There is evidence of new things happening in reconciling relationships. New songs are being sung. Take a look at the upcoming events of Wednesday and Thursday, and please offer your prayers for transformation in our life together.
MARCH 30 AND 31 – CHURCHES RELEASING STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO TRC CALL TO ACTION #48
On Thursday, March 31, watch as The United Church of Canada officially adopts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Moderator Jordan Cantwell and representatives from the Aboriginal Ministries Council will deliver a statement starting at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern), with the event live-streamed on the United Church YouTube channel.
Everyone is invited to join for a moment of witness and commitment to guide the church toward a transformed relationship with Indigenous Canadians. This is being done in response to Call to Action #48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The event is at the opening of the Aboriginal Ministries Consultation, taking place at the Nottawasaga Inn, located in Alliston, Ont.
The day before, March 30, the Moderator will join with other church leaders in Ottawa to release a joint ecumenical statement of commitment about the UN Declaration. This group includes not just those churches and religious entities that ran residential schools, but many more churches and organizations in the Canadian ecumenical community. The joint statement will be released during an 11 a.m. press conference in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. There will be no live coverage, but watch for footage on our website and on social media. There will also be an op ed co-signed by our Moderator in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 30.
Church members are asked to take the time to read and reflect on the statement, which will also be posted on the United Church website, and visit our ecumenical partner KAIROS’s site for footage of the event later in the week.
Some denominations have already released their statements, and they can be found here:
Anglican Church http://www.anglican.ca/news/let-yes-yes/30015309/
Christian Reformed Church http://www2.crcna.org/site_uploads/uploads/UNDRIP/BOT-UNDRIP-statement2016.pdf
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/StatementonCalltoAction48.pdf
NEW VIDEO CALLING UNITED CHURCH to the JOURNEY OF RECONCILIATION
Take a look at a powerful 7-minute message, beginning with past Moderator Bob Smith speaking the 1986 words of apology, including voices of survivors, and concluding with Justice Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
INVITE TO MARK 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1986 APOLOGY to FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
Please find an invitation to read the 1986 apology and the 1988 response, and to reflect on the living out of the apology in the light of the TRC Calls to Action. A worship service for suggested use in congregations on June 5 or 12 is being prepared and will be on the UCC website, hopefully by the end of April.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR APRIL 12 “YOUTH SOWING SEEDS OF FRIENDSHIP” – 7:30 pm EST
Are you an educator or youth leader wondering how to bring teenagers together from Indigenous communities and other young Canadians to build understanding and friendship?
Do you want to provide programming in your church where children learn about Aboriginal and residential school history, Indigenous cultures and spirituality?
Be inspired by hearing about a few successful programs carried out under United Church auspices.
Our presenters will be Leeann Shimoda, an elder with the WAMPUM program conducted a Five Oaks Centre for the last 3 years; and Rodney Smith-Merkley who has been involved in the Bay of Quinte living into right relations efforts through an “All My Relations” summer camp congregational program and a canoe-camp experience. For more information and to register: https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/80-youth-sowing-seeds-of-friendship
REGISTER NOW FOR:
ENGAGE DIFFERENCE! DEEPENING UNDERSTANDING FOR INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY
5 Days focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry
- May 9-13, 2016 Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, MB
Registration deadline, April 11, 2016
- June 6-10, 2016 Toronto School of Theology
Registration deadline May 8, 2016
- October 2016 Vancouver, BC
- January 2017 Saskatchewan
In Easter peace!
Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator
General Council Office: Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools
780-676-0562 (office cell)
780-675-7753 (Athabasca, AB home office)