Gathering 2022

Edmonton, Alberta

Friday, July 29, to Monday, August 1


We declare to you...what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life. 1 John 1:1


Join us on Treaty 6 territory as we re-examine what it means to tell the Good News and bear witness to the Gospel of peace.



John Boopalan

Rev. Sunder John Boopalan, Assistant Professor at Canadian Mennonite University, is the author of the book Memory, Grief, and Agency. He is the Series Editor of the Politics of Scripture ( that offers commentary on Sunday texts from the Revised Common Lectionary. John is a peer reviewer for journals such as Religions, Political Theology Journal, and Wabash Center Journal on Teaching. He has lived in India, the Middle East, and the United States. Married to Ester, he is the proud parent of their daughter, Junia. John loves cooking and believes in the wonder working power of God, food and laughter. 

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear is from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, is a respected voice and teacher on behalf of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities raising awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues. She is a founding board member of NAIITS, an Indigenous learning community; an Associate Professor at Regent College; earned her Doctorate from The King’s University, and Master of Divinity from Regent College. Her doctoral work presents an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. She currently serves as Director of Community Ministry at First United Church in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Kara Carter

Kara Carter is lead pastor of Wellesley Mennonite Church in Wellesley, Ontario. She is a PhD candidate at Martin Luther University College, researching MCEC pastors’ lived experiences with barriers and facilitators as they lead cultural, organizational change. Kara is examining how God's people are being invited to "Go Local," to join with God in the neighbourhood to further God's mission.


Holiday Inn South Edmonton

950 Parsons Rd SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0J4