Welcome to the Conference Committee on Native American Ministries

Listed on these pages are the members of the Committee, upcoming and past events, resources and the Act of Repentance Service.

At Charge Conference, names can be added to the Directory of Official Elected at Church Conference. This person could work with the Worship Committee and Pastor to set up the NAMS Worship. Click here for the role and responsibility of the NAMS Local Church Representative. Continue to come back to this page, as we will be adding more information regularly.

Stealing the Earth: The Conquering of Indigenous People, the Role of Christianity, and What Can Bring about Justice

Part One: What Is the Doctrine of Discovery? Definitions and Demarcations.

August 11 • 1:00 p.m. ET

You are invited to participate in a five-part discussion of the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a theological and legal concept that has legitimized the seizure of indigenous people’s lands by those from so-called Christian nations. We will first discuss its impact in North America and then broaden our inquiry to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and beyond.

Register here.

Chebon Speaks Out

Rev. Chebon Kernell, Native American Comprehensive Plan’s  executive director, calls for Christian and Ecumenical communities to take action in light of the recent findings of remains believed to be Indigenous children at boarding schools. Watch here and please share.

Resources

MMMIWG Webinar
Please find the Baltimore Washington Conference Native American Ministries webinar with presentations by Casey Church and Ragghi Rain. To view the video, please click here and supportive documents at the bwcumc.org/nam.

NEJNAMC on Statement of Full Inclusion (2.22.21)
The United Methodist Church Northeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministries Committee announces official position on full inclusion of LGBTQIAS2+ persons. Read story here

Indigenous People’s Day
Indigenous People’s Day, the second Monday of October, was first recognized in 2017 in Newark. It has since been recognized by Princeton in 2019. For a liturgy to be used that day, click here.

Raising Awareness for Abducted Women
To learn more about MMIWG and the REDress Project, read a recent blog here.

News

UMNews Features NAIC’s Call for Action
Native American International Caucus – After mass grave found, groups urge action 

WASHINGTON — After the bones of 215 children were found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada, Native American United Methodists are urging a closer look at Methodist-run schools. The Native American International Caucus asks bishops to commit time and money to the investigation. The executive committee of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Native Americans Ministries Committee also has issued a letter of solidarity with the caucus. Read June 14, 2021, story here.

Deb Haaland Addresses the Crisis of Violence Against Indigenous Women
To read a recent article in Mother Jones, click here.

Voter Suppression in Indian Country
To view a recent video from EPAUMC CoNAM regarding the history of voter suppression in the Native American communities, click here.

CoNAM Letter to Deb Haaland (3.22.21)
Please read the letter sent to Deb Haaland in celebration of her new appointment here.

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