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Week leading up to
July 4, 2021
Four Simple Words, Weekly Gatherings, Partnering with St. John's, and more!
Four Simple Words 
A conversation

In April, Curt Hammond shared with us things he's been learning this past year. His Grandma Elsie's wisdom, "It's Not About Me," has lead him on a journey of learning about Service Leadership.
We'll be having a chance to follow up in conversation with Curt.
Monday, July 12
Online using Zoom

You can see Curt's message in April here.
Weekly in July
Justice & Right Relations
"Walking in Right Relations"

Awareness | Remembrance | Solidarity | Action

These are themese that our friends in St. John's Anglican Church (Elora) are using to help shape their response to our churches' and country's unjust actions against Indigenous peoples. I recently had a good conversation with the curate at St. John's, Rev. Judy Steers, about how our congregations can partner in this work. Some ideas they're working on include:

  • an Awareness Garden on their property
  • setting out a basket of orange, cloth ribbons, which people can tie to a tree
  • hosting a "Blankent Exercise" in a local park for the community; this is a powerful learning event that helps us re-learn the story of Canada from Indigenous perspectives.

Look for information soon about how you can participate.

More to come . . .

God's Mission Our Gifts
"As we share, we learn from the gifts that we have been given."

When Alf Dumont’s Roman Catholic father and Anishinaabe mother asked the priest serving the Shawanaga reserve to marry them, the priest rejected their request, advising them to “marry someone of their own kind.” Nearby, a United Church minister had a different response. He told the couple he had just two rules: “If you have differences, talk them out and just try to get along.”

“Dad and Mom said ‘I think we can do that.’ They brought together First Nations understanding and non-First Nations understanding. That’s how I came to the church,” Dumont recounts in a United in Learning webinar.

Dumont spent his life as a spiritual leader, serving the United Church as a minister while staying connected with his traditional Indigenous spirituality. His memoir The Other Side of the River: From Church Pew to Sweat Lodge shares stories of how Dumont walks between the two worlds of Indigenous and settler, traditional spirituality and Christianity.

“Part of the struggle with me in life was to find out who I was as Anishinaabe and who I was as French, Irish, and English mix,” Dumont shares. With a foot in both sides of the river, Dumont’s words eloquently draw together spiritual threads.

“There are seven truths in some of the Anishinaabe teaching: love, courage, respect, humility, truth, wisdom, and honesty. But you can’t have one of those teachings or truths without having the other. So you can’t have respect without love. You can’t have truth without humility,” explains Dumont. “I took those underlying teachings and applied them to the four teachings on love: Love God. Love your neighbour. Love your enemy. Love yourself. You can’t have one teaching without the other. You can’t love God if you don’t truly love yourself. You cannot love your neighbour unless you truly love God.”

In an interview, Broadview magazine asked Dumont to weigh in on the future of reconciliation: “Part of the struggle has to do with learning to walk together again. It means being as open as we can,” he says. “You bring a gift that I don’t have; I bring a gift that you may not have. And as we share, we learn from the gifts that we have been given.”

Your gifts through Mission & Service help support the creation and publication of luminous, timely work like Dumont’s book as well as the webinar discussions and education events that follow. Through listening and learning, we take important steps forward on the journey toward reconciliation.

You can give to Mission & Service through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.

Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

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