The Peace & Justice Internship provides participants with practical understanding of and engagement with issues of peace and justice from a Christian worldview. In the context of intentional Christian community and alongside engaged long term ministry in an inner city neighbourhood, participants will receive training, teaching, mentorship and opportunities to explore different dynamics surrounding peace and justice. At the heart of the city, Winnipeg’s West End is one of the most culturally and racially diverse communities in Manitoba. Home to many cultural groups- including Portuguese, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Cree, Ojibwa and more– it is a wonderful mosaic of Canadian diversity. It’s also home to many social challenges, such as poverty, substance abuse, racism and other problems common to the inner city.
Participants will live in community in the West End community house, with long term missionaries and local Christian residents. The house is also host to Little Flowers Community, an inner city missional church founded by YWAM and Mennonite Church Chu Manitoba.
In addition to many devoted and expert speakers from within the city, we are also excited to be hosting two leaders who will be especially challenging and beneficial: Mark Van Steenwyk is the co-founder of the Mennonite Worker, an intentional community committed to hospitality, simplicity, prayer, peacemaking, and resistance. Mark is the author of "That Holy Anarchist: Reflections on Christianity & Anarchy" and "The UNkingdom of God: Embracing the Subversive Power of Repentance", which will reflect the themes of his teaching during the internship.
www.markvans.info Sarah Bessey, a celebrated Canadian Christian writer and public speaker, will be exploring justice through lens of gender equality, drawing from her forthcoming book "Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View on Women". Her work has also appeared in ChurchLeaders.com, Her.meneutics – Christianity Today’s Blog for Women, Converge Magazine, Relevant Magazine, to name a few.