“Decolonizing Thanksgiving”

A recorded service. Unitarian Universalism’s history during the Civil War era, is directly connected to the creation of the mythos supporting the US Thanksgiving holiday and the historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative of “Pilgrims and the Indians,” and the pageant traditions that perpetuate these harms. In recent years, UUs have made a commitment to reconsider the cultural and colonial foundations of this tradition, in counsel and relationship with First Nations and Indigenous communities. This virtual worship service was recorded November 18, 2021, and is made available through the UUA WorshipWeb. It was intentionally crafted by centering Indigenous people and cultures and is an invitation to come together in that spirit. This service is presented by many Indigenous Unitarian Universalists in collaboration with Relations from local Tribal Communities, the UU Ministry for Earth & Side With Love.