FULL SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY
Opening Plenary: 1:00PM-2:30PM
Keynotes: Bob Cameron, Karen Wilk
Storytellers: Rielly McLaren, Nelly Latchman
Primer on Micro-Neighbourliness: Steve MacDouell
Sponsor Spotlight: Bryce Dymond / Parish Collective
Musicians: Sunia Gibbs, Sarah Kivell, Joshua Walters
Karen Wilk – Eating Together: Practising Hospitality (Sanctuary)
Steve MacDouell – Enneagram in the City (Kids Room)
How does personality inform the ways that we love, serve, and engage our localities? Using the Enneagram, we will explore the ways that motivation and fear play a role in how we see our places and how we might go about collaborating with our neighbours for the sake of our neighbourhoods. For those of you who are not familiar with the Enneagram, don’t worry: the content that we will cover will be inclusive of newbies and interesting to those who have been using the Enneagram for a while.
Nelly Latchman – ACE Serving Your Community (Orange Room)
I’ll be sharing about Red Frogs Support Network Canada – my outreach ministry on campus – what we do and how we’ve gained the favour of the University of Windsor in the 2 years since we’ve launched. Along with that, some simple principles to help you ACE practically serving and loving your community and neighbours. (ACE would be an abbreviation for Availability, Consistency, Excellence)
Civic Engagement Event: 7PM-9:30PM
Howard Lawrence on Civic Engagement #1
Steve MacDouell on Micro-Neighbourliness
Micro-Neighbourliness Panel (Jonathan Choquette, Ola Hassan, Luke Maddaford, Sarah Morris)
Howard Lawrence on Civic Engagement #2
FULL SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY
Keynotes: Howard Lawrence, Karen Wilk
Storyteller: Bryce Dymond
Sponsor Spotlight: Elle Pyke / New Leaf Network
Musicians: Sunia Gibbs, Sarah Kivell, Joshua Walters
Dave Harder & Sunia Gibbs – The Privilege of Distance: Reimagining Church in the Neighbourhood (Sanctuary)
Dave and Sunia will help unpack the ways we experience the privilege of distance and identify consequential problems of living above place. The solutions, as they’ve observed, are found in neighborhood presence and belonging; ultimately reimagining a way of being the church (a new liturgy) in the places we live.
Sarah Cipkar – Let’s do it anyway: Tales of Advocacy, Activism, and Opposition in downtown Windsor (Orange Room)
This is a workshop for community developers, practitioners, and everyday people who want to hear stories of conflict and struggle while trying to make change in their neighbourhood. Success is not often achieved without hardship. How do we work through those hardships together, in community? We will explore this topic through looking at the last five years of community development work downtown.
Off Site Workshop, 12:00PM-2:15PM
Lunch & Downtown Walking Tour with Bob Cameron.
Join Bob Cameron on a walking tour through downtown Windsor, the parish neighbourhood of the DWCC. You will see the beautiful and the broken, hear the stories of faithful presence, and eat lunch together. If you can drive and have room for others, let Bob Cameron know. This walking tour is part of the first afternoon workshop.
Howard Lawrence – to be determined (Sanctuary)
Leanne Friesen – Failure and Frustrations: Space for Lament as we Live in the City (Kids Room)
Karen Wilk -The Power of Proximity and Presence (Sanctuary)
Both sociology and the Biblical narrative affirm the importance of proximity and presence for significant relationship—stories, examples and practices that help us intentionally begin to make space and time to be with the other—our neighbours!
Rielly McLaren – Circles of Harm & Healing: Victims, Offenders, & the Community (Kids Room)
This workshop will present the core principles and practices of Restorative Justice and how they apply to serving ex-offenders, their families, victims, and the community when we cause harm, experience harm, and seek healing from harm.
Rielly will discuss the ripple effects of crime, circle processes, and dynamics surrounding ministry to ex-offenders and their families. (trigger warning: subject matter includes sexual abuse, suicide, violence, murder and other forms of trauma).
Joshua Walters – The Village Idiot: How Foolish Love Can Shape Community Imagination (Orange Room)
With a nod to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, I want to consider how “beauty will save the world.” What is the role of beauty in your work? How does imagination shape the dominant narratives and practices of your community? And how can acts of beauty awaken imagination for positive change? Together we’ll explore these ideas, consider our own communities, and share stories of how we engage our own contexts from this angle. This workshop is for anyone, but especially those who might not have a formal framework (organization, program, etc.) through which they engage their community.
Keynotes: Karen Wilk, Leanne Friesen, Bob Cameron
Storyteller: Kevin Saunders, Kevin Rogers
Musicians: Sunia Gibbs, Sarah Kivell, Joshua Walters
Howard Lawrence is an ordained minister, neighbourhood consultant, active volunteer with Edmonton’s Highlands neighbourhood leadership and is currently spearheading The City of Edmonton’s Abundant Community Initiative. Howard “has envisioned and implemented an amazing process of local community revitalization. His methods begin with the premise that local residents have skills, abilities, and knowledge that they are willing to contribute to improving their neighbourhood.”-John McKnight
Karen Wilk is a National Team Member for Forge Missional Training Network, and a Missional Leader Developer for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is also a neighbour, wife, mom, and minister who is leading her own neighbourhood community. She has a Doctorate in Missional Leadership from Northern Seminary (Chicago). She loves discovering the incredible ways that God is already at work in our neighbourhoods!
Bob Cameron is the Executive Director of the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative (DWCC), an organization he helped kickstart in Windsor’s downtown core. He’s an entrepreneurial leader, a visionary, a husband, a father, and a neighbour who loves the people on his street and in his neighbourhood.
Bob is someone who is wildly creative; he is rarely content for the status quo. He is an animated storyteller who loves to walk and talk about the people and places that inspire him the most.
He’s too busy for social media. The best way to connect with Bob is to walk around the neighbourhood with him. You can reach him at 519-903-7629 or at email@example.com
From her time in high school and her term as a GECDSB student trustee, Sarah Cipkar’s experiences have been about learning, engaging people and advocating for the needs of her community.
She has developed her commitment to pursue evidenced-based decision making, community driven leadership and equitable investments across Windsor and Essex County through her work as the Community Development Coordinator at the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative. Over her career she has connected with residents and various community stakeholders with one goal: making the neighbourhood a better place for everyone.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a master’s degree in Political Science. She lives in downtown Windsor with her daughter, Harvest, and husband Todd Baert. Together, they enjoy bike rides towards the riverfront or taking their dog for walks in Jackson Park.
Dave is leading within Parish Collective Canada and consults with the Edge Network. With the Parish Collective and Edge he convenes and conspires with leaders, teaches, and consults with community organizations who are seeking to weave a fabric of love and care in the neighbourhoods. Dave is the producer of the annual ReImagine Conference which is seeking to create spaces of inclusion and belonging in a culture of division and reimagine what it is to be the church in the everyday life of the neighbourhood.
My name is Leanne and I am a pastor and mother living and serving in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The church in which I have served as Lead Pastor for the last 12 years is called Mount Hamilton Baptist Church, a fabulous place that lets me do all kinds of crazy and sometimes awkward things so that we can know Jesus better.
My husband is also an ordained pastor who serves in our denomination office. Together we are raising two children, aged 9 and 6, who are super useful for sermon and blog illustrations – and also delightful human beings.
I love to preach and teach, and do so each week at my church and also at various retreats and conferences. It brings me great joy to serve as an example to women that they can live in the fullness of all the gifts God has given to them. Preach, sisters!
Sunia is an artist and faith leader in pursuit of creative innovation that promotes connectivity and belonging. As an abstract painter and musician, she creates from conversations and experiences anchored to people and place.
A founding pastor with The Groves, she leads as the visionary, imagining what is possible in collaboration with those around her. Sunia’s primary intent in all her work is to engage the heart and mind for a shared experience, bringing people together for the common good.
Presently obsessed with: reimagining and developing old church facilities as creative arts and inclusive neighborhood spaces, finding and activating place-based artists and musicians, and practically anything related to adoption and foster care. Also, pastries and coffee, wine and charcuterie.
You can follow her on Instagram at @suniagibbsart
Nelly is a first generation pastor with a heart for the now generation. After graduating from Tyndale, she moved to Windsor, Ontario and is a Mission Canada campus worker to the students at the University of Windsor. She is using the Red Frogs Support Network as her vehicle of ministry to love, serve, and reach out to students throughout the school year and during times of high stress. Red Frogs Crews can be found on campuses all across Canada providing support to students in a variety of on-campus activities, including hydration stations, pancake breakfasts, non-alcoholic events, and more. In being available to meet students’ needs in practical ways, Nelly is able to be a consistent presence at the University of Windsor. She is seeing God’s love being shared, harm being reduced, relationships being built, and good conversations happen.
When Steve’s not teaching at Fanshawe College, he’s instigating place-based projects, hosting workshops, and inviting everyday citizens to leverage their time, their ideas, and their creativity for the sake of their neighbourhoods.
He’s the co-founder of Good City Co., a civic organization that creates projects, platforms, and activations to help citizens take greater ownership over the places that they call home.
He lives and conspires in Woodfield—a neighbourhood in Central London, Ontario.
Chaplain Rielly (He/Him) works in the field of non-profit restorative justice and spiritual care in the neighbourhood through multi-faith community chaplaincy, circle processes, education, and local advocacy.
For over a decade he has served as community chaplain for men returning to the community from federal prison out of St. Leonard’s House, Windsor (the first federal halfway home in Canada). Chaplain Rielly and St. Leonard’s House Windsor specializes in serving Lifers: their safe and positive re-entry into the community after serving 10 – 50 years behind bars.
During his time as community chaplain, he co-founded and co-facilitates the Mothers & Spouses of Offenders Support Group for Women. This unique circle-based peer support group provides a confidential and non-judgemental space for women to share their struggles of having an incarcerated loved one. In 2016, CBC designed a documentary highlighting Rielly’s support group. (“In Harm’s Way” – CBC Radio’s The Current).
You can find him on social media:
Facebook: Rielly McLaren
Elle is a Founding Member of The New Leaf Network and a Lay Minister with the Free Methodist Church of Canada. Elle’s entrepreneurial work includes serving as a Founding Member & Director of Marketing for a Sales & Marketing Firm in the tech sector, curating & organizing TEDxWaterlooWomen and serving as a coach for startups in the non-profit and for profit sector. She has served on the board for Women Powering Technology Global, Una Church and The Christian Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization.
Josh Walters is a pretty average human seeking the peace of the city wherever he goes. He is an amateur in the truest sense of the word. Young and still a bit green; but, more importantly, a lover. He loves a lot of things: his partner (Michelle), his kids (Amos and Magnolia) and, of course, the city where he lives. For the past 3 years Josh has called Sarnia home and has served as a community pastor in a downtown church called theStory. Before that he served for 5 years in Toronto’s neighbourhood of Parkdale building community with those on the margins.
Josh’s work in Sarnia revolves around grassroots, alternative culture and finding ways to reimagine space, community and cultural narratives. In 2017 he launched an apparel brand focused on boosting Sarnia’s self-image and supporting a wider movement of creative expression for positive change. In 2019 he led a grassroots block party for a strategic neighbourhood and is currently working on more events in the same neighbourhood.