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September 30 2021 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Act and its 94 "Calls to Action" urging all levels of government — federal, provincial, territorial and aboriginal — to work together to change policies and programs in a concerted effort to repair the harm caused by residential schools and move forward with reconciliation.
Our Call to Action
The "calls to action" are divided into two parts: legacy (1 to 42) and reconciliation (43 to 94). I have read the heart-rending statements of apology of the many Churches who participated in the operations of the hundreds of compulsory Residential Schools established in 1878 until the last one closed in 1996. As a Settler, I identified with the entirety of the acknowledgement, emotions and accountability that rests with me. For all of us as immigrant occupants of the homeland of Indigenous nation's numbering 10's of millions, let us always remember our shared responsibility to bring reconciliation in active ways and means to honour the worth of those who welcomed us as neighbour in their homeland. Thanksgiving Day, in its original Good Samaritan like portrayal of Indigenous peoples tending to the life threatening vulnerability of early Settlers, shows the blessings of community shared towards us. May we be so inclusive and demonstrate love of neighbour in our own intentional acts of giving back with Thanksgiving.
For the first time, September 30th in Canada, is a new day of acknowledgement that has been enacted to always remember that Truth and Reconciliation that is our individual responsibility. I pray that we each honour this day with deep reflection, learning and resolve that leads to healing and transformation.
May the blessings of community unfold across this glorious land.
June 8 2021
On Sunday evening, June 6th, 2021, a family went for a walk and was confronted by the most hateful action seen in the City of London.
An individual randomly made the decision, through the eyes of hate and prejudice to use his vehicle as a weapon to destroy the lives of a family, leaving four of our neighbours deceased and sent the fifth young boy to the hospital.
There was no warning, just the exercise of hate because the young man decided to deliberately and with malice intent drive his vehicle off the road and directly into the family simply because of the way they looked as Muslims.
The whole community mourns in shock and unbelief that this could happen in our city and our neighbourhoods.
The Muslim community in London has been a strong and caring partner for over thirty years, assisting during these times of the Pandemic and providing a rich tapestry to our city.
This attack of terrorism is not acceptable in our community or any other but it illuminates the deep-seated racism that can exist in our midst.
We, at Woodfield Community of Christ verbalize our deep sorrow at the loss of the family and for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters in London and throughout the nation of Canada.
Our prayers are sent heavenward to implore our universal God to bring peace and understanding in this troubling time and that God will wrap his arms around all of us as family regardless of our specific beliefs.
Racism and prejudice must be cleansed from our society and it must start by each of us taking action to learn, to accept and to understand.
In God’s name we pray.
Pastor Ron Rowbottom
Woodfield Community of Christ.
May 1 2021
With the continuation of the stay at home order in Ontario Woodfield Community of Christ will continue with on line services posted Sunday morning on the YouTube Woodfield Community of Christ channel.
May 2nd is Woodfields anniversary service.
In addition on Monday May 3rd, the date of Woodfields dedication service in 1998 we will be posting a historical and virtual tour of our church home on YouTube titled 05 03 2021 Woodfield Community of Christ anniversary church tour.
Hoping you and yours had a safe and blessed Easter as we celebrated the "Risen Christ". Due to the rise in covid cases and the Grey lock down restrictions Woodfield Community of Christ will not be holding in person services for the balance of April. We will be posting the prerecorded Sunday services on our YouTube channel.
WE will update as appropriate at the end of April.
Pastor Ron Rowbottom
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