Ched Myers and Elaine Enns: "A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization"
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"Is it possible that such songlines exist in every place? If so, we the dis-placed--every trying to control and contain the land with topographical maps, surveyors sticks and ideologies of ownership--have not had ears to hear them. Chief Sealth Suquamish once warned that European Americans would forever be haunted by the spirits of those who dwelt here before us on Great Turtle Island: "At night, when the streets of your cities and villages are silent and deserted, they will throng with the host that once filled, and still love, this land; the white man will never be alone."- Ched Myers, Who Will Roll Away the Stone? Discipleship Queries for First World Christians
Ched and Elaine will help us to face and lean into the oldest and deepest injustices on the North American continent, which inhabit every intersection of settler and Indigenous worlds past and present. They offer a pathway to heal the wounds that are inextricably woven into the fabric of our personal and political lives through the inward and outward journey of decolonization. As settlers on this journey, Ched and Elaine will help us explore the places, peoples and spirits that have formed (and deformed) us. Looking at issues of Indigenous justice and settler “response-ability” through the lens of Elaine’s Mennonite family narrative, she will trace “Landlines, Bloodlines, and Songlines” like a braided river. Their work invites settler people of faith into a discipleship of decolonization and restorative solidarity.
Elaine Enns has worked in a range of restorative justice fields since 1989, from victim-offender dialogue in the Criminal Justice System to healing of historical violations and intergenerational trauma. With a DMin from St. Andrew’s College Saskatoon, she trains and teaches throughout North America, and with her partner Ched Myers published the two-volume Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A New Testament Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (Orbis Books, 2009).
Ched Myers is an activist theologian and New Testament expositor working with peace and justice issues. He is a popular educator, animating scripture and literacy in historic and current social change movements. Myers has published over a hundred articles and eight books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (Orbis Books, 1988). He and Elaine are ecumenical Mennonites based in the Ventura River Watershed of southern California in traditional Chumash territory.Their latest book, Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization, is available now and forms the foundation of this webinar. More on Ched and Elaine's work can be found at Bartimaeus Cooperative Institute, BCM-net.org
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