Neill and Edith von Gunten began their married life in a Mennonite Voluntary Service assignment in an inner-city neighbourhood of southside Chicago in 1965. Their involvement in Native Ministries began while students at Canadian Mennonite Bible College, now Canadian Mennonite University, spanned 38 years of living in Indigenous communities on both shores of Lake Winnipeg, and eventually served as Co-Directors of the Native Ministry program for Mennonite Church Canada. Their many relationships remain strong even though they are living in Winnipeg in retirement.
The seven Ojibwe “Way of Life” teachings will form the framework for our classes, as they did for our book Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance (2022). The stories will help us look at the many issues raised in the book, such as care of the earth, intergenerational trauma, racism, a distorted Gospel, building relationships. We also plan to have one or two Indigenous guests help us learn more about the significance and meaning of the teachings. Having a copy of Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance would be an asset. Copies can be purchased at the CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre or on its website, commonword.ca.
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