Friday: Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan
Faith, An Intergenerational Journey
Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Ph.D., is Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology and Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue. Over the last 35 years, Laura has taught students age 3-85+, in settings as diverse as school, synagogue, nursing home, seminary, community centre and more. As an educator, Laura is passionate about using critical thinking and creative arts to explore spirituality.
Saturday: Sierra Tasi Baker
Do’s and Don’ts of Indigenous Justice & Right Relationship work for Settlers
Are you a non-Indigenous person wanting to be involved in Indigenous justice, reconciliation and right relationship work but are afraid of flubbing it up? We will be in community together, learn some basic "do's" and "don'ts", understand better what white privilege means in the context of this work, and be encouraged and inspired to take the first, second, third steps and beyond!
Sierra Tasi Baker, MSc, BEnvD
Cultural Consultant, Sky Spirit Consulting
Squamish Nation, Kwakwaka'wakw, Tlingit, Haida, Musqueam
Sierra Tasi Baker is an award-winning Squamish Nation designer, community consultant, entrepreneur, artist, storyteller and knowledge keeper. Sierra is the lead consultant at Sky Spirit Consulting, an indigenous family-owned consulting company determined to help organizations, universities, municipalities and governments to better uphold Truth and Reconciliation. Sierra graduated with her Masters in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning in London, England with her dissertation on indigenous consultation and her undergrad she graduated with distinction from UBC's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture focussing on a uniquely Coast Salish approach to design. Her work focuses on furthering indigenous design and research methodologies whilst daylighting hidden histories and reconciliatory narratives in a positive, collaborative and meaningful way.
Saturday: Kara Haug
How becoming a sex educator deepened my relationship with God but changed the relationship I have with church.
Kara Haug (www.graceunbound.com) is a Sexual Health Educator and Counselor. She is the creator of Grace Unbound, her own sexual health business that takes her into school classrooms, family homes, retreat centers, churches, and large event gatherings where she leads workshops and speaks. Grace Unbound looks to erase shame and guilt from sexual health education and instead help others come to know themselves and provide them with a deeper understanding on how our experiences, culture, religiosity, family system, and relationships shape us and plays a role in our sexuality. Kara believes that when we go deeper in our education then grace is boundless and we start to heal and create better relationships.
Kara has a BA in Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, a Masters in Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA, and a Post-Grad Certificate in Sexual Health Education and Counseling from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. Kara is Adjunct faculty at Antioch University in Seattle, Washington teaching Human Sexuality, and is currently in supervision to become AASECT (American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certified. Kara has experience teaching sexual health to ages 10-92. Teaching Sexual Health is Kara’s passion and she loves seeing people from her workshops or personal teaching sessions open up and become excited themselves in their new learnings and understandings. Kara believes that once everyone understands themselves sexually a bit more, then our world will function better together.