MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, and Congregational Leaders Seminar - January 20, 2018

"The Skill and the Soul of Listening"

Registration for this event is now closed, though there may be some spaces still available. Please contact the ALW office if you are interested in attending.


Saturday, January 20, 2018


Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON


Email the ALW office if you are interested in carpooling.

Resource people: 

See below.


9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Schedule posted below.


Individual rate $50

Group rates:

First registrant $50
Second registrant $50
Third registrant $45
Fourth registrant $45
All other registrants $40


Listening is easy, and listening is difficult. In congregational ministry, in pastoral counselling, in worship settings, in spiritual direction, and in an individual’s walk with God, listening is an important skill that we can learn and re-learn. Join us for a one-day exploration of the skills and the spirituality of listening. Interactive workshops will include topics such as listening for God in spiritual formation, biblical stories about listening, intercultural dynamics, listening in pastoral care, listening in the context of congregational conflict, listening to the elderly, and the role of listening in worship.

Seven workshops will be offered at the MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, Congregational Leaders Seminar. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two of the following workshops:


8:15am Registration
9:00am Welcome
9:05am Worship
9:30am Overview of the day
9:40am Panel discussion #1: Listening with a pastoral ear
10:20am Break
11:00am Workshops
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Panel discussion #2: Listening with a congregational ear
2:00pm Workshops
3:15pm Closing worship
3:30pm Snack time and goodbye

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Plenary panelists

Panel #1: Listening with a pastoral ear

Tanya Dyck Steinmann

Tanya Dyck Steinmann, Pastor at East Zorra Mennonite Church
Jim Loepp ThiessenJim Loepp Thiessen, Pastor at North Leamington United Mennonite Church
Roberson MbayamvulaRoberson Mbayamvula, Pastor at Hagerman Mennonite Church


Panel #2: Listening with a congregational ear

Willie TavesWillie Taves, Chairperson of pastoral care at Faith Mennonite Church


Vic KrahnVic Krahn, Congregational Lay Leader at Erb Street Mennonite Church


Josie WinterfeldJosie Winterfeld, Missions, Peace & Justice, and Outreach Worker at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church



Seven workshops will be offered at the MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, Congregational Leaders Seminar. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two of the following workshops. After registering, registrants will be sent a link via email to sign up for the workshops.

Timothy Li-Hui TangIntercultural listening

Timothy Li-Hui Tang, Associate Director of the Tyndale Intercultural Ministry Centre

This workshop will explore the dynamics of listening within and across cultural differences. As we come together as individuals and communities, what does intercultural listening look like? How is God calling us to listen to one another in a world of cultural diversity?


Bev Suderman GladwellListening to the elderly

Bev Suderman Gladwell, Chaplain at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo

This workshop explores the joys and struggles of listening to (and with) those who are elderly. Whether in nursing homes, churches, or homes, those who are elderly and frail have much to share, and so we are called to listen and to be present with them.


Marg Van Herk-ParadisThe sacredness and grace of contemplative listening

Marg Van Herk-Paradis, Senior Consultant with Credence & Co.

In this engaging workshop, participants will explore the depths of “contemplative listening” and the ways in which it can open the door to empathic caring, loving, while at the same time holding clear boundaries when needed. This workshop includes reflection, conversation, and exercises to help those involved in ministry listen on a deeper level.


Don PennerBiblical stories about listening

Don Penner, Pastor at Shantz Mennonite Church

How did Moses listen to the burning bush? How did Jesus listen to the woman at the well? Who are the biblical characters who listened well, and who failed to listen? Join this workshop to hear and experience several biblical stories about listening.


Patricia WaglerThe labyrinth as a place for listening

Patricia Wagler, Spiritual Director and labyrinth facilitator

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol for journeying toward God, toward self, and toward wholeness. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the labyrinth, and then you will be invited to enter the labyrinth (consisting of a large printed canvas on the floor) as a way of combining listening and walking.


Laura EnnsWorshiping with our ears

Laura Enns, Coordinator of Worship and Neighbourhood Engagement at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church

What is the role of listening in music and worship, and how does this relate to the kind of listening that happens in pastoral care settings? Join us as we open our ears, and tune into the presence of God and those around us through song, speech, and silence. All musical abilities welcome!


Karen FritschClinical and spiritual perspectives on healthy hearing

Karen Fritsch, Hearing Instrument Specialist at Ear and Hearing Clinic

When we experience healthy hearing, we can feel included and we can grow in our relationships. On the other hand, when words are not being heard, we can feel left out of conversations. This workshop will explore both a clinical perspective on how to define “healthy hearing” and hearing loss, as well as a spiritual perspective on how to link healthy hearing with the life of faith.


Questions? Contact the Anabaptist Learning Workshop

The Pastors, Chaplains, and Congregational Leaders Seminar is produced by the Anabaptist Learning Workshop

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