MCEC School for Ministers - February 20 to 21, 2019

Date:

Wednesday, February 20 to Thursday, February 21, 2019. Schedule posted below.

Theme:

"The Audacious Preacher"

Location:

Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, ON)

Keynote speaker:

Rev. Dr. Anthony D. Bailey

Rev. Dr. Anthony D. Bailey: 

Headshot of Rev. Dr. Anthony BaileyDr. Bailey is the Lead Minister at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, ON. Originally from Barbados, he has lived and served in various parts of Canada, Kenya, Jamaica, and the USA. A former social worker, he has academic degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion, and ethics and culture. Anthony has taught at the joint theological colleges of McGill University and at the United Theological College of the West Indies (Jamaica) as well as at the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality. He is a sought-after speaker in North America and the Caribbean in churches, schools, service clubs and Federal Government departments on a number of subjects including intercultural competence, social justice, anti-racism, Black History, and racial justice and reconciliation. For six years he was the chairperson of Racial Justice Advisory Committee of the National office of the United Church of Canada. For over a decade he has been the emcee and one of the speakers at the international Festival of Homiletics based in the USA. He presently serves on the Boards of the Ottawa Mission and Crime Prevention Ottawa, and is a member of the Leadership Circle of the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund, sponsored by the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).

Dr. Bailey also writes for academic journals, national magazines, and local newspapers, and he comments regularly on television and radio on various topics related to life in the public square. In January of 2009, on Parliament Hill, Anthony was awarded the DreamKEEPERS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Life Achievement Award for racial reconciliation.  As well, from its very inception about 15 years ago, Dr. Bailey has been the Moderator and emcee of the DreamKEEPERS’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event at the Ottawa City Hall. In his congregation of Parkdale United, Dr. Bailey is known as a dynamic and eloquent preacher of the gospel, a consummate teacher, a compassionate and wise counsellor, and a strident advocate for justice and community engagement. Dr. Bailey loves good books, good films, travelling, working out, playing hockey and enjoying his family.


Fees:

Before February 1
  • Pastor (two days): $120.00
  • Pastor (one day): $60.00
  • Retired pastor (two days): $60.00
  • Retired pastor (one day): $30.00
  • Spouse of pastor (per day): $20.00
  • Student (per day): $20.00
After February 1
  • Pastor (two days): $140.00
  • Pastor (one day): $70.00
  • Retired pastor (two days): $70.00
  • Retired pastor (one day): $35.00
  • Spouse of pastor (per day): $25.00
  • Student (per day): $25.00


Schedule:

Wednesday, February 20 Thursday, February 21

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration
(Upper atrium)


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration
(Upper atrium)

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Worship service


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Greetings from MCEC and Grebel

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Communion service

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Keynote #1
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Keynote #2
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Break
(Dining room)
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Break
(Dining room)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Keynote #1 continued
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Keynote #2 continued
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Workshop series A 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Workshop series B
3:15 PM
Pastor Appreciation Hour
 

3:15 PM
Snack and Fellowship
(in the atrium)

Informal pub meal
(Details to be announced)
 

    Note: Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Great Hall (Room 1111). The chapel is available throughout the conference as quiet, reflective space for you to use.


    Keynote presentations

    Date:

    Wednesday, February 20

    Theme:

    “Preaching and God's Privileging of All Nations/Peoples”

    Description:

    There is something theologically subversive about the role that gentiles, outcasts, and diverse peoples play in God’s salvation history. So in thinking about what it means to preach to our own day and generation, I will offer my thoughts about why the contrivance of “race” affects how we do theology, how we interpret the Bible, how our churches engage politics, and how preaching can contribute to our missional work. Practically-speaking, one of the take-away messages for the preacher is a deeper, or for some a new, theological understanding of a plot line in our salvation history that speaks in an emancipatory way to our congregants and the wider society. This matters theologically and biblically, and it matters to the way we see, understand and honour people of difference in relation to ourselves, our families, our friends and our congregations.

    Date:

    Thursday, February 21

    Theme:

    “Accountable Preaching and Audacious, Prayerful, Contextual Engagement”

    Description:

    Too often our preaching does not sufficiently contribute to congregational discernment, nor does it help our congregation (or individual members) to boldly engage in contextual realities. Is this a result of a lack of accountability? I will share my perspective on the preacher's identity and calling, and on what it means to be accountable to the biblical text, to the Spirit's direction, and to the “sitz-in-leben” in which our preaching takes place. Practically-speaking, one of the take-away messages for the preacher is about the importance of paying closer attention to the multiple dimensions that should be informing our choice of preaching texts, our preparation, and the way in which we curate the preaching moment.

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    Workshops

    Title:

    Preaching amidst the evolution of funerals

    Leader:

    (Rev.) John Lougheed

    Description:

    How does a homily take shape in the changing context of funeral services? What does preaching look like when a funeral brings together an extended family that includes intercultural traditions, diverse religious beliefs, and some members with no faith background? In what ways does the graveside service present an opportunity for consolation? This workshop will explore some of the homiletical and liturgical issues for pastors as they plan and lead services, especially in light of the changing Canadian context of funerals and grieving.

    Headshot of John Lougheed(Rev.) John Lougheed:

    After eight years in congregational ministry, and recently retired as the Director of Spiritual Care at the Grand River Hospital and Regional Cancer Centre, John is working part-time as a Presider at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, helping families without a faith community to plan and lead services. He also enjoys serving on the Board of Shalom Counselling Services and the Spiritual Resources Committee of the House of Friendship. John is a Voluntary Associate Minister at Westminster United Church in Waterloo which shares The Cedars Worship Centre with Temple Shalom (Reform Judaism), and he is part of a Pastoral Care Team offering support to United Church Ministers and their families. John savours time at the family cottage in Southampton, Ontario.


    Title:

    Gender in the Pulpit

    Leader:

    Danielle Raimbault and Zach Charbonneau

    Description:

    In the last three months, in terms of gender, who has preached at your church? Join us for a conversational workshop on gender in the pulpit considering the ways in which your church invites preachers (whether lay preachers, guest speakers, or the pastor), the gender experience of those behind your pulpit, and what challenges each of those people might face. Hear the stories of others and find ways to build one another up as we discuss the barriers, challenges and opportunities that exist for both professional and lay preachers as we consider what gender has to do with the task of preaching.

    Headshot of Danielle RaimbaultDanielle Raimbault:

    Danielle is a co-organizer of Empowered Women Preach, a women’s preaching conference held once every two years in the KW region. She is also pastor at Listowel Mennonite Church and a chaplain in a long-term care facility. Danielle has completed her undergraduate degree in Music, Worship and Biblical Studies at Providence University College in Otterburne, MB and her Masters of Theological Studies from Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, ON. In her spare time, Danielle loves to bake, rock climb, run and explore God’s nature with her husband.

    Headshot of ZachZach Charbonneau:

    Zach Charbonneau is an amateur pastor on staff at Leamington United Mennonite Church, stand-up comedian, and writer living in Leamington, ON with his wife Tina and black lab, Pax. He is a graduate of Emmanuel Bible College and Conrad Grebel University College and likes cycling, tacos, and when people buy him socks.


    Title:

    Backing into Controversy: Art and the Word in Preaching

    Leader:

    Rev. Dr. Morar Murray Hayes

    Description:

    Is there a way to preach about controversial topics without antagonizing listeners who want to “keep politics out of the pulpit”? Touching on political issues head-on can create uncomfortable conversations and the message may get lost in the rhetoric of defensiveness.  Using visual images in preaching can offer a way to “back into” controversial topics. In this workshop, we will look at images that inspire engagement rather than rejection and engage in a strategy for preparing to preach. 

    Headshot of Morar HayesRev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes: 

    After 31 years ministering at Maple Grove United Church in Oakville, Ontario, the Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes is providing leadership to Christ Church Clarkson and First United Port Credit as they become one church with two campuses. She has taught in three theological colleges and served churches in Toronto and Richmond Hill.  Morar has been described as a courageous preacher, challenging herself and taking risks in preaching to ensure that she remains fresh over the years. She has published weekly articles based on her sermons in an online community news e-zine and taught preaching in two theological colleges.


    Title:

    Humour in the Pulpit: The Comic Gospel in an Age of Tragedy

    Leader:

    Allan Rudy-Froese

    Description:

    We like to laugh at the preacher. Parodies of preaching are plentiful from medieval carnivals to Mr. Bean. But generally preachers would rather the congregation laugh with them not at them. Using humour in the pulpit is controversial, risky, and requires … timing. We know that cheap jokes don’t work but humour in the pulpit that toys with the brutal honesty of Christian life and the deep comedy of the gospel will open the Word and allow the Spirit to move. We will explore the close relationship between tragedy and comedy, religious humour, and instances where the Bible is downright funny but in a good way. Expect an interactive workshop with stand-up and out-loud Bible reading, brutal honesty about the human condition (your sins), and laughter (the gospel for you).

    Headshot of Allan Rudy-FroeseAllan Rudy-Froese:  

    Allan teaches preaching, voice, biblical storytelling, and pastoral leadership at AMBS in Elkhart, Indiana. He also teaches preaching here at Grebel. Allan is on the team that is creating Voices Together (new Mennonite hymn book), and is the editor of an upcoming edition of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology on Laugher. On his oft drive between Elkhart and Kitchener he listens to philosophers, Queen, comedians, Dire Straits, and sermons.   

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