Biking Bishop pedals through Alberta on national prayer pilgrimage
Bishop Robert Hardwick hopes his cross-country journey will promote 'unity, healing and reconciliation'
The Saskatchewan-based Anglican bishop is cycling across the country — from Victoria to St. John's — on what he's calling a "prayer pilgrimage."
"It's an opportunity to just immerse myself in prayer, praying for people, for situations right across Canada … the main themes are unity, healing and reconciliation," Hardwick told the Calgary Eyeopener.
"[It's about] unity within the church and nation, but also healing and reconciliation for First Nations people and other people whose cultural groups have gone through difficulties in the past."
The religious leader for the Qu'Appelle diocese in southern Saskatchewan says he was ready to head across familiar prairie territory, although it was the third day in a row he'd be biking in the rain.
Truth and reconciliation
And if he struggles while pedaling down what seems like an endless road, or climbing up another tough hill, Hardwick says he'll to immerse himself in prayer.
"Praying for people who are in those times of life where everything is an uphill struggle, praying for those going through illness, and those who wonder if the top of the hill will ever come," he said.
Throughout his journey, Hardwick will be greeted by churches and community groups along the way.
"It's an opportunity to gather and pray for First Nations folks to remember the apology but also to consider the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission."
'Lost 93 pounds'
"I've lost 93 pounds since then. Cycling has been an amazing way of losing weight and getting fit," he said.
Hardwick says he got back on the bike because it was something that he'd done as a young man, and during his time as an English Bobby in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary.
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With files from Lisa Robinson and the Calgary Eyeopener.