Welcome to our President’s Dinner Online fundraiser for 2021. We are so glad you’ve joined us and hope you will plan to engage with us over the next week of our campaign. We will be sharing alumni and student stories, some of them will share their research. You will hear from our President, Dr. Stanley Porter, and we welcome you to join us for a Chapel service that will go live Monday, April 12th. Bidding for our online auction will kick-off at noon on April 8th and we encourage you to check out the items and bid often!

All proceeds from this campaign will go to support the mission of McMaster Divinity College and more specifically, the MDC Leadership Fund.

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  • Support the MDC Leadership Fund

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    About the MDC Leadership Fund

    Each year, MDC generously sets aside funds to financially invest in current students by creating leadership positions for them as Graduate Assistants.  These compensated positions are made available to interested and qualified students to provide research and related assistance to faculty and senior administrators at the College and may also include some teaching responsibilities. These positions are designed to create experience-based leadership opportunities which benefit students towards their post-graduation goals, while also helping them fund their education.

  • Welcome from President Stanley E. Porter

    Welcome to the 2021 President’s Dinner Online

    Dr. Stanley Porter shares on the future of seminary and how that impacts MDC

  • Disabilities and the Church by Stephen Bedard

    Stephen Bedard, a 2007 graduate from our Master of Arts program, pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church, and a father to two children with autism, shares his Ten Commandments for a Disability Friendly Church in a three-part series of videos on disability and the church.

    Part One

    Part Two

    Part Three

     

  • Join Us for Chapel on Monday, April 12 at 12pm

    We welcome you to join us on Monday at 12pm to experience what our virtual Chapel services have been like this year. Some of you have already joined us for a number of services and we thank you for contributing to our community for this time of worship and reflection. Prior to and during the service there will be a live chat. Please say “hello” if you are able to join us. Mark your calendar or sign up for an email reminder on Monday below. If you aren’t able to make this time, you can replay the service below.

  • Alumni Impact

     

    Rev. Dr. Dallas Friesen (’04 MTS), Director of Church Life and Leadership for Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), shares about how the pandemic has affected churches. Win a copy of his new book, Baptists in Canada, co-authored with Professor Gord Heath and PhD student Taylor Murray by liking, commenting, and sharing this video on Facebook and Instagram.

    Dr. Neil Cudney (’07 MTS), President of Emmanuel Bible College, shares about the impact that his experience at MDC had on his career and how it helped shaped his theology of disability in his work with Christian Horizons.

     

  • Meet & Greet with Admissions Counsellor Will Albert

    Will Albert, ’18 MTS alumnus and the most recent addition to our staff, shares about his experience at MDC and more about our programs, specifically our Doctor of Practical Theology and its applications for the Church today. Join him in the live chat when the video goes live on Tuesday, April 13th from 12pm to 1pm for a chance to win a MDC travel mug!

    Ask a question about our programs, tell us your best memory of MDC, or just say hello! Everyone who leaves a message in the live chat will be entered with the winner announced on our Facebook & Instagram right after the live chat ends.

  • Alumni & Student Update

    We contacted some of our alumni and students to share with us about the ministry they are involved in and how MDC shaped their story. Join us in remembering them in our prayers as they do the work of ministry.

    Tell us briefly about your research.

    Lily with Leslie Meisels, survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (b. 1927 Hungary)

    My interest in mercy ministry with genocide survivors began long before I co-chaired UJA’s Holocaust Education Week, preceding the Doctor of Practical Theology program at MDC. My practice-led research emerged from intercultural relationships and praxis that involved dozens of genocide survivors. They were immigrants like my own family members. However, many spoke of being stateless (“enemy”) aliens upon escaping life under the Nazis in Europe. In Canada, survivors were invited to join the leadership of Holocaust Remembrance, run by Anglican-initiated Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT). Out of this movement came 20 Holocaust survivors, together with 20 Christian clergy or lay leaders, who participated in my qualitative research for the DPT program. Their reflections on CJDT (1962–present) helped contribute to a model of intercultural reconciliation, which is supported by tens of thousands of diverse denominational congregants participating in CJDT or its services of Holocaust Remembrance over six decades.

    How has your experience at MDC help guide this research and shaped your work?

    Learning under Dr. Richard Longenecker in my earlier years at MDC guided my early interest in biblical studies. Around that time, my Hebrew teacher from outside MDC shared his Holocaust survival narrative and asked me to investigate the tragic life histories of missing family members. If it were not for this growing interest that fuelled my expanding networks, I would not have met international contacts, such as directors at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum or survivors in Israel. With the encouragement of MDC’s Dean, Dr. Phil Zylla, I later attended the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT), and also presented papers at the Disability Symposium (Emmanuel College, Toronto) on my research.

    Lily with Shary Marmor Fine, survivor rescued by Oskar Schindler (b. 1927 Romania)

    How does it impact today’s Church and what practical ways can this research be applied?

    Society doesn’t prepare people well to identify with victims or dying. However, intercultural conversations can help us rethink trauma with a biblical ‘lens’ that connects victims of conflict and violence to members of the church who become peacemakers, in a spiritual, as well as practical, sense. My paper, “Esther as a Case of Spiritual Mutism,” appeared in The Journal of Practical Theology after placing second or international final runner-up at the 25th BIAPT Anniversary Conference. Focusing on the searching for belonging and hospitality, my written contextual study (“Esther and Empathy”) earned First Prize in the American Academy of Religion’s Eastern International Region (McGill, 2019). From North America to South Africa, my works have been featured in the course syllabi and recommended readings of graduate schools. Dialogue with survivors can strengthen the kind of relational processes that make for peace in community.

    How can we be praying for you in your studies?

    COVID-19 has not stopped me from ministering to many widows or survivors of the Holocaust. Ten months into the pandemic, I completed my analysis for “Voices in Unison” and submitted my dissertation work towards the Doctor of Practical Theology degree. It uplifts the meaning-making of survivors of genocide and the Holocaust; of active faith leaders; of caregivers and persons with disabilities. Despite various challenges, my utmost desire is finishing well, in honour of those “voices” that have spoken and stood up for reconciliation in the mission to expand peace and blessing on earth.

     

    Tell us about your ministry.

    FaithTech is like Habitat for Humanity, but we build technology products. We are a volunteer incubator for Christ. We meet in cities around the world, in places like Toronto, Silicon Valley, LA, Tokyo, and more, where we learn more about our faith in the workplace, ways to use our tech skills for Gospel-advancement, and how to serve churches with technology. For more, check out www.faithtech.com.

    How has your time studying at MDC shaped your ministry?

    FaithTech is a discipleship community, above everything else. My time at MDC deepened my conviction that discipleship into Christ and towards Christ is the fundamental purpose of my existence. With a background in Business before completing my MDiv, I felt equipped to talk to Pastors about business and business leaders about Jesus.

    How can we be praying for your ministry?

    FaithTech is expanding. Fast. The temptation right now is to grow too fast and drift in our mission. Please pray that we stay true to our core mission to help people in the tech ecosystem find true community and steward their superpowers for Christ. Pray that Jesus and prayer stays absolutely core to all that we do. Much love.

    Get more information about FaithTech at their website: www.faithtech.com

     

    Tell us about the ministry you are involved in?

    I serve as the Executive Director for the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), the accreditation body for evangelical theological education across Africa. We serve Africa’s theological schools in three primary ways: promoting quality theological training through institutional reviews and academic recognition; providing institutional support services and capacity-building forums for leaders and faculty of theological institutions; and facilitating networking and cooperation among African theological institutions. ACTEA currently has 70 institutions affiliated to it from 18 African countries.

    How has your time studying at MDC influenced and shaped your work?

    MDC shaped me in many ways, I will highlight just a few. First, through its emphasis on intellectual rigor, MDC prepared me for intellectual engagements. I can now engage in contextual realities we face in Africa because of my intellectual formation at MDC. Second, MDC’s strong emphasis on inner formation helped me to think and invest in my personal relationship with God. Third, MDC’s emphasis on vocational competencies (doing) helped me to be passionate about Christian ministry. Thus, although I am in the formal theological education sector, I make time to serve my church through preaching, discipleship, and Bible study programmes.

    How can we be praying for your ministry?

    Pray for wisdom, understanding, and clarity in leading ACTEA and serving Africa’s theological institutions in this season of the pandemic.

    Pray for Africa’s theological institutions that must contend with different challenges. For example, many transitioned to online training albeit with little preparation. Many are in countries with erratic power supply and poor internet access. And yet all must prepare servants to meet the needs of the growing church in Africa.

    Pray for the church in Africa. Professor Andrew Walls observes that “it is Africans and Asians and Latin Americans who will be the representative Christians, those who represent the Christian norm, the Christian mainstream, of the twenty-first and twenty-second centuries.” We celebrate the growth of the church in Africa. However, more than 85-90% of church ministers in Africa have little to no biblical and theological training. This is indeed worrying. We need to scale up training of men and women who shepherd congregations in Africa. Otherwise we will not represent the Christian faith well to the world.

    Tell about the ministry you are involved in.

    I serve as Founder and President for Illuminating His Word to the Nations (IHWN), a registered charity that shares the Gospel Message within and outside of Canada. As an itinerant minister, I often travel to communities for short periods doing the work of an evangelist, missionary, Bible school planter, teacher and pastor. I minister in French, English, and Spanish. At IHWN, we train community leaders, provide financial aid, foster education (bursary fund, sending orphans to school), lead short term mission teams, mentor, and pray for the sick, operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am also lead a podcast.

    How has your time studying at MDC influenced and shaped your work?

    My experience in Field Education at MDC gave me the opportunity to explore international missions. Since the pastors in Africa knew I was looking for a summer internship to complete my Master of Divinity requirements, they accepted me to come minister for 7 weeks. It was there in the Congo that my heart for missions and itinerant ministry was birthed, during my first year of MDC. My time as President of the Divinity Students’ Association (DSA) as a “spunky” Pentecostal affirmed my ministry development as Dr. Stanley Porter supported my vision. The acceptance of other faith traditions at MDC united us students with the staff and faculty to feel like we had a home away from home, and this presidency empowered me as a visible minority to believe in myself and that God could use me outside of my traditional Hispanic church walls. The MDiv coursework, with staff and faculty discernment, prepared me to pursue and obtain a Doctor of Ministry. Today, I have been invited to join the Adjunct Faculty at Master’s College and Seminary for the PAOC, where I will be part of the Hispanic Stream initiative in 2021. When I graduated from MDC I always knew I wanted to work in a seminary where I could feel loved, be part of a family, and yet be an individual. Lastly, I have embarked on a journey to homeschool my children since 2020, which was inspired initially from my conversations with MDC faculty.

    How can we be praying for your ministry?

    Pray for speaking opportunities; for ministry partners to come alongside my faith-based ministry IHWN; for the right time and place to minister as I seek part-time work; and for wisdom and patience as I homeschool my two children while embarking on teaching at a seminary.

    Get more information on Yajaira’s ministry with IHWN on their website or by email.

  • Online Auction

    This year, we have a brand new interface for our auction!

    Our online auction will open for bidding on April 8th at 12pm for one week, closing on April 15th at 12pm. Sign up now to be a bidder by clicking here.

    Browse the catalog of items and click on an item to get more information and to bid. All items will be pickup only from McMaster Divinity College, starting April 19th, unless otherwise marked. Payment can be made by credit card or cheque.

    If you have questions about an item or need help accessing the site, please email divdnr@mcmaster.ca.

    Thank you for supporting McMaster Divinity College and happy bidding!

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