Michael Way Skinner

"There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere"

November 7th, 2020

"There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere"

Saturday November 7 – 

Michael will lead us in a conversation including themes from his wife Christine and his book “There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere” – One of the best ways to develop an intentional practice of looking for signs of God’s presence and goodness in the ordinary events of daily life. Through stories filled with humour and warmth, the Way Skinners book is an attempt to do just that.

Michael Way Skinner

Michael Way Skinner is a pioneer in Ontario on diversity, equity and inclusion. A passionate and spirited advocate of equity opportunities, his leadership has made a significant impact on the lives of so many in our York Catholic community and beyond.

Michael’s First Nations heritage provides him with a unique sensitivity and perspective about the realities of First Nations peoples. His own family represents a rich diversity of races, cultures, and abilities. Together with his wife, Christine, they and their family of five beautiful children embody diversity in every way.

Michael’s work with the LGBTQ community is widely recognized. He was the lead writer for “All God’s Children”, a resource providing pastoral support to LGBTQ students. Michael delivered the keynote address at the 2013 conference of the Catholic Association of Lesbian and Gay Ministries and was awarded the Canadian Society of Yad Vashem’s Merit Award of Excellence for Holocaust Education in 2007.

Michael is a modern day prophet. An expression commonly used to describe a prophet’s ministry is that “they comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” This epitomizes Michael’s very essence. He is strongly committed to fostering courageous, but respectful conversations at all times as he insists that “love, not anger, brings change in people.”