We Declare - Virtual Gathering 2022

We Declare - Virtual Gathering 2022


Individual: $150 $75

Church-site license:  $300 $150 (for in-church streaming of Gathering 2022 sessions to congregations)


Virtual We Declare participants will

  • share in the rich worship times experienced at Gathering 2022 through livestream
  • hear from our plenary speakers
  • participate in online workshops
  • learn about and hear from our partner organizations
  • enjoy the opportunity to chat and network with other virtual We Declare participants across the country.

Visit our Gathering 2022 webpage for full event info.



Main sessions

  • Friday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. (MDT) – Worship and plenary by guest speaker John Boopalan, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies, CMU
  • Saturday morning, 9 to 10 a.m. (MDT) – Worship and plenary by guest speaker Cheryl Bear, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation
  • Sunday morning, 10 a.m. to noon (MDT) – Nationwide worship service with sermon given by Doug Klassen, executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada
  • Sunday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. (MDT) – Worship time hosted by In This Together, LGBTQ+ and allied siblings in faith
  • Monday morning, 10:30 to noon (MDT) – Worship and plenary by guest speaker Kara Carter, pastor of Wellesley Mennonite Church


Online workshops**

**Individual registration is recommended for online workshop participation. However, a group of gathered church members could also participate in online workshops. It is recommended they assign one person to share their feedback during discussions.

Saturday morning, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., July 30 (MDT)

“Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” - In This Together

Facilitator: Steph Chandler Burns

Steph Chandler Burns (they/them) is a non-binary, bisexual Mennonite from Kitchener Ontario. Steph has a Masters in Theological Studies from Conrad Grebel University College. Steph is a pastoring-type person, previously pastoring at Erb St Mennonite Church (until June 2022), and planning many workshops and talks on the gifts of LGBTQ+ people for the church. Steph will consider the question, "What perspective on the Good News does the church need to hear from the LGBTQ+ community?" in their online workshop.


New resources and congregational resourcing tips from CommonWord and MennoMedia

Faciliators: Arlyn Friesen-Epp, director of CommonWord; Amy Gingerich, MennoMedia

MennoMedia is your publisher and CommonWord is your bookstore and resource centre. Learn how to best engage Anabaptist materials that are available for you and your congregation – to buy, borrow or access online. The workshop will include a profile of new resources.


Saturday afternoon, July 30, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. (MDT)

Exploring options for congregational vision and renewal

Facilitator: Melanie Neufeld, director of mission engagement, Mennonite Church Manitoba

Where are congregations thriving? What are the elements that cultivate strong ministries? Let’s consider how our congregations might experience renewal after being hit hard by COVID-19.


Six Years after the Resolution on Palestine and Israel: Stories, experiences and insights

Panel of leaders: Suzanne Gross, Joanna Hiebert Bergen. Kathy Bergen, and Byron Rempel-Burkholder. 

Members of the MC Canada Palestine-Israel Network will give updates about their advocacy and on the current situation in the Holy Land. The workshop will also beam in participation from Palestinian friends.



Individual: $150  $75

Church-site license: $300  $150 (for in-church streaming of Gathering 2022 sessions to congregations)

Questions? E-mail us.