Several months ago, council created a working group to review and refine the nominations process at Knox. The end goal of this working group is to create a process that expands and strengthens our church's volunteer base by making it easier for new and experienced volunteers alike to 1) understand the volunteer opportunities we have at Knox, 2) understand how those opportunities advance our mission and vision, and 3) understand what kind of skills and interests are a good fit for those opportunities.
After several months of input and revisions, the "Opportunity Knox" process is now in a piloting stage as we work with prospective volunteers for the Ministry and Personnel Committee. Stay tuned for more updates as the pilot unfolds and its results are reviewed!
Want to know more about Opportunity Knox and the pilot currently underway? Please email Janet Dargie.
Listening with respect
Toward Reconciliation and Right Relations
Our Next 1100 Days vision includes an important initiative (Initiative 2) focused on becoming a post-colonial congregation. As part of that ongoing work, Knox is spearheading a unique and groundbreaking opportunity to connect urban aboriginal elders with church leaders. Our goal is to build trust, build relationships, and (if possible) set forth a collaborative plan towards reconciliation and right relations that allows churches to move past colonialism.
Originally, Knox approached an elders’ council with the idea of establishing an "elder in residence" initiative to guide our efforts. The response of the elders was negative. All of the elders were survivors of residential schools and becoming an elder “in residence” was not attractive proposition! Instead, the elders suggested an alternative approach that did not put them under church control on church turf: a series of six day-long sessions, organized and led by the elders, plus one session to orient us to protocols.
These elder-led sessions will be undertaken over six to eight months. The cost of the program is roughly $45,000 (we are hiring the elders to teach and lead this program) and is supported by participating denominations, including a grant from the United Church of Canada's Justice and Reconciliation Fund. This program will not draw any funds from the operating budget of Knox.
Enthusiasm for/participation in this project has exceeded expectations. At this point, Knox has three participants: Dave Holmes, Sharon Montgomery, and Christina Conroy (who is also representing Ambrose University). In total, there are nineteen participants, representing six denominations, with a very strong participation from the Roman Catholic church. The work is scheduled to begin this month with an orientation session for the church participants and an organizing/planning meeting for the elders. Elders and church participants will begin meeting together in October.
More updates to follow, including the names of the participants and the elders, and more details on activities and discussions. For now, we are excited to begin a project that builds trust and makes connection between churches and indigenous elders and enables the church to listen with respect.
Meet our new barista!
Jennifer Young joins the Sanctuary Coffee team.
Sanctuary Coffee is pleased to announce that Jennifer Young is our new Barista / Team Lead for Volunteers. Jenn is a native Calgarian who has lived in Vancouver, Japan, and the U.K., where she trained as a barista and barista trainer at Caravan Roastery in Kings Cross, London. When Jenn applied for the job, she offered the following note in her cover letter:
Your ambition and vision for the cafe that I read about in an article by CBC
reinvigorated the greater vision I had for my life and I would be very happy to be a part of sanctuary cafe team. I think this is a non-confrontational
way to depict that faith and spirituality are not separate but, rather,
intertwined in our daily life. I see how the space can be used to connect the community and I would like to apply my event planning and marketing skills to continue to build Sanctuary Coffee.
Jenn brings an impressive barista resume, proven leadership skills, and a genuine passion for making connections to her work at Sanctuary Coffee. Stop by the cafe and introduce yourself! We're open Monday to Friday, 10AM to 2PM. (Stay tuned for our expanded cafe hours coming this month!) You can also welcome Jenn by email!
Doors Open YYC
We're opening our doors this coming Sunday!
Doors Open is a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science, or engineering, Doors Open provides a great opportunity to experience a city's unique built environment.
On Sunday, September 23, from noon to 4:00PM, Knox is participating in Doors Open YYC. Greg will be on site to talk about our Next 1100 Days vision and the place-making initiatives underway in the historic building and Jenn Young (our new barista) will open up Sanctuary Coffee. We'll also have Kate Reeves on hand to give building tours, Elizabeth Campbell to coordinate healing ministry treatments for visitors, Laverna Marchese to provide info on the labyrinth, and Steve Miller to provide an organ overview and tour.
We're expecting somewhere between 10 and 100 people! Feel free to come by and be part of this unique and wonderful opportunity to open our doors to friends and neighbours in Calgary.
Sunday service at noon taking next steps.
This month, council approved a budget to pilot the Transition at Sanctuary Coffee service aimed at adults age 25-44. This budget includes funds for a singer/songwriter and a children's ministry team as well as some minor equipment purchases.
We'll announce Transition launch dates as we get our ministry team in place!
As part of our Next 1100 Days vision, we’re launching new, emerging ministries as we sustain and shape existing ministries at Knox. That means reconfiguring how we use our space, how we design our budget, and how we define the roles and responsibilities of our ministers.
To provide more info on the changes underway and get your feedback, Knox is hosting a Town Hall on Sunday, October 14, after the 10:30AM service, to discuss how we anticipate Dave’s and Greg’s roles will be changing as we continue to carry out our vision. Your participation is important. TIA for planning to be there!
Are you social?
Check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds!
There's been a lot happening at Knox this month and Jenn Herring, our strategic communications coordinator, has been posting to social media about a wide variety of events: Pride Week, OpenDoorsYYC, and the upcoming benefit concert for the Inn From The Cold affordable childcare center at Knox. Jenn has also been working with our new café manager to create visual content for Sanctuary Coffee's social media accounts and upcoming website.