In the face of this latest pandemic, Mark Denning (of the Oneida Nation, and one of Repairing Together’s original educators), created this program to respond to these challenges.
Daily sessions were dedicated to teachings on physical- and mental health, intellectual and spiritual Indigenous practices.
Elana Kahn, Associate Dean at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, spoke passionately on Spiritual health from a Jewish perspective. Capturing the essence of Judaism and social consciousness. This short video offers wisdom to guide us to serve the community.
It all started on May 25, 2020, as the result of the challenges of COVID19 and social justice struggles. On that date, two things happened. Indigenous leaders met in Racine, Wisconsin and had a conversation on how their cultural ways of life could be revitalized to address the issues of the day.
The Native communities are facing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual challenges. It was agreed that they would use their customs to bring forward answers in a time where people felt isolated, not heard, not represented and unsafe. And in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, street protests swept the country. Social justice movements began to take shape in many ways, and conversations were started that had been long overdue.
At the Unity Fire, we can make our best efforts in education and in providing a place for hope, reflection and prayer. We embraced that identity and continue to work in the interests of personal and public health. Repairing Together is a grateful partner in this process with Unity Fire MKE.
Mark Denning (Oneida Nation)