The lesson of the hummingbird is that at times we work diligently, but alone. By doing our part, and working toward the well-being of all, we can encourage others to join us in living out a better vision for the future.
For me, the 'Flight of the Hummingbird' story, from the Indigenous Quechau speaking people in Central and South America, is a timely call as we see environmental crises occurring on an almost daily basis: rising temperatures, catastrophic weather, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. It is a story that is meant to guide us when we feel overwhelmed, when we feel inundated by a world out of control.
Watch: Flight of the Hummingbird
On Sunday, we also reflected on the work of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who has led a generation in recognizing climate change. Her words guided our hearts and minds to what really matters in our world: a future that is livable and manageable for generations. A world that acknowledges our role in climate change and works to create a better future.
The story gives us an open-ended lesson that calls on all of us to live out our purpose: to do all that we can for one another and for Creation.
Watch: Greta Thunberg speak at the UN Climate Change conference
For my part, I will be taking this message further, to our Indigenous churches, at the UCC National Indigenous Gathering in Rama, Ontario this week. And I will be leading the commemorative service on August 9 for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which will be a time not only to commemorate, but remember those teachings, practices, and stories that enfold our worldview as Indigenous peoples as we seek re-connection to our traditional wisdom and the wisdom of our forbearers.
And as we pray for the tragic losses of those affected by the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this week, a world in chaos and suffering from hate, may we seek this wisdom to create a better world.
Indigenous Right Relations Lead
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