Decolonizing Thanks Giving: a Virtual Worship Service

Decolonizing Thanks Giving

This Sunday we will stream a worship service presented by Indigenous Unitarian Universalists in collaboration with Relations from local Tribal Communities, the UU Ministry for Earth, and Side With Love.

Unitarian Universalism’s history during the Civil War era is directly connected to the creation of the mythos supporting the US Thanksgiving holiday and the historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative of “Pilgrims and the Indians,” and the pageant traditions that perpetuate these harms. In recent years, UUs have made a commitment to reconsider the cultural and colonial foundations of this tradition, in counsel and relationship with First Nations and Indigenous communities.

The Harvest the Power program and Thanksgiving Reframed worship service last year were a significant milestone in this effort, and the work of truth-telling, cultural healing, and transformation must continue.

This replaying of a virtual worship service (streamed on November 18th), that was intentionally crafted by centering Indigenous people and cultures, is an invitation to come together in that spirit.

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