April is Genocide Awareness Month

From our Sacred Ground in Action (SGIA) Ministry

It’s called genocide.  That’s what it was, a genocide.  No other way to describe it.  And that’s the way it needs to be described in the history books.

Governor Gavin Newsom

In order to address the wrongs committed in the past we have to confront that reality in the present. This quote taken from a recent post on the Barona Cultural Center and Museum website opens the comments included in Newsom’s 2019 formal apology to the indigenous communities of California and a brief history of genocide in our state. The article also recommends An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley. This highly regarded book offers the beginning of a journey that begins with the first step. You can buy the book when you visit the Center and Museum. For hours and directions go to www.baronamuseum.com.

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us in your creation. You show us the way to live generously and with compassion. Give us your strength to live together with honesty and respect, curiosity and commitment as we grow in your Spirit and alongside and in solidarity with those who know Spirit with a different song and vision. Amen. (Adapted from an All Saints Church, Minneapolis, MN liturgy)

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