Yesterday the urban indigenous community held an annual social event in our Music Hall. Celebration of Growth was sponsored by the Professional Aborginal Advocacy and Networking Group of Hamilton. I was moved to be in this space with so many first nations people celebrating our personal growth over the last year. There was catered and free food for all who came out, and a drum circle with dancing and singing.
Next Thursday, May 24, you are invited to come out to Reconciliation through Music and help fundraise for the launch of the Two Spirit(ed) I Am Affected Campaign by the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. There will be chili and lots of music. Reconciliation Through Music takes place from 6 pm – 9 pm. The I Am Affected Campaign aims to promote understanding among and between first nation and settler peoples that we all suffer intergenerational trauma caused by the implementation of the policy of the Residential Schools. Tickets are $20. They are available at the door or online here. Even if you are not able to attend, purchasing a ticket is a way to contribute to the fundraising campaign.
May 17 each year is The International Day Against Homo-, Bi-, and Transphobia. New Vision’s Affirming Committee offered an opinion piece for consideration to the Hamilton Spectator on the importance of the day and how it relates to New Vision. The Spec published it on Wednesday. Here is Dixon Challoner’s sane and clear explanation of how being an affirming church is a Biblical and Christian witness to God’s love for all.
See you Sunday for Pentecost!