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Join us for the West Coast book launch of 'Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization,' an anthology of Indigenous & Settler voices grappling with Scriptures and imagining decolonial possibilities.


  • Benjamin Hertwig, contributor
  • Celine Chuang, contributor
  • Randy Woodley, contributor
  • Robert Two Bulls, contributor
  • Jodi Spargur, Healing at the Wounding Place
  • Laurel Dykstra, Salal + Cedar

Books will be available for purchase for $25. A portion of proceeds, as well as silent auction donations, will go towards the legal fund for unrepresented water protectors arrested in Kinder Morgan resistance efforts.


For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?

In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures.

Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking. 

Edited by Steve Heinrichs ~ Illustrations by Jonathan Dyck ~ Published by CommonWord

  View more info on the book and the full list of contributors

This book launch is hosted on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We honour the story and struggle of the people who have lived on these lands since time immemorial, striving for true solidarity and allyship.