Indigenous Ministries proudly hosted its first ever online Gospel Jamboree, Gathering at the River, on June 5, 2020. The event featured songs, prayers, fellowship and laughter from and with folks from across Canada and beyond! Thanks to all those who joined in this event of hope, healing and faith. The event recording can be viewed in the video above.
Listen: audio-only of the full Gospel Jamboree
Gospel Jamborees: A history
Gospel Jamborees have a long history in Indigenous communities, going back to a time when Indigenous peoples gathered to sing Christian hymns—as a means of coming together, praying for one another, worshipping God, spreading the Good News and also, as a means of faithful and courageous resistance to colonization. Within the Anglican Church of Canada, Gospel Jamborees have accompanied the Native Convocations/Sacred Circles as well as being used by communities and ministry areas to bring folks together for fellowship, encouragement, worship, community-building, support and fun. The last three General Synods have also featured Gospel Jamborees as ongoing acts of reconciliation and bridge-building.
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