Walking Together: Intercultural Stories of Love and Acceptance

Book, 2022, 234 pp
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Walking Together, a collection of stories from the ministry of Edith and Neill von Gunten, illustrates redemptive love in action. Covering almost fifty years of peace and reconciliation work—-from the Black-led civil rights struggles of the 1960s to decades-old relationships with Indigenous peoples on both sides of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba—-these stories draw similarities between familiar biblical concepts and Ojibwe seven “A Way of Life Teachings.” They model an openness to spiritual knowledge across culture and tradition.

Walking Together invites the church to grapple with questions of racism and Christian supremacy in order to see that all peoples and cultures bear Creator’s beauty and gifts, and that our reconciliation—even our salvation—depends upon embracing that truth.

Includes a study guide.

Walking Together gives us an opportunity to reflect on historic church ministry through stories that proclaim God’s love for all.” - Stan McKay, Cree elder, retired United Church of Canada pastor living in Fisher River First Nation, his home reserve

“The stories in Walking Together demonstrate how learnings from Indigenous teachers and Elders compliment biblical teachings of faith, hope, and love. These qualities build relationships that lead to friendship and reconciliation.” - Norman Meade, Metis Elder and Pastor

“The stories Edith and Neill share truly reflect how to create a good life journey with open ears and hearts.” - Barbara Nepinak and E. Clarence Nepinak, Nii zho pinnaysii Kwe (Two ThunderBird Woman) and Nii zhaw swih kin niiw (Seven Eagles), Ojibwe, Order of Manitoba

“. . . This is a chronicle of incarnational ministry at its finest—humble, curious, hospitable, joyful. I pray this book engenders more of the same.” - Mark Buchanan, pastor, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose University, author of God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul

Walking Together reflects a story-telling tradition familiar to Indigenous peoples . . . if we listen carefully . . . we may learn how better to witness to Christ’s love in our own relationships.” - Lori Ransom, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator, United Church of Canada

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