As the drowsy heat of afternoon descends, traffic on the footpath leading out of the village slows to a trickle. But small groups of women and children still regularly walk up to fill their large plastic buckets from the stainless-steel pump at the top of a rise of land overlooking a rice paddy.
Much has been reported about the abuses experienced by students in Indian residential schools, but a new project launched with the help of the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation aims to help survivors and their families move on in their healing journey.
“Salaam Alaikum” (Peace to you).
The diocese of Masasi’s Bishop James Almasi stands beneath the spreading branches of a large tree at the centre of the village, and pauses as the people seated before him acknowledge his greeting with the traditional response: “Alaikum Salaam” (And to you, peace).
As the diocese of British Columbia ramps up its “year of reconciliation,” Bishop Logan McMenamie is taking inspiration from international reconciliation centres in England and Northern Ireland.
A bishop whose diocese covers three-and-a-half million square kms., with just two full-time clergy, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Huron University College in London, Ont..