Communities of Faith Minister for Equity and Innovation
Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council
Location: Teleworks from home in Toronto
Susie supports the regional council in planning and policy for equity and innovation and encourages and connects communities of faith as they adapt and experiment in changing times. Contact Susie about Affirming Ministry; Community of Faith Mapping Project; Equity Committee; Innovative Ministry; Wellspring Blog
This is a new portfolio created to offer support to communities of faith and leaders who are open to adapt and explore new tools and innovative forms of ministry.
Susie manages the Wellspring blog, sharing stories of inspiration across the region.
As a part of our commitment to being an Affirming Region, together with Jeffrey, Susie liaises with Affirm United and provides support and resources to Affirming Ministries.
Susie provides staff support to the Equity Committee and serves as a part of the team supporting the Communities of Faith Commission.
Susie Henderson (she/her) Experience and Biography
Susie grew up in the north end of Winnipeg, the youngest in a family of six children. Her first job in the church was to serve as an ecumenical chaplain at the University of Manitoba. From there she went on to work for many years in the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada in youth ministry, indigenous ministry and global education.
After staying home with their daughter for five years, Susie joined the staff team in Toronto Conference, based in South West Presbytery, where she provided support for social justice, community ministry and communications.
She has Masters in Pastoral Studies from Emmanuel College, with a particular interest in reclaiming Christian and community practice of caring for the dead. A lifelong ecumenist, Susie is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. Susie lives in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood with her partner Jennifer and their daughter.
The best parts of the work for me are the opportunities to work creatively. I love the way Maya Angelou describes creativity as generative: “you can’t use up creativity – the more you use, the more you have”. To me, creativity is a lifeline to the Creator.