Forgiven and Free – Art Lucier and the Reviver band
The Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert at the LaFarge Lake Amphitheatre, Coquitlam July 7, 2017 at 7pm
This will be a free concert featuring the anointed music of Art Lucier and the Reviver band. It will involve church leaders and First Nation elders. The event will include apologies, speeches, celebrations, music and dance.
Our desired outcome in hosting this event is to help our community participate in the ongoing work of reconciliation in hope that we will enter a new era of respect, cooperation, trust and friendship between the First Peoples of this region and the church.
We hope the impact of this event will bring hope and healing to many in our community. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report states: “Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation.
”We want to use the marker of Canada’s 150th birthday to acknowledge the past and to celebrate the work of reconciliation that has been done to date, including the apology of the federal government, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the numerous actions and efforts of many others. This is the time to reflect on our past, celebrate the progress we have made as well as to strive toward a more inclusive reconciliation for our future.
The Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert will carry forward the work that has begun. It is time for the church to rise up and give leadership to restore the important relationship between the church and First Nations. As church leaders, we want to take responsibility for the historical role the church has played by their actions and their silence and give Christians in this region the opportunity to engage with the First Peoples.
We believe there will be a profound spiritual impact on the churches and on the First Peoples. The power of heartfelt apology and forgiveness is immense. As the church takes responsibility for their failing in the past and as First Peoples are empowered to embrace forgiveness, a release of the power and presence of God will be the result. The enemies of God who have kept the First Peoples in bondage and the church limited, will be vanquished. Thus there will be a new freedom for the church and for the First Nations in this region. We are committed to creating a more inclusive community and ongoing partnerships among these groups which we anticipate, will be accompanied by a great blessing from the Father.
For the purpose of this project, we have brought together a gifted and committed team of leaders called the Rising Eagle Organization. We are inviting others in our community to join us in partnership to accomplish these inspiring goals.