Eighth National Sacred Circle
“Lifted on the Wings of Faith: Heeding the Indigenous Call”
August 16-22, 2015
Port Elgin, Ont.
The Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle is the national gathering and decision-making body for Indigenous Anglicans in Canada. Since 1988, First Nations, Métis and Inuit members of local Anglican churches have gathered every three years to talk about our spiritual lives, past and present experiences, our hopes for the future and our relationships with the Anglican Church of Canada.
At the 2015 Sacred Circle, delegates will worship and sing praises to God, meet daily in small talking circles, learn about the issues affecting Indigenous people, and hear about new developments in our ministry and the implementation of new area missions. A key area of discussion is the document Where We Are Today: Twenty Years After the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to the Wider Church. We will consider next steps and set directions for the Church and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples—all with lots of singing together and witnessing at the evening Gospel Jamborees.
Friday Aug. 21: Photo Montage
Photo memories from Sacred Circle.
Friday Aug. 21: Primate’s Homily – Closing Service
Homily from the closing service of Sacred Circle by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Thursday Aug. 20: Keynote presentation – ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson
ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson delivers the Thursday, Aug. 20 Keynote to Sacred Circle.
Wednesday Aug. 19: Keynote presentation – Kaisa Huuva
Kaisa Huuva, the adviser on Sami issues at the Church of Sweden gives the Wednesday evening Keynote to Sacred Circle.
Tuesday Aug. 18: Keynote presentation – Robert Kereopa
Canon Robert Kereopa, Executive Officer The Board of Anglican Missions of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, delivers the Tuesday, Aug. 18 Keynote address to Sacred Circle. Read a transcript of this talk.
Tuesday Aug. 18: Gospel Jamboree
Full video of Tuesday night’s Gospel Jamboree from the 2015 Sacred Circle.
Tuesday Aug. 18: Bishops’ Song
During the nightly Gospel Jamboree, the Bishops gathered come on stage to sing along to an electric version of The Little Light of Mine.
Tuesday Aug. 18: Bishop Mark MacDonald on the Doctrine of Discovery
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald talks to Sacred Circle on the Doctrine of Discovery. This talk introduced an afternoon plenary session from the Primate’s Commission on the Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. Read a transcript of this talk.
Monday Aug. 17: Keynote presentation – Climate Change
Keynote address on the topic of climate change given to the 2015 Sacred Circle by the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald.
Monday Aug. 17: Primate’s Sermon – Eighth National Sacred Circle
Watch and read Archbishop Fred Hiltz deliver a sermon during the opening Eucharist service of the eighth national Anglican Indigenous Sacred Circle.
Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples Facebook group
Visit Facebook to view photo highlights from Sacred Circle.
News from anglican.ca
- Aug. 22: Planting the seeds of an Anglican Indigenous Church
- Aug. 21: Indigenous youth point the way forward
- Aug. 20: ‘Lifted on the wings of faith’ through music
- Aug. 19: To listen is to learn at Sacred Circle
- Aug. 18: Lighting the Sacred Fire
News from the Anglican Journal
- Aug. 21: Bishop suggests ELCIC-Sacred Circle partnership
- Aug. 21: Sacred Circle elects new members to ACIP
- Aug. 20: Sacred Circle outlines next steps to self-determination
- Aug. 20: Glimmers in the darkness
- Aug. 20: A Sami presence at Sacred Circle
- Aug. 19: Indigenous Anglicans rank TRC Calls to Action
- Aug. 19: Indigenous people must stand against climate injustice
- Aug. 19: Self-determination requires ‘real equality,’ says Aotearoa priest
- Aug. 18: An indigenous path to healing
- Aug. 18: ‘Speak truth to power,’ primate urges Anglicans
- A Covenant and our Journey of Spiritual Renewal
- The Pinawa Declaration
- The Mississauga Declaration
- Where We Are Today: Twenty Years after the Covenant, an Indigenous Call to the Wider Church
- Draft Proposal to Follow-up on the Where We are Today (A Call to the Wider Church)
presented to Sacred Circle Aug. 18