Category: Education

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Honouring the Presence of GSAs

Film Production This past winter, Trinity Lutheran Church was host to local filmmaker Mark Koeppen (KTNexus), and video creator Katie Cutting (Big Sky Life, Lazy Kitten Productions), who shot and produced public service announcements for the importance of GSAs/QSAs (gay/straight alliances/queer straight alliances). The political and social climate in Alberta right now is incredibly tense, more so with the provincial…

Listening Without Needing To Be Heard

I wrote a blog post for The Boost Collaborative Breakfast Club on the need to mentor youth in the spiritual discipline of deeper listening. By helping kids to want to create safer spaces and to want to listen to the people around them, we can support their efforts in navigating a increasingly polarized world filled with rhetoric. Check it out……

Confessions of a Food Bank Coordinator

Part of my day-job includes coordinating Lac La Biche’s main community food bank — The Waskaysoo Community Food Bank. We rely on food and cash donations from local citizens, businesses, corporations, churches, schools and various community groups. It takes a community to raise a food bank, and we’re grateful for the amount of local participation we get. But there are…

Commissioner Marie Wilson of Canada’s TRC Adresses The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention 2015

I’ll make this one short. During her address to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s National Convention 2015, Commissioner Marie Wilson named the original denominations directly involved in the TRC’s residential school movement — Catholic, Anglican, United Church of Canada, and Presbyterian. She thanked the #ELCIC for engaging in reconciliation of its own desire, because we were not directly involved…

“I Will Never” – A Letter from a White Christian at The TRC

(Lac La Biche Mission Residential School 1896_Photo Credit: Lac La Biche Mission) It would be another 100 years before the last residential school was closed in Canada — 1996. I graduated high school in 1996. I was preparing for my freshman year at college. I was under the impression that residential schools all looked like the picture above: black and…