Workshop Vid – Subversive Living

Cahoots has always sought to be a safer space for LGBTQIA+ people and families, bringing together faithful lives and diverse identities to equip us all for powerful action!

We were thrilled to host Steph Chandler Burns at Cahoots Transfigured, leading us through an exploration of LGBTQIA+ identities, wisdom, and work to make the world a more beautiful place.

Whether you identify as cis, straight, trans or queer, you are warmly invited to this workshop recording, with great thanks to Steph, to Peter for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!

Workshop Vid – Humans of Basic Income

Cahoots has always been something of an economic experiment. Can we create a space where everyone’s needs are met, and where we don’t need to worry about money – even for a few short days each year?

Our answer is – let’s try!

This year, Cahoots Transfigured heard from Jessie Golem about the possibilities of Basic Income to support us all in a changing world. And now, activists and advocates are working to transform the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit into a permanent guaranteed livable income!

We are proud to share Jessie’s workshop video with you! Thanks to Jessie, Chris for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!

Thank you!

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in this newly reconfigured version of Cahoots! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Registration is live…AGAIN!

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Register for free for Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday, May 23rd.  We have four workshop options in the morning, a group gathering in the afternoon, and a remote dance party in the evening.  The free registration closes at midnight on May 21st and we will send you the links to the sessions you have chosen.  See all descriptions here.  (Please note you will need access to Zoom.)

10:00-11:25am EST

Entitlement and Gratitude with Lane Silas Patriquin

Entitlement is one of the most pervasive social and spiritual problems in Western society. But for many marginalized people, it is also essential to self-advocacy and liberation. In this workshop we will explore expressions of entitlement as they can be both healthy and harmful, as well as the healing and connective power of gratitude.

Lane is a Christian anarchist educator whose work centres around transgender liberation, climate justice, grief processing and anti-colonial solidarity.

10:00-11:25am EST

Humans of Basic Income with Jessie Golem

Jessie was a part of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot that was cancelled by the Doug Ford government. She reacted by taking photos of the other BI recipients holding cardboard signs with their handwritten stories on it. Overnight, she went from being a starving artist trying to build a photography career, to political activist fighting for basic income. Jessie has travelled around the world with those photos and has spoken in front of too many audiences to count.

Jessie has been involved in photography, from weddings, to portraits, to events, for almost ten years. Her passion for adventure has led her to a number of exciting and unique photography experiences. Her photos of humans of Basic Income have been featured on CBC, The Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, the Lindsay Advocate, the Moonshot Podcast in Australia, and Kyoto News in Japan. Jessie is also a classical pianist and a writer, with work that is published in the Huffington Post.

10:00-11:25am EST

Subversive Living: Fighting the Cis- Hetero- Patriarchy through Identities with Steph Chandler Burns

In this workshop, we will explore how to live faithful lives that make room for diverse identities. We will talk about the ways that LGBTQIA+ identity makes the world a more beautiful place, discuss what we can learn about living well from LGBTQIA+ wisdom, and prepare for the future by discussing ways to live more fully (whether you identify as cis and straight or queer) by subverting society’s expected norms.

Steph is a bisexual Mennonite pastor who loves to explore topics of feminism, social justice, LGBTQIA+ identity, and how these relate to living lives of faith. She has completed a Master of Theological Studies, where she focused her work on queer theology, specifically questions such as “What can we learn about God through LGBTQIA+ identity?” In asking such questions, Steph hopes to help prepare the church for the future, with a new, more inclusive understanding of who God can be.

10:00-11:25am EST

Tools Beyond Rules (for Radicals) with Isaiah Ritzmann

As we face the future we also face the inadequacies of rules as a tool for moral decision-making. Life is too complex to be easily navigated using rules yet both our faith and activist communities easily fall into “rules talk,” as if clear rules or strong norms are enough to guide us. In the middle age and early modern times theologians recognized the limitation of rules – teaching, for example, that rules are always “generally and for the most part” and that it wasn’t impossible to create a rule that doesn’t admit to some exception. To help those genuinely seeking to live moral lives in confusing situations these theologians invented a method known as Casuistry, a method that helps people discern what the right thing to do in a situation where rules aren’t able to give relief to a perplexed conscience. Together we’ll explore different aspects of Casuistry and what it might mean for us today in our era of ecological, economical, and political turmoil.

Isaiah works in both refugee housing and community education in Kitchener, Ontario. He graduated with a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and is inspired by the Catholic Worker vision of “building a new society within the shell of the old, where it is easier for people to be good.”

11:30am EST

Virtual Ultimate Frisbee (not really) for Youth with Jonathon Reed

One of the most special parts of Cahoots (plus one of the most impactful parts of social justice organizing) is the relationships we form. They’re what bring us back again and again, and they’re something we look forward to throughout the year. There’s no way we can really replicate the wild barefoot mud-sliding youth vibe that comes to Cahoots every year (just like there’s no way we can play ultimate frisbee virtually) but we can sure try. Join the youth session to catch up on each other’s lives, play socially distanced games and have non-socially distanced love in our hearts.

Afternoon Session 1:00-2:30pm EST

Join us for a time of community gathering with music, worship and prayer, and speaker Sarah Mikh, Cahoots founder.

Dance Party7:00pm EST

Keep the Saturday night Cahoots Dance Party alive in your own living room, basement, backyard or balcony!  Hang some bunting and Christmas lights and dress up in your sparkly clothes and kick it to favourites from past Cahoots playlists.

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Releasing our ‘2020 Vision’ …

… receiving Cahoots Transfigured!

Dearest friends,

With great sorrow we must cancel the 2020 in-person Cahoots festival.

We recognize that this will be a great loss for many and we assure you that we are working through our own sorrow as well.

Because we love you and couldn’t bear a year without seeing you, we are creating Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday May 23rd – a free virtual gathering. The day will involve sessions, music, and reflection. We will be using Zoom as our online platform and we hope this notice will give you some time to figure out how to use it. We will send an email and update our website and social media platforms with the details as we iron them out.

Cahoots Transfigured will have free registration. If you already purchased a ticket for 2020 Cahoots, we will refund your money in the coming weeks.

It is our sincere intention to return to our usual four-day festival in May 2021, all being well.

We wish you great peace and hope amidst these difficult times.
Awit, Chris, Emma, Kateri, Kathryn, Lyf, Peter, Core Organizing Group

Get Ready!

Hey there friends. Tickets are opening soon for Cahoots Fest 2020! So, save the date in your calendar – May 21-24, AND check back here on February 3rd to grab your tickets for the hottest Faith, Justice & DIY festival Southern Ontario has to offer!

Cahoots 2020 – May 21-24

Just a quick update – if you use Facebook, be sure to check out our event page for 2020 Cahoots which will be updated as we get closer to the festival.

If you have an idea for a theme that would go really well with our ‘Faith, Justice, DIY’ style, reach out and let us know! email or message us through the Cahoots Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for our Callout for Sessions – we’ll be looking for thoughtful, hands-on spaces of skillsharing and collaborative learning. We’d love to tie them into whatever theme we go with, but we’re generally excited about what you are excited about in the world of Faith, Justice, and Do-It-Yourself. So let us know what you can offer!

Cahoots 2020 SAVE THE DATE!

So excited to be able to share the date and location of the 2020 Cahoots Festival! Please mark it in your calendars and ask your friends to do the same.

Thursday May 21 – Sunday May 24, 2020
Pearce Williams, Fingal ON

That’s right! We had such a great experience at Pearce Williams that we’re thrilled to return, and we hope that you’ll be there with us, sharing your joys, sorrows, skills, calling and conviction.

Please sign up to our email list and/or follow our Facebook page to get more updates towards the end of the year when we put out the call for workshops. But for now please do put it on your calendar. If you’re part of a faith community, share a ‘save the date’ announcement!

With gratitude and excitement (and signing off for now)

Cahoots Planning Team!