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A Re-Awakening for our Country

This summer we are slowly shifting away from the isolation we experienced as a country under lockdown for over a year. Slowly we are returning to our work, our communities, our social connections. This should be a time of joy and celebration. Instead, we are in a period of deep mourning. The ongoing discovery of thousands of unmarked graves on residential school grounds points to widespread genocide that has gone on for decades against our Indigenous brothers and sisters. As an editorial team for the Disability Concerns newsletter, we have chosen to pause and acknowledge the devastating reality of the residential school system in Canada. Join us as we lament the loss of so many innocent lives.

—The Disability Concerns Canada Editorial Team

Don’t miss our next issue: Fall 2021

Our next issue will focus on Classis Alberta North -  Elly VanAlten and Linda Rosendal will share about their work in this part of Canada and what makes it unique!

We Are All God’s Children

What does it mean when we say we are God’s children? Perhaps we grew up with a very individualistic perspective of this idea, ignoring the fact that this concept means embracing our brothers and sisters in Christ. This summer, as Canada holds a space of mourning for so many children who lost their lives in residential schools, it is time to dismantle discrimination and racism that has existed, barely hidden below the surface of our nation.

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Connecting with our Regional Advocates

Introducing Caroline Short

Our journey across Canada takes us to Classis BC North-West for a lovely discussion with regional advocate Caroline Short. Caroline has been an advocate for approximately 8 years. Find out how she works on building the ministry in a region that is very wide spread!

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Disability Concerns Ministry Update

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Disability Concerns Leadership Training Event 2021

Every year, Disability Concerns Ministry hosts a training event. Typically this takes place in person. This year, all are welcome to join us online. We will be discussing the topic "Who’s missing in my church?", with a focus on young adults and the future of the disability community.

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Oh Canada, a lament

A Season of Lament

This May the first discovery of mass unmarked graves was found at the site of a residential school in Kamloops. Since then additional unmarked graves have been discovered across Canada and it is expected that this will continue for some time. In response to these discoveries, we offer our laments over the significant loss of life for our Indigenous community as well as resources to help us on a journey of education.

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