Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)
View more colorful photos of the experience on our Flickr page (Loss of Turtle Island album).
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. And facing forward, they silently listened as a team of CONAM facilitators recounted this largely unknown American history. Read more
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…
Oregon Community UMC will sponsor a monthlong “Bible study focused on Native Americans” from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19. They will use the Giving Our Hearts Away book, written by the Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett and Brenda Connelly. Fassett keynoted our 2016 Annual Conference’s opening celebration for our Act of Repentance.
“We want to convey accurately the history,” said Mike Shifflet, the church’s Native American Ministries Representative, “and hopefully lead into an action, such as a mission trip to BUMP (Blackfeet UM Parish in Montana) to help with Pastor (Calvin) Hill’s vision there. This could also lead to a reconciliation service.”
The church, led by the Rev. Jason Perkowski, will open the Bible study to anyone in the conference who wants to attend. They will meet at their nearby sister church, Faith UMC in Manheim Township, at 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, PA.
Visit our Acts of Repentance Resources page for articles, video and study guide resources, and recommended reading regarding the UMC Acts of Repentance services.