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CONAM members join Philly’s Standing Rock protest

By Verna Colliver Mni Wiconi, “Water is Life,” was the mantra chanted by a block-long group of over a thousand supporters of the Native American tribes protesting efforts to build… Read more

Acts of Repentance Resources

UMC Acts of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples I. Preparing the path to repentance Acts of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples By the Rev. Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne… Read more

Aztec dancers at Oceti: Aztec dancers at Oceti Sakowin Camp, near Cannon Ball, ND.

Standing up for Standing Rock Sioux land, water rights

By John W. Coleman Thousands of people, including members of over 250 Native American tribes, have gathered at a camp site near Cannon Ball, N.D., to join the growing protest… Read more

Annual Conference learns about breaking down dividing walls

Annual Conference learns about breaking down dividing walls

The two main featured speakers at The United Methodist Church’s Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in June set a tone that was healing and harmonious, like the Apostle Paul’s good news… Read more

CONAM chair visits Carlisle’s buried children on Memorial Day

Sandra Cianciulli, who chairs the Eastern PA Conference’s Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM), is featured in two recent newspaper articles about the Memorial Day pilgrimage she and others make… Read more

Repentance for the Carlisle School’s lost children

During its opening worship service on June 16 the Eastern PA Annual Conference will become one of many United Methodist conferences to perform an Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships… Read more

Celebrate and give on Native American Ministries Sunday!

On this Sunday, April 10,  we celebrate Native American Ministries! Every year United Methodist congregations across the country hold a special collection for Native American ministries. These gifts support ministry and… Read more

Opening Worship Procession, 2015 Annual Conference

November is Native American Heritage Month

The Dakota tribe teaches, “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave behind.” Native American Heritage Month, a national celebration since 1990, honors the contributions and heritage of… Read more

CONAM members, including the Rev. Gary Jacabella (center with hands raised), sing at Annual Conference 2015 during their presentation about children who attended, died and are buried at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School. (Sabrina Daluisio photo)

A Call to Repentance and Reconciliation

“The Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People” asks us to “recognize the harm inflicted by the Church and celebrate the gifts indigenous people bring to the Church.”… Read more

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation signs a proclamation declaring the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Witnessing the signing is the Rev. Billie Nowabbi, a retired pastor in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

Churchgoers join push to rename Columbus Day

Should the second Monday in October celebrate Christopher Columbus? A number of United Methodists, including some in Philadelphia, say no. Church members have joined efforts in Oklahoma and other parts… Read more