Antler River Region event to honour Senator Murray Sinclair May 31

Online Spiritual Gathering with Sacred Fire and Film Screening Tuesday May 31st, 2022 @ 7:30 PM Eastern (6:30 PM Central) via Zoom.

Join the SW Ontario Tri-Regions for an Online spiritual gathering and screening of NFB Film: Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair. This film is newly released and includes the then Senator Sinclair speaking, and clips of Residential School Survivors speaking to the TRC. The film is brief but moving, and includes some painful but important sharing.

For more info, click link to the Antler River Watershed web site: Link to May 31 event

or contact organizer Therese Samuel at The United Church of Canada
1-833-236-0280 ext. 9, 905-659-3343 ext. 9

Rowntree Welcomes….

Rowntree welcomes our new office admin- assistant Jo-Anne Psiuk-Rodgers effective April 22 and our new music director Olena Bratishko  effective May 1. We look forward to all of us working together under gods guidance.

Rowntree re-opens for live services as of March 20 @ 9:30 am.

Our Board has approved re-opening March 20 for in-person worship with the following conditions.

  1. Preregistration, screening, contact tracing similar to last fall will be used;
  2. Sanctuary will be limited to 50% capacity;
  3. Masks to be worn by everyone;
  4. Full choir and coffee hour will not return yet.

We will continue with Zoom for the 9:30 service, same meeting ID and password.

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.

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