Walking in a good way

Reconciliation matters! Reconciliation is a lifelong journey. I invite you to a KAIROS Blanket Exercise Worship Service – June 3, 10:15 AM at Alberni Valley United Church. This worship service is sponsored by Alberni Valley United and Trinity Anglican + Lutheran Churches. This event is the next feature in our Reconciliation Matters Series. This service allows people to participate in an adapted form of a favourite education tool called the Blanket Exercise. People put themselves in the place of Indigenous peoples, and it is incredibly moving. The service is a narrated history covering 500 years of the interaction between Europeans and Indigenous inhabitants of Turtle Island (North America) and the history of wars, disease, broken treaties and the taking of people’s rights. Blankets which represent the land will be made smaller depicting the death and disenfranchisement of Indigenous people and the erosion of their land. The service will touch on issues such as residential schools and the ’60s Scoop, and generations of suffering and loss of identity. The idea behind the service is to provide people with a different perspective of the impact of settlement and colonialism on people. The Kairos Blanket exercise is part of reconciliation efforts between First Nations and other communities. During the service rays of hope for the future are spoken, as the blankets were unfolded a little, in recognition of the efforts to keep language and culture alive and as the nation learns to reconcile with their neighbours and as congregations learn how to live into their apologies to First Nations Peoples. Judith Ramsay, says that "we are at a precious moment in our history, and as Senator Murray Sinclair said it will take generations to reach reconciliation. I am hopeful that, now, we are setting our feet firmly on that path and – we won’t turn back" --we won’t grow weary. Galatians 6: 9 says "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” On June 3rd we will take one more step on the journey of walking together in right relationships and be one more ray of hope.
Rev. Minnie Hornidge