Creating a better future for communities through research
The Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and
The purpose of this
project (2013 - 2015) was to develop a national research partnership that would
better equip church groups across Canada to help immigrants and
refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society. The project
had an interdenominational focus, with founding partners
representing leading academics in the field of religion and
diversity, denominational leaders who regularly engage with
cultural diversity, and some of Canada's largest
This two year project was funded by the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and built upon
an exploratory research project
entitled,"Welcoming Churches: Responding to the Immigrant Reality in
For more information on this project, including our research objectives, the methods we used, and a list of our founding partners, please see the project's background information.
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- Rich Janzen (CCBR, Kitchener)
- Kyla English (CCBR, Kitchener)
- Joanna Ochocka (CCBR, Kitchener)
- James Watson (The Salvation Army, Toronto)
- Mark Chapman (Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto)
- Sam Reimer (Crandall University, Moncton)
- Michael Wilkinson (Trinity Western University, Vancouver)
- Glenn Smith (Direction Chrétienne, Montréal)
- Rick Hiemstra (The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Ottawa)
- Lorne Hunter (Outreach Canada, Vancouver)
- Peter Noteboom (The Canadian Council of Churches, Toronto)
- Stephen Kabetu (Christian Reformed Church, Burlington)
Year 2 Researchers
- Alethea Stobbe (CCBR, Kitchener)
- Matthew Bailey-Dick (University of Toronto, Toronto)
- Nelson Chang (Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto)
- Géraldine Mossière (Université de Montréal, Montréal)
Click here for to learn about, and download, an interdenominational Guide to Action for congregations.
Click here for a summary of the research findings and other reports.
Click here for the June e-bulletin.
For a full list of e-bulletins, click here.
*In the Spotlight
Click here for a list of blogs, denominational periodicals, and articles.
Insight from this project was shared by partners at several conferences and events, including:
National Metropolis Conference 2015 (Vancouver, BC)
Canadian Council of Churches 70th Anniversary Assembly (Mississauga, ON)
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada President's Day (Toronto, ON)
Society for the Study of Religion - Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, USA)