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The Committee on Native American Ministries provides resources for Native American Ministries Sunday, a special offering Sunday in the United Methodist Church.

We stand with all Native and Indigenous people of New England and strive to work in coordination with the Native community to provide funding as appropriate to meet needs seen in those Native communities of New England.

Jan
17

Act of Repentance – 2015

In 2015, at Annual Conference, the New England Conference held their Act of Repentance service. Jesus taught in parables, in stories, including the parable of the sower that offers images of the kind of conditions in which things cannot grow, in which things cannot flourish and increase and yield their most. And Jesus reminds us […]

Jan
17

Reflections on Carlisle

by Todd Warfield I am a member of the New England Conference Committee on Native American Ministries and as such I get to attend regional meetings. This year, our yearly meeting was held in Carlisle, PA. I knew we were going to tour the Carlisle Barracks, which is where the Carlisle Indian School was in […]

Jan
17

Finding ways to fulfill our vow to stand with Native Nations

Patricia Warrior Woman Parent, chair New England Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), shares this piece on how United Methodists in New England can fulfill our vow at the 2015 Annual Conference to stand with and support our Native American brothers and sisters. “And so this is Christmas – and what have you done? […]

Jan
17

What’s Your Response To ​Dr. Richard Twiss’ Questions?

By Kenny Jahng History can be a tricky thing. By studying it, though, we can learn much about humanity and about ourselves. In the Bible, we can encounter many different cultures and lifestyles to which the word of God was carried. Even in the book of Acts, the word of God spread throughout the New […]

Jan
17

Boston Indigenous Peoples’ Day Protest

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Park Street station on Boston Common October 11th, 2020 in the afternoon and marched to the downtown waterfront to denounce Christopher Columbus and show their support for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. One of our committee members was there showing their support and shared these photos from the protest.

Jan
17

Maine replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On April 26, 2019, Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill to enact Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Maine joins a handful of states that have now changed the holiday. The bill was sponsored by Representative Benjamin Collings of Portland. It passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature. Representatives from the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Nation, […]

Jan
16

CONAM Table at the 2019 New England Conference

NECONAM had a table at the 2019 New England Conference Annual Session. These are photos of our display.

Jan
16

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 14 2019, Maine and Vermont will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. This is a great step forward for indigenous people in New England and beyond. New England CONAM is recommending local churches in the entire conference and the New England Conference to stand together with this movement. As part of […]