The Bartimaeus Institute

Image: The bentwood box: carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, the TRC bentwood box is a lasting tribute to all Indian residential school survivors. The box travelled with the TRC to all of its official events - news.umanitoba.ca/

 The TRC Calls Churches to Action:

Building Capacity for Restorative Solidarity.

 

OCT 14-16 2 0 1 6

Source - news.umanitoba.ca/ 

BARTIMAEUS INSTITUTE 

 ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE, SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN

Join us to explore how the Canadian TRC Report impacts Indigenous/Settler relations, and how Christian communities can build right relations. Participants from across North America will look at how to educate, advocate and organize around the Calls to Action to churches, including the challenges to

“formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation” (48);

and to “repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius” (49).

Indigenous and nonindigenous leaders will map the new geography for the work of fostering justice and reconciliation, and reflect on how a theology and practice of “restorative solidarity” can help churches rethink discipleship, service, spiritual formation, worship and activism.

Online Registration here. (Opens a new window)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!  Our venue has a limited capacity of 100 participants.   Most of our registration caps have now (as of Sept 12) been reached.  We are excited at the level of interest in this gathering. 

If you registered before Sept 12, you are confirmed.  However if you have not paid in full, you must do so by Wed, Sept 15 or we can't guarantee your spot.

Indigenous participants are encouraged to register by emailing us at inquiries@bcm-net.org. From this point forward we are taking non-Indigenous participants only on a "waiting list" basis.  Here is how this works:

 

  • Because of enrollment beyond our capacity, we have suspended the online registration site.  If you wish to apply for registration, you must email BCM at inquiries@bcm-net.org with your name, email, home state or province, and whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous. 
  • We will confirm that we received your request and place you on the waiting list.  However, do not book travel yet.
  • For those still on the waiting list we will let you know whether or not there is space for you to participate by Friday 30 Septmeber.  If you are confirmed at that point, you will have until Oct 4th to register and make full payment ($170 CDN full, $85 fixed), or you will lose your spot.
Note:  The previously publicized deadlines of Sept 15 and Oct 4 are now obsolete, replaced by the above protocol.  Thank you for your interest in this event.  We will try to accomodate as many as we can, and encourage you to apply for the waiting list.

FAQ on the Who and Why of this gathering (PDF)

Draft Schedule here (PDF). Updated 9/27/16

Speakers and Resource people here.

Accommodation options (PDF).

Accommodations and Venue neighbourhood map here (link).

St. Andrew’s College is at stop #4163 and the U of S Place Riel Transit Hub is a short 5 minute walk from the college. Saskatoon public transit site https://transit.saskatoon.ca/

Flyer available here (PDF).

Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries is co-convening this gathering with:

  • Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatchewan;
  • KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives;
  • Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop of Canada;
  • Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan;
  • Mennonite Church Saskatchewan;
  • Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations;
  • Office of Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice, United Church of Canada;
  • St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon.

Questions?  Contact inquiries@bcm-net.org.

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2016-17 "Feminary" - BIO Study Cohort

The second "Feminary" study cohort combining Bartimaeus Institute Online (BIO) and the next two Bartimaeus Institutes is now taking registrations for women 40 years and younger - click here for details.

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BI logoBartimaeus Institutes are study opportunities in the beautiful coastal hills of the Ventura River watershed in southern California.  Ranging from 3-5 days and held in the  Ojai Valley, they are intensive explorations of scripture and social justice, facilitated by Ched Myers, Elaine Enns and friends.   CEU and academic credit can be available by request.

Learn about Institutes through this short video.  For more information on pricing and registration, email  inquiries@bcm-net.org.

Past Institutes:

Feb 15-19, 2016.  Kinsler Institute:  "Landscapes of Trauma, Stories of Healing: Women in Luke’s Gospel."  We returned to Forest Home, where over 50 participants met together for five days. A photo essay is available here.

Oct 9-11, 2015.  Institute-on-the-Road:  "Identity, Theology and Place: Reinhabiting the MIssissippi Watershed."  This Institute was held in Minneapolis, MN, co-hosted by the Church of All Nations and the Underground SeminaryRecordings of talks are available here.

Feb 16-20, 2015.  Kinsler Institute: "A Festival of Radical Discipleship."  Our largest event ever saw 175 participants; the amazing Festival schedule can be viewed here (2.1Mb PDF), the list of workshops here (4.9Mb PDF).  A photo essay can be viewed here (1.9Mb PDF).  A transcript of Jennifer Henry's beautiful Ash Wednesday homily can be viewed here.

Apr 25-May 11, 2014.  Permaculture Design Certification Course: "The Peace of Wild Things."  The first ever Gospel-based PDC (to our knowledge) saw a dozen participants complete the internationally recognized permaculture design certification course, explored  through the lens of radical theology and praxis.  In this residential course, students graduated as certified Permaculturalists and were introduced to a diversity of embodied practices and critical analysis that helped empower and sustain faith-based work for justice and reconciliation.  A photo essay of the course can be viewed here. (960kb PDF)

Feb 17-21, 2014.  Kinsler Institute:  "Discipleship in the Wilderness: The Three Archetypal ‘Temptations’ Then and Now (Mt 4:1-12).”  As a preparation for Lent, we carefully read the story of Jesus’ “Vision Quest” and testing in Mt 4:1-12.  We saw how each of the three temptations represent archetypal expressions of the economic, political and theological seductions through which empire seeks to shape our hearts, minds and practices.  We explored how each of Jesus’ responses represent narrative cues to the “big story” of liberation in the Bible.  And through this process we looked at the challenges facing us today, reflecting on some of the themes articulated in Ched’s book Who Will Roll Away the Stone?  Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (Orbis), in celebration of its 20 anniversary.  A photo essay can be viewed here. (863kb PDF)

Oct 11-14, 2013:  "Coming into the Watershed: Permaculture, Ecoliteracy, & Bioregional Discipleship" was  led by Chris Grataski, Ched Myers and Elaine Enns.  It offered an introduction to the theory and practices of following Jesus in the way of ecojustice and permaculture. Exploring both meanings of “watershed discipleship” in this crucial historical moment of social and environmental crisis, we reflected on how scripture and theopolitics can animate and nurture personal and political sustainability. A photo essay can be viewed here. (863kb PDF)

Feb 18-22, 2013:  “There was a rich man who...” The Occupy Critique, Sabbath Economics and Luke 12-19.  This scripture intensive offered a theological response to the Occupy Movement, and a conversation with Cornell West and Tavis Smiley's recent manifesto on wealth and poverty, The Rich and the Rest of Us (2012).  Led by Ched Myers, over 30 people explored selected texts from Luke's "special section" that appear in the Year C gospel lectionary.  We looked at how the third gospel uniquely articulates the problem of social and economic disparity, how Jesus envisions the church as a new society in the shell of the old, and how these texts challenge First World Christians to practice Sabbath Economics.  You can see the basic syllabus here.

July 2012 Report:  "Rooting Faith: Theology and Practices of Bioregional Discipleship"

 Feb 2012 Report:  "Reading Mark's Gospel Politically"

Feb 2011 Report:  "Watershed Seminary II: Rivers"

Jan 2011 Report:  "The Sermon on the Mount from Anarchist, Anabaptist and Antiracist Perspectives" 

Feb 2010 Report: Ecojustice, Sabbath Economics and Luke’s Gospel

Jan 2010 Report:  “Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A Theology and Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking"

Feb 2009 Report:  "Transgressing Boundaries of Race, Class & Gender (Mark 4-8)"

Jan 2009 Report:  "Jesus as a Practitioner of Nonviolent Action (Mark 1-3)"

Feb 2008:  "Jesus as a Teacher of Restorative Justice in Matthew"

Jan 2008:  "Matthew’s Gospel between Seminary, Sanctuary & Streets"

Jan 2007:  "Luke’s Gospel and Sabbath Economics"