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September 14, 2017, 3:24 PM

Invitation to Indigenous People Who Are UU or UU-Affiliated


Dear Ones,
 
We are writing today to let you know about a unique opportunity for Indigenous People who are Unitarian Universalist and UU-affiliated.
 
In the spring of 2018, the InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) will be hosting a large-scale gathering for Indigenous Peoples, allies, friends, and relatives. This convening will bring together people from various cultures, disciplines, and walks of life to share diverse perspectives on environmental and social justice. INITC has held similar events in Australia, New Zealand, and various locations in the U.S.
 
This event aims to center Indigenous Peoples in this partnership, and we would love to include your perspective. We invite you to join us for an informative call on INITC and the role that Unitarian Universalists can play in this partnership. Please join us at 5:30 PM (CDT) on Tuesday, September 19. Call-in information follows at the end of this email. Please also share this invitation with any Indigenous People who might be interested in joining us.
 
As you may know, Unitarian Universalists have made it a priority to show up in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. Most recently, following the lead of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Bismarck-Mandan, UUs from across the continent offered solidarity to the Water Protectors at Standing Rock—spiritually, physically, and financially.
 
Through relationships made at Oceti Sakowin Camp, Unitarian Universalist organizations have been invited into partnership with INITC. INITC is an Indigenous/First Nations-led organization that brings together diverse peoples and cultures for environmental and social justice, supporting mutual transformation through emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual change. 
 
INITC’s current UU partners include Standing on the Side of Love, the UU College of Social Justice, the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, the MidAmerica Region, and the Pacific Western Region of the UUA.
 
We look forward to ongoing collaboration and hope you will join the call. If you have any questions, please call 701.223.6788 or email minister@bismanuu.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ronya Galligo-Hoblit (Oglala Lakota), chair, People of Color Caucus, Bismarck-Mandan UU Congregation
Johnnie Aseron (Haudenosenee/Lakota Hunka), executive director, INITC
Karen Van Fossan, minister, Bismarck-Mandan UU Congregation
 
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/7206017196 
 
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,7206017196# or +16465588656,7206017196#
 
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
 
Meeting ID: 720 601 7196

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