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“This is where I see the bishop going: I see him coming out with a small, little flashlight, and he’s making his way in to pave a brighter way of looking at life, and hopefully the spirit of that small flashlight is going to be captured by others, and the light will get bigger and bigger and bigger until the whole daylight comes.” - Alex Nelson, First Nations elder and St. Michael’s Indian Residential School survivor.
In the end, as we walk our sacred journey a new rhythm will appear in our heart;
a drum beat that will slowly move us to step out and into the circle of life, to be
closer to our sisters and brothers, to pass beneath our ancestors in the land of
spirits until we see the vision God has intended for us and
learn our new name as God’s people.
—Adapted from Steven Charleston’s The Four Vision Quests of Jesus
The First Entry
The Anglican Church landed on these islands over two hundred years ago as colonists, asserting our right to ownership of this land and domination over its Indigenous Peoples. Through our forebears, we entered this land the first time believing we carried God with us. We failed to recognize that the Creator was already here, working in and through the First Peoples of this land. Now we, in our generation, need to re-enter this land in a new way.
The Second Entry
For the period of March 6-27, 2016 during the liturgical church season of Lent, Bishop Logan McMenamie of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia (Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Kingcome Inlet) will walk 480 kilometres from Alert Bay to Victoria seeking permission from First Nations representatives to enter and stay on the traditional lands. This is to be a penitential sacred journey undertaken as a personal act of repentance by the bishop and on behalf of all Anglicans in this diocese. Several events are planned along the walk route, culminating in an Easter Day liturgy at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.
Bishop Logan will begin his sacred journey at Christ Church, Alert Bay on Sunday, March 6, with a time of ritual preparation and an act of repentance, both for himself personally and for all Anglicans in the Diocese.