Hearts Exchanged

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What is Hearts Exchanged?

Hearts Exchanged, is a process designed to equip Reformed Christians to engage with Indigenous people as neighbours in a fulsome and humble way that builds trust and transformation.  This process arises from a report of the same name issued in 2000.  

That report recommended an ongoing church-wide conversation on cross-cultural ministry but that has not been robust over the past 20 years.  The CRC has expressed commitment to reconciliation and meaningful discussion many times.  Diversity and deep engagement with community and neighbours is important to the health of the church.  

Participants in the process are entering into conversations that lean-in on respect, reciprocity, and relationship using Indigenous teachings on belonging and generosity as the basis for learning.  It is our hope that this process will have a ripple effect, equipping participants with insights, personal experiences and relationships that will inspire further conversations within the church and beyond.  Furthermore, we hope to deepen our national dialogue and understanding of cross-cultural ministry as we lean-in to respect, reciprocity and relationships. 

New Logo 

We are excited to announce the new logo representing the Hearts Exchanged process.  This organic free flowing logo represents that way we hope conversations will flow and intertwine in the cohorts happening across Canada.  The intersecting lines are meant to represent the reciprocity and exchange of ideas central to this process and are reminiscent of braided sweetgrass. The four colours in the logo are found in medicine wheels of many different Indigenous groups. The colours also point towards the cross-cultural nature of this process.  

Hearts Exchanged FAQ

  • What is happening now?

    • We are currently in phase one of this process.  Two cohorts are entering into conversations that lean-in on respect, reciprocity, and relationship using Indigenous teachings on belonging and generosity as the basis for learning.  This fall cohort will be based in Halifax and one in Edmonton. Future cohorts will be established across the country in phase two.  

  • How can I get involved? 

    • Recruitment has ended for the phase one cohorts based in Halifax and Edmonton.  If you are interested in being part of a future cohort please contact us at [email protected] and we will add your name to a list.  

  • Why is this necessary?  

    • This process arises from a report called Hearts Exchanged issued in 2000.  That report recommended an ongoing church-wide conversation on cross-cultural ministry but that has not been robust over the past 20 years. This is our opportunity to take up these important conversations and steps towards reconciliation once again.   

  • Where did the term Hearts Exchanged come from?

    • Many meaningful stories rose out of the 2000 Cross-Cultural Ministry Forum including this exchange. Dale Missyabit, a Indigenous staff from the Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg, spoke saying, “Yesterday was a rollercoaster day,” recalling times when he felt his heart had been “taken out and stamped on” as others questioned how his Native heritage fit with Christianity. In contrast, he added, “I had a really good exchange with Phil; I don’t think we agreed on anything, but it was beautiful to share in an open and honest way, to look at each other, to say I still love you.”  These and other experiences of exchanging hearts is where the name arose and the hope for this series of cohorts.  

  • How was this process created?

    • Staff in collaboration with the members of the Committee for Contact with the Government and Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee (which are both composed of church members from across the county) designed the initial proposal. Together staff Mike Hogeterp, Shannon Perez, and Darren Roorda presented the proposal to the Canada Corporation of the CRC in their May 2020 meeting.  You can read more about what was presented in that meeting in this Banner article.  

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