Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The MCC Peace Conference is your chance to see, hear, and experience first-hand how you and MCC are changing lives and communities through peacebuilding.

This day-long event will inspire and inform through general sessions, workshops and conversations with messengers of peace.


Seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14B)


Highlights

Guest Speakers

MCC Canada Executive Director, Rick Cober Bauman, will share highlights of his recent visit to the Ukraine and the origin of MCC.

Jocelyn Martin, serving with MCC in Jordan, as a Refugee Activities Coordinator will join remotely. 

Engaging Activities!

MCC Marketplace: Visit the MCC Marketplace featuring Niska Artisans, Handmade for Good, Raw Carrot Soup and more!

Displays: Visit the displays, speak to MCC Ontario staff and partners and learn more.

Micro-sessions

These are quick, informal and casual sessions held during the lunch break. Pre-registration is not required.

New Roots: Learn how we are commemorating history, celebrating impact and communicating hope through MCC's Centennial tree planting campaign.

Mercy and Truth have met each other. Justice and Peace have kissed: A drama based on Psalm 85.

Hijab On, Hijab Off: An interactive micro-session with Crossing Borders, a group of newcomer and Canadian-born students and alumni of Waterloo Collegiate Institute who raise awareness about newcomer issues and break down barriers.

Junior Peacebuilders Program

Create! Play! Learn!

Bring the kids along (ages 4-10) to become Junior Peacebuilders and learn about MCC and peacebuilding in Ontario and around the world. Spaces are limited and preregistration is required.

All children attending the Junior Peacebuilders program will be entered into a draw for a free MCC birthday party experience!

Presented in partnership with Silver Lake Mennonite Camp.

Cost is $20 per child. 

Workshops

Raising up the Longhouse: Walk alongside participants of the reparation project that took place this summer at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.

You Got Booked: You Got Booked is a tool to teach about the criminal justice system and how it impacts people in different ways. In You Got Booked, participants will travel around a life-sized board game trying to build re­sources and avoid prison.*

Palestine Land Exercise: Guided by a narrator, participants walk through over 100 years of history to learn the current context of Palestine and Israel.*

Our Faith, Our Future…Our Beginning: Explore the origins of MCC, focusing on our material aid history. We will look at numbers and stories from our past and envision what the future might bring for MCC material aid.

Walking in the Margins: Reflect on issues of poverty and homelessness and encounter Jesus in the people living on the margins of our cities.

Peace at the Crossroads - MCC in South Sudan: An overview of the history and context of MCC’s engagement in the world’s youngest country. From its struggle for independence, to the outbreak of conflict in 2013 and last year’s tenuous peace agreement.

Seeking Refuge - Making Space: Join this session to learn about the dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion in the relationships that develop in private refugee sponsorship. How do we join with refugee newcomers to understand and work toward meaningful integration or inclusion amidst broken relationships, systems and structures? With Luann Good Gingrich of York University, Thea Enns, and Crossing Borders.

Can one bowl of soup help change the world?: MCC’s Raw Carrot Soup enterprise is stirring up change for people with disAbilities and creating meaningful employment. Get a taste for what’s it all about.

Living Wage: Hundreds of businesses and organizations across Ontario are certified Living Wage employers, includ­ing MCC Ontario. Learn about this practical tool for employers who want to make a difference.

Faithfully Managing Finances at MCC Ontario: Revenue, expenses, good stewardship, effective use of scarce resources. This is all key to high impact MCC program. Learn how it happens!

Peace Entrepreneurship: Can entrepreneurs be peacebuilders? Can peace­builders be entrepreneurs? Led by Paul Heidebrecht, the Director of The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, this workshop will spark new insights about how peacebuilding initiatives can be sustained.

Low German Mennonites in Bolivia: Explore the contexts for living and hope for the future of Low German Mennonites living in Bolivia. Workshop led by Abe Janzen, former Executive Director of MCC Alberta.

Thrift is Happening: Be updated on exciting new developments in the world of Thrift and Social Enterprise and how MCC social enterprises are building peace in Ontario and around the world.

Forced to Flee: Transform your thinking around conflict, migration and refugees in this simulation of decision-making during conflict and migration; learn about the root causes and how MCC and CFGB are responding together. Led by Canada Foodgrains Bank represen­tatives, participants will work together in “fami­ly-units” making difficult decisions to maintain their supply of food, money and health while securing their future.*

Kimchi and Canned Meat: MCC Canada Executive Director, Rick Cober Bauman, reflects on his 2018 visit to North Korea and will share the deep importance of the ongoing peacemaking work done there.

*You Got Booked, the Palestine Land Exercise, and Forced to Flee last 90 minutes and will take place over two workshop slots.

Schedule

  • 9:00 Welcome and kickoff
  • 9:30 Main Session: MCC at 100
  • 10:15 Workshop 1
  • 11:05 Workshop 2
  • 12:00 Lunch, Micro-sessions, Displays, MCC Marketplace
  • 1:15 Workshop 3
  • 2:05 Workshop 4
  • 3:15 Main Session: MCC in Ukraine and Jordan
  • 4:00 Closing

Cost

  • Registration: $25 (includes lunch)
  • Students: $10 (includes lunch)
  • Registration plus bus from 50 Kent, Kitchener (bus departs at 7:15 AM): $45
  • Junior Peacebuilders: $20 (includes lunch and a Junior Peacebuilders t-shirt)

 

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