Decolonizing Thanks Giving – a Virtual Worship Service

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. This virtual worship service, intentionally crafted by centering Indigenous people and cultures, is an invitation to come together in that spirit.  This service was presented last November by many Indigenous Unitarian Universalists in collaboration with Relations from local Tribal Communities, the UU Ministry for Earth & Side With Love.

The service will be shown in the sanctuary for folx who would like to be together in person and streamed over Zoom at the link below, and coffee hour will follow in both platforms.

All are welcome in worship, whether you’ve registered or not.  Your registration ahead of time allows for less congestion at the door on Sunday morning, and it helps us plan for spacing in the sanctuary.

Image: ”Decolonize Maiz” by Ernesto Yerena Montejano

Share the Plate

  • As part of our work to begin reparations to the Ho-Chunk people, the original residents of this land, our Share the Plate will go to the Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency. This nonprofit provides members with quality, affordable housing, and offers programs to meet the social, cultural, and community needs of the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Watch this virtual service from the UUA – 11/2021

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