Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Church's Inclusive, Cross-Cultural Nativity Scene Turning Heads

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Church's Inclusive, Cross-Cultural Nativity Scene Turning Heads

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Indigenous wise man part of inclusive nativity scene

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CALGARY - A church in southwest Calgary is offering a different take on the nativity scene this year with an inclusive, cross-cultural display that includes an Indigenous wise man.

Rev. Nick Coates at Red Deer Lake United Church says he was expecting a pushback from congregants and others, but everyone has loved the updated version of Christ's birth.

One of the wise men is meant to look like Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and the other two magi are Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar and musician Michael Franti.

The shepherds are shown as poor teenagers.

Coates says all of the characters are brown-skinned as they would have been at the original nativity. …

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