Native issues reflect a church with 'a long journey ahead'.Delegates can expect greater visibility from aboriginal Anglicans at the upcoming General Synod The General Synod is the title of the governing body of some church organizations. Church of England
In the Church of England, General Synod was instituted in 1970 and is the culmination of a process of rediscovering self-government for the Church of England that had in Winnipeg this June, with events that include a welcome to the first national indigenous bishop, the hosting of an aboriginal hospitality suite, an interactive program focused on aboriginal issues, and a commemoration of National Aboriginal Day National Aboriginal Day is a Canadian day of recognition of the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions to Canada of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis, who are collectively known as Aboriginal peoples in Canada. .
Arrangements are also being made with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is an organization of First Nations leaders in Manitoba, Canada. Its current Grand Chief is Ron Evans of the Norway House Cree Nation. External links
In many ways, this will be a markedly different General Synod where native Anglican issues are concerned. In 2001, General Synod identified as a priority for its next triennium tri·en·ni·um
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[Latin : tri-, tri- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots. healing and reconciliation with indigenous peoples The term indigenous peoples has no universal, standard or fixed definition, but can be used about any ethnic group who inhabit the geographic region with which they have the earliest historical connection. , particularly those affected by the painful legacy of residential schools. In 2004, the Indigenous Covenant Implementation Commission (ICIC ICIC Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
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ICIC Intercalibrations-Intercomparisons ), an eight-member group looking at ways of increasing self-determination for aboriginal Anglicans, announced it was exploring the idea of a national indigenous bishop. Nearly three years later, the vision came to fruition. The national Anglican Council of Indigenous People (ACIP ACIP Cardiology A clinical trial–Asymptomatic Cardiac Ischemia Pilot Study that evaluated 3 therapeutic strategies2 for ↓ myocardial ischemia during exercise testing. ) noted that it was actually a journey that began in 1967, when sociologist Charles Hendry Charles Hendry (born May 6, 1959, Cuckfield) is a British politician and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden. In September 2006, Charles became a Patron of the Tory Reform Group. was commissioned by General Synod to examine the relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and aboriginal peoples. In 1969 his report, Beyond Traplines, called on the church to develop "a new partnership with aboriginal peoples based on solidarity, equality and mutual respect," said ACIP in a brochure outlining the history on the national native bishop issue.
There has been movement in the native peoples' relationship with the Anglican church, said Donna Bomberry, the indigenous ministries co-ordinator at General Synod. But, she added, the appointment of the new national native bishop is just a start: "There's a long journey ahead."
ACIP must now work with General Synod to adopt a process for electing subsequent national native bishops; it wants it to be through a Sacred Circle represented by Canadian indigenous Anglicans. "The Sacred Circle can become our own synod for indigenous ministry, where we bring and talk specifically about our ministry and our issues and how to support one another as a church, how to support our communities in their healing and spiritual growth," said Ms. Bomberry.
ACIP continues to work with Justice Brian Burrows, the primate's liaison with the Covenant Implementation Commission, in identifying what canonical changes are required to provide the national native bishop with full authority and jurisdiction for aboriginal communities across Canada Across Canada was an afternoon program that formerly aired on The Weather Network. The segment ran from early 1999 until mid 2002. The show ran from 3:00PM ET until 7:00 PM ET. . Bishop MacDonald, whose appointment was announced in January by the primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison Andrew Sandford Hutchison L.Th., D.D, D.C.L. (h.c.) (born in Toronto in 1938), is a retired Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Prior to his election at the General Synod of 2004, he was the bishop of Montreal and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada (which, , currently has pastoral and spiritual oversight over all native Anglicans in the country. While Bishop MacDonald may perform episcopal duties like confirmations or ordinations, he is expected to respect church protocol and do so only at the request or invitation of the diocesan bishop A bishop in charge of a diocese. These are to be distinguished from suffragan bishops, assistant bishops, coadjutor bishops, Auxiliary Bishops, or metropolitans or primates. .
The task of addressing the issue of jurisdiction would likely fall on provincial synods. "Jurisdiction is the mandate of provincial synods," said Ms. Bomberry. "We need to make presentations and educate the church as to what requirements of changes are needed for their support ... We haven't been given any indication that this is the General Synod where we will introduce the changes yet."
But while there is still a long road ahead, native Anglicans have said that the appointment of Bishop MacDonald has brought a great deal of hope. "Having a national bishop will just signal that the church cares," said Ms. Bomberry. "The church has now identified and provided pastoral, spiritual leadership whose concern is focused on indigenous people's healing."
Mr. Still said, "Our national bishop will be a tremendous asset as we move our local ministry of healing, reconciliation and self-determination forward." (Mr. Still was recently appointed aboriginal mission developer and executive director of Rupert's Land Wechetowin Inc., a new not-for-profit set up by the diocese's Sacred Circle, which aims to set up a centre where aboriginal people can access various programs, including pastoral care.)
Mr. Still said that while the General Synod agenda will focus on many other church concerns, delegates have the option to take advantage of the "extra-curriculars" focused on native issues. An interactive event is being planned at Holy Trinity Church Holy Trinity Church, or variations on the name, may refer to: Churches
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2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. but also to view aboriginal crafts on display and for sale; the suite will also feature the Sharing Mosaic, a diocesan project focusing on healing and reconciliation.
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