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Aboriginal author invited to speak at two forums hosted by church

Adrian Jacobs will be speaking at two events at Willow Park MB Church in Kelowna on April 12 and 13.

Jacobs is a member of the Six Nations community in southern Ontario and the author of several books including Pagan Prophets and Heathen Believers and Aboriginal Christianity, the way it was meant to be.

“We are excited to have such a gifted communicator come to speak to us,” said Bob Dyck, a member at Willow Park and representative of Mennonite Central Committee, which is sponsoring the event.

“We need to hear from the aboriginal community, to learn from them so that we can be better neighbours to one another.”

Two events are being planned. April 12 is geared to adults and begins at 7 p.m. while April 13 is intended for a high school audience, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The April 12 event is open to the public and admission is free. An offering will be taken on April 12 to support MCC’s work both locally and internationally.

Darryl Klassen, Aboriginal Neighbours program coordinator for MCC B.C., says that he has learned a great deal from Jacobs, whom he considers a very good friend.

Jacobs’ invites listeners to consider how God has been active among indigenous people long before the white man landed here, and asks us to consider how that might benefit us in our own understanding of God, and of First nations people.

“Adrian has a profound message for the church,” Klassen said.

“He has a gentle way about him that will help us think through difficult questions.”

Willow Park MB Church is located at 439 Highway 33 West.

For more information, please contact Bob Dyck at 250-860-8012 or check out the website www.bc.mcc.org.

 

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