The transfiguration is the literal depiction of how love, personified in Jesus, rises above the limitations of the law, and removes the veil of political correctness, racial tolerance, indifference, race, religion, gender, and all the other things that influence the way we view and treat ‘other’ people. That, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, is the connection between Jesus’ transfiguration and the stories we tell during Black History Month.
The shameful history of racism against Black people in the Worldwide Anglican Church is well documented. The Anglican Church was part of the oppressive colonial government institutions and made no attempt prior to the early to mid-19th century to declare abhorrence of slavery and racial discrimination. It was only in 2006, less than 20 years ago, that the Anglican Church through the Archbishop of Canterbury finally faced the truth of its history and issued a formal apology for the role it played in slavery and the consequent oppression of Black people in the Caribbean.
Bishop Tutu was unapologetic in the defense of the rights of all people, yet as chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he is widely known for his insistence on forgiveness and public apology as the way forward in the aftermath of apartheid.
It is through life’s events – whether times of crisis or calm –
that we somehow find new directions and rediscover the purpose of our life’s journey.
It takes courage to confront the fears that prevent us from living purposefully and authentically.
Choose courage over fear. It’s well worth it.
August 12, 1787 is celebrated as the Consecration of Charles Inglis, first Anglican Bishop in Canada, and commemorates the formal establishment of the Anglican Church in Canada. The day should also be the celebration of the contribution of various persons whose work and witness have contributed to the establishment and evolution of the Anglican Church in Canada.
Deeply committed to the Christian tradition of spirituality, I define myself as an eternal, evolving spirit, having a purposeful, earthly experience. That said, I won’t deny that my earthly experience is shaped by my gender, ethnicity, and cultural heritage.
As social institutions take steps to dismantle systemic racism and the divisions it has created and perpetuates, the Church must also embark on the difficult journey of self-examination to determine how it has disenfranchised groups based on their race, and how systemic racism is perpetuated whether intentionally or unintentionally, within its structures and structural practices.
This is the text of my homily delivered at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Ottawa in celebration of Black History Month. Bible readings for Epiphany 5, Year A – Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5: 13-20 Audio version : Click on February 9 – Black History Month Sunday The four Bible readings thisContinue reading “Salt, Light and Love – Our Common Christian Identity”
I really believe that our life here on earth is a journey of constant learning. We evolve to our highest level of spiritual awareness and understanding when we commit to understand God’s truth for us and for all humankind.
Almighty God, from the dust of the earth You have created us. May these ashes be for us a sign of our mortality and our penitence And a reminder that only by Your gracious gift Are we given eternal life Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen Accomplish in us O God, The work ofContinue reading “A Prayer for Ash Wednesday”