Sunday Adult Forums—9:30am Fireside Room
Sunday, May 7 – “The Doctrine of Discovery” We will watch a brief video created by the United Church of Christ describing the Doctrine of Discovery and why the UCC repudiated it in 2013. Christina Wood, a native leader and director of the Damiano Center, and Tad Johnson, UMD professor of American Indian Studies, will be with us to share their thoughts. Christina has facilitated many conversations in our community on this issue.
Thursday May 11—Film showing of the Doctrine of Discovery:
A call to education from local Indigenous leaders
As a part of the Blessed Unrest series this spring, we’ll be showing the Doctrine of Discovery film on Thursday, May 11th at 6:30pm in the Peace sanctuary, with conversation afterward. This will be following our adult forum on May 7th with local Indigenous leaders Christina Woods and Tad Johnson talking about the doctrine of discovery. The film will be a chance to dive more deeply into learning about why this is important and relevant today, especially for white Christians. Let’s show respect to the Indigenous leaders in our community by responding to their call of educating ourselves about the Doctrine of Discovery.
Sunday, May 14 – Elizabeth “Lyz” Jaakola, a musician and educator, and an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in Cloquet, MN, will talk about the recent Water Walk that left from Spirit Mountain on April 19th led by Grandmother Josephine.
Water is amazing, it flows where it wants to, it can go through any crack, crook or cranny. It can sing the most beautiful songs, if you listen well. She can sound like a male voice, especially during huge waves. She ebbs and flows leaving us messages in her journey throughout life. We are connected and united to life with water, and as we are all united by water, it seems we must be conscious of all things united.This connection or linkage helps us understand life and what it gives to humans, nature and animals. We are all so connected, so united with/by water. It is all life.
To see how water can mold itself to any situation, we can see it in any shape we put it in: jars, small containers, huge gallons – it flows to any shape or form. We are all connected by water and as we are all of water: 70 or 80% of our body mass, why can’t we flow like the water? to unite ourselves with each other, to sing like the water, to think like the water, to be of one conscious entity? Why can’t we? IF we could be, we will be one big ocean of love, kindness, respect, united and jelled together as one, we will be the generation to save our Mother.
Sunday, May 21 – A conversation about our use of energy and our dependency on fossil fuels, facilitated by Doug Bowen-Bailey and Denise Hamsher.
Looking Ahead: June 11 – Jean Thoennes, Steve Coll, and Betty Greene will share experiences from their Civil Rights trip in March. They and other UMD and community members accompanied 19 UMD students on this trip over spring break to Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.