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Crossing Cultures Together explores the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the church and is a collaboration between Knox College, its Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry, and Justice Ministries (Life and Mission Agency) of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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Crossing Cultures Together XI


Monday May 9, 2016 • 9:30 am – 4:30 pm  • Knox College


Register HERE by April 30, 2016.


This event will be broadcast live; click here to watch.


All institutions have their structures of power. This is not necessarily a bad thing if these structures build-in accountability and transparency. However, there are also the unseen structures which preserve power and privilege of certain groups and as a result, marginalize others. These structures are harmful. If an institution is to grow with integrity and authenticity, then these structures need to be named, challenged, and changed.

We are pleased that Peter Noteboom will facilitate our day, and guide us through a process that will invite us to better understand these structures, identify ways to address these structures and reflect on our own role in them. Peter brings extensive experience as a Senior Partner with Global Learning Partners and he is a skilled facilitator. A member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Toronto, Peter is also the Deputy General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches and the Associate Secretary for the Council’s Commission on Justice and Peace.

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9:30 am Welcome and Opening, Background to the Conversation Dorcas Gordon, Nam-Soon Song and Worship Team (Knox College)
10:00 am Power Flower: Self and Group Check-In Peter Noteboom
10:20 am Biblical and Theological Reflection (Matthew 19:16-30) Peter Noteboom
10:35 am Privilege and Its Invisibility; Endurance Peter Noteboom
11:00 am Snacks
11:15 am Race, Internalized Racial Superiority, Internalized Racial Oppression Peter Noteboom
11:45 am Power Tools (Sources of Power; Sharing Them) – Part I Peter Noteboom
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Power Tools (Sources of Power; Sharing Them) – Part II Peter Noteboom
1:30 pm Reflecting On Your Church and Presbytery Peter Noteboom
2:15 pm Practice Cracking Open Power and Privilege Peter Noteboom
3:45 pm Next Steps and Closing Stephen Allen (Justice Ministries, The Presbyterian Church in Canada)
4:30 pm Adjourn



Individuals Groups of 3+ WebEx
$25 / person (includes food) $60 / 3 persons and $10 for each additional person from the same congregation (includes food) $10 / remote site
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RESOURCES: $ 15.00 – Cracking Open White Identity (book). Can be purchased at event.


Register HERE by April 15, 2016.




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  • Dr. Andrew Sung Park Professor of Theology,  United Theological Seminary
  • Ms. Lori Ransom Senior Church Liaison,  Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa Global Relations Officer for Africa,  Anglican Church of Canada
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KEYNOTE: Understanding Mental Health and Adjustment Experiences of Immigrant Newcomers Over 1.2 million Toronto residents were born outside of Canada. Immigration is a life-changing event that can have a profound impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Inhis presentation Dr. Ben Kuo will discuss what psychologists have learned about the mental health challenges new Canadians face and how church members can support newcomers in their congregations.




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Listen to Dr. Noh’s presentation>>