"A children's resource for vacation church school, church and midweek groups".
"'The Dancing Sun' is a joint publication of First Nations Ecumenical Liturgical Resources, History and Publications Board and The Division of Mission Canada -- 'Seeds & Sowers'". -- inside front cover.
"In early spring ... an ecumenical group gathered to develop culturally appropriate materials for use in reserve and inner city communities. Participants included: Esaias Beardy, Community Development Worker from Garden Hill, Manitoba; Phyllis Keeper, an Anglican priest serving in inner city Winnipeg; Melody McKeller, student/leader at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre, serving a United Church in Saskatchewan; Betty Lou Skogen, student/leader at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre, leader in pastoral care with children, as well as a leader in abuse counselling; Patrick Lee, Anglican priest and administrator recently returned from Uganda; Annette Loutit, artist and student/leader at the Dr. Jessie Saulteaux Centre. Jean Olthuis, Editor of 'Seeds and Sowers' assisted planning and development". -- Editorial.
"Thos resource responds to an urgent need for materials; but more, it carries forward a cision of working in community to affirm integrations of biblical story and Aboriginal culture. .... The stories offer an holistic approach to life, an understanding of the rhythms of seasons, cycles of life and our relationship to the Creator and all 'creatures'." -- Editorial.
Contents: Editorial / Joyce Carlson, Editor -- Guidelines in the use of material -- How to use this resource -- Resources -- Session One [The creation belongs to the Creator. The Creator loves the creation. Everyone and everyhting in creation has value.] -- Session Two [We need to respect and live in harmony with self, others, the Creator and the whole creation.]: -- Session Three [The Creator is active and present in our lives. The Creator keeps coming into our lives through the creation and the love and care of other people.] -- Session Four [We are all valued and we belong to the Creator and to one another.] -- Session Five [We are all messengers of God, called to bring love and fairness into the lives of others. We also have a right to be treated with love and fairness.]
Last page of text (p. 21) printed on inside back cover.
"First Nations Ecumenical Liturgical Resources, History and Publications Board (Alf Dumont, Laverne Jacobs and Stan McKay) gratefully acknowledges funding support for development work from: Fellowship of the Maple Leaf (Anglican Church); Diocese of Rupert's Land (Anglican Church of Canada); and St. Stephen's Broadway Foundation (United Church of Canada)". -- back cover.
"930442". -- back cover.
Volumes 9-12 in the series have title: Children of The Dancing Sun.
"Written and edited by Ed Bianchi, Maura Hanrahan, Jennifer Henry, Shannon Neufeldt, and Chuck Wright". p. iv.
"The article, 'Understanding Treaty as Covenant', was graciously provided by Stan McKay". -- p. iv.
"'In Peace and Friendship' is a response to those who faith or conscience compels them to understand more deeply the struggles of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. It provides an opportunity, particularly for non-Aboriginal people, to open themselves to a new perspective by exploring a relationship with the original inhabitants of this land that recognizes their unique nationhood. .... [It] is an educational resource for groups of youth or adults, within a congregation, a regional church body or as an open community event. There are five sessions. This resource could be used as a series of weekly workshops for a local group or linked together for a 2-day conference or retreat. The first and fifth sessions assume a Christian perspective". -- p. i.
Contents: [Prefatory Material i.e.] Purpose -- Uses -- Facilitators -- Format -- Before You Begin -- Terminology -- Table of Contents -- A New Relationship: Contextual Article -- Session 1: Renewing the Covenant -- Faithful to God's Covenant: Theological Reflection -- Session 2: Nation to Nation -- A Continent of Nations: Background Article -- Session 3: Collective Rights -- In Common: Background Article -- Session 4: A Case in Point -- Reclaiming Land in Caledonia: Background Article -- Session 5: Churches in Solidarity ? -- The Churches' Role in Recognizing Aboriginal Rights: Background Article.