TN Conference Committee on Native American Ministries “CONAM” Invites you to:
- Native American Ministry Sunday will take place on April 26, 2020 | Native American Ministry Sunday is one of six Special Sunday Offerings. Funds from the offering are used within the TN Conference and are available nationally to Native Americans attending seminary as well as other educational opportunities. Please schedule a celebration of the gifts and talents Native American traditions and cultures bring to the church. We encourage your local church to recognize and celebrate any time of the year! Contact us for the resources and speakers we have available for you.
- “Native American Resource Day”, March 1, was held this year at LaVergne UMC. We provide materials to the local church that will help you plan, recognize, and celebrate Native American Ministry Sunday. Per ¶654 in The Book of Discipline, we are charged to promote Native American Ministry Sunday and this allows the local church to explore native foods and culture, hear speakers and be equipped with resources we have developed or collected. We strive to bring understanding of the richness of the cultures to you. We urge you to partner with your local church and community with new opportunity and be a part of growing the Kingdom by expanding the circle. Contact CONAM for materials!
- Although Nov.12, 2016 was the date for Tennessee and Memphis Conferences to lift up The Act of Repentance, a resolution/movement that grew out of General Conference, the work continues to fulfill the resolution. Learn more about how your local church can be involved.
- United Methodists, other denominations and the United Nations have decided to take a stand against the Doctrine of Discovery. How did Papal Bulls affect indigenous peoples around the world and how does it affect you? Learn more about this at the Resource Day and we will be glad to send you materials
- Native Moccasins Rock is August 7-9, 2020 and will be our 19th annual weekend festival/retreat. Interactive workshops, music, dance, fellowship, & worship are all part of the weekend opportunities. Learn from noted Native American artists, speakers and performers. The focus this year is Native leadership in our Native American communities and other areas-local churches and the secular community.
- A Scholarship for Higher Education / Trade School was established in 2007 for Native American students and has been named in memory of Allison Fitzhugh. You can designate your offering or gift ahead of time for this, 7055-4-47000. Read about Allison by visiting: www.moccasinfootprints.org
- Visit area Powwows/events and explore Native American Culture. We have a presence in the Native American community and community at large. Check with us about dates and visit our booth. We address physical and spiritual health and have a great collection of books and free resources for the public. *We partner state-wide with Native American organizations. Meharry Medical partners with us at the NAIA of TN powwow for medical and dental check ups.
- Utilize our resources:
- Knowledgeable Speakers: We have several of our committee members dedicated to visiting you in your church, individual group settings, or potluck!
- Audio/Visual Resources and Displays: (including pieces for your altar) your church can utilize. If we don’t come, we can loan them to you!
- Visit https://www.moccasinfootprints.org and also https://www.tnumc.org/nam/ for more information about events, resources, view photos and more.
For further information, contact Mary T Newman, coordinator of Native American Ministries, per CONAM.
Mailing: Native American Ministries, PO Box 4, Ashland City, TN 37015
co-chairs: Pat Bryan and Debbie Fitzhugh