If you came to last Sunday’s Seabeck Preview with Professor Dina Gilio-Whitaker you heard her talk about Traditional Environmental Knowledge
or TEK. This understanding reveals that indigenous peoples had an integrated understanding of culture, medicine, food, spirituality, and ecosystem management. This holistic approach to land and people creates a stark difference from the compartmentalized lives that late-stage capitalism demands of us. When our life is separated from land, we don’t see the impact of globalized food systems. We are told to identify as consumers and not inhabitants of a watershed or ecosystem. We’re more likely to associate with our phone brand than the streams, rivers, lakes and sound that surround us. This is not by accident. When we disassociate elements of our lives we become unable to see the intersectionality of oppression and the collaboration of liberation.
One of the gifts of our all-church time at Seabeck is a chance to practice a more integrated life: community, creation, spirituality, play, work, learning, eating – all of this is shared. We create a time and place apart from the ways we live segmented lives and are able, if even for a moment, to see what an integrated life looks like. It is a reflection of what the author of the Book of Acts means when they say of the early church: “Day by day, as they spent much time together…they ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”
It might feel hard to capture that sense of an integrated life of community since our all-church camp won’t be happening at the Seabeck Retreat Center. It will take a different intention to create new memories while carrying forward our favorite traditions. We will have a blending of online and in-person events. And we will have time to be with Professor Gilio-Whitaker. We can learn from her. We can ask what it means to seek indigenous approaches toward environmental justice. We can reflect on the impact of settler approaches. And we can commit to finding ways to put the separated pieces back together – in our lives and throughout society.
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Pastor Amy is currently on vacation and will return July 6.
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