National Indigenous Day of Prayer

The Rev’d Rhonda Waters

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LAND: Three documentary films about colonization and the Doctrine of Discovery

Selected by All My Relations (Ascension), three award-winning documentaries on colonization and the doctrine of discovery. Films begin at 7pm; discussion follows. Popcorn provided, donations appreciated.

Thursday, June 20 at 7pm
Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies (2016)

For decades, stories have spread throughout the village of Laird, Saskatchewan. It has been said that First Nation descendants of an old treaty have visited shopkeepers and town officials. The First Nations that came to the town, starting in the 1970s, insisted that a treaty signed between their people and the government of Canada states the land of the locals actually belong to an Indigenous First Nation. But when a group of Mennonites and Lutherans in the town of Laird discover that the land they live on is in fact the former reserve of the Young Chippewayan First Nation, they are forced to acknowledge the history that has brought them to their present confrontation. A chief and descendant of the Young Chippewayan Band decide to invite the local community to a meeting at the central site of the former reserve as members in the town remain on edge. But an inevitable encounter at the towns historic site compels the characters into a surprising discovery. Myths, assumptions and fears are shattered as this old injustice is about to provide an opportunity for friendship and renew a fierce determination to repair the wrongs of the past.

Thursday, June 6 at 7pm
Doctrine of Discovery:
Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts (2019)

Doctrine of Discovery; Stolen lands, Strong Hearts is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human.”
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation.
This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.  The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.

Thursday, May 23 at 7pm
Colonization Road (2016)

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

“Reconciliation is not about being a spectator.”
— Senator Murray Sinclair

Wisdom Calls from the Streets

Audio from a sermon given June 16, 2019 by The Rev’d Rhonda Waters.

Feast of the Ascension

Audio from a sermon given by The Rev’d Rhonda Waters on June 2, 2019.

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May 19: A New Heaven and a New Earth

May 26: The Holy City

May 12: Jesus and His Sheep

May 5: Jesus Eats Breakfast with His Disciples

April 28: Thomas Has Some Questions

April 14: The Great Story of Holy Week

April 7: Mary Anoints Jesus

March 31: The Story of the Prodigal Son

March 24, 2019: Repentance, Patience, and New Life

March 17: 2019: God makes a promise to Abram

March 10, 2019 Jesus is tempted in the wilderness

March 3, 2019: Jesus is Transfigured on the Mountaintop

February 24: The Resurrection of the Body

February 17, 2019: Blessings and Woes

February 10: Jesus Calls the Disciples

February 3: Paul’s Teaching on Love

January 27: One Body in Christ

January 20: Water into Wine

January 13: The Baptism of Jesus

January 6: Feast of the Epiphany