2006 Training Forum

Emerging Spirit: From Violence to Social Justice Through Faith and Culture

November 29-December 1, 2006
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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Bird on Higher Ground By Sheila Norgate

The 2006 Annual Training Forum explored the ways in which culture, faith and spirituality can contribute to the healing processes of those who have experienced violence, and looked at ways in which coordination with faith sectors can increase safety. We gathered together keynote speakers and workshop facilitators with a range of backgrounds, and with a variety of opinions, to stimulate dialogue and a vibrant learning experience.

Keynote Speakers

Laura S. Brown is a feminist therapist and forensic psychologist. She has written and taught extensively on issues of feminist practice, including ethics, assessment, and the integration of anti-oppression work into feminist therapy. Her book Subversive Dialogues: Theory In Feminist Therapy won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology.

 Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ (UCC), the Co-Founder and Senior Pastor of God Can Ministries, UCC, and a Certified Domestic Violence Counsellor. Sharon has provided training for churches to establish domestic violence ministries, and has conducted workshops in anti-racism and clergy ethics/boundaries. She is also a speaker for the Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, an agency that empowers faith communities to address sexual and domestic violence. She is an Adjunct Professor for the McCormick Theological Seminary and Police Chaplain for the Chicago Police Department. She has been a full-time police officer since 1978 and is the first full-time female chaplain on the force.

Mobina Jaffer was born in Uganda and educated in both England and Canada, earning her LL.B. from London University in England and going on to complete the Executive Development Program at Simon Fraser University. The first East Indian woman lawyer in BC, Mobina has an extensive record of achievement in the areas of equality and justice for women of colour and the struggle to end violence against all women.

Gloria Morgan has worked in many areas ranging from an orchard fruit picker, playschool assistant, waitress, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, lawyer and Chief of the Spallumcheen (Splats’in) Indian Band. She received her law degree from UBC in 1994 and was called to the bar in 1995. She is currently a non-practicing lawyer.