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Ray Buckley photoCommentary: In the image of the Creator –– Native people and mascots

The Lakota borrow a story from the Cheyenne about a little mouse.

Hearing a roaring sound, the little mouse follows the noise to the banks of a great river. There he sees the reflection of the Shining Mountains and rushes back to tell the other mice of his discovery.

On his journey to the Shining Mountains, the mouse sees things he has never seen before.  He encounters others on the journeys who have lost health or spiritual identity.  He gives his eyes (his way of seeing) so that others may be made whole. In the process he can no longer see as a mouse sees.[more]

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General Conference continues funding for Native American Ministries

General Conference delegates agreed to continue support for ministries by and with the 19,000 United Methodists who identify themselves as Native Americans and the 225 Native churches, fellowships and ministries across the country. [more]

Recognizing the Sacred

The petition, Regarding Native American Culture and Traditions as Sacred, requires no financial commitment from General Conference, and it is easy to overlook in the weighty legislation facing delegates. It has, however, a lot of importance to Native people.  It asks simply that Native cultures, traditions, and languages no longer be viewed as sinful. [more]

GC2004 looks at Native American concerns

The 19,000 United Methodists who identify themselves as Native people are a small part of the 8.5 million member denomination in the United States, but ministry involving Native people is the focus of significant legislation before the 2004 General Conference. The 998 delegates from around the world include seven Native Americans, according to the General Council on Ministries. [more]

Giving 'til it heals

If he hadn’t mentioned it, no one would have noticed that Bishop Bruce Blake was wearing moccasins. No one really looks at the feet of a bishop. Standing in front of the 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., was a bishop wearing moccasins. They were not for show, but the honoring of a gift, demonstrated by the wearing.
With the moccasins came a story. It was a story that would change those listening. [more]

Church initiatives address growing needs of ethnic groups

In diverse ways, five United Methodist initiatives are leading the church's response to the growth of ethnic populations around the world. Responding to the growing needs of such cultural groups was a focus of "The Ethnic Initiatives: Looking Ahead," a Jan. 31 panel discussion at the Pre-General Conference News Briefing in Pittsburgh. The briefing, sponsored by United Methodist Communications, brought together 280 church journalists, first-elected delegates and others to focus on issues that will come before the 2004 General Conference. [more]

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