Social Ministry @ St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is embarking on a reconciliation project 2022 with the assistance of a grant through the Acts of the MNO Synod initiative. The project began in Feb / March with two presentations Jim Thunder of “Reconciliation Thunder” that focused on Canada’s colonization methods (such as the Doctrine of Discovery and the Indian Act) that have harmed Indigenous people and the role of churches in some of these methods.

Presentation Recordings

Session 1 (February 27)

Session 2 (March 13)

Session 2 (Presentation Slides) – PDF Version/ PowerPoint version

Resource Materials Highlighted in Session 2

Jim has recommended the following resources in response to questions posed during the presentation:

In response to the question about speaking to grandchildren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHHbWIiHcsE

In response to questions about the Indian Act:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC9fRBk7rZk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns5Cgn1pREE

Another video about the Indian Act generally:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhBrq7Ez-rQ

Other Resource Materials

Those interested in doing some reading in advance of the presentation are invited to explore any or all of the following resource materials

Reconciliation Thunder- Timeline

https://reconciliationthunder.org/timeline/

Dear Younger Me: An Open Letter to my Younger Self

https://www.facebook.com/ReconciliationThunder/videos/744305655911055

“Race, Trauma, and the Doctrine of Discovery” – Mark Charles
An excellent 1 hour session which lays a great foundation using Church history

https://youtu.be/fYZ2rj2Jooc

We Don’t Just Need Jesus: Part 1

https://www.andrewkgabriel.com/2021/10/05/indigenous-canadians-dont-just-need-jesus/

We Just Need Jesus: Part 2

https://www.andrewkgabriel.com/2021/11/05/indigenous-reconciliation-requires-jesus-lead/

Faith Today article

https://www.faithtoday.ca/Magazines/2021-Mar-Apr/Reconciliation-through-relationships

Christianity Today article

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/quick-to-listen/residential-schools-christians-first-nation-podcast.html

Racism and the Church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PxJWY1kz_c

Horizon Video Series

https://www.faithtoday.ca/Magazines/2022-Jan-Feb/Horizon-launches-reconciliation-videos

Indigenizing the Cooperative Model (This one is useful reading but is not faith-based)

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/indigenizing-co-operative-model