Kairos Blanket Exercise

Mohawk Solid Rock is pleased to be hosting a Kairos Blanket Exercise on Wednesday, November 30th,at 6pm, in Room A221. The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an opportunity to learn about the Indigenous history of Canada that most of us have never been taught. All Mohawk college staff and students are welcome to attend.

From the Kairos website:

“Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.

During this 2 to 3-hour workshop, participants step on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. They are guided by trained facilitators, including Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, who work from a script that covers pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. Participants read scrolls and respond to cues in the script. The KBE concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a talking circle, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding.

Over the past two decades, thousands of KAIROS Blanket Exercises have been delivered in Canada and around the world, including in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. By engaging participants on both emotional and intellectual levels, the KBE both educates and creates empathy and understanding.”

To learn more, please email mohawksolidrock @ gmail.com

Merry Christmas

Exams are over and we are moving into the holidays, but once again this pandemic is overshadowing many of our plans and expectations. Some of us are grieving the loss of in-person classes for this coming January. Some of us are saddened by reduced indoor gatherings and the difficulties this creates in joining with family members over the holidays.

Much like God’s people two thousand years ago, we are waiting for change. We are waiting for healing across our world. We are waiting for justice for the oppressed, for true community among our people, for resurrection in our lives. If you are down, frustrated, and disheartened in this time, please know you are not alone. At this time we remember that God came into our shadows, born into dirt, born in unprecedented times, to be with us.

If you cannot find the words to pray, consider praying Mary’s justice song, found in Luke 1:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

Grief and Community

Hello! I haven’t made a blog post in a while, not because we haven’t been doing much but because we’ve been doing a lot! For up-to-date details on our activities, check out our social media accounts.

I wanted to post here an article I wrote for The Banner magazine about grieving, how it’s an important part of the Bible, and an important part of Christian community. I realize in posting this here that I have not made it a significant part of our community, and I’m sorry for that. If you are grieving this holiday season–lost friends or loved ones, loneliness, difficult circumstances, disappointment, lost dreams, mental or physical illness, or things just not being as they should–please know that you are not alone. Please know that this is a community where you can share your grief, and know that if you feel alone, you can always reach out to me or someone in our community. Following Christ doesn’t mean being happy all the time.

You can read the article here.

Fall 2021!

We’re so looking forward to being able to meet in person this fall! Starting Wednesday, September 8, we’ll be meeting weekly at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church for dinner, games and discussion. This is a relaxed event, open to any Mohawk students. Please reach out if you wish to attend, and let us know of any dietary or health concerns.

Masks and social distancing required at all indoor gatherings. All outdoor activities will also require social distancing, mask optional, according to government recommendations.

Zoom Painting Party!

Join us for a fun evening of painting with Bob Ross!

Join us for a Zoom art party as we enjoy the soothing voice and easy-to-follow instructions of painter Bob Ross as he leads us in creating our own masterpieces at home! No experience or artistic inclinations necessary! Just sign up, provide your address (for Hamilton residents*) and I’ll drop off a supply kit to your door before the event.

This event will be either Wednesday, May 5th, or Thursday May 6th, at 7:30. Message Melissa with your availability!

All Mohawk students are welcome to attend! Relax, hang out and make some happy little things with us. Message Melissa to sign-up: mohawksolidrock@gmail.com.

*If you are not in Hamilton for the summer but would still like to join, you are more than welcome to! Reach out and I’ll tell you what supplies you need to create your masterpiece.