If you haven’t watched the first video that introduces the Me and White Supremacy Virtual Pilgrimage, you can find it at our website here. Each week, starting the first week of May, Rev. John will post a short video offering his personal reflection on the material he is engaging in Layla Saad’s book, Me and White Supremacy.
In this short video, Rev. John unpacks the term “White Supremacy” as defined by Layla Saad and asks a question for us to consider.
As we have mentioned over the last few weeks, I’m embarking on this Virtual Pilgrimage with the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. The pilgrimage begins the first week of May and will take us until the middle of December. Each week, I will post my short reflections on what I am learning and encountering as I commit to this pilgrimage. Glad to have you accompany me in this way and would be delighted to receive your feedback along the way. Feel free to reach out as you watch my reflections.
Here’s the first of two introductory videos as we prepare to begin our Pilgrimage:
We concluded our study – “Why Work to Decolonize?” on Wednesday December 2.
Here’s the full playlist – Sessions 1 – 4:
We look forward to continuing our commitment to work in this area of anti-racism and the Church in 2021.
Make sure to read the YouTube video descriptions to go deeper on this subject.
We pray that more intentional work will be accomplished in improving the situation for our Indigenous communities in Canada. Promises must be kept in order for healing and reconciliation to move forward.
In November 2020, a small group from St. Andrew’s Guelph met to discuss the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? prepared by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration with the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries. This work contributes to St. Andrew’s Guelph’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism work in our congregation.
This is part one of a four part series engaging the National Inquiry’s Final Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This study is based on the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? produced by The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries of the PCC. This study is led by The Rev. John Borthwick, Minister of St. Andrew’s Guelph with contributions from members of St. Andrew’s. We are grateful for all who join us on this journey of learning seeking understanding and desiring to be transformed into tangible actions.
Rev. John references The Four Agreements from the work of Glenn Singleton. He discovered these to Colinda Clyne’s Anti-Racist Educator Reads Podcast. He highly recommends this podcast: https://voiced.ca/project/anti-racist…
Starting Wednesday November 11 at 7PM by ZOOM, Rev. John will facilitate a conversation based on the “Why Work to Decolonize?” study guide provided by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and The Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries). This is a study based on the Interim Report of the PCC on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Rev. John (revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.
You are also welcome to review the study on your own. You can download it here:
In July and August of 2020, Rev. John hosted a video series based on the study guide, “Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada”. This study guide was created by Justice Ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was a helpful way of engaging with the topic of racism and hate in a Canadian context. It also offered a way for our congregation to be introduced to the issue of systemic racism in the Church and our society.
Today we share the final episode in the short five-part series entitled Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada based on the study guide provided by Justice Ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. You can view the last part here:
You can also view the entire series here:
It is our intention to share another series in the Fall on this important topic. It could take the form of another video series, a book study, or a virtual discussion group. We hope that you will continue to educate yourself on the issue of systemic racism especially in the Canadian context. There are many recommendations found in the descriptions in the videos posted in this series. And please continue to be in prayer for our communities as we work together on making the necessary changes to our institutions for the betterment of our society as a whole.
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