CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE, WALKING HOLY GROUND
Seeing Christ through Native American Eyes
All daytime sessions will be held in the Seminary Chapel
Evening worship events will be held in the
Family Life Center of Park Street Brethren Church, 619 Park St., Ashland OH 44805
April 16-18, 2012
Once in a great while we are presented with a chance to participate in something extraordinary. This first-of-its-kind conference will provide participants with an opportunity to hear the long-ignored, ancient voice of a people invisible to many, yet integrally connected to who we are as a nation. Join Ashland Theological Seminary for a time of listening, learning, challenge and worship as we welcome Native American brothers and sisters who walk the Jesus Way.
Mon 9 AM Opening and Welcome; Mike Peters: "Red Clay"
Native Americans bring a culture and way of thinking that enriches the entire church. With Jeremiah's image of the potter and the clay as a biblical backdrop (Jeremiah 18:6), our conversation will begin with comments about how Christianity looks when it is seen and practiced within the context of Native communities and experiences.
Mon 12 Noon A special Roasted Pork lunch will be available on campus. Tickets are required for this lunch and are available for purchase above.
Mon 1:30 PM Adrian Jacobs: “Colonialism and Native American Health”
The colonial policy of assimilation, assisted by the Western missionary agenda, removed the locus of control for Native American health to outside colonial centers and with changes in diet and lifestyle set the stage for acute and chronic disease to decimate Native American people. This is not the "Good News to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, and the celebration of Jubilee" Jesus announced. An alternative Incarnational mission approach will be offered in this session.
Mon 7 PM Terry Wildman: “Reconciliation and Culture,” followed by
Worship led by RainSong
Reconciliation is an integral part of the message of the Gospel. Not only reconciliation between mankind and God but as an extension also between peoples and cultures. When reconciliation is approached from the perspective of the dominant culture it often fails to acknowledge the cultural damage that has been a part of the breach of relationship. In this session we will explore some of this interrelationship between reconciliation and culture. (This session to be held at Park Street Brethren Church, 619 Park St., Ashland OH 44805)
Tues 9 AM Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson: “On Urban Natives and Variations of Connectedness to Culture or Christianity”
This session considers the connection Urban Native Americans feel to their culture and how that connection enriches their life, and conversely, how the lack of connection limits perceptions of Indian identity. This presentation also speaks to the unexpected benefits and pitfalls of this personal journey that requires much risk.
Tues 1:30 PM Panel Discussion featuring conference presenters joined by Jack Lyons and Dan Hawk
Tues 7 PM Adrian Jacobs: “A Kairos Moment in Native American Ministry”
A convergence of societal, cultural-renewal, and Incarnational-engagement forces are bringing Native American ministry to a pivotal kairos moment where "men and women who know the times" are poised to change the face of Native ministry and the North American church. Current issues that highlight key opportunities will be presented. (This session to be held at Park Street Brethren Church, 619 Park St., Ashland OH 44805)
Wed 9 AM Closing; Mike Peters: “Forging a New Path”
Where do we go from here? Native American Indians have had many empty words spoken to them. Do not abandon us but come along side of us.
Mike Peters, A citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
Mike, whose family history includes three chiefs, is an ordained third-generation minister whose contextual ministry is bringing a new spiritual awakening among the Three Fires Alliance and across North America.
ADRIAN JACOBS/GANOSONO, Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation, Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Adrian is father of five and grandfather of one. He has pastored, founded ministry training schools, educated non-Native people concerning Native issues and history, and stood with the Native community against ongoing colonialism for more than thirty years.
Terry Wildman, Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Yaqui ancestry
Terry is a nationally known songwriter, storyteller, speaker, and recording artist. He is the author of Sign Language, which is featured on our bookshelf, pg 18. Since the year 2000, he has been ministering through music with RainSong.
KIMBERLEE MEDICINE HORN JACKSON, Yankton Sioux
Kimberlee holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writng. She is a member of a cohort with George Fox Seminary and the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, studying the differences or similarities of Native Spirituality, Native Christians and Christianity. She examines issues relevant to Urban Native people.
jack lyons, Oklahoma Choctaw
Jack has been actively serving the Native American community for over 26 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Native American Indian and Veterans Center in Akron, Ohio. He labors to identify and break down the disparities that prevent Native Americans and Veterans from accessing adequate health care, education, and other life necessities.
DAN HAWK, German and English ancestry, Event coordinator
Dan speaks at churches and gatherings throughout the region with a call to learn from Native American Christians and join them in the Creator's work in their communities. He sees this conference as an opportunity to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church and to walk in mutuality with the indigenous peoples of this land.
Terry and Darlene Wildman bring a unique style of Christian worship blending a contemporary sound with traditional Native American elements. They are Grammy nominated and winners of the 11th Annual Nammy (Native American Music Award).
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