Our friend, Norma Farquharson, had invited my husband, Bill, and I to attend Calgary’s St. Laurence Anglican Church to hear Wayne Stewart, a member of that congregation, tell his story of walking the length of Vancouver Island. This Sacred Journey of reconciliation between the church and First Nations was a powerful experience to hear about and, for Wayne, to recount.
Wayne spends the winter in Victoria, B.C. There, he became friends with Logan McMenamie, the Anglican bishop for the diocese of British Columbia. Early in January, the bishop wondered aloud about his idea to "re-enter the land," and so met with Wayne to explore the idea. Wayne says that when he heard the idea, he simply said, "Here I am Lord. Send me."
"The church came here generations ago, and we got it wrong," Bishop McMenamie explained. "What if we made an effort to "re-enter" properly? One hundred and fifty years ago, we came here and stayed without asking permission. I want to re-enter with respect and humility."