You are invited to the MCC Conference & AGM: Honouring our Roots!
Take part in a full day of interactive and engaging sessions designed to educate supporters on MCC Alberta's impact in the last year, as well as look back at MCC's history in Canada and prepare to celebrate MCC's centennial in 2020!
When: September 28, 2019
Where: Dalhousie Church - 5511 Baroc RD NW
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Registration Fee: $20+ (See Registration for more info)
Registration Deadline: Sept. 20, 2019
*Lunch will be provided
8:00 am – Registration & Coffee
8:30 am – Gathering Singing
8:50 am – Opening Remarks - Thomas Coldwell
9:00 am – Keynote Speaker, Brian Dyck, Refugee & Migration Coordinator, MCC Canada
10:00 am – Breakout Sessions (Detailed below)
11:30 am - Official AGM
12:00 pm – Lunch & Marketplace
1:30 pm – MCC’s Beginnings in Ukraine
1:45 pm - Centennial Introduction
2:00 pm - Honouring our Roots Panel
3:15 pm - Coffee Time & Open Networking/Fellowship
Keynote Speaker: Brian Dyck - Migration & Resettlement Coordinator, MCC Canada
Brian has been the Migration and Resettlement Coordinator at MCC Canada since February 2015. Previously, he was the Refugee Assistance Program Coordinator at the MCC Manitoba office for seven and a half years. His primary work at MCC has been helping churches think about refugee sponsorship and the broader issues around forced displacement. Since May 2012 he has also been chair of the Canadian National Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder Association, a national organization that meets with the Canadian government to help form Canadian policy on refugee resettlement.
Choice of 1 Breakout Session
- Palestine & Israel Land Exercise
The Palestine & Israel Land Exercise is a Peace Program session. This experiential exercise is a tool to help participants understand the history and current context of Palestine and Israel. Through the use of props to layout the setting, a narrative script and facilitation, walk through over 100 years of history and become the people of the land of Palestine and Israel. As you "move" through the land, discover the challenges and experiences the people of Palestine and Israel have faced over the years. After the session, there will be a time of reflection and discussion of the experience.
- Forced to Flee
A Migration and Resettlement session, Forced to Flee will take you through a refugee journey simulation. Participants are placed in family units, making difficult decisions to maintain their supply of food, money, and health while securing their future post-conflict. Afterword’s participants and facilitators will engage in a time of discussion and debriefing.
- Restorative Justice Session (RAFT Program Session)
RAFT (Restorative Actions for Transformation) is a restorative justice program that MCC Alberta has actively partnered with for over 20 years. The program works with youth who have committed offences, the people they have harmed, and the wider community impacted by that harm. RAFT provides voluntary opportunities for these individuals to participate in a face-to-face, facilitated meetings to explore impact and accountability in a more personal way.
This session explores the principles of restorative justice and the work of RAFT.
- Ten Thousand Villages Pop-up
- Local partner pop-ups
Honouring our Roots: Panel Session
Panel Speakers TBA
...I was a stranger and you welcomed me...
Matthew 25:35 ESV