In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us (2 Corinthians 5:19).

The five days I spent in Vancouver, British Columbia was a rich experience with colleague bishops from the United States and Canada. We had gathered for the annual Bishops Academy and the theme was “First Nations Peoples: Spirituality, Theology, Reconciliation.”

It was significant that we met in Canada where 10% of the population is First Nations People, compared to 1% or less in the United States. A sign of this stronger presence were front-page newspaper editorials and news stories about issues facing First Nation peoples, something we rarely see in the U.S. media. continue reading

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