Strengthening our reconciliation journey

With thanks to the Anglican Foundation of Canada

The journey of reconciliation – seeking to restore right relationships – has long been an important part of the work of the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre.

In May 2019, more than 40 people (youth and youth leaders) joined in our annual Young Sojourners event led this year by the Kamloops Youth Reconciliation Initiative (Canadian Roots Exchange). The focus was on the pathway to reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and settlers.

In Summer, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our ‘21st Century Pilgrims: Walking on Holy Ground’ day-hiking program. The inspirational day hikes, along with the daily work at our natural farm, are two ways that the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre seeks reconciliation between humans and the alienation that many experience from natural world around us.

Also this year, 2019, we launched our ‘creating homefullness’ initiative to bridge the gap between those who are housed, and those who are suffering from a lack of housing. We live in a world where people are unduly divided by income, social status, race, nationality, gender, housing status and many other factors. 

The reconciliation journey takes many forms at the Centre – between Indigenous people and settlers, between humans and nature and between humans who allow ourselves to be unduly divided. 

On June 10th the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre was honoured to be welcomed into the global reconciliation community centred at Coventry Cathedral in England. The Community of the Cross of Nails is a worldwide network of more than 200 churches, charities, peace-building centres and educational and training organizations who are inspired by the Coventry story of destruction and rebuilding and renewal. Each group seeks to be active in reconciliation in its own ways, and membership in the global network allows us to share our practices and learn from others.

We are continuing to strengthen all our work in reconciliation. We are delighted to announce the support of the Anglican Foundation of Canada in weaving together the many threads of our reconciliation work. A major new initiative is in development – stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. The Anglican Foundation of Canada supports as range of activities across the country. It’s work is made possible through the devotion, generosity and collective goodwill of hundreds of donors. 

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