Public Witness

Native History in the Bay

Allison Tanner

June 6, 2024

NATIVE HISTORY IN THE BAY, 6:30 p.m. in the Family Room

I hope you can come out next Wednesday evening to participate in the Native History in the Bay event Lakeshore’s Social Concerns Department is hosting. This event will feature the wisdom of Corrina Gould, spokeswoman for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan, the ancestral peoples of the land that is today known as Oakland. Corrina is co-director of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an organization working to rematriate land to native caretakers. Social Concerns has been supporting Sogorea Te’ and this event will help us better understand their work of rematriation, as well as teach us more about the history of the lands on which we live, work, pray and play. During our time together, we will also explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be good stewards of the land on which we live?
  • What do we owe to the generations who’ve stewarded this land before us and after us?
  • What is rematriation and how can we support this work?

Decolonization is a a topic Lakeshore has been discussing recently, from Public Witness Bible Studies on Decolonizing Our Theology to the recent Forum led by Dr. Zulu Lemtur on his work of Decolonizing Indigenous Narratives. I hope you can join us as we continue to explore this theme and the deep spiritual work it invites us into.

Pastor Allison