For more information, please see the 5 day LIFE program flyer or contact the CCFGM Co-Directors.

See our programs page for more information about all Canadian Churches Forum Programs 

This 5 day seminar will provide opportunities to gain:

  • Deeper understanding of food security in Canada and links to global food security issues.
  • Increased familiarity with programs and resources of program’s partner agencies.
  • Knowledge of and practice with transformative learning models to facilitate holistic and faithful engagement.
  • Practice applying learning from engagement with Winnipeg partners to components such as itineraries, reflection sessions, and devotions/worship for anticipated international faith engagement.
  • Clarity and comfort with identifying and examining faith elements of direct mission engagement.
  • Knowledge and understanding of principles of partnership and how they are embedded in all phases of international faith engagement.

July 19: Decolonize – Dismantling Myths, Taking Responsibility, Building New Relationships

 The Canadian Churches’ Forum Invites You To A Public Panel on Decolonization With:

Dr. Carl James: Centre for Education and Community, York University
Dr. Margaret Brigham: Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity, Centennial College
Rev. Paulette Brown: Flemingdon Gateway Mission

Thursday, July 19,  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Sheraton Hall – Wycliffe College
5 Hoskins Ave, Toronto, Ontario 

Shifting colonizer/colonized binary identities . . . demands that we challenge ourselves and others to think and feel and act with fierce courage and humble tenacity in the struggle to right relationships.”                Paulette Regan. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

For information, contact the Canadian Churches’ Forum