Today we discussed The Boundaries and Limits of Settler Colonialism on page 39. The scripture that it was reflecting on was Numbers 34: 1-15. We use a study guide developed by SCM (Student Christian Movement) Canada – Unsettling the Word: The Study Guide
Also part of our discussions over the last few months has been some background on what is know about the pieces of scripture we’re reading. Vikki has provided a piece that discusses the the biblical scholarship around the authorship of the five books of the Pentateuch or Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) – The JEPD Theory
We are still meeting today for discussion on Unsettling the Word and you are welcome to join us. We’re a small group and there’s room to sit 1 meter apart. We are also going to try out a Facebook Live event to offer connection for more folks. Not sure how successful it will be but we will try.
We know not everyone is on Facebook but for today, this is the platform we’ll use. We’ll probably learn some more online publishing/streaming skills in the days to come. Here’s the link to our Page, we’ll start at 2pm – https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercatholicworker/
Please join us for our latest reconciliation conversation. This one’s going to carry on into the longterm, there’s lots of material.
Unsettling the Word – Reconciliation Scripture study:
For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?
In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures. Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking.
We’ve got a lot done now, almost done with the inside of the house, still bookcases to move and books to unpack. We also will want to re-patriate our freezer from our neighbour’s backyard soon. Anyone with a truck &/or a dolly? Here’s our amazing functioning kitchen! Anyone who knew the old one, well, there’s no comparison.
Hi everyone, here’s an update from us. Vikki is home, recovering well from her surgeries, and getting ready for radiation treatment on her lung. She’s being a good patient, with a little help from her friends.
Meanwhile, we’ve made progress this spring on the upstairs of the house. We’re getting a floor next week! Check out the video – starring Roni.
In addition to the flooring, there’s a few more things to get done before we can use the upstairs again.
Can you help us make it happen? Your donations are so gratefully accepted, we’re hoping to raise another $10,000.
We’re trying as many ways as possible to reach out and spread the word about our project so we can finish the upper floor. Here (linked below) is a simple 2 page newsletter about who we are, what we’re trying to accomplish, and how folks can help out. Please check it out, share it, print it, leave it lying around at work… truly any help you can give is appreciated.