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Saturday, February 18, 2023, saw nearly 200 people (in person and by zoom) engage in personal and sometimes passionate dialogue about the need for change in our Church. Many ideas have come from the meeting which HOC commits to working on for the future.  Foremost, though, among priorities are: (1) the need to change the hierarchical, clerical structure to provide a meaningful voice for laity, especially women; and (2) full transparency regarding the files related to clergy sexual abuse through a Truth and Reconciliation Commission; (3) outreach and inclusiveness to marginalized communities based on race or sexual orientation. 

The energy and commitment were strong and obvious. The challenge for all of us is to make the recommendations a reality. For those who were unable to attend, the meeting video is below.

Recording of Heal our Church Forum
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Additional Heal Our Church Forum Materials

Ester’s Prayer


Let us bow our heads and ask for God’s blessing


 May God help us focus on what

Truly matters

And give us the insight to discern

What is right


May God fill our hearts with love

And may that love determine the

course we take

And shape all our interactions


May God give us

Wisdom to make good decisions,

Courage to take the necessary risks,

Unshakable hope to maintain a

Steadfast Spirit

Good humor to keep things in


And deep trust so that as we risk,

We remain grounded in God


May God bless us with the

Personal joy of knowing

That we have acted out of love,

That we have done our best

And that we have served God with

All out hearts


Closing Song:

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