Bishop Reports on “Sacred Journey”
Friday 22 April 2016 7:50 p.m. – Bishop Logan McMenamie gave comments on his “Sacred Journey” beginning with a short video presentation: http://www.reentersacredjourney.ca/videos.html
Reentry The Sacred Journey
Christ Church Alert Bay to Christ Church Cathedral Victoria. We completed this journey because of the presence of God.
We averaged 30 kms a day, six hours a day 6-27 March 2016 480 kms. from Alert Bay to Victoria
We did it because of your prayers, which we felt each day as we walked down the Island.
I give thanks for Wayne Stewart on so many levels.
The purpose was, through me as bishop, that the Diocese might travel and re-enter the land, based on traditional understanding of vision quest as a time of seeking, vision, and questing. It was an opportunity to see and hear what God wants us to do.
I engaged in an act of repentance on behalf of the Diocese, symbolically in re-entering these islands and repented that our forebears failed to recognize the presence of the Creator when they first came to this land.
Each time I entered a new territory I asked permission of the First Nations People in that area and offered an apology for the way we first came. There was always a gracious welcome and a challenge
We were guided by principles of simplicity and humility. We did not want a media-fest. The First Peoples’ respected the fact that we did not come with a lot of media attention.
We walked for many hours in silence, prayer and meditation.
I heard about children being taken from their families to go to the residential schools. 1929 – 1975 200 children each year going to St. Michael’s residential school. Every step was a child who attended that school.
We are on a journey that will change our culture.
A next step is that we read the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on June 21.
We are called as a Diocese to commit ourselves to those calls to action.
Forgiveness, intention, joint participation in shared dialogue. It is a long and sometimes arduous process. Reconciliation will remain shallow and meaningless if it is not addressed.
I invite you to continue the Sacred Journey in these ways:
– the revitalization of language and culture
– closing economic gap
– the implementation of 94 calls to action from TRC
– recognition of the First Peoples’ rights to the lands and the resources found on these land
I am still working through what this journey means for me and for us as a Diocese. We do not live as colonizers but as kin equal in the eyes of the Creator.
We recognize and honour the Creator’s presence in the First Peoples, in their culture, their language, and their practices.
Walk gently with one another; walk gently on this planet; walk gently with the Creator.