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November 27, 2012
In 2009, the Episcopal Church became the first church to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery with several churches following our lead, including the World Council of Churches in February 2012. In order to educate our church on resolution D035 “to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery,” this event brought stories of indigenous peoples to churchwide leaders by Indigenous Ministries...
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November 27, 2012
This presentation was given as the third of six offerings in a lament over the Doctrine of Discovery held on Tuesday, July 10, at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, in Indianapolis. As far as I know, the Episcopal Church is the first in history to publicly repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, and this was the first international event of Christian worship to overtly lament the...
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November 27, 2012
My place in the story of this nation is clearly rooted in New England, an unambiguous Exhibit A of a Connecticut Yankee whose eighteenth-century forebear was Hezekiah Smith. Hezekiah Smith, who was born in Barrington, Rhode Island, in 1726, took up farming in Woodstock, Connecticut, and in 1764 moved to Colrain, Massachusetts, where he continued farming and also fought in the American Revolution...
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November 27, 2012
On behalf of the Central Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Ecuador and my indigenous brothers of the Andes, I greet you with brotherhood, peace, love, and blessings. The Aztec poet Chilan Balan described in the following passage what happened in our ABYA YALA as a result of the conquest: “They plucked our fruit, and burned our trunk, but they could not kill our roots.” The Spaniards...
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November 27, 2012
Working With Youth My name is Terry Starr, and I’m a deacon serving in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. My parents have always been involved with community activities for youth. My extended family includes the children and teens from the many communities we’ve lived in. Since high school, I, too, have been involved in work with teens; I’ve made a career out of working with...
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March 8, 2012
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. Have mercy on us, Lord. (The Litany of Penitence, BCP) When we reflect upon the history of the United States, few are aware the actions of our ancestors included a colonizing and assimilating mentality that ultimately ended in...
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November 1, 2011
When I give workshops, I stress that advocacy is a very broad term. It is often more than contacting our elected officials. Advocating for justice can mean educating yourself and others about an issue; it can mean changing your mind and the minds of others; it can mean changing your actions and encouraging change in the world around you. That's what this week's message from Sarah Eagle...
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October 2, 2011
I spent several days recently in a small hotel in Cape Town. My hosts in that diocese chose the Palm House, which is much beloved by visitors. It’s a lovely old house set on a piece of land large enough to have some garden space for banquets and weddings. It’s not fancy, but it is comfortable. As we arrived a helpful man rushed up and insisted on lugging my bags to my room. I...