Looking at the Other
Sermon by Duck Buck.
This Sunday, we’re celebrating the second Advent Sunday, lighting the Bodhi Candle, and remembering the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and certainly sending thoughts and love to our ministers Shawn, Lynn, and Danielle who are witnessing today at Standing Rock, North Dakota. They are responding to a call from Chief Arvol Looking Horse who has asked for the clergy of all faiths to stand peacefully with their youth in prayer.
I’m very happy that Shawn has asked me to step in and preach. I had already drafted a sermon to be offered on Aboriginal Day next June. Now you get to hear it six months earlier! It’s called “Looking at the Other.” In this sermon, the “Other” is Indigenous people in Canada, but “Others” can be black people, women, Jews, Muslims, LGBTT people — anyone. Can we become aware of our own unconscious racism, which was ingrained in us by our culture? Can we confront kindly these prejudices in ourselves and in our lives with others?
With love, Doug