Every Sunday for the past decade, Canadian Anglicans have offered prayers for “our National Indigenous Bishop, Mark MacDonald.” For some, perhaps, it is a name...
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The relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (UCC) is back on track, the United Church's moderator says-and she's delighted about it.
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 church's "absolute and unwavering commitment" to addressing the injustices that Canada's Indigenous people continue to experience is one of the key elements in achieving meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada has said.
All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, the see of the diocese of Edmonton, will be the next stop for Truth and Reconciliation: A Special Exhibit on the Legacy of the Residential Schools.
In a solemn ceremony marking the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Governor General David Johnston urged Canadians to seize a historic opportunity "to look back, and to look forward together" and to begin "a new chapter in the story of Canada and its diverse peoples."
The first event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) began in Winnipeg in 2010 with residential school survivors lighting a sacred fire where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet; the last one ended in Ottawa on June 3 with children leading the way out of Rideau Hall and into a garden of paper hearts.
Acknowledging that their apologies for harms done at Indian residential schools "are not enough," Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United church leaders on June 2 welcomed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) recommendations that they say will offer direction to their "continuing commitment to reconciliation" with Indigenous peoples.
"My mom and dad didn't tell us why they were putting us on the train. I thought they were coming with us," said Clara Fergus, a Cree woman from northern Manitoba to a sharing circle on the morning of June 1, at the beginning of the final event of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
Drums thunder in the Rue Laurier underpass, and voices echo in song and conversation. Banners, placards, signs and flags catch the wind coming in off the Ottawa River, and below them thousands of marchers approach Portage bridge, which links Gatineau with Ottawa.
"The decolonization of the Bible has just begun," says Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada. "But it has been going on for a couple of hundreds of years among our elders."
Although June will see the final event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Ottawa, and the release of the commission's final report, the work of reconciliation is only just beginning for the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in downtown Toronto.
In the Book of Genesis we read of a covenant between God and his people. "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you" (Genesis 9:9).