The Truth and Reconciliation Commission held its ceremonial close in Ottawa, May 31-June 3, 2015. KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry shared her reflections as she awaited the release of the Commission's summary report and calls to action.
On the eve of the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa, 100 or so of us gathered in a circle of prayer. To the sung chant, "Listen, listen, listen to my heart's song. I will never forget you. I will never forsake you," everyone was invited to lay a stone in a gentle cairn on the steps of the monument.
Remembering Jesus' words, "If these [disciples] were silent, the stones would shout out" (Luke 19:40), every stone that was laid cried out the truth of every child who went to residential school, every parent left behind, and every child who did not make it home. The stones cried out the truth of the larger process of colonization that has left its devastating mark all around the world in inequities that continue today.
KAIROS invites Canadians to advocate for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action through the Winds of Change campaign. We believe in the Word made flesh-made flesh in love and justice, deep peace and reconciliation. May we continue to find our voices, inspired and accompanied by the truth of that living Word.
We are thankful for the work and witness of KAIROS, one of our Mission & Service partners.
Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen