We’re very excited that CCS grad Gwen McAllister is being ordained into the Anglican priesthood on April 24th at St. John’s Cathedral in Winnipeg. Gwen is being appointed to St. Matthew’s Parish (former parish of CCS Companion Cathy Campbell and home to St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry).
This past year Gwen has been working with CCS as contract staff, coordinating field placements as well as helping out with program leadership.
In the most recent Rupert’s Land News, Gwen reflects on the resurrection story and the avoidance of death, personally and as a church, in a piece called “What the Vultures Know.” Here’s an excerpt…
Our reluctance to connect with Christ’s beloved on the margins, and to plunge into reconciliation with Indigenous people, shows that we still hold stock in empire, that we still have more dying to do before entering fully into the new life of God’s Church in this time and place. It is gospel that we find Christ among those who are rejected and used by those with power, and so part of our current death and resurrection is about decolonization. Within the Anglican Church, we have a collective of indigenous Anglicans who are seeking their way forward as non-empire Church. We can learn from and with them what in our tradition is actually colonial empire trappings that are holding us back from where God is leading us.
(Read the whole article on the Rupert’s Land News site.)