By Cecile Fausak, Living into Right Relations Standing Committee

A big shout out to the congregations and witnesses on our United Church journey towards truth and reconciliation!

I hope you all had a meaningful experience with National Indigenous People’s Week. In Calgary there were so many events to go to featuring Indigenous culture – dancing, drumming, speeches, prayers, smudging and, of course, traditional food. It was a marvelous time of learning and relationship building for those that attended. I trust that there were similar experiences for other congregations in our conference. If you are having difficulty making connections in your community of faith or area in which you reside, please let us know so that we can help you out. The camp I am about to let you know about would be a great place to explore possibilities with you.

The next retreat for witnesses is called BOOST FOR THE JOURNEY II: MOVING FORWARD IN TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION. If you were not able to make it to the first retreat held at Kasota East Camp on Sylvan Lake in 2017, we hope that you are able to join us this year. If you were there when we met at Kasota East Camp, we look forward to seeing you again!

BOOST FOR THE JOURNEY II: MOVING FORWARD IN TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION is going to be held at Kamp Kiwanis near Calgary, from October 26-28, 2018. We hope you can save this date and come in October. There promises to be networking with other witnesses, Indigenous teachings, a KAIROS blanket exercise, and more as we continue to live into good relationships with one another.

Registration packages will come out early in September. Please ask your congregations to consider sponsoring you and/or a colleague to attend the retreat. We look forward to seeing you there!

With hope and enthusiasm for a future of good relationships from the Alberta and Northwest Conference’s  Living into Right Relations Standing Committee