Repentance is a concept that isn’t very popular in contemporary society. You don’t hear about it in mainstream culture, at least not in a positive way.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) may not have the same residential school history that the Anglican Church of Canada does, but its national bishop, Susan Johnson, has committed her church to walking together in partnership with Indigenous Anglicans.
The final meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada’s commission on the marriage canon took place at the national office in Toronto on Friday, August 21.
In 2014, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) released a statement entitled Where We Are Today: Twenty Years After the Covenant, A Call to the Wider Church, that spoke to the ongoing crisis in Indigenous communities.
“We’re not going to talk about statistics: we all know them,” said Canon Ginny Doctor, Indigenous Ministries co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada, to a plenary on suicide prevention at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle. “Many in this room have been touched by suicide; we know that there is a lot of healing to be done.”
It is a story that is sadly all-too-familiar around the world: a pastoral people who lived on the land for generations have had their spirituality stripped from them and their traditional territories taken away by a colonizing power, and their descendants are now trying to recover a sense of identity and political agency in the face of strong resistance from the dominant society.
The very essence of climate injustice—a better word than mere “change” to describe the environmental havoc wreaked by industrial society—is making those least responsible for it suffer most.
In a keynote address to the eighth Sacred Circle on August 18, Canon Robert Kereopa of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia stressed the importance of healthy partnership models for Indigenous churches moving toward self-determination.