KAIROS Blanket Exercise

On August 9, we held a virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise.  The goal of the sessions is to build understanding about the shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. In the original version, everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. The online version developed during COVID honors the experiential and participatory elements of the in-person original.  

By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.   

DUCC Kathy Douglas writes about her experience: 

Deep emotions are not easy for me to ‘figure’ and ‘sit with’.  When they come, I recognize the divine is at work.  During the virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise I experienced deep emotions of grief, anger and frustration.  I also came to a place of hope.  There were over 25 of us gathered across the world on Monday, August 9 for the vKBE_Diakonia…sharing an experience together.  Twenty five folks, who collectively can offer healing and change in an effort of reconciliation around Canada’s unjust history with the first people’s of this land.    

With the pandemic experience in full swing, we know change and movement can occur in BIG ways and quite quickly.   

Collectively we can make a difference, now. 

And an American colleague, Sister Ramona Daily, from the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, shares her experience: 

As an African/Caribbean American woman I felt privileged to have the opportunity to experience the history of my Indigenous Canadian siblings in the Blanket exercise.  The ugly parts of history were revealed.  I knew they were there but not the particular acts of horror about which we learned.  So much loss!  God, have mercy!  

I held my tears until I heard an Inuit elder tell how the colonizers shot and killed his husky dogs.  His dogs were his transportation and livelihood, not to mention his pets.  The cruelty of that act overwhelmed me.   

I still have my tipi virtual background because I was randomly one of the people who virtually survived.  I use it as a talking point on other zoom meetings.  The Blanket exercise reminded me of watching the TV movie, Roots. Tears and resilience.  I heard an Indigenous woman say, “They tried to bury us but we are like seeds!”  Amen, Sister! 

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December 7 - Day 13 in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Oh God, we pray for all victims of gender violence.

Be with them as they painfully struggle for equality.

Comfort them and their families.

Hear our pleas for women,

especially those oppressed in countries where women are enslaved and treated as objects, property, mutilated and killed,

just because they are female.

Help us to be instruments of your justice.

We pray for those who are persecuted due to their sexual identity,

sexual orientation and/or gender.

Instill in them the knowledge that they are beloved children,

made in the image of God's goodness.

God, let your love engulf and empower those who are and have been persecuted,

so they may proudly be voices for change.

We pray fervently, that those in power (governing officials as well as our church leaders),

will promote and protect the rights of gender, sexually vulnerable people,

encouraging and enacting laws on their behalf, by calling a halt to abuse,

(be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual).

Call us all to be advocates on their behalf.

Remind all humanity, that God's love, calls for peace, compassion, justice, and equality.

God embraces diversity in all creation.

Continue to shine your light of compassion in the hearts of the mistreated and oppressed,

calling them to become bright beacons of hope.

Deaconess Ruth Dyer, Lutheran Diaconal Association

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December 7  - Day 13 in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Oh God, we pray for all victims of gender violence.

Be with them as they painfully struggle for equality.

Comfort them and their families.

Hear our pleas for women,

especially those oppressed in countries where women are enslaved and treated as objects, property, mutilated and killed,

just because they are female.

Help us to be instruments of your justice.

We pray for those who are persecuted due to their sexual identity,

sexual orientation and/or gender.

Instill in them the knowledge that they are beloved children,

made in the image of Gods goodness.

God, let your love engulf and empower those who are and have been persecuted,

so they may proudly be voices for change.

We pray fervently, that those in power (governing officials as well as our church leaders),

will promote and protect the rights of gender, sexually vulnerable people,

encouraging and enacting laws on their behalf, by calling a halt to abuse,

(be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual).

Call us all to be advocates on their behalf.

Remind all humanity, that Gods love, calls for peace, compassion, justice, and equality.

God embraces diversity in all creation.

Continue to shine your light of compassion in the hearts of the mistreated and oppressed,

calling them to become bright beacons of hope.

*Deaconess Ruth Dyer, Lutheran Diaconal Association*
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December 10 International Human Rights Day

Last Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Almighty God, who created all of humanity in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against all forms of gender-based oppression and violence, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual; may we reverently seek justice, healing and new life for those who have been victims of such oppression and violence, seeing in all affected the very body of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Margaret Light, deacon-in-training;

The Rev. Joy Walker-Miller, a transitional deacon;

and Rev. Deacon Tracie Middleton, (Association for Episcopal Deacons),

the team of diaconal ministers serving at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Beaumont

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**December 10 International Human Rights Day **

**Last Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence**

Almighty God, who created all of humanity in your own image:  Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against all forms of gender-based oppression and violence, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual; may we reverently seek justice, healing and new life for those who have been victims of such oppression and violence, seeing in all affected the very body of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

*Margaret Light, deacon-in-training;*

*The Rev. Joy Walker-Miller, a transitional deacon;*

*and Rev. Deacon Tracie Middleton, (Association for Episcopal Deacons),*

*the team of diaconal ministers serving at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Beaumont*
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December 9 --

15th Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

God of wisdom, God of strength.

We are loved and accepted by you.

You see beyond our earthly woes

to the heart and soul of who we are and who you created us to be.

Help us define ourselves by love.

Help us to be wise when we approach one another and act with kindness.

Let us appreciate one another for the beauty within each of us and

for the gifts we have to share with the world.

Let us gain strength by lifting one another up and

triumphing over the pains of ignorance and damaging words.

Let our words be ones of honor and grace not hate and bigotry.

As God’s love seeps into the world, in every corner and place,

may we be open to receiving it.

May we be the momentum of harmony and reconciliation

towards a world filled with respect and dignity.

Amen

Deacon Kelly Brooks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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**December 9 -- **

**15th Day of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence**

God of wisdom, God of strength.

We are loved and accepted by you.

You see beyond our earthly woes

to the heart and soul of who we are and who you created us to be.

Help us define ourselves by love.

Help us to be wise when we approach one another and act with kindness.

Let us appreciate one another for the beauty within each of us and

for the gifts we have to share with the world.

Let us gain strength by lifting one another up and

triumphing over the pains of ignorance and damaging words.

Let our words be ones of honor and grace not hate and bigotry.

As God’s love seeps into the world, in every corner and place,

may we be open to receiving it.

May we be the momentum of harmony and reconciliation

towards a world filled with respect and dignity.

Amen

*Deacon Kelly Brooks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America*
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