"What Makes an Elder"
Sermon by Danielle Webber, Summer Minister.
In much of Western Culture, we talk about the scientific method being the ultimate source of knowledge, how we gain knew information about the world, and how we move forward into the future, and scientists are often considered the most knowledgeable people in our society. But there are multiple ways to learn knowledge, and ways to see the world. The First Peoples of this land however used story telling to share their knowledge and to learn about the world, the people often responsible for sharing these stories, for holding the knowledge for their community, were the elders of a community.
Often knowledge is held by individuals in community, shared from a place of deep personal and interpersonal wisdom. I have forever sought advice from those with more experience than me; my grandmother and father being my two go-to people. But I have also reached out to yoga gurus, Indigenous elders, and senior colleagues. How regularly do we take this knowledge for granted, believe that this knowledge is not as hard earned as the science behind other information? This week we will be exploring how our understanding of knowledge and those who offer that knowledge to us has affected world significantly, and consider how we can listen more closely to our elders.
See you Sunday,
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