The Rev. Jennifer Bourque spent most of her time in the ”Churches’
Listening Area” at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Quebec
national event, held here April 24 to 27.
A Rwandan genocide survivor on April 26 reached out to former students of Indian residential schools and pledged his commitment to walk with them as they struggle to heal from traumas experienced as a result of being wrenched away from home and assimilated into another culture.
From the standpoint of the Church of England’s intellectual heritage, Justin Welby’s new archiepiscopy is off to a very positive start.
When Canon Jean Maurice Bonnard toured the Anglican-run La Tuque Indian Residential School
shortly before he became its principal, he noticed an odd-looking object in an office.
Conceptie Jeree learned about the history of Indian residential schools in Canada only last February. But
she was so moved by the accounts of former students whom she had heard
speak at a gathering that she decided to volunteer at the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Quebec national event, held
here April 24 to 27. Jeree was among those who greeted participants at
the gathering, held at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
The Consultation on Common Texts—an ecumenical roundtable of U.S. and Canadian churches that seeks interdenominational agreement on the language of worship and the cycle of prescribed scripture readings at services—held its annual meeting in Toronto on April 15.
The things that happened to him at the Anglican-run La Tuque Indian
Residential School were “just unspeakable,” to the extent that John
Bosum said he couldn’t talk about them.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz on April 26 said he would like to see the
story of the Anglican Church of Canada’s role in Indian residential
schools told in Anglican theological colleges and learning institutions
across Canada as part of the church’s commitment toward healing and
reconciliation with aboriginal people.
More than 800 out-of-town delegates to Joint Assembly and local people are expected to gather for prayers and readings on the main walkway of Parliament Hill on the morning of July 6.
Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom, has issued a statement condemning the abduction of Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Archdiocese. Based in Aleppo, Syria, the prelates were returning to Syria from a humanitarian mission in Antioch, Turkey.