Instructors

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2022 Instructors


Christy Anderson

Boozhoo! Christy Anderson indizhinikaaz, nin Pinaymootang indoojii, nin Ma'iingan  indoodem. Greetings/Hello! My name is Christy Anderson, I am from Pinaymootang First Nation (Treaty 2), and I am a member of the wolf clan. 

Christy is a proud Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwa Woman) on her ancestral paternal side and her maternal lineage is Mennonite (settler). She is a doctoral student in Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work is inspired by a firm belief that gender matters in all things. Christy is passionate about examining social relations from an intersectional perspective that critiques ongoing settler colonialism, racism and gender oppressions, while amplifying and validating human experiences via personal narratives and storytelling. Christy affirms that an Indigenous methodological approach to knowledge co-production is key to engaging with humans. She firmly believes that research should be mobilized to make positive social change for politically, economically, and socially marginalized folks.

Christy returned to CMU in summer 2020 to provide institutional support with Indigenous engagement initiatives and to teach courses in Indigenous studies. Spiritually, she honours both aspects of her ancestral identity where she combines Indigenous spiritual practices with non-denominational Christian principles.

 

Jobb Arnold

Jobb Arnold is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Canadian Mennonite University. He holds an MA in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia as well as a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. Jobb has worked in conflict transformation, genocide prevention and peacebuilding in Rwanda, Northern Ireland and across Canada. Land-based experiential learning has always been a passion and Jobb has spent over nine-years summers developing programming and running leadership training for land-based youth employment programs in northwestern Ontario on the traditional territories of the Indigenous Cree and Anishinaabe Peoples.

 

John Boopalan

As an interdisciplinary writer and researcher, John's expertise is in the areas of political theologies and ethics, with personal emphases in the areas of Dalit Christianity and redress of structural or systemic wrongdoing. John’s classes, like his written work, approach theological themes through interdisciplinary analyses with insights from multiple disciplines, including critical race studies, cultural theory, and ethnography. 

Learning, teaching, and writing, for John, are more than intellectual pursuits, and part of a larger calling to be part of an embodied transformation of self and world. John’s parents come from two different (and historically antagonistic) castes and linguistic states in India. He has lived in three different states in India, each of which has a distinct linguistic-cultural identity. He has also spent six years in the Middle East. Having lived in the midst of various sorts of differences, John recognizes the challenges they present and, more importantly, believes in the promises they offer for bringing people together. John is fluent in four Indian languages and has spent a decade in the United States, involved in teaching and pastoral ministry.

 

Susanne Guenther Loewen

Susanne Guenther Loewen is co-pastor at Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon and a sessional instructor in theology at CMU and in peace studies at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. An alumna of CMU and Conrad Grebel University College, she also holds a PhD in Mennonite and feminist theologies of nonviolence and the cross from St. Michael's University College (Toronto School of Theology).

Her recent publications and research focus on peace responses to sexual violence and abuse in the church, and the "more-with-less" theology of Doris Janzen Longacre, Mennonite cookbook author and proponent of simple living. Susanne's Mennonite-feminist theological approach brings together Mennonite peace theology and ethics with intersectional feminist theory and praxis in and beyond the church, paying particular attention to marginalized perspectives in seeking to embody peace with justice. She is also a founding member of the Safe Church Too Working Group (a joint Mennonite Church Saskatchewan and Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan group), which brings together pastors, counsellors, and restorative justice practitioners to equip pastors and church leaders to prevent and respond to abuse in the church.

Susanne lives with her spouse and two kids on Treaty 6 Territory and the homeland of the Métis.

 

Adrian Jacobs

Adrian Jacobs is Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy at Grand River Territory, ON. He is the father of five and grandfather of two. He lives as guest on Anishinaabe Treaty One territory as Keeper of the Circle of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. He teaches in the areas of Indigenous history, culture and contemporary issues.

 

Johonna McCants-Turner

Johonna McCants-Turner (she/her) is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She formerly served as a special education teacher with the District of Columbia Public Schools, the founder and director of the Visions to Peace Project, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, where she earned her PhD. She also holds a Certificate in Urban Youth Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland. Dr. McCants-Turner is a founding advisory board member of Life Comes From It, a US-based grant making fund that invests in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour-led movements for restorative justice, transformative justice, and Indigenous peacemaking. She is currently working on her first book, In the Wake of Wounding: Black Womanist Ethics and Reparative Justice (Wm. B Eerdmans Press).

 

Shadell Permanand

Shadell Permanand is an author, presenter, trainer, mediator, restorative justice facilitator, conflict coach and consultant. She has 25 years of experience in the areas of anti-racism/diversity/equity/inclusion (ADEI), restorative justice (RJ), and conflict resolution (CR). Currently based in Chicago, Shadell has a private practice and works with clients, including non-profits, public institutions, universities, schools, and businesses, in both Canada and the United States. She is an instructor for the Conflict Management Certificate Program at University of Waterloo and is trainer/consultant for ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership, the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute and the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. 

Shadell’s experiences growing up in a multi-racial family fostered her life-long passion of building bridges across differences and addressing injustices in society. During her tenure at a CR/RJ non-profit in Toronto, the organization received accolades from the National Crime Prevention Center and she was nominated for the JS Woodsworth Awards for her work promoting racial equity and fighting systemic racism in Ontario. 

Shadell holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School and sits on the Advisory Council for the Center for Restorative Justice. 

 


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