We need voices that invite us in for discovery and walk with us as we plant new seeds of growth, hope, and justice. Kaitlin Curtice is one of those voices and that’s why I’m on her book launch team for Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God.Tweet
When I re-engaged twitter in 2018, I was curious as to how this social space could bring new wisdom and voices into my world. I had just been accepted into a dual degree program at Columbia Theological Seminary and my life was emerging from ashes to rebirth. It was perhaps kismet that I came across Kaitlin Curtice’s twitter feed.
It was November when I saw Curtice tweet an offering of Indigenous authors to read. It wasn’t the first time she had tweeted this curated gift. After seeing 25 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading, I began to read through her most recent tweets. There were reminders to offer grace, unapologetic calls for justice, and the repeated phrase of hope, “I believe in us.”
Throughout my endless scrolling of Curtice’s twitter feed, I would feel twinges of uncomfortableness. This twinge came from within and called upwards, “it’s time to do more wrestling.”
I had spent the last three years in the trenches of queer care at the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality. And, Intersectionality, a term crafted through the soul bearing work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, was a wilderness I was a new seedling within. After all, this work of widening are peripheral to see human harm unfolding at the intersection of race, gender, sex, and class is forever work. In the words of Audre Lord, “We do not live single-issue lives.”
Curtice’s writing calls readers to venture into their own deconstruction, while also bearing witness and discovering ways to act toward dismantling oppressive narratives that hold indigenous bodies from flourishing. Her work speaks truth into life and invites readers along to discover their own. Curtice’s work is, to me, an invitation to dig deeper into what holds us captive, so we can then in return liberate others. Indeed, the work of decolonization is for everyone.
Up until discovering Curtice’s Tweet, I was focusing my educational work into one stream and it was time to widen the vision.
Her invitation was the reminder to go deeper.
So, I chose a book off the list and invited others to read it with me.
Community is for accountability and dismantling colonization.Tweet
I read Shalom and the Community of Creation by Randy Woodley that February while in New Orleans. Most of the book I consumed on a wharf by the Mississippi River.
There, by the river with waves crashing and birds singing, I cried.
I was reading language of shalom community that was captivatingly beautiful and tangible – and equally liberated portions of my deconstruction that had been lodged for quite sometime. Because of this gift from Curtice, I had language for the kind of fight I wanted to be involved in and a renewed vision of just what that took. I would later use Woodley’s words within my first semester papers. And, continue to widen my circle of voices in conversation within my academic work. Curtice would be one of the many voices woven into my papers.
In this same month, I re-attempted going back to church and there I would find myself sitting behind Kaitlin Curtice.
Today Kaitlin and I exchange texts, coffee, calls, and emails. She has become a voice and a friend I cherish deeply.
And, I can say that Kaitlin Curtice is indeed the human you read from the pages of her first book Glory Happening: Finding the Divine In Everyday Places to the forthcoming pages of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God.
Kaitlin Curtice is a comforter, a truth teller, a prophetic writer, and an unapologetic doula of uprooting and dismantling decolonization in our modern world. She is here for all of us and her words are here to walk with us to the depth of our roots and back, so that we may indeed all flourish. Purchase #Native & dive deep.
I’m reading Kaitlin Curtice’s book as a part of her book launch team – because, I too, “believe in us.”
Kaitlin’s new book Native comes out May 5, 2020
Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member 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 Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.
Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author and speaker. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church.