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Face2Face: On Campus – Community in Conversation

CMU's Face2Face events are a series of conversations with CMU faculty and special guests designed to engage the community on a wide variety of current events and issues at the intersection of faith and life. Come out to listen, question, and discuss.

All Face2Face discussion take place from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.) unless otherwise stated.


Past 2018-19 Face2Face Discussions

⇒ Monday, February 11, 2019

Let's Talk about Death...it won't kill you

We are often fearful of, or even repelled by, conversations about death or being in the presence of death—a reality that we and our culture tend to outsource to professionals whose job it is to cleanse and package death in sanitized ways. At the same time, our culture seems to be drawn to ghoulish obsessions involving death.

How do we make sense of these fears and obsessions?

Join a conversation with a casket maker, spiritual care provider, Death Café participant, and expert in film culture. This conversation will open insights on how we talk about and confront a reality that each of us will encounter, and empower us to live with renewed depth.


  • Casket and Urn Maker – Rick Zerbe Cornelsen 
  • Spiritual Health Practitioner – Doug Koop
  • Death Café Participant – Angelika Jantz   
  • Assoc. Professor of English and Film Studies Michael Boyce

The conversation will be moderated by David Balzer, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media.

News Release ]  [ Winnipeg Free Press story ]  [ CHVN STORY ]


Past 2018/19 Face2Face Conversations

⇒ Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Whose Neighbour Am I? Treaty One and Mennonite Privilegium

[ news release ]

The stories of Indigenous and Mennonite peoples are woven into larger Canadian settlement movements, even as our experiences have been vastly different.

The early 1870's witnessed agreements with the government of Canada for both people groups. In August, 1871, Treaty 1—the first of seven signed Treaties—was signed between Canada and the Anishinabek and Swampy Cree of southern Manitoba, appropriating land from Indigenous peoples in return for reserved land and opening a basis for assimilation into Canadian society.

In July, 1873 a 'Privilegium' was signed between the government of Canada and Mennonites living in Russia with the offer of significant land reserves, freedom of religion, exemption from military service and an opening for entry into Canadian society.

How might a conversation to better understand these agreements with Indigenous and Mennonite peoples in Manitoba open us to live better together?

Key Questions

What do we need to better understand about our Indigenous and Mennonite stories?

  • What were the Indigenous, Mennonite, and government understandings of what the Treaty and the Privilegium imagined?
  • What understandings do each of these people groups bring to these agreements and to the stories that have unfolded since then?
  • What context, narratives and myths regarding each of these agreements would be helpful to broaden our understanding?
  • How might we have a conversation about what our mutual understandings of land were in the early 1870's?

Where does this leave us now?

  • What are the questions opened by these historical realities?
  • Given all that we now know, if we could turn the clock back to 1871 or 1873, what—if anything—might we do differently?
  • How might Mennonites reimagine the story of 1873 in order to live better together now with their Indigenous neighbours?
  • How have we honoured—and failed to honour—these early covenants? Where are we now?
  • What does it mean to 'share the land,' a central concept of Treaty 1—especially in light of all that has occurred since 1871? How do rural and urban perspectives uniquely shape responses to this question? Where does hope lie?


  • Indigenous Representative: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Assistant Professor in Native Studies, University of Manitoba, and a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press; and
  • Mennonite Representative: Hans Werner, Associate Professor in History (retired), University of Winnipeg


  • Dr. Wendy Kroeker, Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies; Academic Director, Canadian School of Peacebuilding


⇒ Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Whose Neighbour Am I? Newcomers in Canada

Ours is a world in which millions of people flee danger and seek the possibility of new beginnings in lands and cultures foreign to their upbringing. Ours is also a world beset by various 'tribalisms' and perceptions of 'the other' whose presence for some feels unsettling. In Canada, a land of plenty, we have been gifted by, and have much to learn from the many newcomers and asylum seekers who now live, work, and study with and among us. Join in a conversation that will challenge and enrich our understanding of the neighbours that we are as we seek to foster understanding of our shared humanity.

Key Questions
  • What has been the migration experience of individuals from many places around the world who have settled in Canada? 
  • What does it mean to call this new land 'home'? 
  • What urban/rural, economic, social, political, and cultural realities, and challenges have beeen encountered? 
  • How and where has support been found? 
  • How have these realities shaped and reshaped them? 
  • How might a fuller understanding of the experience of newcomers from many places around the world shape understandings and actions? 
  • How do newcomers' experiences redefine how generational Canadians see themselves—and how together do we understand who we are together as new and generational Canadians? How has this enriched or changed the sense of the word 'welcome'?
  • What is the reality that 'they may not be who we think they are'?  
  • Where is there hope?

Panel Members

  • Daniella Mirimba (Congo)
  • Jean-Marie Munyaka (Congo)
  • Reem Younes (Syria)
  • Nestory Niyonkuru (Burundi)
  • Jamileh Naso (Iraq)
  • Anie Sanchez (Colombia)


  • Arisnel Mesidor (Migration & Resettlement Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee )

Click to watch the livestream below 



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