On the final day of the Gathering, delegates met to discern the shape of the new National Indigenous Organization and next steps.
Spiritual Gathering participants greet the new National Indigenous Council.Photo: Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada Indigenous Church Establishes New Organization and Elders’ Council Indigenous members of The United Church of Canada attending the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering reached a consensus to create a new national Indigenous spiritual organization and have elected a new council to … Continue reading National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering Concludes
Day Three was an emotional one of speaking deeply about concerns for the future.
The new National Indigenous Council with firekeeper Ka-Way Yah.Photo: Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada On August 10, 2019, Indigenous members of the United Church attending the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering elected a new National Indigenous Council. Fourteen people stood for the eight positions. This council will be tasked with carrying forward the decisions of … Continue reading Council for the National Indigenous Organization Elected
The second day of the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering was a time of worship, creativity, exploration, and discussion. Participants had a chance to ask questions of the National Indigenous Organization nominees ahead of the vote on Saturday.
Nominees to the National Elders Council answer questions from youth delegates.Photo: Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada The following people have been nominated to the National Indigenous Organization and the National Indigenous Elders Council. Elections for the National Indigenous Organization will take place Saturday afternoon, 10 August. The Elders Council will meet this fall and … Continue reading National Indigenous Organization and National Indigenous Elders Council Nominations
On the first day of the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering participants spent time building community, and then different opinions were heard on how the self-determining Indigenous Church within The United Church of Canada will shape itself.
Youth program participants weigh in on the future of the church. Photo: The United Church of Canada On August 6 and 7, Indigenous United Church people from Quebec to British Columbia travelled to the territory of the Chippewas of Rama near Orillia, Ontario, for the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering. The gathering, which will be charting … Continue reading Preparing for the Future: National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering Pre-Events
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) … Continue reading Our Act of Decolonizing