Congregational Development

Brother Reginald Crenshaw, Lets Wrestle Together: Dismantling Racism in Our Parishes.

Morning: Introductions – Workshop Code – AM 03

This workshop examines how church and society struggle with racism. Brother Reg will define both racism and anti-racism, and connect anti-racism to Scripture. The workshop will explore how engaging in anti-racism work on the parish level connects us to God’s Mission for the world.

Afternoon: Let’s Continue the Wrestle: Conversation, Film, Discussion, & Case Study – Workshop Code – PM 03

Using a film and case study to spur discussion, this workshop encourages participants  to reflect on their own experiences, perceptions, and beliefs about race and race relations. It is hoped that participants will gain insight into their own beliefs and those of others, and come to new understandings of the issues and complexities surrounding racism.

 

Brother Reginald-Martin Crenshaw, ODT

A member of the Order of the Holy Cross, Brother Reginald-Martin is an associate at St. Paul, Rexdale in Toronto. He brings deep experience and practical skill to conflict management situations and diversity education and is grateful to work and live in parish ministry, where he finds his true joy.

 

 Susan Spicer and Christian Harvey, Friendship in the Wilderness: Youth and the Church. Workshop Code – AM 05

This workshop focuses on how churches can grow sustainable youth ministries. Drawing on their own experiences, Susan and Christian will examine common assumptions about youth ministry and discuss the importance of relationship-building. This “missional” approach begins with meeting young people where they are.

The Reverend Susan Spicer

Susan is the incumbent of St. James the Apostle, Fenelon Falls and Christ Church, Coboconk.

  • Every other Friday night for the past four years, Susan has held Susan’s dinner with the youth of her parish. She also takes them on the occasional retreat and road trip.

 

 

The Reverend Christian Harvey

Christian leads the Open Circle worshiping community at St. John’s Anglican Church in Peterborough, where he serves as a deacon. He is also the Coordinator of the Diocese of Toronto’s Youth Ministry Apprenticeship Program, and for many years was the Trent Durham Area Youth Social Justice Coordinator.

Open Circle worshiping community at St. John’s Anglican Church in Peterborough, where he serves as a deacon. He is also the Coordinator of the Diocese of Toronto’s Youth Ministry Apprenticeship Program, and for many years was the Trent Durham Area Youth Social Justice Coordinator.

Lesley Barclay and Elizabeth McCaffrey, Wrestling with Conflict in the Parish – Workshop Code – PM 05

Conflict has existed in Christian communities since the time of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41).

Healthy conflict can move a parish and its members into vibrant ministry.  However, unhealthy conflict can destroy a parish and individual members within that parish. Conflict has many sources, including miscommunication, disagreements, stress and personality differences. This workshop will teach dispute resolution techniques and through role play model ways to manage conflict more effectively.

 

The Reverend Lesley Barclay has served as a parish priest in the Diocese of Toronto for 25 years and has introductory and advanced certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

 

Elizabeth McCaffrey is the Volunteer Resources Coordinator for the Diocese.  She coordinates the Fresh Start program for congregations, is the Team Lead for parish selection committees, and recruits volunteers to assist with congregational support and to serve on Diocesan Boards and Committees.”