“Princess Angeline – Responding to Injustice as a Community of Faith”

“Princess Angeline – Responding to Injustice as a Community of Faith”

Wednesdays in Lent: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012 *** 7pm – 8:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

Although we may know well the words of the Baptismal Covenant about “resisting evil, proclaiming the Good News, seeking Christ in all persons, and striving for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being,” how do we go about doing those things as a community of faith? It is one thing to learn about the less than honorable ways in which the name and the land of Chief Seattle and the Duwamish Tribe were taken with the Point Elliott Treaty (Jan. 22, 1855) and other actions to become The City of Seattle. It is yet another thing to gather together as God’s people and prayerfully respond to these challenging and painful issues.

This Lenten series invites participants to prepare for, watch and respond to Sandra Osawa’s 2005 video, Princess Angeline, (Chief Seattle’s daughter), in the context of a Christian community. As deeply disturbing as this history is, our faith equips us to respond with remembrance, grief, repentance, grace, hope, and love offered in respect and for the well being of all people. Far beyond wanting to feel better about what happened when this city was founded, we are invited to come together to sit together with the feelings, thoughts and questions that arise as we learn more about the early days of our city. We do so in hope and love, trusting in the “plenteous redemption” of our God. (Ps. 130: 7)

March 7 Introduction to Princess Angeline: Responding to Injustice as a Community of Faith March 14 View DVD Princess Angeline, March 21 Responding as a Community of Faith March 28 Worship using the “Propers for Princess Angeline”

These sessions will include: Prayer and reflection over —
What happened in the settlement of the State of Washington?
What is the Doctrine of Discovery? How do our own family histories enter into our communal response to this difficult past? How do we as individuals become transformed into a community of faith in order to respond to these injustices? What shall we do now and in the future? The presenters include Kathryn Rickert, Wray MacKay and other members of the First Nations Committee of the Diocese of Olympia.

To register, please contact:

Cherry Haisten
Program Director
The Center at St. Andrew’s
111 NE 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
206-523-7476, ext. 304
cherryh@saintandrewsseattle.org

About kathrynrickert

Possibly from watching the movie Bambie at the age of 6, I have had a life-long awareness that saying ONLY nice things, does not make the world just or kind. Thus, my 2009 doctoral dissertation..."Talking Back to God" , is one of the main aspects of the work I do. Always interdisciplinary, seeking connections across borders that are usually marked with DO NOT ENTER, I seek to pay attention, pray, think, create,and imagine using biblical laments, Christian worship texts, and the ordinary stuff of everyday life.
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