Last Sunday, May 22, was Healing & Reconciliation Sunday. This phrase describes the phase of relationship with our First Nations sisters and brothers in a time after the 94 calls to action of the recently concluded Truth & Reconciliation Commission, led by esteemed justice and senator Murray Sinclair. It’s a phase that’s just beginning.
I was delighted to see on the back of our bulletin last week a reflection by our friend Vivian Ketchum. Vivian is a member of Place of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, a First Nations woman with family roots in Kenora, Ont. She has many gifts, writing, photography and storytelling among them. Those who know Vivian view her as more than the sum of those gifts – perhaps one of her most dynamic traits is her relentless advocacy of underprivileged people of every description everywhere. When Vivian writes about sitting still, that’s a considered deliberate action for her. As it should be for all of us. Her reflection is brilliantly short and sweet. I’m including a screen capture of it her so that we can all have a chance to re-read it.
I’ll be visiting our friends at Winnipeg Inner City Missions, where Place of Hope Church is housed, next week to help with some office work. I’m taking along one of the prayer shawls from our vibrant shawl ministry, a healing hug from Knox Acton as we step into this new phase of relationship with our First Nations brothers and sisters.