MCC Saskatchewan Peace Conference 2020

On November 7, 2020, MCC Saskatchewan’s hosted their 2nd Annual Peace Conference, “Displaced: Upheaval, Hospitality, and Justice in the Search for Home” and explored the realities of refugees, internally displaced persons, and Indigenous peoples around the world and locally. Through dialogue and interactive workshops, we examined root causes of displacement, from conflict to colonialism.  We heard from experts and everyday people about how to respond with radical hospitality so that everyone can find a place to call home.

Missed the event? Check out the workshop videos below!

Strangers are neighbours: A biblical vision of identity & mission

Keynote speaker Dr. Doug Heidebrecht and respondents Harry Lafond, Vurayayi Pugeni and Anna Vogt discuss how the movement of peoples pervades the entire biblical story.

South Africa: A microcosm of global migration and displacement

Speakers Bruno Baerg, Kathy Heinrichs, Heidi Martens and Doyle Wiebe explore some of the underlying factors that shape displacement and movement of people in South Africa.

Refugee realities: Before and after resettlement

Hear firsthand stories from speakers Feven Tesfay and Leanne Thiessen about refugee realities of displacement and their journey finding home.

Historical and contemporary outcomes of displacement

Speakers Erica Violet Lee and Candace Savage explore the historic displacement of Indigenous peoples to Cypress Hills and the contemporary effects of displacement within inner city Saskatoon.

Addressing the global displacement crisis

Join Brian Dyck, Vurayayi Pugeni and Anna Vogt to learn how MCC is working to address the global displacement crisis through development, peacebuilding, advocacy and private refugee sponsorship.

Walking with the Wounaan

Speakers Maryanne Berge, Obdulio Isaramá and Alina Itucama teach us about the Wounaan people of Panama and how a local Saskatchewan congregation worked alongside them in friendship and mutual support.

Private refugee sponsorship

Hear from speakers Feven Tesfay and Leanne Thiessen who are responding to the global displacement crisis here at home and learn about what is involved in private refugee sponsorship.

Displacement and landless bands in Saskatchewan

Sharon Bear shares the realities of two Indigenous bands who do not have land entitled to their people group and their steps toward justice.

Closing and calls to engage

Hear from Maysoun Darweesh on practical ways to engage in responses to displacement and a prayerful reflection on the day’s dialogue.

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