Resources for Native American Day
In this issue of the Racial Ethnic Torch, we preview Big Tent 2015 and lift up the work that Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a whole, is doing as we strive to be more culturally humble. We explore the importance of using inclusive and expansive language, and the impact that power, privilege and justice in our lives and in society, and in our antiracism work. Read online or download here.
NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES EDITION OF THE TORCH
In this issue, you will meet Native American leaders who are transforming the church even as they are themselves being transformed. You will learn about significant achievements by racial ethnic congregations and interest groups, exciting new additions to our ministry staff, and upcoming events. Download here
Get the Native American church and chapel directory
Eight synods within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have some form of Native American Ministry in their bounds. While you will find some presbyteries with several churches and chapels; others will have one church listed. Most PC(USA) Native American churches are located on reservation and trust lands. The one off-reservation church is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The majority of churches do not have full time clergy.
Most of the churches are small in membership and have emerged from four models:
- missionary—established preaching point
- mission stations (e.g. the cannery at Yakutat, Alaska)
- ministry based on a probe of whether ministry was needed, (e.g. Native American Ministry Project in greater Los Angeles)
- family or clan chapels.” (Minutes, PC(USA), 2000, pp. 213)
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As a supporter of the National Museum of the American Indian, I am surprised that you are still using the term "Native American". I suggest you look into the terminology adopted by American Indians themselves over recent years. Obviously WPC(USA) needs to update terminology to reflect the wishes of those it wishes to serve.