At the 2015 Upper New York Annual Conference, members participated in an Act of Repentance & Healing of Relationships with Indigenous Persons. As fruit of that repentance, a resolution was passed to move away from honoring Christopher Columbus who treated Native Peoples cruelly and inhumanely and move to a place of honoring Native Peoples. Turning away from our frequent refusal to listen to history from the perspective of Native Peoples, we understand that repentance is a choice to grow in the way we see ourselves and others. We live in a spirit of repentance as we explore a change in how we tell and celebrate the story of the Americas.
Upper New York Annual Conference offers this liturgy to all local churches for use on a Sunday near the weekend our country traditionally celebrates Columbus Day. Let us re-purpose this holiday to honor Native Peoples.
The liturgy for remembering your baptism used at the NEJNAMC Annual Meeting can be found here. You have permission to use the liturgy and adjust it to your context with proper citations as contained within the document.