Sermon by Danielle Webber, Summer Minister.
Over the past month we have been looking at the history, knowledge and ideas about Indigenous Peoples of Canada, and how we as Unitarian Universalists interact and engage with these ideas and with these Peoples. This exploration of Indigenous Ideology and my own ponderings about Indigenous Peoples and issues happened because of my own social justice work in this area, as well as my own deeply felt connection to earth based spirituality and interest in the culture that I have been learning about.
In the six sources of our UU faith we find wisdom and understanding of the Sacred, in the many ways we describe and call it. But what does it mean to find wisdom in the “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature”? How do we find wisdom in these teachings, and let them become incorporated into our spiritual practices, without misappropriating the traditions and culture of a community who have constantly been marginalized for the past 500 years? Is there a way to offer acknowledgement and explain our intent, without continuing to do harm?
In this, our last of the series about Indigenous Awareness and Issues, we will explore these topics, and struggle with how to live fully into our faith while allowing other traditions to inform our own.
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