Book Discussion Group Winter 2021: *Native* by Kaitlin B. Curtice

The Camas Friends Book Discussion Group is currently reading and discussing Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice. You can order a copy through Barclay Press HERE. We meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm via Zoom. Here is the Zoom info for joining:


Meeting ID: 837 7014 5991
Passcode: 188045

About the book: “Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Potawatomi identity both informs and challenges her faith. Curtice draws on her personal journey, poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people to address themes at the forefront of today’s discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other’s stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future. Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.”

Tentative Reading Schedule

Jan 13Introduction
Ch 1—Land and Water
Ch 2—Journeying Stories
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Jan 20Ch 3—Creation Stories
Ch 4—My Own Beginning
Jan 27Ch 5—The Problem of Whiteness
Ch 6—Stereotypes and Survival
Feb 3Ch 7—A Heart Language
Ch 8—Gifts of Prayer
Feb 10Ch 9—Ceremony
Ch 10—Ancestors
Feb 17Ch 11—Self, Examined
Ch 12—The Pain of Church Spaces
Feb 24Ch 13—Wake-Up Calls
Ch 14—When the Church Gets to Work
Mar 3Ch 15—Keeping Watch
Ch 16—Fighting Invisibility
Mar 10Ch 17—Finding One Another
Ch 18—The Future of Decolonization
Mar 17Ch 19—Returning
Ch 20—A New World For Our Children