Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry:
Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together
How can North Americans come to terms with the lamentable clash between indigenous and settler cultures, spiritualities, and attitudes toward creation? Showcasing a variety of voices both traditional and Christian, native and non-native "Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry" offers up alternative histories, radical theologies, and poetic, life-giving memories that can unsettle our souls and work toward reconciliation.
This book is intended for all who are interested in healing historical wounds of racism, stolen land, and cultural exploitation. Essays on land use, creation, history, and faith appear among poems and reflections by people across ethnic and religious divides. The writers do not always agree in fact, some are bound to raise readers' defenses. But they represent the hard truths that we must hear before reconciliation can come.
Study guide available separately.
Also see the following reviews/references:
- Toronto Sun by Tom Harpur
- Winnipeg Free Press by John Longhurst
- Anglican Journal by Laurel Dykstra
- Sojourners by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos
- Friends Journal by Phila Hoopes
- Seven (pp.18-21) by Aaron Epp
- Converge (p.49) by Flyn Ritchie
“Let me tell you, this book has rocked my world. I feel overwhelmed and at a complete loss as to how to proceed as a white Christian "settler". In all my public education growing up in Ontario I was not informed of the true nature of Canada’s story as this book brings to light. It’s very disturbing and humbling. Even in my post secondary studies (in Mennonite institutions!) I cannot recall hearing Indigenous-settler issues being raised as a concern for the church to address, and I have not until this year thought of myself as a "settler". Your book leaves no room whatsoever for us colonizers to wiggle out of responsibility for a deep unhealed tragedy in this land. I look forward to meeting you soon, and hope to learn from yourself and others how to move out of the paralysis and into redemptive responses to this whole reality. Thank you for bringing us this book, I hope it will generate many significant steps toward understanding, respect and healing.” – Kevin Drudge, Winkler, MB
“Superb! For centuries our misunderstandings and conflicts have accumulated . . . In this book the issues are opened, offering information, insights, and resolutions that amaze our usual thinking. Read it carefully; with a prayer for understanding.” —Rudy Wiebe, novelist, co-author with Yvonne Johnson of Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
“This invaluable collection calls us to decolonize theology and interrogate how the logics of settler colonialism have infused Christianity. At the same time, it refuses the temptation to replace one metanarrative with another.” —Andrea Smith, author of Native Americans and the Christian Right
“Steve Heinrichs has edited a courageous and urgent book. The voices that speak here sound from outside the theopolitical, social-economic domination system of our society. The book is an invitation to rethink both policy and attitude. Attention must be paid!” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Being a Faithful Church Bundle (2009-2013):
Documents 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, 5
This paper includes 6 parts:
- Part 1: Testing the spirits in the Midst of Hermeneutical Ferment - March 2009
- Part 2: “Peace Church” as “Pacifist Church” - July 2010
- Part 3: A Plan to Discern Faithfulness on Matters of Sexuality - July 2011
- Part 4: Using the Bible in Helpful and Unhelpful Ways - July 2012
- Part 4.1: Exercising Our Interpretive Muscles: Testing our Interpretive Framework - September 2012
- Part 5: Between Horizons: Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality - November 2013
2014 Witness Worker Update:
Up-to-date information on Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers.
Available upon request.
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Chris and Selah Videos:
Introducing Children to Mennonite Church Canada Projects
Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples:
What can we do?
More than ever before, Canadians are becoming aware of their fractured relationship with host peoples. Many are looking for ways to nurture better relationships and work for justice. We hope this booklet will spark a conversation, helping individuals and communities craft their own walks of peace.
Most of the materials referenced in this handout can be found here.
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Interim Report - Future Directions Task Force:
October 11, 2013
Following consultation with Area Church leaders, the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada appointed a Task Force on discerning future directions in response to two central questions:
- What is God’s Spirit calling us to in the 21st Century?
- What are the best ways (programs, structures, strategies) for the church to thrive and grow?
Guiding the Task Force in its work is our Vision Statement.
Naming and Dismantling the Wall(s):
2014 MCA Plenary Sessions
Jesus breaks down walls of hostility between peoples. But before we can live into that reality, our first task must be to recognize and name the wall(s) that do still divide us - within the church and within our country. It's not easy, but we must confess the barriers between settler and indigenous peoples. In doing so, amazing healing can come our way - "the truth shall set us free."
Secondly, the Church must align itself with the work of Christ in dismantling the walls between peoples. This requires a radical openness to receive the gifts of the "other" and recognize that ultimately there is no Church or gospel without "Jews and Gentiles" being together. We celebrate the oneness in Christ and honour that unity with truth-telling, power-sharing, and mutual leadership. In doing so, we'll realize the peace and diversity and richness of Christ.
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