Intercultural Competency, Reconciliation, and Inclusion
The November Vital Conversations project highlights the history, gifts, and struggles of the First Americans. The Native American community is often invisible in society–unless their history and culture is being misappropriated, disrespected, or erased. As a result of historic and ongoing institutional racism, Indian communities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty and suicide, yet they work tirelessly to preserve their culture and represent their community with the dignity and honor befitting of their proud heritage. Our denomination, which has historic ties to the systematic massacre and relocation of millions of Indigenous people, has vowed to seek reconciliation with the Native Americans, but only time will tell whether that promise to native people will be honored.
Our promise at GCORR is that we will provide practical resources and support to leaders throughout the church, assisting them to engage and embrace the cultural diversity present in our congregations and communities. Our Native American brothers and sisters are not invisible. They are present and active members of the church and they are living in the communities that our church is called to serve.
Annual Conference Resources
- The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012
- The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2012: Native Americans
- Giving Substance to Words: A pamphlet with suggestions about how to continue the journey of healing with Native Americans in annual and central conferences.
- General Board of Discipleship Resources: Native American Heritage Month
- Native American Ministries: Resources from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference
- Building Relationship in Cross-Cultural Churches, by Cynthia Kent
- Native American International Caucus
Study and Worship Resources
- Voices: Native American Hymns and Worship Resources, a collection of hymns, songs, prayers, and worship resources; published by Discipleship Resources, 1992 (reprinted 2000).
- Mann, Henrietta and Anita Phillips. On This Spirit Walk. The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples. 128-page study guide published by the United Methodist Publishing House, 2012.
- Tinker, George E. Political Theology and American Indian Liberation. Augsburg Fortress Publishing Co., 2004.
- Bible Study by Anita Phillips, the executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan, and presented to the United Methodist Women 2010
- A Native American Celebration of Holy Communion
- Native American/Aboriginal Worship and Educational Resources
Native American Sunday Resources
- 21st Century Worship Resources for Native American Ministries Sunday
- Lutheran Indian Ministries
- Worship Resources from the Interpreter Magazine Archives
- Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities
More on Acts of Repentance and Sand Creek
- Native American United Methodist Comprehensive Plan
- Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission
- Bishop Elaine Stanosky’s blog on Sand Creek
- Pilgrimage to Sand Creek Brings Healing: Sand Creek Act of Repentance
- Mountain Sky Area of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference and the Yellowstone Annual Conference: Sand Creek Massacre Journey
- Native Americans Share Struggles, Hopes for Church
- Native Missionaries Welcome Acts of Repentance
- Video: The Rev. George Tinker, preaching during the “Acts of Repentance” worship service at the 2012 General Conference
- Act of Repentance Not a One-time Event: Letter to the Council of Bishops on Native American Resolutions
- Promoting Healing Relationships
- Methodists Seek Repentance in Sand Creek
Quizzes and Infographics
- Infographic: Healing Relationships with Native Americans
- Infographic: Increasing Cultural Competencies
- Quiz: How Culturally Competent Are You?
- Quiz: What is the Sand Creek Massacre?
- Beneke, Chris and Christopher S. Grenda, The First Prejudice. Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
- Hatch, Thom. Black Kettle. The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War. Wiley Press, 2004.
- Hoig, Stan. The Sand Creek Massacre. University of Oklahoma Press, 1974.
- Roy, Delrayne, ed., Voices of Native American Women. United Methodist Women Geographic Study, published 2010. Available from cokebury.com.
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Skaneateles United Methodist Church to Celebrate Native American Ministries
- Glen Chebon Kernell’s Address to the Council of Bishops (Nov. 6, 2014)
- My Story of Healing, by Tim McClendon
- Finding My Voice, by Neffie “Connie” Locklear
- Vital Conversations: Twitter Chat Recap
- Gathering at Horseshoe Bend: Northern Alabama Annual Conference remembers and looks to future of reconciliation, repentance, and affirmation