These are examples of resolutions passed by our annual conferences which may be used as templates for writing legislation.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS 2019-present
JOURNEY OF HOPE
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
PROTECTION OF SACRED SITES
ELIMINATION OF MASCOTS
NATIVE MINISTRIES SUNDAY
ELIMINATE COLUMBUS DAY
1988 Native American International Caucus
In 1988, the Native American International Caucus presented a report to the United Methodist Church which resulted in the development of a Comprehensive Plan based in findings from the Quadrennial Study Report which continues to the present day. Read this seminal work, The Sacred Circle of Life: A Native American Vision below.
1980 Native American Ministry Reports
In 1980, the Native American ministry Study was completed and presented to the General Conference. The findings were sent onto another committee and subsequently "shelved", according to historian Rev. Dr. Homer Noley, Choctaw. In 2013, Dr. Noley traveled to Drew University archives and called upon the Northeast Jurisdiction to find those files and make them available to the church so that every annual conference might research the Native Churches within their boundaries and seek out those churches. He charged us saying "Find out what happened to those churches, do they exist? If not, find out why." This report contains the anticipated new initiatives resulting from the study which would be shelved until 1988.
1976 Native American Ministry Reports
In 1976, Native American representatives of the United Methodist Church were commissioned with a four year study of Native American ministries. For four years Native clergy and laity tirelessly traveled and interviewed Native American members and churches. This report from the Quadrennial Study Committee on Native American Ministries is the fruit of their labor.
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.