June 4 - 6, 2020
“Community Health and Well-being: Conversations on Wholeness”
NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community
17th Annual Symposium
The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of biblical and theological contextualization in Indigenous thought, history, and experience.
The focus in 2020 will be on the overall health and well being of human beings with themselves, their Creator/Restorer, one another, the land, and the rest of the creation of which we are a part. Of particular interest will be those topics and presentations that describe a holistic and Asset-based, or non-disease based approach to dealing with historic and intergenerational trauma.
NAIITS (formerly North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of four divisions of Indigenous Pathways, a non-sectarian organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community to develop and articulate Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of written work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from within Native North American and other Indigenous perspectives. We do so in concert with partners of other ethnicities whom we have invited to speak into this context. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs.
Many of our events have been postponed. We will be updating you as decisions are made and it is safe to meet. In the meantime we are holding events online and still taking action on various concerns within the Native Community so please stay tuned and visit often! As always we remain in prayer for each other.
The Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee (NEJNAMC) will hold its annual meeting Thursday, October 10, through Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Liverpool, New York. The meeting will be held at the Upper New York United Methodist Conference Cent
Members of the NENAMC and the Native American International Caucus travel to the Seventeenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
New York, NY: Four members of the Northeast Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee will join other United Methodist leaders and representatives of various organizations, Member States, and NGO’s from around the world at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York, April 16-27, 2018 under the theme of “Indigenous Peoples’ Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources”.
Visit www.un.org/indigenous for more information, and join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/umcnejnamc/ for daily video updates or NEJNAMC.org for stories, interviews, and updates.
For in depth interviews visit our YouTube page HERE.
Now is the time to apply for our Ethnic Young Adult summer internship
The EYA program is for young justice-seekers willing to unpack their faith and identity while working with an organization engaged in addressing social injustices.
Church and Society’s Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) program will run from June 2- July 28, 2018. This eight week intensive program is designed for young justice-seekers who are willing to put their faith into action as they work in the intersections of faith, advocacy, and social change.
EYAs work four days a week with Church and Society’s coalition and placement partners. At these placements interns serve with advocacy, public policy, nonprofit and grassroots organizations. For an idea of where these placements could be our placement partners from last summer were: Creation Justice Ministries, Church World Service, FairVote, Interfaith Power and Light, Democracy Initiative, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Results, and the NAACP.
By Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne Dec. 1, 2017 | ELIOT, Maine (Reprint from UMNS)
The Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee annual gathering exemplified the importance of relationships while acknowledging painful realities as The United Methodist Church continues to walk the path of repentance.
Chairperson Patricia Parent from the New England Committee on Native American Ministry opened the Oct. 12-14 meeting at Eliot United Methodist Church with a prayer spoken in the Abenaki language. Following a long tradition of gifting, she presented representatives from nine of the 10 sister conferences with food from each of the five states located within the New England Conference.
Indigenous Women Rise:
Standing United with (Im)migrant Communities
Increased fear is plaguing the nation's (im)migrant communities as they brace for the possibility of federal agents making arrests under President Donald Trump's Immigration Executive Order. This order targets undocumented foreign nationals in the U.S. In February, more than 680 persons around the country were detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. These raids are designed to send a message, cause wide-spread panic among (im)migrant communities, and divide families. The aftermath of these raids has created high levels of anxiety in many of our communities, especially among children.
Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne Communications Chairperson of NJNAMC
“This meeting means so much to us because we have no recognized tribes, either at a federal level or a state level. We are very invisible. Even perhaps more so than what you might think for Native people in general. And yet we carry on the best way we can in our own unique way. But to have a meeting like this with so many people coming to us from so many places makes my heart swell with pride.”