The Anglican Church of Canada: Origin of Residential Schools and their History; Foundation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Canada. This lecture is part of Paddling Together, the St. Anne's arts festival in celebration of Indigenous life in Canada.
Presented by David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, and the Rev. Gary van der Meer, Pastor of St. Anne's.
Our 9th of 10 sessions continues the theme of the spread of Christianity hand in hand with colonialism. In Canada, Christianity became a vehicle of the state, especially through the residential schools where Indigenous Peoples were required by law to send their children. Kent Monkman's painting, at left, provides a dramatic representation of the removal of children from their families. The legacy of abuse, death, and cultural genocide leaves continuing wounds that are the impetus for Canada's Truth & Reconciliation Commission. This is a difficult part of the Christian story, but the honest telling is essential for us, and for all Canadians.
Note that this lecture will take place in the church at 7:00 p.m. It will not include a potluck supper beforehand - the meai will return for the June 7 lecture!
[Each evening includes the option of a light supper at 6:30 p.m. This is intended to make it easier if you are coming directly from work. We welcome potluck contributions to the meal. Suggestions: salad, cheese & bread, dessert, drinks. The lecture begins at 7:30 - 2 parts with a short break between - given by the Rev. Canon David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, and the Rev. Gary van der Meer, Incumbent of St. Anne's. Each section includes slides to help you learn and think in pictures.]
This is the third year for the St. Anne's lecture series. The first explored the development of the Bible. The second addressed the development of the early church and its theology through to the fourth century. Each evening is complete in itself, so don't hesitate to join us, even if you have not attended previous lectures. Visitors are welcome.
10-PART SERIES: HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY
Sept 14 - Lecture 1: Christianity expands to Britain - Romans & Celts. The continuing fascination with Celtic Christianity.
Oct 12 - Lecture 2: Christianity in Britain: Saxons, Danes & Normans.
Nov 9 - Lecture 3: The High Middle Ages - cathedrals, abbeys, shrines, pilgrimages.
Dec 7 - Lecture 4: Renaissance & Reformation in Continental Europe.
Jan 11 - Lecture 5: The Reformation reaches England. Part 1 - Chronology of what happened; Part 2 - changes in worship and theology.
Feb 8 - Lecture 6: Puritanism and the Restoration; Religion and Civil War in England and Scotland.
March 15 - Lecture 7: The Revivals: Evangelicals, Tractarians, and Christian Socialists.
April 5 - Lecture 8: Expansion of Christianity beyond Europe, especially the Americas; the Development of the Anglican Church of Canada, with comparison to Anglicanism around the world.
May 10 - Lecture 9: The Anglican Church of Canada: Origin of Residential Schools and their History; Foundation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Canada.
June 7 - Lecture 10: Many Christian Denominations: Sectarian Christianity in all its Diversity in English-speaking North America.