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.
Register here: https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=674065&
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.”
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.
NEW WEBINAR SERIES FROM GBCS about the Implications of the Doctrine of Discovery
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United Methodist Women offering screenings and discussions on a series of films on racial justice throughout the summer.
Tuesday July 6th our Chairwoman Pat Parent greeted members of the NEJNAMC and United Methodist Women across the denomination to watch the screening of Dawnland and discuss the systematic removal of Native American Children from their homes. The movie was followed by a time of testimony and small group discussion breakouts. To read about more opportunities and to sign up for the each screening or the entire series go to the UMW website here. This movie screening is part of the Matinee Social Justice series provided by the United Methodist Women. To learn more about the movie we watched go here.
Find upcoming events, trainings, webinars, and other activities focused on issues of violence against Native women organized by NIWRC. Check back often for new events as details are announced.
Also view past webinars by visiting their Resource Library HERE!
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Learn more here!
Our annual meeting was held Oct 9, 2020. It was our first virtual conference welcoming members and allies from across the Northeast Jurisdiction.
Alaska: 2020 Virtual Forum on Intimate Partner Violence, Human Trafficking, and Domestic Violence
Monday, August 17, 2020 – Tuesday, August 18, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM AKDT / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT / 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
The conference, Mother Earth’s Pandemic: The Doctrine of Discovery, was held Thursday August 6, 13, and 20, 2020 Online. Archives and resources from the conference are now available.
More Info in our Education Opportunities Section
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.
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 Center.
Members of the NENAMC and the Native American International Caucus travel to the Seventeenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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.”