I. Preparing the path to repentanceActs of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
By the Rev. Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne
It has been on the minds of some United Methodists as we approach the end of this quadrennium whether or not we are truly repenting as a church for historical abuses against Native Americans and other indigenous peoples Continue Reading
II. Giving Our Hearts Away – Lenten Study Resources
Sherry Wack, a member of the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM), leads a 4-week Lenten study on Native American history, culture, faith and social concerns at her church, Evansburg UMC. She uses as a primary resource the Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett’s popular, ground-breaking book Giving Our Hearts Away, published in 2008 for a United Methodist Women Mission Study course on Native Americans.
In 2012 the worldwide United Methodist church initiated an act of repentance. The Council of Bishops issued a Statement of Repentance, the first paragraph of which reads:
As the Council of Bishops, we are here to repent and express remorse for the church’s past conduct in its relationships with Native and indigenous peoples in all the places where we have extended the mission of the church for over two hundred years. We are here to commit ourselves to addressing the wrong and asking for the forgiveness of those who have been wronged by failing them so profoundly. We confess to God, acknowledging our guilt, resolving to cease the harm, pledging ourselves to live differently, reversing the damage that has been done through our participation in violence, maltreatment and neglect of Native and indigenous peoples so that we may bring about healing and restoration to all. Continue Reading [PDF]
IV. Watch: Stories from the Circle of Life
V. Resources for The UMC’s Acts of Repentance“Planning Acts of Repentance Services” (Acts of Repentance Letter) A letter with information and suggestions from Cynthia Kent, Chair of the UMC Native American International Caucus, and other leaders.
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