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Assembly 2010: Reclaiming Jesus
February 19, 2010
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — From June 29 to July 3, delegates from across the country will meet at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alta. for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2010, Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly wear the Name.
In an era where Christianity has been branded in ways that diverge from Anabaptist values, the Assembly will explore Colossians 3:15-17, and how we are shaped and hallowed by the One whose name we bear – the “Jesus” brand. Worship, seminars and discernment sessions are woven around this theme.
Keynote speakers for the event are Gareth Brandt, a theology instructor at Columbia Bible College, Lucy Roca, a Quebec church planter and former Colombian refugee, and Doug Klassen, senior pastor of Foothills MC in Calgary. Mennonite Church Canada General Secretary Robert J. Suderman will lead Bible Studies each morning.
Seminar topics for Assembly 2010 include creation care in the Alberta oilsands, the power stories have to transform us, discovering opportunities for peace and reconciliation in a Canadian context, the relationship between churches and residential school survivors, and how to represent the Jesus brand in the media, among many others.
A late-night gathering on opening night is planned to help young adults get acquainted, and a second activity will extend their Mennonite Church Canada/Canada Day evening celebration.
There is also plenty of room for the young at Assembly 2010. A Children’s Assembly from 8:30-5:30, June 30 to July 2 will be led by Jon Olfert, Director of Mennonite Church Alberta’s Camp Valaqua, offering child-care and activities for kids from infancy through grade six. For the first time ever, an official Youth Ambassadors program will welcome youth as participants in the adult delegate sessions and be encouraged to take part in discussions. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of other events including late night activities and a Peace Art workshop with Ray Dirks, curator of the Mennonite Heritage Gallery.
Other activities for Assembly 2010 include a Peace Art Exhibit, a Canada Day celebration barbeque and local area tours. Participants can choose from a variety of pre-planned, post assembly adventures such as an Aboriginal Learning Tour to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park in Cluny, Alberta, viewing a production of Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver at the Rosebud Theatre, a trip to the Calgary Zoo or the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
The registration booklet and other details will be posted at www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/1249 as they become available. Those who register before May 3 will receive a discount.
Sidebar: Workshop Sampling
Planners for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010, Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly wear the Name, are organizing six workshop time slots over a three day period, with a selection of approximately 30 topics. Here are a few examples:
Claiming Jesus for the First Time
Congregations Go Global
Frustrated in Doing Good?
Make Way for the New Seniors
My Comfort Zone has Stretch Marks!
Is Your Church Pregnant?
What is Peace Anyway?
Mennonite Church Alberta’s Live for Peace