Lamentations as a Parable of Dislocation

On Thursday night at Indigenous Hospitality House eight of us got together to read from the Book of Lamentations, alongside ‘We Are Going’ by Oodgeroo Noonuccal. We found that there are similar experiences of displacement expressed in Lamentations and in ‘We Are Going’. Displacement is such a common human experience – especially in this land. However, many Colonist people seem to have trouble relating to the First Peoples’ experiences of dislocation within their own lands. One of the things we were wondering about was whether the experience described in the Book of Lamentations could function as a parable for people of faith who have trouble relating the the experiences of First Peoples? Could this be a story with which we could lead Colonist people to the experiences of First Peoples?

We will be continuing our discussion on Thursday night (August 20). If you’d like to join us, we will be having dinner at 7:00pm and kicking of the discussion at 7:30pm.

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