Wednesday, September 13, 2023


7:00 - 8:15 PM


Racial Justice

Province 1 Indigenous Justice Network and the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations invite you to a series of book studies beginning with a discussion of The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relationships by Shirley N. Hager and Mawopiyane (University of Toronto Press, 2021), on Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-8:15 p.m. on Zoom. Co-authors Rev. Shirley Bowen of the Diocese of Maine and Shirley Hager of the Friends (Quakers) Committee on Maine Public Policy will join the conversation.

The Gatherings shows how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together to create meaningful and lasting relationships. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people participated in a series of long weekend gatherings over several years, in an Indigenous-led traditional Council format. Assumptions were challenged, perspectives upended, stereotypes shattered, and friendships formed that have lasted many years. Seven Indigenous and seven non-Indigenous authors, collectively Mawopiyane (a Passamaquoddy word that translates “Let us sit together”), share their experiences of the gatherings in their own words.

Please note that everyone is welcome whether or not you have read the book in advance of the event!

To register for this book study, please click here.

The Committee on Indian Relations (CIR) sent a copy of The Gatherings to each of the parishes in Maine in September 2022, purchased with a Diocesan Wolf Fund grant. If you wish to participate in the book study of The Gatherings, and you are unable to access the copy sent to your parish, CIR also has a small number of copies of The Gatherings on hand. To receive one of these copies, please send your request to John Maddaus with your name, parish, and personal regular mail address at your earliest convenience. There could be some delay in responding due to summer activities, but we will get a copy to you as soon as possible.

The Gatherings may be purchased online through the publisher here or any bookstore or online book outlet.

And save the dates for these additional book studies:

  • Nov. 8 – This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, by David J. Silverman
  • Jan. 10, 2024 – Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, by Lisa Brooks (Abenaki)
  • March 13, 2024 – Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe, by David Maraniss


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