By Ginny Underwood
Aug. 9, 2017 | GORE, Okla. (UMNS)
For the first time in nearly a decade, Native American United Methodists gathered for the Native American International Caucus’ Family Camp, held in Gore, Oklahoma.
The theme for the gathering was “Act of Repentance: Healing the Wounds from Within.”
“Family Camp was always an opportunity for our Native community to stay connected,” said Cynthia Kent, chair of the Native American International Caucus. The camp hadn’t been held in nine years due to a lack of funding. “Some of the kids who attended when they were little are now here with their own kids.”
More than 100 United Methodists attended the July 24-27 camp, which was made possible this year with grants from the Cook Native American Ministries Foundation, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
Kent said many important events have happened...
The Act of Repentance – Why Me? By Sherry Wack EPACoNAM
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]
Acts of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
This Article appeared in the EPA NewSpirit By the Rev. Dr. Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne it is a follow up to a UMNews article concerning The United Methodist Church Act of Repentance.
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
With God’s grace and guidance, the NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES COMMITTEE will serve as the body that gathers to listen to and support fellow Native United Methodists, partners with all Native Peoples, educates non-Natives, and advocates for Native issues with our strong Native communities in the Northeastern Jurisdiction and beyond.