This month we’re exploring the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “A People of Healing.”
Our sessions are centered around five of these lessons or “healing invitations.” It invites and calls us to:
Lesson D. Heal by Telling the Truth...of Thanksgiving
(Anti-Racism, 4th and 8th UU Principles)
Lesson E. Find Ways to Comfort Yourself.
Each month we are dedicating one session to a different aspect of decentering whiteness work, with our theme guiding us toward which aspect to focus on.
When it comes to healing, so many brave and wise voices have lifted up the importance of telling the true history of Thanksgiving.
This search for the true history is reflected in our Fourth Principle:
“A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning”
and our Eighth Principle:
“journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
Our faith has taken up this work and called on white UU’s to be especially vigilant about the work of correcting stories that have caused harm. So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of healing?
It says, “Learn and tell our true history!”
Religious Education Virtual Classes K-12th
Parents, please watch this video for the month of November.
This month we’re exploring the many ways our UU faith invites us to become
Two girls who work at the Wampanoag Homesite are filmed as modern girls and then how they reenact their heritagefrom 1620.
Tune in Sundays at 11 a.m. for Sunday School!
During the Mindfulness Moment we ask the children to think of times when you wanted “the truth of your story” to be listened to and honored. Share that story with your children to help them further imagine how Indigenous Peoples feel around Thanksgiving when the traditional (and false) story is told.
Mindful Moment: Think of a time when you felt wounded, sad and ignored. Indigenous Peoples have had their history twisted and erased. In this song, the children want to be listened to. “I have a big heart filled with hopes and dreams/ But I feel low, for what I’m going to see./ Our people have been through the darkest times/ It seems hard to find the light so we can start to shine…” Think of times when you wished to be listened to.
What is the respectful way to call Indigenous people?
“A good rule of thumb for this is when referring to Natives, call us Native American, Indigenous, First Nations, or by our specific band or tribe if you want some extra Ally Points, and just let Natives call each other Indian.”
A founding story of American Thanksgiving, reflected by the History Channel claims, " In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies."(Read source here.) But that story isn't the only one. Here we present a telling of the history of Thanksgiving from the Native American point-of-view.– Ed.
What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale
When you hear about the Pilgrims and “the Indians” harmoniously sharing the “first Thanksgiving” meal in 1621, the Indians referred to so generically are the ancestors of the contemporary members of the Wampanoag Nation. As the story commonly goes, the Pilgrims who sailed from England on the Mayflower and landed at what became Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 had a good harvest the next year. So Plymouth Gov. William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate the harvest and invited a group of “Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit” to the party. ..
Explore these calendars connections from national and cultural experiences. Click on the hyperlinks to gain insight while expanding your families perspective of what the world considers important. For a print out/download, click the link below.
● Black Panther Party founded - Late Nov (1966), exact day in Nov. varies among sources
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