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Summer Redeemer Reads
Two Row Wampum

Summer Redeemer Reads

Once again this summer, Learning @ Redeemer is excited to sponsor parish-wide reading and study on an important book for our future as church.  In partnership with our Aboriginal Issues and Creation Matters Working Groups, we are recommending Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry edited by Steve Heinrichs and published by Herald Press as the focus of this year's summer reading.

It is our hope that as we engage with this challenging book of essays and poetry, and listen to the diversity of First Nations and Settler voices that it contains, our Redeemer community will become well equipped to support the important work of healing historical wounds and thus resourced to continue our long journey to reconciliation as Settlers and members of First Nations.  Our reflections and discussions about this book will be an important part of the Redeemer community's spiritual preparation for the expected release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015.

Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry Book Jacket

Three reading groups are being formed:

  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Leader(s) Pamela Thomson
Grant Jahnke
Louise Greig
Cherith Muir
Stephen Allen
Start date Thursday, July 10 - 7 PM Wednesday, July 16 - 7 PM TBC
Location Avenue Road/St. Clair area Redeemer High Park area

A limited number of books have been ordered and will be available on a first come, first served basis. They are also available for purchase through the Mennonite Central Committee, Amazon or Indigo.

Groups will study selected chapters in five meetings over six weeks, but individual groups may agree on a different schedule.  An online study guide is available here.

For further information about joining one of these groups, please contact Cherith Muir or Mark Knight, co-chairs of Learning@Redeemer.

Two Row Wampum

"For as long as the grass is green" was how long the 1613 treaty signed on Turtle Island was supposed to last.  Why is it called Two Row Wampum?  What did it say?  What did each party mean?  How was it commemorated?  What does the Two Row Wampum Belt look like?  What does it mean?  How is it made?

Two Row Wampum Poster

Over 400 years of waiting for mutual understanding is, God willing, starting to come to an end.  Please join Michael Cheena (Cree) on Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 PM to learn about this first treaty and its contemporary implications.  A light supper will be served for a suggested donation of $10.

To ensure we have a place waiting at the table for you, please register online or by calling the church office at 416-922-4948.

To view/download a copy of our poster, please click here.

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