Canada’s National Indigenous Bishop to Speak at Practical Peacebuilding Event

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TheRt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop, will deliver the opening keynote address at Practical Peacebuilding, a new joint program of Candler School of Theology and The General Theological Seminary (GTS).

Practical Peacebuilding, which takes place January 9-12, 2013 at the Desmond Tutu Center on the GTS campus in New York, is an ecumenical program designed for clergy, other church leaders, and anyone interested in learning practical skills in conflict transformation. Registration remains open on a space-available basis. Register now.

As National Indigenous Bishop, MacDonald serves as pastoral leader to the Indigenous Peoples in the Anglican Church of Canada. Members include people of the First Nations, among them the Inuit of the Arctic regions, the Métis and others of mixed heritage. Prior to assuming this office in 2007, MacDonald served 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska and in numerous other ministerial positions in Canada and the United States.

“Bishop MacDonald is a dynamic speaker who is deeply involved in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressing the abuses and hardships suffered by students of the residential schools for Aboriginal peoples in Canada,” said the Rev. James H. Reho, Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care, Deployment, and Formation at GTS. “His sensibilities around indigenous Christianity and its role in the larger church and culture bring a critically important perspective to our Practical Peacebuilding curriculum.”

Bernard Lafayette Jr., Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Candler, will deliver the Practical Peacebuidling closing keynote address. Lafayette is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change.

The program will be led by Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor of Church and Community at Candler, a renowned expert on congregational renewal, community activism, and the spirituality of theologian Howard Thurman and Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation at Candler, a leading authority on religious peacebuilding.

To learn more about the program and to register: www.regonline.com/practicalpeacebuilding