Grace Church offers Witness to Injustice exercise on Sunday March 22, 12:30 pm
We at Grace are proud of our connection to David Pendleton Oakerhater, the first Indigenous person ordained in the Episcopal Church. Yet what is the story behind the stained glass windows? The story of what the Haudenosaunee call Turtle Island?
The Witness to Injustice / KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ uses participatory education to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States; especially in the territory stewarded by people of the Onondaga Nation and other Haundenosaunee peoples.
Through the use of meaningful quotes and blankets that represent part of Turtle Island (the Western Hemisphere), we explore this shared history that non-native people rarely learn in school or other settings. The exercise helps participants deepen their understanding about the European colonization of Turtle Island and the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood throughout U.S. history up to present time. After the Witness to Injustice Exercise, participants have the opportunity to share with the group what they learned, felt, etc., and, resources are shared by facilitators to help participants continue to learn more.
We hope this program will stimulate deep discussions and reflections, and will point the way toward ongoing steps toward righting the wrongs which have been done. Join Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Haudenosaunee facilitators as we participate in learning and dialogue through this exercise.
We will serve lunch beginning at 11:30 am. All are welcome. Bring your neighbors. Please let us know you are coming.
RSVP for the event and for lunch by emailing [email protected]
Cost: free will offering donation