In this study, we will explore Christian and indigenous perspectives on the necessity for humans to be rejoined with nature, and to understand the implications of the Earth's gifts and our responsibility to reciprocate them. Using the books Braiding Sweetgrass by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer and Shalom and the Community of Creation by Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley as resources, we will explore Christian and indigenous approaches to nature and ecology, as well as the historical treatment of indigenous people by "newcomers" in America and rest of the world. Cathy Mousseau and Elaine McCluskey will lead the study, with support from Dr. Gene Green, the Academic Dean of NAIITS, an indigenous learning community.
We encourge participants to read Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, but it is not required for class attendance.