Sermon by Catherine Lake.
Memory is the servant of conscience.
International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women and focuses our attentions on the ongoing quest for gender equality throughout the world. Women’s history, like Indigenous and Black histories, have been actively suppressed by those who publish, promote and shared but not-so-common history. “Hidden Figures” indeed.
How can we as people of conscience continue our search for truth and justice when the truth of women’s lives remain untold? How can girls and women be included fully in the present and visualized in the future when we are not included in the past?
“Rehabilitating History” is this week's sermon presented by Catherine Lake who highlights the contributions of women such as Jigonsaseh who helped establish the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy centuries before colonization and Judy LaMarsh who defended the civil rights of four lesbians evicted from the Brunswick Tavern in 1974.
Reconciling history is a critical element of truth as expressed through the Truth and Reconciliation process to which all Canadians and Unitarian Universalists are called to participate. This Sunday’s service will include guest speaker Joanne (Okimawininew) Dallaire, LLD whose Healing Work contributes to transforming the lives of individuals, the culture of agencies and the recognition of and respect for Aboriginal people, their culture, concerns and contributions within mainstream society. Joanne will be speaking about her Healing Work at the YWCA Toronto’s Winona’s Place — a unique and vibrant residence that provides independent living within a supportive and secure environment for Indigenous women and their children.
Joanne Dallaire currently sits as the Elder for Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council, and the Truth and Reconciliation directive and as a Traditional counsellor at Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services.
A special collection will be taken up to support the work of Winona’s Place and the Indigenous women they serve.
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