This weekend, Knox Waterloo is marking the 25th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s confession to the Aboriginal People. The Knox Reconciliation Initiatives Team has put together two events that we hope you will participate in.
The first is Saturday, October 19th 10 am to 1:40 pm in the church hall. Come and hear Geronimo Henry speak about his experience in the Mohawk Indian Residential School in Brantford. After a light lunch (soup and buns) we’ll experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise as we continue to explore the work of Healing and Reconciliation. The Blanket Exercise is an interactive event and will be led by Allison Dyjach and Matt Rappolt. This is an amazing way for us all to learn Canadian history together. Feel free to invite friends to join you. Lunch is soup and a bun – so very light. Free will offering.
On Sunday, October 20th in worship, we will hear the Confession read. Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak – The Good Hearted Women Singers will be drumming and singing in worship. Our choir will also sing a song. Ellie Joseph and Jay Bailey will tell us about Two Row on the Grand, a local reconciliation project. The Good Hearted Women will not be smudging with burning sage but rather using water with infused cedar. So anyone who is in the scent free area or may have issues with the smoke from smudging you don’t need to be concerned.
We hope that many of our youth/adults might want to participate Two Row on the Grand next summer and as well, we are currently looking into the possibility of a youth/adult Habitat for Humanity build on a northern Ontario reserve for next summer.
We are grateful that many people will be involved in sharing the story of healing and reconciliation.
We hope you and your family will be present on Saturday as well as Sunday.
Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister Knox Waterloo