Truth, Healing & Conservation: Tracing the Roots of California Ecocide, Seeking Fruits of Repentance
In this webinar, we will trace the connections between the ecological crisis in the state of California and the attempted genocide and removal of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands. Christian denominations are beginning to acknowledge and seek to make amends for the role of the Church in sanctioning this destruction under the Doctrine of Discovery. At the same time, a growing environmental justice movement is recognizing that Indigenous ecological knowledge is essential for land conservation. We will highlight examples of conservation efforts led by Indigenous groups in California, and offer opportunities for faith communities to come together in support of these initiatives.
The "Sense of Place" resource offers insights about living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of peoples, and respecting the history of your place. Find sermon preparation resources, hymn suggestions, Christian education ideas, action opportunities, and more. This resource was originally made for Earth Day Sunday 2018, but can be used any time.
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This resource will help equip Christian communities explore the impact the Doctrine of Discovery has had on our country, the Church, our relationship with God's creation, and one another. It includes information about tribal sovereignty, sacred places, and considerations when advocating for responsible energy stewardship. It also includes tools to pursue healing and environmental justice. Find sermon preparation resources, hymn suggestions, Christian education ideas, action opportunities, and more.
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