Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God
:Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this...
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:Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.
Drawing on the narrative of her personal journey and the poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people, Curtice addresses themes at the forefront of today's discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other's stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future for the church. Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.
- :<b>contents</b>introduction<b>part 1: Beginnings</b>1. Land And Water2. Journeying Stories3. Creation Stories4. My Own Beginning<b>part 2: Searching For Meaning</b>5. The Problem Of Whiteness6. Stereotypes And Survival7. A Heart Language8. Gifts Of Prayer<b>part 3: The Struggle For Truth</b>9. Ceremony10. Ancestors11. Self, Examined12. The Pain Of Church Spaces<b>part 4: Working</b>13. Wake-up Calls14. When The Church Gets To Work15. Keeping Watch16. Fighting Invisibility<b>part 5: Bearing Fruit In A New World</b>17. Finding One Another18. The Future Of Decolonization19. Returning20. A New World For Our Childrenafterword