Indigenous members of The United Church of Canada will be meeting on the territory of the Chippewas of Rama from August 8–11, 2019 to discern and decide upon the structure and priorities for the self-determining Indigenous church within the United Church.
The fourth National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering (previous gatherings were held in 2011, 2014, and 2017) will be hosted by the National Indigenous Council. It will provide opportunities for listening and discerning the Creator’s plan, visioning, spiritual nurture, mutual accountability, inspiration, education, youth development, and expressing the voice of the Indigenous community on spirituality and ministry.
Using the Biidaabin (“first light of a new day”) process of education, reflection and discussion, discernment, and decision-making, participants will create and name a new national Indigenous church organization, elect a new National Indigenous Council, appoint a National Elders’ Council, and set priorities for the next triennium.
As the planning team has declared in its vision statement, the gathering “will inform, transform, and manifest healing and vitality. This is our act of decolonizing.”
The whole church is invited to join in this historic moment. Follow us on Twitter (@Indigenousmin, #NISG2019) and Facebook, and check out the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering’s website for daily news reports and videos.