November 24, 2021
For many, it’s a time for family, food, and football - beloved, lifelong traditions.
For others, it’s a day of deep mourning, the reminder of a brutal history that led to the erasure of their people, culture, homeland, and gave rise to the systemic issues that continue to harm and oppress them today.
Can you hold these two truths?
If you’re reading this, you’re likely deconstructing your faith, as well as working to dismantle patriarchal ideologies, institutions and belief systems. However, to do either of those things effectively, you also have to decolonize them.
And if you celebrate Thanksgiving, then do so without any illusion and with the honesty and candor the day deserves.
Give light to what was kept in the dark for so long.
One of the ways to do this is by refusing to white-wash and sugar-coat Thanksgiving. Consider this your invitation to step outside the narrative we were fed as children to learn the real, genocidal history of the holiday - that the early days of thanks celebrated the burning of a Pequot village in 1637, and the killing of Wampanoag leader Massasoit’s son, among other atrocities.
Acknowledgement is the first step towards healing.
Take the time to remember and offer reverence to the Indigenous people of this land who suffered at the hands of European colonizers - those we called “Americans”.
Let go of the romanticized notion of Thanksgiving and learn the true story from the Indigenous perspective that has been suppressed for hundreds of years.
Here are some things you can do to honor the spiritual significance of Thanksgiving while supporting and affirming Native communities today and all year-round:
Recognizing what was, opens the door to what could be: a more just, equitable, compassionate, interconnected world.
Let’s give thanks while holding that vision today.
~ Rev Arda
December 03, 2021