Reflections – List

  • Excerpt from introduction to Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation, about rediscovering our innate knowledge of our relationship to all of creation.
  • Excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi and biologist, about ways of knowing that are carried in the languages and cultures of native peoples: “Learning the Grammar of Animacy.”
  • Paula Palmer was invited to offer a sermon to a Unitarian congregation on re-connecting with Indigenous peoples. She began by inviting us to recall how we are all related through the land. Read more.

  • Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. “The Bible Study at Canadian Yearly Meeting blew everyone away,” Elaine Bishop wrote about the five sessions led by Steve Heinrichs, the staff person for Indigenous-Settler Relations in the Mennonite Church-Canada.  Read more about this new book.

  • Martin Luther King on racism and Native Americans: “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race, Dr. King wrote in 1963. “Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. ” Read more.