Invite friends and enjoy our amazing lineup of speakers and presentations!
Wednesdays @ Knox is a weekly event, from September to May, and open to everyone (although we don’t provide child care), so if you have a lunch hour free, please join us in the church hall, starting at 11:30 on Wednesdays, for coffee and fellowship followed by devotions, lunch for $5, and a different presentation each week. We adjourn at 1:00.
Look for details on the bulletin board near the lounge, in the weekly bulletin, in the Saturday Waterloo Region Record (in the Faith News section) and on handouts at the Welcome Desk.
Contact Ellen McIntosh with questions or comments: 519-497-9534 | email@example.com
Mar 13 Allison Dyjach and Matthew Rappolt: Reconciliation through Education and Understanding
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a unique participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders. Allison and Matt, both trained facilitators with KAIROS, will be adapting this Exercise for us so that we can learn more about how it fosters truth, understanding, respect, and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
Mar 20 Stephen Todd and Failte: Celebrating with Music
Failte originated from a casual collection of musicians in the Autumn of 1991 in Waterloo. Failte (pronounced “fall-cha”) means welcome in Irish. Currently, the group consists of original member, Stephen Todd (vocals, bodhran, and tin whistle) as well as Jessica Weiler (fiddle, vocals), and Brian Crozier (guitar, vocals). The band plays traditional Celtic music with a Canadian attitude, including slow airs, ballads, jigs and reels from Ireland, Scotland and Canada. We may even enjoy a few sing alongs!
Mar 27 Janice Harper: Public Secondary Schooling for Conservative Mennonite Students
Janice will tell us about the first program in the world to bring a Secondary School education to diverse groups of conservative Mennonite teenagers in a common setting. Janice will describe some of the religious accommodations, institutional compromises, successes and challenges involved in creating a program based on mutual respect. She will explore the educational decisions of Mennonite cultural groups residing in Waterloo Region, and explain how hundreds of students, who had never before entered a public school, were able to earn a high school diploma.
Apr 3 Philip Baker: Hope Builds
What do you do when you retire? Philip Baker had 30 years of corporate and non-profit experience deploying educational systems for governments and industries globally. Using that experience and combining it with his passion, Philip created “Hope Builders” a non-profit initiative of Learning for Humanity, which invites Canadians to sponsor children in Africa by providing quality computer-based education for everyone.
Apr 10 Roy Godber: Uganda Then and Now
Roy will share his experiences in Uganda beginning in 1963 as a teacher with the British Ministry for Overseas Development and still continuing, with regular trips as a self-funded volunteer, working on rural development projects. His pictures and stories, spanning the decades, will demonstrate that a meaningful and exciting life does not have to end at 65.
Apr 17 Gary Warrick: Indigenous Studies at WLU
The Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Call for Action called for more education of Canadians on the history and legacy of residential schools. For universities, this means including more Indigenous content in the curriculum of all degree programs, when at all possible and WLU is committed to this. Gary will explain why Canadians need to learn about Indigenous history, culture, and contemporary life, particularly in a university education.
Apr 24 Shelley Campagnola: Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
Shelley, Executive Director of MCRS, will talk about MCRS work with asylum seekers/refugee claimants. She will also address perspectives around border security, housing and other concerns that have come out of the increased numbers of people seeking refuge in Canada.
May 1 Heather Thompson: Home Share
HomeShare empowers home providers and home seekers the ability to live in affordable, shared accomodation inclusive of respect, choice, dignity and is of mutual benefit to all. Heather is the manager at Age-Friendly Initiatives in Burlington, Ontario.
May 8 Potluck Luncheon and Full House Brass
Bring your favourite hot or cold dish (ready to serve, please) to share with everyone and join us (free of charge) for our final luncheon for this term. We’ll celebrate another wonderful year with good friends, excellent food, and a very “joyful noise”!