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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

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

Native American protesters have been demonstrating against Columbus Day in Seattle for several years. Protest organizers say that Columbus should not be credited with discovering the western hemisphere at a time when it was already inhabited.

Discovering the myth and meaning of Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus is widely understood to have discovered the “New World” here in the Americas. But it was certainly not new to the millions who had long lived in this… Read more

Opening Worship Procession, 2015 Annual Conference

Looking back, leaning forward: Annual Conference 2015

Ranging from the serious to the celebratory, the 2015 Eastern PA Annual Conference, May 14-16, shone its spotlight on past, present and future concerns, beyond merely voting on resolutions and… Read more

Lima UMC, Native American Sunday, Congregation Dancing

Lima UMC celebrates Native American Ministries Sunday

On Native American Ministries Sunday, April 19, Lima UMC devoted its entire service to sharing Native American life and culture in the worship of God. There were songs, dances, prayers,… Read more

Carlisle Indian Industrial School Historic Site

The Farmhouse, a major site of memory for descendants of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School students, has been saved from demolition because of the efforts of Sandi Cianciulli, Co-chair of… Read more