The bishop's Opening Remarks to the NEJNBMC remember the trauma and proclaim hope for the future as we continue the path of Repentance
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of our Brokenness, and Hope of the World!
What a joy and privilege for me to welcome you, the Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries, to The Susquehanna Conference. I bring you greetings on behalf of our over 850 congregations and the approximate 141,000 persons who call themselves United Methodists in this region of the world.
“Spirituality is the highest form of political consciousness.”
These words rang throughout Rev. Dr. Thom White Wolf Fassett's presentation, “Politics of Religion—Native Spirituality & Christian Practice” at the Weber Memorial Lectures Friday, March 9, 2018, at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
He presented through the lens of his personal story as a member of the Seneca Nation and his father’s Lakota traditions. His humility was evident as he shared stories of those elders who nurtured his gifts and mentored him while he ministered in Alaska.
The lecture was followed by Dr. Frank L. Crouch, Vice President and Dean of Moravian Theological Seminary and Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President Moravian College conferring the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity on him for his “decades of scholarship, service, faith, and ongoing international work for justice and human and civil rights.”
Dear Friends and Supporters of 100 Years:
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Next up, I bring 100 Years to the UC Berkeley campus. I am so honored!
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December 5, 2016 | By Cyndy Mosley CMosley19@hotmail.com | News, Youth and Young People
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A group of 20 Native American United Methodist youth including four from Greater New Jersey traveled to North Dakota in September to learn more about their heritage and experienced a deepened faith.
They met as a part of the Peg Leg Flamingos Youth Group, a group named as a symbol for overcoming challenges. Flamingos often stand on one leg and then fly above it all. A flamingo with a peg leg lives in a world out of balance.
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