Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN)


The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) of The Canadian Council of Churches is an expression of Canadian churches working together to support anti-racism programs and educators who are working in their churches, sharing resources and learning among anti-racism educators, and supporting long-term change in Canadian churches and church organizations. The mandate of CEARN is to accompany churches and church organizations in Canada who are working toward racial justice, racial reconciliation, and peace, to transform themselves and their communities.

Current Program Priorities (2018-21)

CEARN connects people across Canada working toward racial justice in churches and wider society. Regular emails connect this group to ecumenical resources [sign up link]. In 2018 CEARN designed and facilitated “Learning How to Animate Racial Justice Workshops”. In this shared exploration led by the experienced workshop designers and facilitators of the CEARN steering committee participants experienced elements of successful workshops; received tips on design, process, and pitfalls; and had an opportunity to design their own workshop with others.

CEARN regularly publishes resources to support racial justice work in Canadian Churches.

The CEARN steering committee is a community of support for denominational staff and others engaged in Racial Justice work in the churches.

Experienced workshop designers and facilitators of the CEARN steering committee designed and facilitated “Learning How to Animate Racial Justice Workshops” in Toronto in 2018.

Recommended Resources from CEARN

Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah

Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah – Let us Walk Together

Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah. Let us Walk Together. Was that not the original intent of the Creator’s covenant with the people? Treaties establish a relationship and responsibilities for all parties to the agreement. Since we are all then treaty people, is walking together not what all who live in Canada are called to practice? This resource is designed to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal peoples live with today.

Book Cover: Truth and Reconciliation and the Doctrine of Discovery

Truth and Reconciliation and the Doctrine of Discovery

The responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #49 documented in this book mark the beginning of a concerted educational effort; they are the first steps on the long path of reconciliation between the churches and the Indigenous Peoples of this land. While we cannot erase the atrocities committed in the past, we remain committed to recognizing and deconstructing their legacies in our present: to make the genocide in our past unthinkable in our children’s future.

Cracking Open White Identity

Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation

Aimed to accompany communities of faith in their journey toward truth and reconciliation, this booklet is CEARN’s best-selling resource. It zeros in on white privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work. Racism is one expression of the white privilege and supremacy that is present in day-to-day interactions and built into systems and church structures. ​


CEARN Steering Committee Members

Adele Halliday, United Church of Canada
Adiat Junaid, Religious Society of Friends, co-chair
Allyson Carr, Presbyterian Church in Canada
Emo Yango, United Church of Canada
Néstor Medina, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Paul Gehrs, (Monitoring) Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bernadette Arthur, Member at large
Colin Grimmond, Member at large
Hazel Campayne, Member at large
Kim Uyede-kai, Member at large, co-chair
Wenh-In Ng, Member at large
Ester Wesley, Member at large

Last updated: January 2022


Council Staff

Jonathan Schmidt
Peter Noteboom (ex officio)

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