Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

On June 16, 2021, Rev. John hosted a webinar on Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. The bulk of the presentation was created by The Presbyterian Church in Canada Justice Ministries. We are grateful for those who joined Rev. John for the discussion afterwards.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada officially repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery at its General Assembly held in June 2019.

Second of Two Introductory Videos related to the Me and White Supremacy Virtual Pilgrimage

If you haven’t watched the first video that introduces the Me and White Supremacy Virtual Pilgrimage, you can find it at our website here. Each week, starting the first week of May, Rev. John will post a short video offering his personal reflection on the material he is engaging in Layla Saad’s book, Me and White Supremacy.


In this short video, Rev. John unpacks the term “White Supremacy” as defined by Layla Saad and asks a question for us to consider.

Why Work to Decolonize? Study PLAYLIST

We concluded our study – “Why Work to Decolonize?” on Wednesday December 2.

Here’s the full playlist – Sessions 1 – 4:

We look forward to continuing our commitment to work in this area of anti-racism and the Church in 2021.

Make sure to read the YouTube video descriptions to go deeper on this subject.

We pray that more intentional work will be accomplished in improving the situation for our Indigenous communities in Canada. Promises must be kept in order for healing and reconciliation to move forward.

Why Work to Decolonize? Study begins

In November 2020, a small group from St. Andrew’s Guelph met to discuss the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? prepared by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration with the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries. This work contributes to St. Andrew’s Guelph’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism work in our congregation.

This is part one of a four part series engaging the National Inquiry’s Final Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This study is based on the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? produced by The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries of the PCC. This study is led by The Rev. John Borthwick, Minister of St. Andrew’s Guelph with contributions from members of St. Andrew’s. We are grateful for all who join us on this journey of learning seeking understanding and desiring to be transformed into tangible actions.

Suggested links from the Study.

The National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Please also take time to experience the Gallery of Artistic Expressions found at the website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists-list

Rev. John references The Four Agreements from the work of Glenn Singleton. He discovered these to Colinda Clyne’s Anti-Racist Educator Reads Podcast. He highly recommends this podcast: https://voiced.ca/project/anti-racist…

To learn more in brief about the Residential School System, it is recommended that you read: An Overview of the Indian Residential School System http://www.anishinabek.ca/wp-content/…

A copy of the study guide can be found here, under the heading: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://presbyterian.ca/healing

Why Work to Decolonize? Study Group

“Disconnect” by Erika Richard

Starting Wednesday November 11 at 7PM by ZOOM, Rev. John will facilitate a conversation based on the “Why Work to Decolonize?” study guide provided by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and The Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries). This is a study based on the Interim Report of the PCC on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Rev. John (revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.

You are also welcome to review the study on your own. You can download it here:

https://mcusercontent.com/7d77ba333f1ee446667ed753e/files/9a94a502-d66c-4b22-9ef3-3c3369aef4be/MMIWG_Why_Work_To_Decolonize_online.pdf

And if you’d like to go deeper, please consider visiting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Our conversations over the next four weeks will be recorded and posted on our website.