The Abraham Festival invites you to our next zoom session for 2021, on Sunday 21st November from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. EST!

“The Natural Thing To Do” – Exploring the Golden Rule, and learning from past mistakes

Six Nations of the Grand River: A Samaritan Story

We are very happy to welcome Rev. George Best as he examines the text of the parable in Luke 10, of “the Good Samaritan” from a historical perspective. His re-contextualization of the story to the conflict of the late 1700’s examines how the Haudenosaunee supported immigrant members of a farming community on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War. This biographical account and ancestral story is updated today, supporting specific “Calls to Action” from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, surrounding Canada’s moral problem. The racist, un-Holy church-state foundation of nation-building from the Doctrine of Discovery is pivotal. It helps us understand the aftermath of genocide since the residential school experiment against Indigenous Peoples. The Haudenosaunee, by contrast, show us the “natural thing to do.”

Bio: Rev. George Best is married to Judith, and retired from a professional career in criminal justice. He is a member of Wideman Mennonite Church, Markham; an ordained minister and graduate of Waterloo University with Bachelors of Arts in social development, peace and conflictand restorative justice studies; and a graduate with Masters of Divinity from Queen’s University, Kingston, with concentration in Restorative Justice. George has a life long interest in social justice, having advocated with Indigenous Peoples during the OKA Crisis and the Ipperwash land disputes; he advocates with the Six Nations of the Grand River for the construction of an Immersion Languages School, and lives on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee of the Williams Treaty of Southern Ontario.

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