In the last week or so, in praying for a couple particular situations in my life that do not seem to get better or resolve (at least not in a way that I can see or comprehend), I was reminded about the story of the persistent widow in Luke 18. The story begins with the line “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart…”. I really like this beginning because it actually tells me what I’m supposed to get out of the story (pray and don’t lose heart), which is certainly not always the case in the parables of Jesus! I am aware that I need this posture not just in my personal life, but in this work we are doing together as well. Speaking of not losing hope…
Update: Bill C-262
Are you still praying? Writing? Talking to people about this? This private member’s Bill to see Canadian legislation in harmony with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – to formally recognize and honour Indigenous rights – is at a make or break point. There will be a vote this Thursday, May 16th in the Senate to send Bill C-262 to committee. The Bill must be passed by the Senate this week before the Senate concludes its sittings for the summer. If it is not passed by the Senate this week, it will fail and 2+ years of work to see this become a reality will go with it. It is not too late to make another call, write another email. I know that I have been asking this in every newsletter since late last year, but I’m still hopeful that if we model ourselves after the persistent widow, this can still happen. Click here for the link to everything you need to reach out. Thank you so much to all who have acted – again and again.
Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts - Study Guide
The documentary film on the Doctrine of Discovery has gone viral! There have been screenings across Canada and it has been picked up by other churches, non-profits, Indigenous organizations and academic institutions. I was recently in Montreal and saw a flyer for a screening and conversation posted on a bulletin board at McGill University! It is having real-world impact both within our church and far beyond. The Study Guide and break-down by sections are also now online. Have a look!
Reconciliation Activity Highlight
I was delighted to hear of a partnership between Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow and Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver through artist-in-residence, Thomas Roach! The Cathedral community has had relationships with several prominent Musqueam artists over the years, and as we know that reconciliation happens in relationships and friendships, it is not surprising to hear that these two artists have become friends along the way. This partnership involved the commissioning of a weaving which Debra called “Golden Threads from Heaven”. But it didn’t end there. Debra also taught the young people of the Cathedral how to weave “…but not merely as an artistic endeavour. The young people learned how to use weaving as a way to pray for reconciliation”. Do read this article to find out more. It gave me goosebumps!