Stories of Renewal: Opening New Doors
In the beginning of 2017, the Saint Paul Area Synod distributed 11 micro-grants to congregations wishing [...]
The Native American/Lutheran Association and Nativity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis invites members of the Saint Paul Area Synod to the first American Indian/Alaska Native Celebration and Reconciliation Service on November 22nd at 7 p.m., at Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony Minnesota.
In August of 2016 at the Churchwide Assembly, members of the ELCA passed a resolution to recognize and celebrate contributions of Native American/Alaska Natives into the life of the church and community and to repudiate explicitly and clearly the European-derived doctrine of discovery.
This Native American Liturgical Celebration was created by, Kelly Sherman-Conroy who is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge South Dakota, a member of Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony MN. Kelly currently attends Luther Seminary as an Master's of Theology student at Luther Seminary focusing on Lakota Spirituality and the conversation of Christ and is an active member of the American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association. Kelly worked closely with her mentor and Professor Dirk Lange (Luther Seminary), musician David Livingston, and conferred with Bishop Guy Erwin, Bishop Jessica Crist and Native members and Clergy of the American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association. This liturgy has been put together in a very meaningful way to integrate Native culture and spirituality and keep some boundaries of the Lutheran Christian traditions. The result is a profound and deeply spiritual experience that has been created for all involved in not just the worship practices but their relationship with God and the other.