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Friday, October 21 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Spirituality & Social Justice: Cross-Cultural Protocols for Engaging Ritual & Ceremony | Council

As social, family and cultural structures change and mingle, tradition bearers are carrying responsibility for multiple lineages. Simultaneously more and more people have access to ceremonies and profound spiritual teachings and experiences with little or no understanding of their full meaning or cultural or socio-political context. As we experience, adopt or inherit spiritual beliefs and practices, when do we assume political or social responsibility for the people(s) who have gifted them? Do we know what lineages we carry? When are we culturally appropriating? When are we not? What is the relationship between spirituality and social justice? With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. (Interactive/Experiential)


Workshop Speakers
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff (Aleut) has over 35 years' experience serving his people and other indigenous peoples internationally. The first Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, he chaired the Indigenous Knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, and co-founded several organizations including the Indigenous Peoples' Council for Marine Mammals. He has received... Read More →
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Sharon Shay Sloan

Sharon Shay Sloan is Director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation; a certified council trainer with the Center for Council (Ojai Foundation); and co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands. She has been involved with Bioneers since 2001, currently supporting the Community of Mentors and Youth Programs, and coordinating and convening the Council tent.

Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Council Circle