Walking in the Spirit of Reconciliation: Langley Churches for Reconciliation

Date(s) - June 1, 2016 - June 4, 2016
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Langley Churches for Reconciliation led by ordained leaders: Rev. Paul Guiton, Anglican; Rev. Dale Johnson, United; Rev. Ian Funk, Mennonite; Rev. Henk Smidstra, Christian Reformed are organizing a sacred walk for the first few days of June, 2016.

The sacred walk is a distinctly Canadian and Indigenously flavoured act of political, spiritual and social witness.” Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada

Come and join in the Walk towards Reconciliation, between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

The Walk will travel from the colonial bastion of Fort Langley to the nearest residential school site – St. Mary’s in Mission. It is a journey that symbolizes that of so many aboriginal children, but also to bring people together as they walk. The planned schedule is:

  • Wednesday June 1, 6:30pm Fort Langley Historic Site to TransCanada Trail (26805 River Rd.
  • Thursday, June 2, 9:30am TransCanada Trail to Douglas Park, Abbotsford
  • Friday, June 3, 9:30am Douglas Taylor Park to Matsqui Trail Picnic Area (Mission Bridge)
  • Friday, June 3, 12pm Matsqui Trail Picnic Area to St. Mary’s Residential School Site, Mission
  • Saturday, June 4, 9:30am Tour of St. Mary’s site and presentation on the so-called “doctrine of discovery”, followed by a catered hospitality lunch. Click the link to access information about the June 4 event.

The organizers are arranging rest stops with refreshments along the way, and a place to camp Thursday night, for those who wish to do so.  Even if you are unable to manage the whole journey, it is hoped you will walk with us for part of the way. Diocesan communications will update this new story as additional information becomes available.

For more information contact 604.897.5070 floatingpastor@gmail.com or 604.816.2125 ceceliar@telus.net


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