Grassroots Heroes

2017-08-23T16:01:37-04:00Tags: , , , , |

Field of Dreams This past September, eight kids and seven parents from Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga headed west to spend four days with the members of Brownfield Baptist Church in Alberta, their Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project partner. For these urban families, the trip was an opportunity to teach their kids about


2017-08-23T15:56:24-04:00Tags: , , , |

mosaic recently asked three churches from across the country to share their refugee sponsorship experience - RiverCross Church in Saint John, New Brunswick; Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (SCBC) in Ontario; and First Baptist Church in Dauphin, Manitoba. mosiac: How has the experience of your church in sponsoring/welcoming refugees to your community? RIVERCROSS: We sponsored

Signs of Welcome

2017-08-23T15:56:25-04:00Tags: , , , |

By Paul Carline Director of Intercultural Ministries, Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada “Let’s bring 100 refugee families to Canada!” Considering that our three Anglophone Canadian Baptist regions only sponsored one or two families a year each, this goal, inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis and encouraged by Canadian Baptist Ministries, seemed irrational. 18 months

My People Have No Homeland

2017-08-23T15:56:25-04:00Tags: , , , |

Pastor Shadrack Mutabazi meets me over dinner. Our friendship began in 2012 when I first attended a service of Shalom Christian Fellowship – a church he started in Winnipeg. Over the past four years I have been riveted by pieces of Shadrack’s story. Tonight Shadrack has agreed to give me the larger narrative for

Stateless – Nowhere to Belong

2017-08-23T15:56:25-04:00Tags: , , , |

Citizenship is often taken for granted as something every person receives at birth. However, millions of stateless individuals around the world possess no form of citizenship. For different reasons they were never granted official membership to any nation-state. This is a serious problem because we live in a global system of nation-states and citizenship

A Stranger Kind of Love

2018-04-25T16:30:03-04:00Tags: , , , |

Responding to the global refugee crisis We are living in an unprecedented period of global displacement - the highest level on record, according to the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) - with over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from home. That’s a number almost double Canada’s entire population! Canada has

An Apology In the Making

2018-04-25T16:30:12-04:00Tags: , , , |

Justice Murray Sinclair stated frequently during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) work that “Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us.” I was recently asked to issue a formal apology on behalf of Canadian Baptist Ministries. This is in response to one of the clarion