“We Declare: What We Have Seen and Heard” will be an opportunity for members of the nationwide church to re-examine what it means to tell the good news and to share and hear stories of bearing witness to the gospel of peace.
“Across Mennonite Church Canada, the idea of sharing the good news elicits strong reactions, from ‘I owe my life to the person who invited me to faith in Jesus’ to ‘I can hardly say the word ‘evangelism’,” says Doug Klassen, MC Canada’s executive minister. “We need to have a nationwide conversation about communicating our faith, and to nurture each other in how we bear witness to the gospel of peace in tumultuous places and times.”
The event, co-hosted by MC Canada and MC Alberta, will take place at the Holiday Inn Edmonton South, kicking off on the evening of July 29 and ending midday on Aug. 1.
Three guest speakers will engage the theme of witness and evangelism throughout the weekend:
- Dr. John Boopalan, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg.
- Cheryl Bear, a musician, speaker and teacher from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
- Kara Carter, lead pastor of Wellesley (Ont.) Mennonite Church.
There will also be programming for a Young Leaders Experience, for those aged 16 to 20, at Gathering 2022. Information about all youth programming is forthcoming.
“Amplify: Giving Voice to What We Have Seen and Heard” is the theme for Youth Gathering 2022, to be held at Camp Valaqua, in Water Valley, Alta., from July 31 to Aug. 4.
“I am looking forward to having youth gather together under the trees to share stories and amplify their voices as part of the larger nationwide gathering,” says Joani Neufeldt, event coordinator for “Amplify.”
Joani Neufeldt to coordinate Youth Gathering 2022