RZIM Summit in Winnipeg Ignites Dialogue on Human Rights

Posted by RZIM Canada on July 13, 2017
Topic: UA Summit

The RZIM Canada team is in Winnipeg, Manitoba this week for our much anticipated “Understanding and Answering Summit on Human Rights”. Day 1 of the Summit was kicked off by an entertaining and thought-provoking talk by Tim Barnett on “Who am I? More than our DNA” where we learned about the complexities and the fine-tuned nature of the universe, and more specifically, our DNA.

Day 2 continued at the Canadian Mennonite University where we started the morning off in a time of prayer and worship. RZIM’s North American Director, Abdu Murray, began the day with a look back at the history of human rights. Establishing the foundation for conversations to come throughout the day. We captured a glimpse of where we came from and the major events that initiated the human rights issues we are still debating today.

Dr. Anna Robbins then spoke on the power of repentance and apology on behalf of those who went before us, specifically in regards to the indigenous community. Anna brought passion and humour to her talk which had attendees leaning in with open hearts and minds.

Summit attendees then had the choice to step into a break-out session either on ‘Restorative Justice’, ‘Are Science and Faith Compatible?’ or  ‘Apologetics as Conversation’.

Here’s a glimpse at Day 2 of our Understanding and Answering Summit on Human Rights:

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?

We have not only human rights…
but we have human responsibilities to one another.
– Abdu Murray

 GETTING OUR HOUSE RIGHT

Did I do that? No, but I benefited from a system that
allowed that to happen. A call to transformation
is a call to repentance.

– Anna Robbins

We carry on a responsibility from those who came before us. Even if we were not present when the injustice was made, an apology signals a sign of respect to the ones receiving it.

 

BREAK OUT SESSIONS:

ARE SCIENCE AND FAITH COMPATIBLE?

If we are merely the product of a cosmic accident, than we have no special dignity or value. Modern science cannot tell you if you are valuable… but God can. Modern science can point towards that God, the Creator. As Christians this is our starting point when we talk about human value.
– Tim Barnett

APOLOGETICS AS CONVERSATION

RZIM Canada’s volunteer affiliate, Dave Kenny, spoke through five elements of effective communication when it comes to apologetics conversations:

1. Acknowledgement
2. Question
3. Confirm
4. Respond
5. Check


IS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE POSSIBLE?

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes 
repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour.

RZIM’s Alycia Wood graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Criminal Justice and from Marygrove College with a Master’s in Social Justice. As she led her Summit breakout session, Alycia passionately spoke from first-hand experiences walking through prisons and challenged attendees to consider what true restorative justice looks like, using real life examples.

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE

To close off the afternoon, M.P David Anderson spoke on “Human Rights for all people”. Followed by a dialogue between Anderson and Abdu Murray.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

To end the evening, Summit attendees gathered at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for ‘Night at the Museum’, an event open to the public. with over 400 in attendance, the night was kicked off by Winnipeg award-winning artist Don Amero followed by a dialogue between Dr. Andy Bannister, and Dr. Chris DiCarlo on ‘Human Rights: By Design or Default?’.