The Spiritual Practice of Reconciliation
with Mark MacDonald and Melanie Delva
“RECONCILIATION” IS AN OFT-USED AND AT TIMES LITTLE-UNDERSTOOD TERM when it applies to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). But what is it, why should we pursue it, and how?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murdered and Missing Women and Girls Inquiry, and the actions and court proceedings having to do with Standing Rock have brought Indigenous justice issues to the fore. How we got here and where we go from here are complex questions that beg for spiritual answers.
This course will create an open and safe space to begin to explore these questions in depth from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Grounding our days together in prayer and ceremony, we will begin by learning about theologies of reconciliation in order to frame our subsequent discussions.
We will then look at the history and background of colonialism before seeking to better understand western vs. Indigenous worldviews and ways that we sometimes fail to recognize Christ in one another.
Finally, looking at recent movements towards reconciliation in Canada, together we will seek to imagine how we as a Church can become the force of reconciliation we are called to be.
MARK MacDONALD became the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in 2007. At that time, he had served for about 10 years as bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska where he was consecrated bishop on September 13, 1997. He has had a long and varied ministry, holding positions in Mississauga, ON; Duluth, MN; Tomah, WI.; Mauston, WI.; Portland, OR.; and the southeast regional mission of the Diocese of Navajoland. Author, co-author, and co-editor of several publications, Bishop Mark and has spoken extensively both nationally and internationally, and is currently the North American President for the World Council of Churches.
MELANIE DELVA is Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada. Born and raised on Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba, she graduated with her Masters in Archival Studies in 2005 and was Archivist for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and Provincial Synod of BC & Yukon for 12 years. Through her close work with the Canadian Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Melanie underwent a personal and professional transformation shaping her outlook and understanding of relationships and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada. She works in Vancouver, BC on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She lives there with her knitted mule Jax, and a variety of oft-neglected plants.
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