As I sit in this chair on this floor on this ground, this indigenous ground, i'm feeling the grief of displacement, of family separation, and the collective disconnect required to celebrate in this moment. Every street pole decorated with flags, every interaction with a stranger echoes "Happy Fourth," - celebration and patriotism everywhere we turn. In the so-called United States of America, this coming Wednesday July 4th marks the celebration of the founding of the nation and its, "Declaration of Independence" - The U.S. declaring itself a force as a colonizing project in its own right, without the restriction or regulation of its parent colonizer. This nation built on stolen land and the killing, displacement and erasure of the first nations people living on and care-taking that land. This nation built on the stolen labor of Africans kidnapped from their homes and their families. This week, as millions struggle for migrant justice and against the tyranny of borders, this nation celebrates its horrifying origins.
A core strategy of settler colonialism is breaking each of our connections to lineage and ancestors and to our history and traditions. It is in this way that a nation tells a new story about what and who it is. This mass project of forgetting and erasure is imposed on the colonized, and required of the settlers for the success of the project.
Today we are opening orders for the Soul Candles Ritual Kit, an offering whose core values and intentions are about connection to ancestors, about REMEMBERING as a healing path. I believe that this remembering, this reweaving what has been torn and broken is essential to our wholeness, our clarity, and our power to act collectively against colonization and white supremacy in all of its forms.
This year, a portion of the profits of the Soul Candles Ritual Kit will be donated to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Explore the offerings of the Soul Candles Kit if you are interested, or take this July 4th as an opportunity to support Sogorea Te' Land Trust directly through their website: http://sogoreate-landtrust.com/
As always, I am grateful to be in resilient, remembering, interdependent community with you,
Soul Candle Ritual Kits Are Here! Order yours by August 1st! A portion of the proceeds from the Soul Candles Ritual Kits will go to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led community organization.
The Soul Candles candle making tradition has been passed down through tkhines, Yiddish collections of prayers by and for women. Soul candles are made to both honor ancestors and protect the living. Said while spinning wick into candles, these tkhines prayers capture the ritual of Jewish Russian and other Eastern European memorial candle making during the high holy day season.
Jonah Aline Daniel, Rabbi Ariana Katz, and Rebekah Erev have partnered in the past handful of years to explore the Thkines and Soul Candles traditions through text, ritual, art, research, prayer and craft. This year's kit builds on the 5778 kits with even more ritual and artistic offerings.
With this kit, we bring the tkhines of Jewish women into our lives and hold them up to shine brightly.
Thank you to every who purchased a Summer Ritual Kit! We were able to donate $303 to the Medical Aid for Palestinians last month. Click on the image above to watch their Gaza Emergency Appeal Update or to donate directly.
Narrow Bridge Candles is Hiring a Communications Manager!
Narrow Bridge Candles is growing and we are excited to hire someone to help with communications! Are you interested or do you know someone who might be?