Course Highlight: Indigenous Ministry

2022-04-28T07:02:14-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

How can we as Christians respond to the tragic discoveries of the Indigenous children's unmarked graves in Canada and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action? Learning Opportunity: Indigenous Ministry Course In this one-week modular course, brothers James and Andrew Thunder will prepare you to minister to Indigenous Peoples. Leading well in this area of ministry means understanding that advancing God's kingdom means advancing the voices of justice, healing, hope, and radical change that come through sharing the love of Jesus. Apply Now Course Content & Goals This course prepares students for success in [...]

Truth & Reconciliation Day

2021-11-08T13:19:57-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

As we observe Canada's National day for Truth and Reconciliation, Horizon alumnus Andrew Thunder shares some much needed insight into how we as Christians can respond with love by following Christ's example.(*Apologies in advance for the poor audio quality*) More on this topic We invite you to email your questions to

Keep Moving Forward

2021-09-20T09:02:09-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

As we reflect on the '94 Calls to Action,' we want you to know that there are opportunities to continue this important learning journey.Canada has federally declared September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day, acknowledging our Indigenous peoples. In recognition of this day we are bringing in an Indigenous Christian leader, Andrew Thunder, to lead us in corporate worship and direct our staff in a workshop the following day. As a Christian organization this is an important part of our own professional development and, in the language of our competencies, our contextual awareness. It is also a constructive, concrete way [...]

94 Calls, Part III

2021-08-17T15:44:30-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Forging a Path: Talk 2 - Part 3 This is a continuation of the second installment in our series of discussions on Indigenous reconciliation and the church. Jimmy and Andrew Thunder help us to examine Calls 59 and 60 of the '94 Calls to Action' - as directed to the Christian church.  My church, your church, our generation, did not create this problem - and yet, we have inherited it. It is time to accept this as part of our history, grieve it, and respond with love. Hosted by president Dr. Jeromey Martini, this interview features two Horizon alumni: brothers, [...]

Treaty No 1

2021-08-13T16:25:48-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 1. This is not only significant for our friends in Manitoba but for all Canadians as this was the first of the eleven numbered treaties that were signed after confederation and are an important part of our history. As Christians are reflecting on what it means to be in good relation with each other, it is useful to contrast the treaty-making process with the implementation of the Indian Act. This webinar by Jean Friesen on behalf of Canada's History and the Treaty Relation Commission of Manitoba is one of the assigned [...]

94 Calls, Part II

2021-09-17T11:41:40-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Forging a Path: Talk 2, Part II  This is part 2 of our second talk in our series of discussions on Indigenous reconciliation and the church.In this section, Jimmy and Andrew Thunder lead us in a deeper dive into the '94 Calls to Action' looking specifically at some of the calls directed to the Christian church.  As believers, we need to understand the doctrines that have been used under the banner of faith to reinforce acts of legislation that lead to the oppression of Indigenous peoples. This will help us to be aware of the barriers that exist when we are [...]

94 Calls

2021-07-15T09:05:47-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Forging a Path: Talk 2 Following the horrific discoveries of Indigenous children's remains found in unmarked graves around the country's residential schools, here is the next installment in a series of discussions featuring two Horizon alumni: brothers, Andrew and Jimmy Thunder. Andrew and Jimmy are Oji-Cree from Sachigo Lake Ontario. Both live in Winnipeg, working to bring reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This interview highlights the importance of being aware as Canadians (and as Christians) of what the '94 Calls' are all about. You can find more information and the rest of the interviews [...]

215 Children – Where Do We Go From Here?

2021-07-15T09:05:18-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Forging a Path: Talk 1 Like many Canadians, when I first heard the news that the bodies of 215 children were discovered buried under a residential school in Kamloops, my reaction was one of horror at what is simply a dehumanizing act. As a Christian, my follow-up reaction focused on the fact that this was a church-run school. I reacted with horror that, again, a Christian organization is implicated in behaving so "un-christianly." My reaction moved to shame, then to distancing and blame (this isn't my church), to worry over witness to the gospel, and finally, back to horror over [...]

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