On October 3, 2021 in the Sanctuary, we hung orange cloth and draped our baptismal font to remember the First Nations children who were taken to residential schools in the United states and Canada. Many never returned home, were abused and killed, and their families never knew what happened to them. Through prayer and ceremony, we lament and grieve with our First Nation siblings. Orange, the color of one of the children’s blouses, taken and never returned, has become a symbolic reminder of the horrendous treatment these peoples received. Our orange cloth will stay in place for 225 days. The complete story is found on the NCELCA Synod site.