Synod Theme and Guest Speakers 2018
Walking Humbly Together with our God
Reconciliation is an oft-used word both in the church and beyond - but what does it really mean? We will look at some lenses through which reconciliation can be viewed and understood, specific examples of what it can look like in action, and ways that the church can be involved in order to become a force for healing and reconciliation in our own spheres and in the wider world.
Logan McMenamie is the Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia. Elected on December 7, 2013, he was Consecrated and Installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver on March 2, 2014. He served in several Vancouver Island communities, including Tofino/Ucluelet, Duncan, and Victoria. Logan was the Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral for 8 years before becoming Bishop. As Bishop, he and the Diocese have committed themselves to a journey with the First Peoples of the Islands. In this journey they have committed themselves to the process of truth and reconciliation. He has also invited the Diocese to examine what it means for them to enter the land again: How, as we symbolically enter the land, can we in a new way be open to the reality that God was here before us and present in the Indigenous Peoples. He is married to Marcia and enjoy their seven children and nine grandchildren.
Melanie Delva is the Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada. Born and raised on Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba, she graduated with her Masters in Archival Studies in 2005 and was Archivist for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and Provincial Synod of BC & Yukon for 12 years. Through her close work with the Canadian Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Melanie underwent a personal and professional transformation shaping her outlook and understanding of relationships and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada. She works in Vancouver, BC on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She lives there with her knitted mule Jax, and a variety of oft-neglected plants.
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