Religious traditions have often been a part of the oppression of others, in spite of their potential to bring freedom and inspire love. Christianity is an example of a faith that has been used to undergird systems of exploitation and colonization. Yet we know that Jesus often spoke of liberation from such systems. Perhaps what is worst about this mixed potential is that significant evil can be cloaked in a pretense of caring motivations to “save.”
Can SSU be a place in which conversations can inspire and imagine a lived faith that is emerging from its colonial past? Can settlers hear the truth of the mistakes in a colonizing past and present, and respond to the invitations from Indigenous, African-American and global neighbours?
This event is an exploration of how to begin. We hope that subsequent explorations will grow more organically, yet intentionally, from among our relationships: settlers with varying degrees of privilege, Indigenous peoples, first and second generation refugees, and African-Americans. Of course, in one way or another, and in ways not equal to each other, we have all been affected. Can we unlearn and imagine together?
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