Four congregations in the Mac-Groveland Neighborhood (Fairmount United Methodist Church, Macalester Plymouth United Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Immanuel) are working together to address racism in our neighborhood. As part of each congregation’s understanding of God’s call for racial justice, we began exploring the land on which we stand: in particular, the history of a place, the injustices that happened to its first people and our relationship to that history and its legacy. We will engage in a time of faith study, community conversations and outreach.
Three events are scheduled for November and December. All events will be via Zoom. Watch for information in News and Notes on how to sign up and receive the link.
November 15, 4-5:30pm – Online watch party of “Dakota Exile” an award-winning PBS documentary about Dakota history in Minnesota. In 1862, the federal and state government began to drive the Dakota people from Minnesota. The story of their exile is told through the words of Dakota elders and tribal historians. After watching the hour-long film, we will join in discussion.
December 1 (Time TBD) – Book discussion of “Fort Snelling at Bdote” by Peter DeCarlo. This book, from the Minnesota Historical Society, looks at the history of Fort Snelling’s military significance alongside the history of that land as a sacred place for the Dakota people and the site of their genocide. A discussion of the book will be led by Dr. Katrina Phillips, professor of Native American History at Macalester College, and a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
December 8 (Time TBD) – Lecture by Christine Diindiisi-Wallette McCleave, president of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Ms. McCleave will present on boarding school trauma and history and the church’s role in boarding schools.