As a result of participation in the Sacred Ground curriculum and in response to the resolutions of the 2022 General Convention (C072 and D019) about land acknowledgement, the presenter co-created and implemented a series of 8 sessions on Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. The resolutions are a call for the implementation of “land acknowledgement liturgies and prayers to begin any public meetings or worship….”. Recognizing that land acknowledgement is not just an exercise and has to be understood in the context of the language of colonization, reparative justice and stories of repair, a series was created to put land acknowledgement in this larger context.
This series is designed to look at topics such as harm and what repentance and repair looks like in the context of baptismal covenant. In addition, the series addresses the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery for indigenous people today by exploring the Indian Child Welfare Act, earth care and climate change, health care, and advocacy efforts such as the Land Back movement. In addition to education, an outcome of the series also is doing the work of creating a land acknowledgement with long term intentional action for the parish.
The goal of this presentation will be a review of the outline of the sessions that can be used in adult forum, including sharing the resources used and the use of multiple formats for making the topics interesting as well as meaningful to congregants.
This workshop would be useful for those who are looking for ways to incorporate antiracism and social justice in their parish educational opportunities in ways that are accessible and empowering while also evoking thought and discussion about a difficult topic.
Kathleen Murphy, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL, Diocese of Chicago
Kathleen Murphy, MSW, PhD, MLIS retired in 2019 from serving as the manager for the Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois. In addition to a 20-year career in the private practice of psychotherapy and years of teaching adjunct in academia, she currently serves as a Board member on the ethics review boards for two academic institutions. She volunteers at the Northfield Food Pantry and as the public member for commissions for the ADA. She is a co-facilitator for Sacred Ground and serves on the Anti-racism Action Committee and Formation Committee at St. Luke’s parish in Evanston.