Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Body of Christ

Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Body of Christ

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On his recent trip to Toronto, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby celebrates the eucharist at the convent of the Sisters of St. John the Divine. He met privately with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, as part of his commitment to meet with primates throughout the Anglican Communion to foster friendship and mutual understanding. See coverage at


Anglican Healing Fund coordinator Esther Wesley kept hearing people refer to "empty apologies" whenever they talked about the sad legacy of Indian residential schools in Canada.

That bothered Wesley, who was aware of how many people of Canada--indigenous and non-indigenous--have worked to change an unjust and unequal relationship. The church has also offered close to $6 million for projects that promote healing and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Anglicans. "Our apology hasn't been empty," Wesley said.

Realizing many people were unaware of the church's efforts to atone for the past, she came up with the idea of a timeline poster that would trace the relationship, good and bad, Ancannin and the Anglican church.

With support from the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, and the general secretary, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the "Timeline of an evolving relationship" came into being. …

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