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Missio Dei - Set the Captives Free

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Otterburne – For over thirty years missionaries representing organizations working around the world have come together on the campus of Providence University College and Theological Seminary. On January 30th, they will do it again.

Missio Dei, the annual, two-day mission’s conference at Providence is an important part of the Providence culture says Faculty representative Dr. Kara Mandryk, “because it reminds us that we are part of something that is larger than ourselves – the mission of God in the world. We benefit by hearing about what God is doing locally and around the globe, and how our community can be a part of that!”.

Mission organizations benefit from this event too. “The face of missions is changing”, says Howard Dueck, VP of Human Resources for Teach Beyond (formerly Janz Team Ministries), “the skill-set required to do mission makes this an ideal recruiting opportunity”. Teach Beyond is one of twenty-five mission’s organizations that will be on campus.

This event is open to the public.

When: Jan 30-31, 2013

Where: Reimer Student Life Centre, Providence University College


Wednesday, January 30

  • 6:00pm - Ethnic Meal (Dining Hall)
  • 7:00pm - Youth Groups Arrive
  • 7:30pm - Praise and Worship (Howison Room)
  • 8:00pm  - Panel Discussion
  • 9:00pm - Snack and Fellowship

Thursday, January 31

  • 9:00am - Missions Reps Orientation (Dining Hall)
  • 10:00am-11:30am - The Cost to be Reconciled: Uncovering the Scandal of the Gospel with Stephen Siemens (Chapel)
    In this session Stephen will expound on the familiar parable of the “Prodigal Son” in Luke 15, demonstrating God’s costly—and downright prodigal—reconciliation to both law-keepers and law-breakers. This session will lay the groundwork for what freedom in Christ really looks like, and how that affects our view of justice and witness to God’s Kingdom.
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm - Workshops #1 (Classrooms)
  • 11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:45pm-2:30pm - Workshops #2 (Classrooms)
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Coffee
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm - Derailing Retribution and Embracing Restoration with Stephen Siemens (Chapel)
    Throughout history and all too often the church has blended in with the rest of society around issues of offending and victimization: excluding offenders and not validating victims’ experiences. In this session Stephen will outline the church’s practical call to be ambassadors of reconciliation, standing in gap where harm has been done. He will juxtapose state (retributive) justice with the essence of biblical (restorative) justice, where the imperative is not simply to limit revenge, but to restore relationships and “make things right” between people to people, and people to God.
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm - Supper
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm - Marketplace (Howison Room)

About Stephen Siemens

Currently Stephen serves as the National Restorative Justice Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Canada, resourcing MCC’s victim and offender ministries and engaging the church. He also represents the voice of Mennonites in Canada on several national bodies: the Church Council on Justice and Corrections, the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy (Correctional Service of Canada) and the management team for Circles of Support and Accountability.

In addition, he and his wife Allison have two girls. He is currently working on his Master of Theological Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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