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Niobrara Convocation: revelation

Niobrara Convocation: revelation

The Rt Rev. Carol Gallagher writes A New Winter Count from the Niobrara Convocation.

We had a powerful experience yesterday at Niobrara Convocation. A buffalo hide was taken out of a barrel and was revealed to have a winter count that reflected the life of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke.

The barrel had been used by a former bishop of North Dakota who had made the people put away all of their Indian-ness and he locked their items away in the barrel. It was a powerful experience, a liberating, and transforming moment for everyone gathered. Ancient pain had been redeemed and the cord of love have been rewoven for the ages.

See also:

Episcopal Indigenous Ministries

The Rev. Margaret Watson is attending the Convocation and reports at her blog


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John D. Andrews

When I have heard friends tell me that they were told by a pastor they would have to give up their culture to be a Christian I would feel both sad and angry. Christianity has and is shaped by culture, not just the dominant Anglo culture in the U.S. This is one of the important truths that I learned in EFM. Personally, my Christian faith has been enhanced by learning about indigenous religions and other religions. What a powerful and wonderful experience they had in North Dakota!

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