Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Online registration is now closed. Please register onsite at Forward Church on November 10.


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

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


Therefore encourage one another and build up each other...(1 Thessalonians 5:11)


Highlights

Guest Speakers

Cesar Flores MCC Area Director for Central America and Haiti will be sharing the people and projects that have marked MCC's 60 years in Haiti. MCC Rep for Haiti, Rebecca Shetler Fast will join remotely and report on MCC's current peacebuilding initiatives.

Engaging Activities!

Thrift On the Go!: Enjoy the “Thrift on the Go” shopping experience! A pop-up shop with great clothes and accessories, with all proceeds supporting amazing projects around the world and here in Ontario.

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

Micro Sessions

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

rePurposing for MCC: Learn about MCC's social enterprise the rePurpose Centre.

 

rePurpose University: Earn your rePurpose University degree and learn how to upcycle some great rePurpose and Thrift shop finds.

Learn how Planned Gifts can tell your story, be a testimony to your values and beliefs and help sustain MCC in the long term in this 15 minute engaging "micro-workshop" with MCC and Abundance Canada staff.

Strategic Planning – MCC 2020 and Beyond: We want to hear from you! Learn more about the strategic planning process and how you can help guide the future direction of MCC as we enter our second century.

Advocating for change: The Ottawa office is MCC’s voice to the Canadian government. Get an update on current issues and efforts.

Junior Peacebuilders Program

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. Parent or guardian must be attending MCC's Fall Conference. Cost is $10 per child. 

Workshops

The Legacies of War in Southeast Asia: Former MCC Rep for Laos Wendy Martin will share the impact of the American/Vietnam/Secret/Indochina War on a people and culture and focus on generational trauma, community resiliency and strategic peacebuilding initiatives.

Peace Circles and Restorative Justice: Learn Restorative Justice concepts, discuss the use of peace circles and learn how they can contribute to building understanding in congregations and community.

Walking in the Margins: Come and listen to stories from the Toronto streets, hear stories of TOOLS participants and their experience and explore how you can be a part of this meaningful ministry.

Is Welcoming Newcomers Peacebuilding? This interactive session will discuss the role of social inclusion, what contributes to settling well in Canada and how this work is Kingdom building and a model for healthy communities. Assumptions and myths will be challenged and an overview of what causes individuals to leave homes and how local communities can be empowering will be included. This session will be led by Low German and Refugee Resettlement staff.

Importance of Quality when Sending Gifts of Relief and Peace: Participants will learn about MCC’s devotion to quality and how relief items can change opinions and help show love and respect to our global and local neighbours. Examples of how these gifts, when not properly executed can hurt peace relationships will be included.

Save the Evidence: Join guest speaker, Carlie Myke, as she animates this initiative which aims to repair and refurbish the former Mohawk Institute Residential School building for use as an interpreted historic site dedicated to telling the history and impacts of the residential school system in Canada. The site, operated by Woodland Cultural Centre, is one of only a small handful of the school buildings still left standing, and exists as physical evidence of this dark chapter in Canadian history. 

Yella – Let’s Go!: Explore the complexities of peace and conflict issues in Palestine and Israel with Yella Learning Tour participants.

MCC in Haiti: MCC is celebrating 60 years of work alongside local partners in Haiti. Area Director for Central America and Haiti Cesar Flores will share the people and projects that have marked MCC’s work in the years from 1958 to present.

You Belong Here: “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown. In response to the universal human cry to belong, MCCO’s Circle of Friends Program is an opportunity to embrace a stranger; to walk with someone who has experienced homelessness and social isolation, while being transformed in the process. Join us as we discuss how in our anonymous and dehumanized world, the simple practice of friendship and hospitality is crucial, radically countercultural, and relevant for today.

Citizens. Disciples. Advocates. Connecting the dots with MCC’s Ottawa Office: The Ottawa Office engages in advocacy for justice, peace and human dignity. Ottawa Office staff will explore various understandings of advocacy and the practical ways engaging in advocacy can 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!

Tour Growing Hope Farm in urban Cambridge and learn about this volunteer run, not-for-profit initiative that produces fresh fruit, eggs and meat and gives job training and volunteer opportunities for at-risk youth.  All proceeds are donated to MCC. This is an outdoor tour so be sure to dress for the weather.

 

Schedule

  • 9:00 Welcome and kickoff
  • 9:30 Main Session - Peacebuilding through Walking Alongside People in Poverty
  • 10:30 Workshop 1
  • 11:20: Workshop 2
  • 12:00: Lunch, Micro-sessions, Displays, MCC Marketplace
  • 1:30: Workshop 3
  • 2:20: Workshop 4
  • 3:15: Main Session: Building Peace in Haiti
  • 4:00: Closing