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Understanding You through Understanding Me

October 10th :: 12-5pm

Location: Hamilton, ON - TBD

Cost*: $50 per person (includes bowl, snacks, and refreshments)


Humans. We are "fearfully and wonderfully" made, (Ps. 139:14).  Complex. Intricate. Finite. Imperfectly perfect. With such complexities and nuances, how do we ever develop authentic bonds and form community, especially across social and racial differences?

Together we will use self-reflection, storytelling and the Japanese art technique of Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery") to explore the vibrant nuances of our own identity.  We will engage our own complex stories of identity as a way of helping us on our journey of understanding those who are different than ourselves.   

The cross-racial workshop facilitation team will gently guide you in a time of creative introspection and art making. Each participant will create and recreate art on a bisque clay bowl. By the end you will have a finished piece of art to take home. Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty..

* If the cost is prohibitive to your attendance, please contact the organizers.  There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Register by contacting Bernadette Arthur, Canadian Advocate with the CRC's Office of Race Relations, at [email protected]

Workshop Facilitators:

Bernadette Arthur is an Black Canadian woman whose family tree finds roots on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago.  Bernadette serves as the Canadian Race Relations Advocate for the Office of Race Relations in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA).

Kim Radersma is a white Dutch-Canadian woman whose spiritual formation occurred in the pews and schools of the CRCNA.  A freelance writer, educator and PhD in Education candidate, the focus of her professional work is intertwined with her role as a mother of a racialized child.  In both roles she attempts to create a truly inclusive world where all racial identities are honoured, celebrated, and treated with dignity.   

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