On Sunday, October 22, we gathered for a Harvest Blessing of the Kickapoo Red Flint corn led by Sister Bea Hernandez, the Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Wheaton Franciscans.

We prayed in thanksgiving to the Great Spirit, who gives life, and to our Mother Earth, who sustains and nourishes life, as we prepared to harvest the sacred corn entrusted to us by the Kickapoo Nation Seed Keepers. Following the prayer service, Covenant Companion Paige Samdal guided participants in harvesting some of the corn.

In late May, we gratefully and humbly planted the seeds provided by the Kickapoo Nation. The Kickapoo Seed Keepers had protected and cared for the sacred corn seed for more than 175 years and trusted that it would once again be grown in the soil where it evolved.

And grow it did … the harvest was bountiful.  More than 150 cobs of corn were harvested and are in the process of drying in preparation for return to the Kickapoo people.

As this corn is returned to the Kickapoo people, we also send our solidarity, kinship, and love. May this corn be a source of healing and wholeness, growth and strength, hope and peace.


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