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.
Many of us find it very uncomfortable to listen to the facts and take action to redress racism. Sometimes guilt, pain and personal agendas are involved in the positions taken. Focus on solutions to make the world a better place by providing comfortable spaces for all of us.
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.