Healing Haunted Histories
A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization
Published by: Wipf and Stock Publishers
398 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
- Published: February 2021
- Published: February 2021
The authors write as, and for, settlers on this journey, exploring the places, peoples, and spirits that have formed (and deformed) us. They look at issues of Indigenous justice and settler “response-ability” through the lens of Elaine’s Mennonite family narrative, tracing Landlines, Bloodlines, and Songlines like a braided river. From Ukrainian steppes to Canadian prairies to California chaparral, they examine her forebearers’ immigrant travails and trauma, settler unknowing and complicity, and traditions of resilience and conscience. And they invite readers to do the same.
Part memoir, part social, historical, and theological analysis, and part practical workbook, this process invites settler Christians (and other people of faith) into a discipleship of decolonization. How are our histories, landscapes, and communities haunted by continuing Indigenous dispossession? How do we transform our colonizing self-perceptions, lifeways, and structures? And how might we practice restorative solidarity with Indigenous communities today?
“Healing Haunted Histories is a powerful testimony, a prophetic witness, and a humble gesture toward ‘saving the soul of America’ through deep engagement with our own family stories.”
—Rose Marie Berger, Senior Editor, Sojourners magazine
“Rarely is a book so timely, urgent, and compelling. I believe people will feel their hearts woven into the stories, the healing, and the challenge. . . . This book of discipleship, filled with knowledge, insight, and information both practical and revolutionary, has quite a few artifacts from the world to come. I hope that many will be read by it.”
—Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop for that part of Turtle Island often called Canada
“Intimate, rigorous, accountable, and transformative, Enns and Myers offer both challenge and accompaniment to white settler Christians striving to bring their whole selves to the necessary work of deep, authentic, and radical solidarity with Indigenous peoples.”
—Jennifer Henry, Executive Director, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
“Enns and Myers excavate the traumatic impact of settler colonialism and reckon the resulting settler amnesia with a Christian model of restorative justice that foregrounds Indigenous perspectives, experiences, and histories.”
—Jonathan Cordero (Ohlone and Chumash), Assistant Professor of Sociology, California Lutheran University