We are delighted to welcome Deanna Zantingh as our new Keeper of the Learning Circle and Rob Smith as our new Keeper of the Centre. Deanna and Rob join our Keeper of the Circle Adrian Jacobs, our Administrative Assistant Gail Larson, our Bookkeeper Sandy MacGean and our Business Assistant Erica Young.
As Keeper of the Learning Circle, Deanna Zantingh will be providing leadership in our Ministry Training Program. In her own words, Deanna brings “my passion for reconciliation as the work of the church and my love for teaching within a relational approach to education that combines and respects Indigenous tradition.” She is completing her Masters of Theological Studies at Canadian Mennonite University with a thesis examining land and identity, as a means of highlighting the prophetic voices of Indigenous people for the church today. Deanna shares some of her story in this presentation at the Mennonite Church Canada Native Assembly in 2014:
As Keeper of the Centre, Rob Smith will be involved in funding development, financial management, overseeing our facilities and retreat centre hospitality. A longtime friend of the Centre, Rob brings 32 years of varied business experience to this role as well as extensive experience in the United Church in his local congregation and presbytery. He has been part of two recent Learning Circles at SSSC. Rob shared his experience studying “Western Systematic Theology and Indigenous Theologies” with us in January:
Grace United Church is a multigenerational, musical, caring congregation located on the Grand River where it meets Lake Erie. We are looking for a minister that has a passion for preaching while blending traditional and contemporary approaches in our worship service.
We welcome a mister who values and is comfortable with pastoral care alongside our pastoral care committee.
Our new minister should be ready to support the work of our Official Board and have innovative ideas to take our church into the community.
The Native Ministries Consortium at Vancouver School of Theology offers Summer School courses that are nonsectarian and interdisciplinary. Courses examine historical and social data, literary-oral traditions, artistic and other cultural aspects of Indigenous religions. Courses also examine the philosophical and theological dimensions of Indigenous thought.
We were pleased to welcome Centre for Christian Studies Program Staff member Janet Ross to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre as a resource person for our January learning circle on history traditions, exploring both Indigenous and biblical traditions. Read her reflections on the week.