To Members of the First Dawn Eastern Edge Region:
We are pleased to share this signed covenant with you, the members of the region. As stated in the above document, this tripartite covenant is intended to assist the parties in working together to strengthen ministries in French and to seize the opportunity to grow our presence amongst Francophones across the territory of the region. We collectively understand the importance of Francophone identity in cultural and linguistic terms, even if it is not a predominant feature of this region…it is important to ensure that we do not undervalue the importance of the Francophone voice within the church along with its cultural context. It is also key that none of this work happens in isolation.
This covenant intends to help the church honour these approaches for existing ministries and those that may be developed in the future.
The involvement of the General Secretary, through staff in the Ministries in French cluster and the Office of Vocation, will provide support to ensure that we meet our common goals in this work. La Table and its nation-wide network of Francophone ministry personnel and laity will engage as the voice and actions of this work. The Regional Council will provide structure and local context in a manner consistent with the rest of its ministry in the region.
The Executive of the First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council endorsed this covenant with signature at the December 12, 2019 meeting of the Executive. The covenant has now been returned to the region having been signed by the other parties in the covenantal relationship with us.
We share the completed covenant with you, and extend every blessing to the parties involved in this new relationship.