Walking Together in a Good Way

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This booklet is a compilation of articles that have been run in previous issues of Mosaic magazine, as well as other thoughts shared by former CBM Strategic Associate Field Staff Cheryl Bear. Our hope is that this guide will be a clarion call to our Canadian Baptist church family to become “other”.

We, who have been reconciled to God, have been entrusted with the mandate of the reconcilers (2 Cor. 5:18), bringing together that which was previously separated, uniting divided pieces of the fabric of God’s plan. Too often, our refusal to become something other, to be totally changed is, in itself, our greatest obstacle to the restoration of ruptured relations.

We believe that the first step for God’s people to becoming the other is listening to one another so that a deeper understanding of the pain and brokenness might be attained. Thank you for taking this first step as we continue walking together in a good way with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

CONTRIBUTORS

Former CBM Strategic Associate Field Staff CHERYL BEAR is an award-winning singer/songwriter and educator. In her capacity as Indigenous Relations Specialist, Cheryl began the ongoing work of educating and inspiring churches to seek reconciliation with Indigenous communities. www.cherylbear.com

DANIEL ZACHARIAS is the Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College. In addition to his role at Acadia, Danny is a faculty member of the NAIITS Learning Community. He is also husband to Maria and father to Lex, Jack, and Hudson his sons, and Ella- Rose his little princess. www.DannyZacharias.net

STEVE BELL is an acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter and an advocate of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and other work on behalf of the poor and marginalized. www.stevebell.com

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TERRY LEBLANC is Mi’kmaq/Acadian and has served in ordained ministry with the Indigenous community across the globe for 38 years. In addition to his current work as Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, he is also the founding Chair and current Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. Terry also serves as faculty and/or adjunct faculty at Acadia Divinity College, George Fox Seminary, Providence University College and Seminary, Tyndale University College and Seminary and William Carey International University. www.naiits.com

MARK BUCHANAN serves as CBM’s Global Ambassador. He is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary and was formerly the Lead Pastor of New Life Community Church in Duncan, B.C. He is also the author of Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm. www.markbuchanan.net

TERRY SMITH served as CBM’s Executive Director from 2016 – 2020 and now works as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. Previously he served as the Director of International Partnerships for 12 years. As Field Staff, Terry and his wife, Heather worked in France for 20 years, with inner-city youth, urban church planting, theological education and leadership development. Terry has taught at seminaries in Canada and around the world in the areas of Gospel and Culture, Global Christianity and Missions.

Bonus Content: Fully Native and Fully Christian

Former CBM Strategic Associate Cheryl Bear has a discussion with colleague and ally Senior Associate for Theological Integration Jonathan Wilson as she sheds light on Indigenous perspective and the Christian faith. The dialogue looks at how Indigenous heritage intersects with the Christian faith. Cheryl navigates the realities of what it means to be fully native and fully Christian and how challenging norms opens doors towards progress.
This conversation was pre-recorded in late 2018.

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