Just the idea that such a thing could happen, even if it does not, is miles beyond what I had dreamed possible! Thanks be to God. Working with this group in this way is simply amazing; no one is trying to take over. Everyone is listening to each other. We don’t know where this will all lead, but we are all working together to find out. What an honor, what a gift!
I am probably too happy about this day to begin to be able to write down very much of how it unfolded. The short version is to say that we read, listened to and pondered Isaiah 29:17-24…allowing it to sink into and then responded to it.
We read and heard and pondered and responded to the various historical documents, (in excerpt form) of the Doctrine of Discovery:
Papal Bull Dum Diversas 1452 = okay to enslave perpetually any non-Christian on the planet Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex 1455 = okay to take everything of “theirs” and use it for profit…
“Doctrine of Discovery, ( as the context for) Manifest Destiny and (US dealings with ) NA”
….And then I offered a brief version of my work on Laments as tools, voices for healing and reconciliation.
And then another person said that it had come to him during his morning prayer today that we should begin the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church with a whole church lament over the Doctrine of Discovery, Conquest and the on-going consequences.
And then yet more good ideas, good work were shared. Such a rich feast.
We had dinner with the Christ Church Cathedral NA Committee…which was really wonderful, until the fire alarm went off, the fire men arrived and we had to leave early.
That was followed by walking to and from Kentucky. What a day!
I think I will sleep soon. This has been a very good day. Thanks be to God.