"Be not afraid" clip-art from "Scripture-related Graphics
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Be Not Afraid
Common Christian Witness
in a Culture of Fear

The 2004 Canadian Summer Ecumenical Institute

An Experience of Dialogue
planned by Winnipeg churches
and sponsored by the
Prairie Centre for Ecumenism

with our keynote speaker:

Tom Yoder Neufeld
Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies
Conrad Grebel University College
Waterloo, ON

5:00 p.m. Sunday May 9 – Noon Wednesday May 12, 2004

Canadian Mennonite University
Winnipeg, MB

  • To register, please use our online Registration form
  • Online information:
       • agenda
       • brochure & registration form [PDF]
       • poster (please post in your church) [PDF]
       • a letter sent to churches [PDF]
  • Registration fees:
       • $250 – Resident
       • $150 – Commuter (Sunday to Wednesday)
       • $55 - Commuter (Monday or Tuesday)
       • $40 - Commuter (Wednesday)
       • Evening Sessions – Donations welcome
  • For further information email or phone: (204) 284-1147

Be Not Afraid

We live our lives in a culture of fear: fear of losing our jobs, fear of family breakup, fear of illness, fear of terrorism, fear of exploring the lightness and darkness of our inner selves.

We are called as Christians and as churches to witness to Christ and his words to us: "Be not afraid." How do we do that? What do we hold in common? How do we witness together?

The Summer Ecumenical Insitute will help us explore these questions. It will also challenge us to ask ourselves just how 'common' it is for us to recognise that what we hold is actually common to us all.

Who is Tom Yoder Neufeld?

"Tom Yoder Neufeld graduated with a BA (Hons.) in History from the University of Manitoba (1970), and both a Master of Divinity (1973) and a Doctor of Theology in New Testament (1989) from Harvard Divinity School. His areas of research and teaching are Jesus, Paul, and issues of peace in the Bible. His published research has focused on the understanding of God as warrior and its relationship to notions of salvation and judgment ('Put on the Armour of God!' The Divine Warrior from Isaiah to Ephesians, Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), the Letter to the Ephesians (Ephesians, Believers Church Bible Commentary; Herald Press, 2002), and on biblical peace theology (numerous journal articles). Yoder Neufeld teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2002 he was the recipient of the University of Waterloo's Distinguished Teacher Award. Having been a pastor as well as hospital and prison chaplain, Yoder Neufeld teaches and preaches extensively in congregational and conference settings." [from the Conrad Grebel website]

Books & articles by Tom Yoder Neufeld

Other presenters

What is the Summer Ecumenical Institute?

This 3 day annual program of ecumenical education and networking is an opportunity for training and continuing education in the area of current ecumenical events, documents, dialogues, and projects both international and local. Each year there will be a component of formation for those newly arrived in ecumenism, a component of networking and sharing news and views from across Canada, and a component of continuing education. It will be hosted by various communities across the prairies, in liaison with the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

The SEI is open to participants from across Canada and around the world. The Summer Ecumenical Institute is attended by ecumenical officers, church leaders, and lay people concerned about ecumenical issues. The Institute explores a variety of themes related to contemporary church life. Each theme is explored in such a way as to seek insights into the nature and practice of Christian unity.

Who is planning the SEI in 2004?

A local planning committee has been established in Winnipeg to develop the program, receive registrations, and take responsibility for local arrangements.

Where will the SEI be held in 2005?

Saskatoon will be hosting the Summer Ecumenical Institute in 2005. The topic will explore the many varieties of collaborative & shared ministries. For further information, please contact the .