James Reeb UU Congregation occupies unceded ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.
This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.
We respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
We seek to honor the history and spirit of this land and its people by contributing to causes and projects important to modern day people of the First Nations, and by avoiding the colonization of spiritual practices of people of the First Nations.
We are also figuring out how to begin the work of reparations.
[October 2023 Note: This is page and statement are works in progress.]
What’s Happening at JRUUC?
Religious Exploration Offering for Adults with Rev. Karen – Dec. 3rd
The next religious exploration offering for adults will be a workshop on reparations after the service on Sunday, Dec. 3. This will be a follow-up to the workshop led by Rev. Kerri Parker in October, and we’ll reflect on the spiritual grounding for reparations and consider concrete actions we might take as a congregation. [Added 11/21/23]
October 2023 Land Acknowledgment Workshop with Rev. Kerri Parker:
For Further Exploration
For more information about our shared history and the importance of land acknowledgement check out these resources:
Local and State History and Culture