Today is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, but this morning our readings were those the Book of Alternative Services recommends for use on Canada Day.
So for the past few days I have been sitting with these scripture passages while all around me individuals and institutions have tried to sort out how best to mark this year’s national holiday in a time of humble reckoning with the many dreadful impacts of colonialism and racism, past and continuing. And I found much in these passages to speak to us in these pews, in this land, in this time.
Please click below for the full text of today's sermon.
The flag shown here was created by Indigenous artist Curtis Wilson and includes depictions of orca and salmon. Mr. Wilson died suddenly of a heart attack at age 39 in 2019; royalties from the sale of the flags still go to his family. You can visit the Flag Shop to learn more about this design, which is titled "Standing Together in Support of Each Other." Flags are available in a variety of sizes.