Please join the Indigenous Justice Working Group (IJWG) to share your thoughts about the draft of our Land Acknowledgment for First Parish!
IJWG has drafted a land acknowledgment based on our learning to date, and solicited input from Indigenous leaders, as well as our own ministers and members of the Social Justice Committee (SJC). We hope to bring this to a congregational vote later this year.
● In Person Only –Sunday 1/28 (11:45am) Parlor post-service
DRAFT LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO CONSIDER: The First Parish meetinghouse is located on the ancestral lands of the Massachusett people, whose name was appropriated by this Commonwealth. The White Europeans who took land from its inhabitants through coercion and violence also subjected Indigenous people to forced labor, relocation, and genocide. Our faith calls us to acknowledge the truth of our history, to name the ongoing harms of settler colonialism, and to work toward repair. We commit to being in right relationship with the Massachusett and other Indigenous peoples, particularly the Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag, and to finding meaningful ways to offer our resources as we work in solidarity to build a more sustainable future for us all.