Each spring and fall, gatherings are held across the diocese in each of the five ecclesiastical regions.
These regional meetings are an important opportunity for all members of the diocese, but particularly synod delegates to be informed about and have input into our shared work as Christ’s body of Anglicans here on these islands and inlets.
The upcoming Fall, Synod will be held at the Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria from September 28th to 30th, 2018.
Orange Shirt Day
About Orange Shirt Day: Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.
It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
SYNOD 2018 recognized the 6th annual Orange Shirt Day to help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. On Sunday, September 30, by wearing an orange shirt to church we honour residential school survivors, and the children who did not survive Canada’s painful residential school system.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
Don’t have an orange t-shirt? Let us know if you are interested in participating.
Every year near this date there will be AN ORANGE SHIRT DAY.
For more information visit orangeshirtday.org to ask about how you can get involved.