Our annual meeting was held Oct 9, 2020. It was our first virtual conference welcoming members and allies from across the Northeast Jurisdiction.
Sharon Schmit, our outgoing treasurer, opened with a meditation on Corinthians 13 and an interactive exercise which led us to weave ribbons together to form a bracelet or bookmark (yellow for faith, light blue for hope, and red for love). Representing our spiritual work, our work for justice, and our calling to speak truth to power in love, the colors were woven together to signify our connection to each other as well as the importance of tending to those connections in our work together.
Our election of officers included RagghiRain's honoring of our outgoing officers as elders who continue to guide us and a blessing on the incoming officers. In particular, we lifted up Cynthia Kent, our outgoing Chairperson and matriarch, who has led us so faithfully as we came into existence and continues to be a guide for our work.
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We also rewrote our Mission statement to reflect our desire to forward decolonization and to recognize the strength of the Native Peoples we work with. We are not an organization that seeks to reinforce colonization or outdated and harmful evangelistic models. Rather we seek to partner with people to work together towards justice for Native and Indigenous Peoples and adjusted our mission statement accordingly.
We created a committee to develop our plan of action for the next quadrennium.
Part of our ActionPlan has always included education and advocacy. Along those lines the Advocacy Committee presented tangible ways in which we continue to support the efforts to focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous/Native Women and Girls and Anti-Racism. Both of these ongoing efforts were discussed and resources can be found within this website. We also began to perfect a statement document concerning our support of LGBTQUIA+ persons from our various unique cultural and Traditional perspectives. We will continue to refine this document and more will be forthcoming in 2021.
Our meeting ended with songs in the languages represented at our meeting including the singing of the Heleluyan and a special blessing by our incoming Vice chairperson Bethany Printup-Davis.