CONAM: “The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A Documentary and Discussion: on The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness will be held Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

“The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness” is a documentary that gives voice to first-hand accounts of abuses at Indian Boarding Schools. Elders discuss the resulting intergenerational trauma and the journey toward healing that is only possible through recognizing the trauma, acknowledging that it did happen to members of the community, “forgiving the unforgivable," and returning to traditional Native culture and spirituality.

Sponsored and facilitated by members of the Committee on Native American Ministries of the BWAC

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Meeting ID: 927 7130 5631
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Participants will watch the first hour of the documentary then spend the last half-hour discussing the following three questions:

  1. Take a few moments to acknowledge how you feel after watching the documentary. What emotions are you feeling? At whom are they directed?
  2. Discuss a quote from the documentary that most resonates with you.
    “To this day I still don’t go to church for what they did to me.” (27:48)
    “We became ashamed of who we are and where we came from.” (37:43)
    “Everyone [should be] held responsible for knowing this part of our history – not for blame, victimization, or guilt, but simply to know. The truth is a precondition [of] justice… and justice is a precondition for healing and reconciliation.” (58:45)
    Or, any other quote or section that affected you.
  3. The intended audience for this documentary is Native American communities. If you identify as Native American, what does it say to you personally? What does it say to those of us who are not Native American?

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