Easter season has taken on new meaning at Five Oaks in Paris, Ontario, this spring. The Board of Directors is hopeful for new life for Five Oaks after receiving a sustainable proposal, with a five year business plan, from its Member Working Group. The MWG was elected at last year’s AGM and has been hard at work ever since. The vision of the MWG and Board, which will be presented to the membership in June, is for Five Oaks to be an intercultural and interfaith centre. Partnerships are being developed with First Nations, the Muslim community, and secular partners. Further interfaith partnerships are also welcome! The vision is to offer a sacred place where peoples of all faiths, as well as spiritual seekers, can gather in community to live, work, learn, pray, heal and act for justice and peace. Five Oaks wants to be one of the first residential centres in Canada to model a way of being together, where deepening of one’s own faith can occur in conjunction with learning from and with people of other faiths on a deep level. Five Oaks will continue to seek programming grants from The United Church of Canada through such sources as Gifts with Vision. Far from saying “farewell,” you can be part of this resurrection experience.
Minute for Mission: Celebrating New Life at Five Oaks
April 21, 2017