Healing Haunted Histories

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.94 inches | 1.62 pounds

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About the Author
Elaine Enns has worked across the restorative justice field since 1989, from facilitating victim-offender dialogue in the Criminal Justice System to addressing historical violations and intergenerational trauma. With a DMin from St. Andrews College Saskatoon, she trains and teaches throughout North America, and with her partner Ched published the two-volume Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A New Testament Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (Orbis Books, 2009). They codirect Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (www.bcm-net.org).

Ched Myers is an activist theologian and New Testament expositor working with peace and justice issues. He is a popular educator, animating scripture and literacy in historic and current social change movements. Myers has published over a hundred articles and eight books, including Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus (Orbis, 1988). He and Elaine are ecumenical Mennonites based in the Ventura River Watershed of southern California in traditional Chumash territory.
"Healing Haunted Histories shows how it is possible-even necessary-to braid together the truth of family stories of immigration, including their traumatic silences; a thoughtful inhabitation of places and watersheds; a radical Christianity, not the religion of power and whiteness; and a deep commitment to confronting the settler mythologies of entitlement in North America. Practical and personal, this book will be a trustworthy guide for many in the decolonizing work that lies ahead." -Roger Epp, Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta "I didn't know how Enns and Myers would hold it all together, but they did! I was especially impressed (coming from a historian's perspective) with their ability to traverse the Canada/US divide. The histories are different, but the book showed us both the common ground and the differences seamlessly, and didn't let either side of the border off the hook! The insistent and yet compassionate interrogation of the authors' own family narrative is a rare gift-and a model. The personal threads woven throughout the work help keep it indeed 'intelligible and accessible, ' but without sparing us the important critical theory or the necessary details." -Sandra Beardsall, Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan "Beautifully written, I can feel the heart, courage, and passion that went into this text. I learned a ton about Mennonite history, trauma, and the importance of 'bloodlines work.' I was inspired by the compassionate and bold call to imagine and dance a reparative future. More importantly, Healing Haunted Histories, through its careful weaving of personal narrative, decolonizing theory, and biblical imagination, fills a real gap. I know nothing like it! Routinely, I paused while reading and said to myself, this is going to be used in church circles, and it's going to make a difference." -Steve Heinrichs, Director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for Mennonite Church Canada "I was inspired and challenged and re-oriented. I'm so grateful to have been part of this conversation over the years, and reading this now (in a time when my mind/heart/body is caught up with many complex institutional responsibilities in a very unstable time) has been life-giving. The authors' re-membering and discipleship have lifted my eyes to broader horizons and deeper longings. Their explorations of archaeology and cartography were deeply engaging for me." -Eileen Klassen Hamm, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan "This is an excellent book. The rubric of 'haunted histories' is a compelling one with real heuristic value. It is well-written, well-organized, remarkably well-researched, and combines very powerful storytelling with outstanding analysis. I think it sparked about five hundred sermon ideas! Haunted Histories has put into words so many of the 'deep knowings' that I have as a settler/aspiring ally. I'm very grateful for that, knowing that I'll be much more articulate on these matters as I continue in the work and continue as a preacher." -Russell Daye, Lead Minster, St. Andrew's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and author of Political Forgiveness "I will use this book in materials I continue to develop for the United Church of Canada. I really feel like it is a piece that we can use to take responsibility for our ongoing complicity in colonization. Thanks to the authors for doing the work, which I know is hard." -Sara Stratton, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator, Toronto, The United Church of Canada "The themes resonate deeply with me, as they are parallel to what I also continue to examine. I am very grateful for Enns' and Myers' careful and insightful work. They have wrestled hard with many difficult storylines-and at the same time opened up avenues for the reader to explore their own storylines." -Luke Gascho, Executive Director Emeritus of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen Col