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Resources for Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 11th is a day that we celebrate the world's Indigenous People, and here in Maine we focus especially on those who have lived upon and stewarded this land for thousands of years. It is our work as the Church to listen and amplify their voices, sharing their stories and standing with them, sharing in God's dream for the world and seeking justice and healing for all people.
 
To that end, the Racial Justice Council of the Diocese of Maine would like to share several resources with you that you can access in the time and space that feels right to you. This list is the cumulative work of many people who have put tremendous effort into curating and creating resources that will help us to pray, learn, act and advocate as part of growing with God in our respective and communal faith journeys.
 
Sunday, October 10 Online worship with the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland as they welcome guest preacher John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Executive Director of Wabanaki Alliance and long-time Episcopalian and activist.
 
Sunday, October 10 4:00 pm Live Streamed Indigenous Peoples' Worship Service with the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Our siblings in New Hampshire are inviting us to use the power of digital ministry to share in worship and prayer together.
 
Monday, October 11 10:00am Facebook Live Online Rally with Wabanaki Alliance which will include a press conference about the legal status of Maine's Native Peoples with regard to land sovereignty, followed by a cultural program.
 
Monday, October 11 5:30-6:30pm Native Voices: A Response to the Episcopal Church's History With Indian Boarding Schools, an online conversation hosted by The Episcopal Church's Office of Indigenous Ministries.
 
Monday, October 11 Watch the Episcopal Maine Youth Facebook and Instagram platforms for a "territory acknowledgement" composed by our youth as part of their faithful work seeking justice for all. (If you know a high school or middle school teen who would like to join in this work please contact Rev. Canon Sara D'Angio-White for links and information. )
 
Ongoing resources 
 
Explore the Maine Historical Society's online exhibit about the history of the Wabanaki people in Maine. The exhibit includes art, poetry, artifacts, and explanation of Native peoples in Maine.
 
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts composed a Litany for Indigenous Peoples' Day for use in prayer (at home or in churches) to mark this day in prayer. She has generously shared this labor with the dioceses in Province I.
 
If you would like to learn more about the work of the Racial Justice Council in the Diocese of Maine, please visit the Council's webpage or be in touch with group convener Rev. Katie Holicky or staff liaison Emily Keniston.
 
 
 
 
 

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