Indigenous Anglicans Get Together

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Toronto

Six Canadian indigenous Anglicans were to leave for Lihue, Hawaii in early September to join counterparts from New Zealand, Australia and the United States for the fifth meeting of the Anglican Indigenous Network.

The international network brings together indigenous Anglicans from around the world to discuss their common issues and challenges and, often, relationships with church bodies.

"The members of the network have been present in our growth, in our defining ourselves over the years," explains Donna Bomberry, indigenous ministries co-ordinator with the Anglican Church of Canada's Partnerships department.

The Canadian participants include Arctic suffragan bishop Paul Idlout and Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples members Rev. Iola Metuq (Diocese of the Arctic), Grace Delaney (Moosonee), Gladys Cook (Rupert's Land), Rev. Mervin Wolf leg (Calgary) and Ms. Bomberry.

This is the second network meeting for Ms. Bomberry, who says the gathering allows indigenous people to update each other on what is happening in their ministries. The Canadians delegation, for instance, will report on its covenant, the projects which have been funded by the healing and reconciliation fund and its involvement with Keewatin Bishop Gordon Beardy's Sacred Walk for Healing, which raised funds to help survivors of abuse.

They will also share Anglican Video's production A Journey Begins with a Dream, which documented the last Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle. …