UNITED NATIONS — Four members of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee, along with other United Methodist leaders, are taking part in the April 16-27 U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In a video, Cynthia Kent explains why they are there. View the brief video produced by the committee’s communications chairperson, the Rev. Suzanne Duchesne of the Eastern PA CONAM: Watch video
Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)
The Loss of Turtle Island was a poignant historical journey that the opened eyes, ears, minds and hearts of those who experienced it on Sunday evening, Nov. 12, at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center.
Sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), the interactive exercise posed a striking scene, as about half of the 50 people who came stood shoeless on a patchwork of colorful blankets. They stood on behalf of Native peoples who have suffered loss of land, colonization, broken treaties, forced removal, assimilation and extermination. Read more
View more colorful photos of the experience on our Flickr page (Loss of Turtle Island album).
The Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM) wants to reach, teach, encourage and resource all congregations to learn about and participate in this largely overlooked area of ministry so important to The United Methodist Church.
The CoNAM is asking every local church to elect a Native American MinistriesRepresentative to learn, promote and advocate for greater awareness and support of Native American cultures, contributions and concerns in both church and society. As charge conference season begins, the committee is reaching out to district superintendents, pastors and churches with information and resources to advance its cause. Read more…
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