Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Telling of Stories During Bible Study

Each of us comes from a story; are you listening?

Donna Bomberry enters the podium early in the morning. It's time for Bible study, time to hear about indigenous gifts and our walk with God and one another.

Together with the words from the Church in Canada, Donna talks about how each of us comes from a story.

The challenge to the Church and to us is whether we are listening for the stories to be told.

”Each one of us comes from a story, are you listening?" says Donna who is Cayuga, one of Six Nations Iroquois of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada. Donna works for the Anglican Church of Canada.

Donna reminds us how we all come with many gifts to share in our walk with God and one another.

“The walk goes towards justice, healing, reconciliation and new life. As indigenous people, the spiritual gifts are also indigenous. They are to be used within our different communities in this walk. We are to use these gifts to enlighten the world we participate in.”

Donna issues a couple of questions for the group to reflect upon.

"How are we to share our gifts to the community we live in, and what does indigenous people have in common, in spite of all their diversity?"

Towards the end of her message she says that these indigenous gifts, the ones that are to be used in the community we live in, really make up our spirituality.

Raconter des histoires pendant une étude biblique

L'étude biblique de Donna Bomberry est l'occasion pour chacun de raconter son histoire. Pasteur de l'Église anglicane du Canada, elle considère que "le défi pour l'Église est d'offrir un espace où ces histoires peuvent être entendues."

Dans la marche vers la justice, la guérison, la réconciliation et une vie nouvelle, les peuples indigènes ont aussi à offrir leurs dons spirituels : "Nous devons les utiliser dans cette marche commune qui est la nôtre. Nous devons utiliser ces dons pour illuminer ce monde auquel nous participons." En binôme, les participants ont cherché à répondre à ces questions : comment pouvons nous partager nos dons avec l'ensemble de la communauté à laquelle nous appartenons? Qu'avons, peuples indigènes, à offrir en commun, malgré notre diversité?

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