Thursday, July 02, 2009

Putting Native ministries first

On the heels of my post highlighting several stories regarding Native Americans and Christianity comes this OpEd from the Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. Titled "Learn About Native American Concerns," it chronicles her recent interactions with nations and tribes around the continent and concludes thusly:

I note several common themes in all of these conversations: self-determination for peoples whose cultural traditions and identities often have been suppressed or obliterated; the overwhelming poverty in many Native reservations and off the reservation; the resulting negative impacts on health, lifespan and what we insist God wills for us all – abundance of life; and the gifts of awareness of connection with creation that Native traditions and communities can offer to the wider church.

General Convention will present us with several opportunities to address these issues. I urge you to learn more – about residential schools, about reservation poverty and about the inculturation of the gospel.

Read the whole thing here.

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