Adult Faith Formation

We welcome your presence in the basement “WMA Room” – next to coffee. Each week, we have key input and lively discussion on themes related to the scripture used in worship. Our guest facilitators bring unique stories and experience to help us discern how we individually and collectively can follow Jesus’ teachings.

April 8
Clarence Cachagee has asked Seth Ratzlaff to help him write his biography, a story of his healing journey that involves childhood displacement, addiction and homelessness, and reconnecting with his Indigenous spirituality. They will share how this all got started, reading some excerpts from their work in progress, and opening it up for conversation. See The Record front page story on Clarence. 
Follow up to above class: If you would like to support bringing Clarence’s powerful story of healing and reconciliation to life, you may do so through this gofundme campaign. Stirling will be making a gift of $75, and encourage you to consider a contribution as well.

April 15
Tamie Coleman (from the Good Hearted Women Singers) will share on Land Justice, including knowledge that has shaped differences in Indigenous and Settler understandings of how to share the land (e.g., ancestral laws).

April 22
Peace-making through Circle. Participants will have opportunity to meaningfully participate in a Circle process, led by Jennifer Ball and three other trained Circle facilitators. This will include the elements of Circle (Opening/Closing, centrepiece, talking piece, shared values, shared guidelines). Jennifer serves on faculty at Conrad Grebel University College. Her research interests include women’s community based peacebuilding and using Circle as learning & community engagement process. You are invited to stay after Faith Formation for a soup and sandwich lunch with Jennifer, if you would like to learn more about Circle. Please connect with Steve Manske (519-886-5227; manske@uwaterloo.ca) if you are interested.

April 29 and May 6
Dave & Mary Lou Klassen will share the peace making efforts of Mennonite Central Committee, from their time in Bangladesh.