April 19, 2021 7:00pm
Contact: Carey BebarCarey Bebar | 630-668-3100
Sacred, A two-part series on Native American spirituality and community
Mondays, April 19 & 26, at 7 p.m. on Zoom
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church affirms the sacredness of American Indian people, their languages, cultures, and gifts to the church and the world, and calls upon the world, and the people of The United Methodist Church to receive the gifts of Native Americans, as people of God. This April we welcome the voices of Rev. Adrienne Stricker, Dr. John Derby, JuniKae Randall, Pam Silas and Jody Roy to learn about Native American spirituality, culture, and the Native community in Chicago today.
- On April 19 at 7–8:30 p.m., Rev. Adrienne Stricker (Port Gamble S'Klallam), will discuss her work on Native American Ministries with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, and will offer an introduction to some aspects of contemporary Native American culture and theology, including the practice of traditional Native American ceremonies and Christian worship. Dr. John Derby (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), former Branch Chief for Indian Fellowships & Contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, and JuniKae Randall (Circle of Nations, LLC, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota), creator of PBS’s “Indian Pride” series, will reflect on the importance of spirituality to Native people.
- On April 26 at 7 p.m., Pam Silas, Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, and Jody Roy (Ojibwe), Director St. Kateri Center of Chicago, will lead a session on the Native American Community in the Chicagoland area, discuss policies and practice that continue to oppress Native people, and share ways to stay connected and grow in knowledge and advocacy.