Standing Stones is a type of litergy developed to aid Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to explore God in an Indigenous Context. We come to worship Jesus, infusing Cree symbols into Christian ceremony.
We smudge to purify our minds, hearts and spirits in order to come to a clearer understanding of God; we seek wisdom in Aboriginal story and scripture, we ask for God’s healing water and prayer on ourselves and our community and we celebrate God’s activities in our lives though the sharing of bannock and berries. Standing Stones is a fresh expression of Jesus to the Aboriginal Community and to the diocese. The hope is that this gathering is a means of Christ’s reconciling Love to heal ancient wounds and enlighten the next generation of all Canadians.
Standing Stones normally gathers on a regular basis in three locations. Please check before trying to attend as COVID-19 protocols have disrupted services.
While exploring the meaning of Christian Indigenous worship, the Ven. Travis Enright, Archdeacon for Indigenous Ministries, and Harold Roscher, Executive Director of the Edmonton Native Healing Centre, arrived at a format that can be used by anyone.
Standing Stones comes from the Cree culture in which stones were placed as location markers for food caches or graves and other ceremonial sites. As the plains people traveled up and down the Great Plains these markers helped guide them to these often sacred places.
During a Standing Stones worship gathering, various symbols of native culture and Christian tradition are displayed on an altar in the center of a circle.
There are four main components of this circle:
The movement around the circle may be punctuated by drumming or singing. This whole process is not designed too strictly so that whoever runs one of these services has the freedom to choose a liturgy and format that fits their community.