I was at part of a meeting at All Saints Indian Mission recently. Hymns were sung in Ojibwe and in Dakota. (Most, if not all, I think had been translated from English.) I'd like to understand more about the role this kind of thing may or may not have in preserving and prepetuating Native American languages and the spiritual worldviews they carry. I'd like to have a better understanding of how this relates to issues of racism and of racial integration vs segregation of churches. I'd like a better understanding of these things to inform my relationships and my work within my church. I think I've said a mouthful. But I think the conversations that bit by bit can help us learn about these things and wrestle with them are important to have.
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