Saturday, March 22, 2014

On March 18 TMTC held a panel discussion on themes emerging from the book, Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together, edited by Steve Heinrichs and published by Herald Press. An emphasis on naming the connection between colonization and Christianity, stating the need for ongoing repentance and restitution on the part of churches and government, sharing concerns regarding language (e.g. the words "indigenous" and "settler"), and the desire to create a different history were key themes that emerged.

The event was promoted widely to area churches, the Toronto School of Theology, the University of Toronto First Nations House, the Canadian Council of Churches, and Christian Peace Maker Teams. Roughly fifty people attended, including panelists: Rev. Dr. Alan Hayes (Director of TST), Right Rev. Mark MacDonald (Anglican Church of Canada's first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop), Chris Sabas (Christian Peacemaker Teams - Aboriginal Justice Team), and Jennifer Henry (Executive Director of KAIROS).

To watch the panel discussion online, search "Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre" or "Buffalo Shout" on Youtube. You may also follow the link provided or find it on the TMTC Facebook page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEhNI_oQG_8

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