Last report from the road as tomorrow we get Bishop on a morning ferry at Mill Bay and turn the SJ over to Stephen. We received word today that National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald would walk with Bishop Logan tomorrow and Friday.
First, an oversight. On yesterday's report, I failed to report (tired I guess) the 70 good people who met with Chief Brown, the elders and the Bishop at St Michael and All Angels and thank those who organized such a wonderful pot luck dinner. Thanks to all who made the evening sing.
Further, Elder Harris shared an important lesson- when first peoples issue an invitation, two people deliver it by hand- no emails, no phone calls, no snail mail.
Today was walking and visiting with church folks. Several joined in the walk and even more in the lunch at St John's in Duncan and dinner at St John the Baptist in Cobble Hill. Thanks to Revs Clara and Heather and all the people of both churches for their welcome and generosity.
Bishop spoke of the importance of right relationship with first peoples as he shared the experiences and learnings of the SJ. Of particular note, he mentioned the emotion of hearing Chief Willie Good's story. He expressed his pleasure at the openness of the many Anglicans he had encountered on the journey. The foundation for the work ahead is solid, a great base from which to move forward.
Jim summarized his experience in two words- "wow and ow" pointing to his feet on the second word. He said "the ow will soon fade but the wow will last a long time." This reflects the sentiment of the entire SJ team- we will not soon forget what we have been privileged to have experienced. We have been changed and will hopefully be better because of our part in this journey.
In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone involved, from those who were there at the first glint in Bishop's eye, to the volunteers on the planning team, to the parishes, their clergy and laity who organized events and fed us so well, to the motor home drivers who took on extra tasks without hesitation, to the first peoples who met us with such grace and open hearts, to our wonderful hosts who gave us refuge and a comfortable bed, to our sponsors who provided t-shirts at cost and lodging, and to Mama Bishop who fed us many great lunches.
And thanks to our Bishop who dreams of a better world and then sets out to make the dream a reality. Our church and our world is better off for that reality.
The Sacred Journey is almost over. The path to reconciliation is a long one with many, many steps yet to be taken. But together, we have taken a huge step; we have made the SJ a reality and we have made a difference, and for that we can be humbly proud.
With God in our corner, nothing is impossible. Let us continue to act on this magnificent dream of justice and mutual respect for all.
Wayne for the SJ team