A community remembrance service in advance of Mother’s Day for anyone who experiences loss at this time of year. A time to reflect and remember in the company of friends. Bring a small unframed photograph of someone you want to remember for our altar. (It can be retrieved after the event.) Everyone is welcome.
I’m sharing this image today by Issac Murcdoch on the pulpit in gratitude and respect to all the water keepers who are currently on the front lines of the struggle to protect sacred water. I made a small
handout on the 2017 Water Walk with Josephine Mandarin if you would like to know more.
Water is primal.
If you think about it, this planet should really be called water, not earth, since more than 70% of the surface is water, not land. Water — there there can be no life without it. Our bodies are 60% water – we are made of it. It’s the building block of our cells, the body’s transport system, a shock-absorber, it helps to regulate our temperature. Just give your hands a squeeze together and remind yourself that we are full of water – hopefully this doesn’t cause a mass exodus to the bathroom. Here’s the cool part, or the scary part, depending on which way it goes, not only are we full of water, but we are full of the water that’s around us. So if you’ve lived your life in Toronto, your body is 60% full of Lake Ontario.
Every time I hear it, I also find it quite marvellous to remember that the overall amount of water on the planet has remained the same for the last billion years. So we are made of the water that dinosaurs sipped. We are connected to this lake that in its ancient form was home to giant beavers, that was known as Skanadario, or sparkling water to Haudenosaunee people.
Come and share a Thanksgiving Feast with us at Holy Trinity, after the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Bring some food to share if you can, or just bring yourself, and help us return blessing for the bounty of creation with a shared community meal. Helpers to serve and clean up are most welcome!
It’s critical that this work does not sit on the shelf. Read these reports on your own, out loud in groups, in church, in meetings. Talk about them with your family, your neighbours, your co-workers.
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (PDF 536 pages)
- What we Have Learned: Principles of Reconciliation (PDF 200 pages)
- The Survivors Speak (PDF 260 pages)
- Calls to Action (PDF 20 pages)