Upcoming Events: Sacred Places, Sacred Stories; Why Water Matters; A Film Premier; An Art Opening; and More

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice: Saturday., October 7, starting at noon, to Monday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m.

Each day will be in a different sacred place of resistance and healing. Cost $10-$50. Sponsored by The Center for Sustainable Justice at Lyndale United Church of Christ

As we seek to be spiritually and religiously-rooted people doing the work of justice, it is important to name the realities of what oppression has sought to destroy: our very bodies, the land, our stories. But, too often, we only tell the stories of the death-dealing, the stealing, the destruction and we forget to name and claim the resistance, the healing, the reclamation.

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing Justice is an opportunity to both name the context of colonization– of bodies, land and stories– that White Supremacy has wrought and tell the stories of successful healing, resilience and resistance.

Sacred Places, Sacred Stories is planned collaboratively by Black, Native, white, queer, cisgender, straight, Christian, Jewish and traditional activists, artists and storytellers from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis; the Center for Sustainable Justice; Healing Minnesota Stories; the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation; and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. It promises to be an important opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds who wish to learn more powerfully how to be working in spiritually and religiously-rooted ways to bring about embodied justice.

Why Water Matters: Water Summit: November 16-18 at Embassy Suites/Airport, 7901 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

We invite all faith leaders to attend this time of learning, organizing and celebration.  This
event will feature workshops, resources and leadership from Native American traditions and practices:

  • To provide a theological foundation for environmental action and to create an awareness of the relationship between racism and the environment;
  • To teach faith and community leaders to engage in direct communication with government agencies and commercial companies that oversee the care of bodies of water, especially those which are the most vulnerable;
  • To offer tools for creating effective solidarity with Native American spiritual and tribal leaders whose source/s of water has become threatened;
  • To empower individuals to create an action plan for water advocacy and/or sustainability in their local communities.

Speakers include: Bishop Bruce Ough, Dakotas-Minnesota Conferences of The United Methodist Church; Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota nation); and Paula Horne, Water is Life activist, wife of Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

Cost: $195.

More than a Word, a Film Premier: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., 89 Church Street S.E., Room 100 Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota

More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and South Dakota. He graduated with his BA from South Dakota State and MA in history from the University of South Dakota. His research focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation, and mascots. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota.

Kenn Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, CO and currently lives in Kansas City, MO. He received his BA in Graphic Design and New Media from Full Sail University in 2013. He is a multifaceted artist, writer, videographer and musician and often combines those abilities on his projects.

Two Rivers Gallery Art Opening: OZHITOON (MAKE), September 22 – November 17, with Opening Reception: September 22, 6 – 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Join us for the opening reception of “Ozhitoon” an exhibit showcasing quillwork from our summer quill class and mosaics created by youth from the Little Earth Youth Development Center in partnership with Good Space Murals.

Making Meaning of Minnesota State Capitol Art: Friday, Sept. 29 noon – 1 p.m.

Explore the varied meanings behind some of the art at the Minnesota State Capitol in a small group dialogue with Joe Horse Capture, director of American Indian Initiatives at MNHS. This is an opportunity to listen to different opinions and share your own story.

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