CoNAM to explore restoration of Native languages for healing, April 3
written by John Coleman
The Eastern PA Committee on Native American Ministries will feature tribal language preservationist Halay Turning Heart at its annual Spring gathering on Zoom, on Sunday, April 3, at 4 PM. She will share her story about working for language restoration of her Yuchi people.
Turning Heart, who has a linguistics degree from Dartmouth College, created a Yuchi language immersion school in 2018 that became a model and now draws visitors from around the world. She is the Grants Administrator & Language Coordinator at Igiugig Village Council and Project Administrator of the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project.
A lifelong United Methodist, she is a former United Methodist Women’s president at Pickett Chapel in Oklahoma (an historic Yuchi church), and a former member of the UMC’s General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR).
Halay has over 20 years of practical experience and is published in the field of Indigenous language revitalization. She works with elders, teaches children and is raising her own three young children as the first zOyaha (Yuchi) speakers in four generations. From the womb, she has only spoken to them in Yuchi, known as one of the world’s most ancient languages. It is a language isolate, meaning it has no demonstrable genealogical relationship to any other known language.
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Application Deadline Extended for Church and Society Summer Internship Program for College Students of Color
Church and Society’s internships are designed for people interested in educating, advocating and connecting in the intersection of faith and social justice.
The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) announced that applications for the Ethnic Young Adult Internship (EYA) 2022 program have been extended to March 20, 2022. EYA internships offer students of color experience working in Washington, D.C. with GBCS and partner organizations for social advocacy and justice.
“EYA Interns participate in weekly seminars exploring faith, identity, and various justice issues. They are introduced to The United Methodist Church’s history of social action and our United Methodist Social Principles. EYA Interns learn from staff about the work of justice, peace, and advocacy and engage in weekly devotions and opportunities for faith formation and vocational discernment,” explained The Rev. Katie Monfortte, GBCS Education Program Coordinator.
This year, the EYA program is scheduled for June 5 through July 30, 2022.
“The lasting impact on my development cultivated the idea that spiritual and professional growth can be connected,” says Litany Esguerra a Filipino-American EYA program alumni. “EYA was a driving factor in demonstrating how my internship focus can be interpreted in a modern context through scripture and social justice.”
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.