Indigenous Ministries

The goal of Native American/Indigenous Ministries is the full inclusion of Native and Indigenous peoples in the life and leadership of the Episcopal Church.

Articles

May 31, 2017

The Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday became the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state of Wyoming, ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church on May 26 by Bishop of Wyoming John S. Smylie....

April 28, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The question of how indigenous families in Canada coped with language loss and worked to keep their languages alive is the focus of a new project spearheaded by the EagleSpeaker Community Connection...

March 27, 2017

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Young adults of color are invited to examine their gifts and explore opportunities at an Episcopal Church retreat, Why Serve 2017, Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15. Sponsored...

March 21, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church in Canada has sent a strongly worded open letter, expressing dismay over a Conservative senator’s recent defense of the Indian Residential Schools system. Earlier this month, Sen. Lynn...

March 15, 2017

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Registration is now open for the popular Episcopal Church New Community Clergy and Lay Conference, slated for July 19-22 at Camp Allen, Navasota (Diocese of Texas). The theme is...

On Thursday, March 9, the Episcopal Church will sponsor an interfaith prayer service on the eve of the Rise with Standing Rock: Native Nations March on Washington. All are invited to join An Evening Of Prayer in support of “Standing as...

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In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12 and Native American Month in November, The...

As people of God we are the divine agents of the one who created and sustains us....

Every year on Columbus Day, the United States is reminded of the tragic history of how the “New...

Native Americans and Alaskan natives have centuries of rich tradition and cultural knowledge...

Indigenous clergy, laity, and bishops whose ministry includes native peoples will gather May 27...

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Documents

A pastoral adaptation of The Book of Common Prayer meant to help disciples "€œhear the Gospel and see Jesus."

For over two centuries, large discrepancies in health have existed between American Indians and the rest of the nation. Mortality rates for diabetes, tuberculosis, cervical cancer, pneumonia, influenza, SIDS, and alcoholism are all...

“Four Directions and Magnificat” is designed to build upon a “rediscovery” of the history of the Church and this nation that began with “Looking at Columbus Day through the Lens of our Baptismal Covenant.” The purpose of Part II is to...

“Seeking God’s Justice for All” is the third part of an ongoing Lifelong Faith Formation resource which responds to the 2009 General Convention resolution D035 in which the Episcopal Church repudiated and renounced the “Doctrine of...

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Presented by the Haudenosaunee, the American Indian Law Alliance and the Indigenous Law Institute, North America, at the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

“We seek to address the need for healing in all parts of society, and we stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples globally to acknowledge and address the legacy of colonial occupation and policies of domination,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her Pastoral Letter on the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples issued May 16, 2012.

She continues, “Our Christian heritage has taught us that a healed community of peace is only possible in the presence of justice for all peoples. We seek to build such a beloved community that can be a sacred household for all creation, a society of right relationships.”

On May 7, 2012, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori joined other religious voices in repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery at the 11th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The theme for the UNPFII meeting is “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).”  In 2009, General Convention repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery.

Conference room paper from the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues