Podcast Discussion Forums

Share Your Thoughts

Courageous Imagination is a journey that we are taking to listen for God and reflect on questions that will help to guide and shape the future direction of MCEC. The Podcast Discussion Forums are one way of providing a space that will allow us to hear and engage with each other and help shape how we move forward in our journey.  As we reflect on the topics and conversations in the podcasts, listen and think about your own responses. Take some notes and share them during the podcast discussion forum. 

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It is important that all voices are heard in a safe environment. We want to have conversations that are respectful and loving, treating everyone withbeing mindful of principles set at the beginning of the journey.

  • Faithfulness and Openness
  • Humility and Integrity
  • Vision and Leadership
  • Community and Unity 

Discussion Forum Topics and Dates

  • "Listening For God" with guest Margaret Nally - Thursday, April 29th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Where is God at work doing New Things" with guest Betty Pries - Thursday, May 6th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Trusing God on Our Journey" with guests Craig Frere and Linda Tiessen-Belch - Thursday, May 13th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Who are We Together? What is the Church that We are Becoming" with guest Kim Penner - Thursday, May 20th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Being an Intercultural Church" with guests Hyejung Jessie Yum and Michele Rizoli - Thursday, May 27th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Music and Faith" with Moses Mugisha - Thursday, June 3rd from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Why Does Faith Matter? Listening to Young Adults share their Hopes and Dreams for the Church" with guests Hanna Negussie, Andie Joseph and Aidan Morton-Ninomiya - Thursday, June 10th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "On the Journey Towards Indigenous and Settler Reconcilation" with guests Mim Harder, Lyndsay Mollins-Koene and Herb Sawatzky - Thursday, June 17th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "Walking with Youth and Families in Difficult Times" with guest Carrie Lehn - Thursday, June 24th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)
  • "What's Next?" with Mollee Moua, Hanna Neguisse and Leah Reesor-Keller - Thursday, July 8th from 7pm to 8pm (EST)

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Podcast Discussion Forum Outline

Each discussion forum begins at 7pm and ends at 8pm (EST).  During the Q&A time all questions are to be typed into the chat feature in Zoom and the chat moderator will present the questions to the guest(s). 

  • Welcome and Prayer
  • Introduction and brief recap of podcast conversation
  • Sharing our experiences and thoughts with each other (Possibly in small break out groups depending on the number of participants)
  • Question and Answer (Q&A) with the podcast guest(s).
  • Closing

June 17, 2021

On the Journey Towards Indigenous and Settler Relations

How can we work towards Indigenous and Settler reconciliation together? What can we do as settlers in Canada to journey together towards hope and healing?

Lyndsay is the Program Coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee's Indigenous Neighbours Program in Ontario.  

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June 24, 2021

Walking with Youth and Families in Difficult Times

How do we walk with youth and their families during difficult times?  How has your congregation supported youth or handled difficult conversations?

Carrie is the Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry at Ottawa Mennonite Church. Originally from southern Ontario, Carrie graduated from Canadian Mennonite University with a degree in theology. Before moving to Ottawa, Carrie worked with at-risk youth in Winnipeg. Carrie is an avid paddler and when she isn’t riding her scooter around the city, she usually has a kayak atop her car. 

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June 30, 2021

Reflecting on the Podcast Journey 

As we reflect on the Courageous Imagination podcast which episode or guest inspired or challenged you?  Did you hear any common themes or trends?

Hanna is an active community member and Youth leader to Bethel Ethiopian Evangelical Church. She enjoys cultivating communities and using art, expression and film to express truths and foster connection. She has a bachelors in Global Business and Digital Arts and hopes to further her education in the coming years.

Leah is Executive Minister of MCEC.  She is married to Luke and has two children.

Mollee is the Courageous Imagination Project Manager at MCEC. She is married to Johnny and has four wonderful and rambunctious boys. She is currently studying part-time in the Master of Theological Studies program at Conrad Grebel College University. In her spare time she enjoys biking, reading, watching movies and writing.