Apr 22, 2021

From Housing to Homefulness—Session 1

7.00pm Eastern / 4.00pm Pacific - 9.00pm Eastern / 6.00pm Pacific
Online via Zoom

Problematizing Home, Pt I— 

This session will explore dimensions of homelessness often lost in models that focus on shelter to the neglect of broader issues.

Introduced and moderated by Brian Walsh, co-author of Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in A Culture of Displacement and contributing editor at Empire Remixed.


Home is Where the Wild Rice is: Settler Homemaking and Indigenous Homelessness presented by Sylvia Keesmaat, Trinity College, Toronto and co-author of Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice.

Homelessness and Homefulness in the LGBTQ+ Community presented by Becca Sawyer, Director of Community, Generous Space Ministries

Welcome Homeless: From Housing to Community presented by Alan Graham, founder of Community First Village in Austin, TX, and author of Welcome Homeless: One Man’s Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home.

Much Depends on Dinner: Food Security and Homefulness presented by Andrew Stephens-Rennieformer Director of Ministry Innovation, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver; Missioner to Valhalla Parish, and cofounder and contributing editor at Empire Remixed.


The Symposium

The recent publication of A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh (Pickwick, 2020) brought together a rich array of essays organized around the themes of home, homelessness and homecoming.

This four-part symposium seeks to deepen the discussion of home-making and housing. In the face of a systemic homelessness that has economic, social, public health, ecological and cultural manifestations, how might we develop more holistic and integrated policies and practices for deeper homefulness in our communities?

Since Canada launched its $40 billion, 10-year National Housing Strategy in 2017, housing insecurity and homelessness have remained in crisis in remote and rural communities, not to mention urban areas. In too many places, the conversation has settled on the least that can be done.

It’s time to focus on home-making—that’s the vision that should drive the actions of governments, housing developers, advocates and activists, faith communities and others. 

Join Empire Remixed and the Sorrento Centre for an incredible four-part on-line symposium over four Thursdays in April and May. Join 18 thinkers and advocates who have been active in Canada, the UK and the United States in home-making.

Who is this for? Housing workers, advocates, activists, people with direct experience of housing insecurity and homelessness, board members, shelter staff, architects, developers, faith leaders, faith members, politicians, investors, etc.

Format: Four presenters each evening, with moderated break-out room discussions with each presenter.

Cost: $40.00 for the four sessions, or $15.00 per single evening.


  1. Click here for the Sorrento Centre’s online booking system.
  2. “Event you are attending” – use drop-down menu to select “A Sort of Homecoming: Housing and Homefulness”, enter start date (April 22, 2021), end date (April 23, 2021) and confirm number being registered…
  3. Enter your name and contact info (returning guests already have this stored). Select whether you want to attend the entire series or just one date… Next, you’ll be asked about meals, but since meals are not offered for on-line events, click through this and move on.
  4. Enter credit card info on their safe + secure system…

If you have any questions, call the Sorrento Centre at 1-866-694-2409 

Event Sponsors

This event is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

Event Hosted By Empire Remixed, Friends of Empire Remixed

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