United Church’s response to the Kamloops graves

This information may be traumatic for residential school survivors. If you are feeling pain or distress because of your residential school experiences, please call the free 24-hour crisis line: 1-866-925-4419. You can also call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310. It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Message to People of The United Church of Canada

Grace and Peace to you.

Since the announcement of the discovery of the undocumented and unmarked remains of 215 children on the grounds of Kamloops Residential School, we have received many messages of sorrow, concern, and outrage from members of the church.

We share these feelings.

We have also been asked many questions about the United Church’s intentions regarding burial sites and missing children, about the sharing of our residential schools records, and about our response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Many biblical passages remind us of the importance of working together for peace and justice. We would like to take this opportunity to answer your questions so that together we can honour all those affected by the residential schools system, and live up to our obligations as a participant in it.

The United Church of Canada operated 15 of the residential schools covered Continue reading “United Church’s response to the Kamloops graves”

Antler River Regional meeting and June 13 service info

Antler River Watershed Regional Meeting is being held by Zoom June  10 – 12. The Celebration of Ministry Service has been postponed until the Fall.

A worship service has been prepared for congregations to use on Sunday, June 13 and will be posted to the ARW website and available here  https://arwrcucc.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ee15470ca4eab124ea964929b&id=e68409737c&e=079e217e62 ARW president Rev. Jane Van Patter shares the message “Keep Calm and Rock On”.

Dundas Street Centre and Rowntree Memorial United Churches will hold their regular Zoom service on June 13th at 10:30 AM. (Sign in early for conversation)

Summer issue of our newsletter ‘ The Acorn’ is out.

News of the terrible find of 215 unmarked Indigenous children’s graves in Kamloops BC has dominated social and mass media. People want answers , they want justice.  We offer some background in the latest newsletter Acorn Summer21  and additionally in our web site, under ‘Truth, Reconciliation and Justice’.  We all need to work towards reconciliation. As Senator Sinclair said at our regional seminar lately: No reconciliation means no trust.