What is required of faith communities to decolonize?
One of REACH’s projects, Decolonizing Faith, is co-led by religious leaders and Wabanaki people. This program creates learning experiences for faith communities to understand the harms done to Indigenous people by the colonization of this country, recognize the lasting impact on native people today, and create a more just future through commitments and actions consistent with the pure intention of their faith tradition.
Colonization establishes a system that paves the way for a privileged group to take control of a territory for the purposes of gaining wealth. Colonization views land, water, animals, and humans as resources and seeks to take control of them for the short-term benefit of this privileged group. Decolonization is the contradiction to this way of thinking and being through kindness, generosity, reciprocity, and a lack of control.
Resources for Communities of Faith
The Decolonizing Faith project has developed a few resources for faith communities (prayers and content for on-line services). You can find them here: Video and Print Resources for Reflection, Meditation, and Prayer
Decolonization and the Role of Faith Communities
Decolonization and the Role of Faith Communities is a workshop for faith communities to explore the role of the churches in the colonization of this country, learn about the harmful impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples, and identify strategies for repair and healing.
- Waking up to difficult truths about the past and present that have generally been kept hidden from us by the dominant culture.
- Dealing with our feelings of grief and anger in response to centuries of genocide and white domination.
- Recognizing our social location within this process, and how we may have benefited or suffered from colonization.
- Becoming accountable for our participation in what has happened and is happening, and choosing to resist further oppressive harm, and act in support of Indigenous self-determination, healing and empowerment.
- Opening our hearts to transformation, while abiding in love and compassion.
This workshop builds upon first participating in Maine-Wabanaki REACH's Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History, a two-hour workshop where participants engage in an interactive story telling experience of events over 450 years of history. Participants take a bit of a risk - to experience themselves, one another, and this place differently.
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“I’m grateful to all the people who share what they have to bring these programs here,
I don’t even know who they are, but I thank them when I pray”
~ Wabanaki person