Over 150 people gathered May 25-28, 2023 in Ottawa, Ontario on the campus of Algonquin College for the Canadian National Gathering. Representatives from every classis across Canada participated. A key area of emphasis was on Hearts Exchanged and the work of reconciliation with Indigenous brothers and sisters.
A planning team worked on arranging the logistics for this event. In addition, an advisory circle consisting of several Indigenous people was gathered to provide expertise and advise on the design and content of the event.
What is a Canadian National Gathering?
Springing from a 2013 report to the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA on “Cultivating Binationality in the CRCNA” (see Acts of Synod 2014, pp. 432, 440-42), the Canadian National Gathering is a time to strategically celebrate, discern, and envision bold next steps for the CRC in Canada locally, regionally, and nationally. Gatherings of this type are held in Canada every three years as a way to have national conversations about ministry both in local congregations and as a national and binational church.