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Ways We’re Honoring Our Indigenous Siblings

We are one in the Spirit.

Our Grace Lutheran Racial Justice Team will be following the example of our St. Paul Area Synod and will be concentrating our educational activities over the next few months learning about our indigenous siblings. There are a number of ways, online, offline, and on your own time to head God’s call to connect and learn about those created in the same image. Here are a few ways to connect.

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Bishop Patricia Lull has put out a call to our synod to “Remember the Children”, encouraging us to engage, worship, and learn, even the hard-to-hear realities. Please read the statement regarding our Indigenous siblings and the accompanying letter from The American Indian Alaskan Native Lutheran Association (AIANLA) within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

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On October 3, Grace Lutheran Church was honored to have guest preacher Kelly Sherman Conroy, Native Theologian, storyteller and healer. Kelly’s Lakota name is ato Waste Winyan (Good Bear Woman). She is a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Currently based in Minnesota, USA. Kelly is a Native American Theologian who walks with people of all cultures, dedicating her time exploring with people around the world, the intersections of identity, personal narratives, faith, and healing through an Indigenous lens.

On October 10th at 9:30 am we gather for worship to celebrate and honor Indigenous People’s Day. Our guest preacher from the week before, Kelly Sherman Conroy, has curated the Indigenous People’s Liturgical Celebration for ELCA congregations. This service will be filled with beautiful liturgy and prayers, music, message, blessings all while experientially learning about our indigenous siblings.

In December 2021 will be having a Remember our Children service. Stay tuned for ways to join in person or online.

Sacred Site Tours

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, they offer Sacred Site Tours of the Twin Cities area. These tours aim to create greater awareness and understanding of the Dakota people, the original people of this area, who too often are invisible in their homeland. The tour includes information on Dakota history, culture and sacred sites, as well as the oppression and genocide they faced, and ultimately their exile.

Tours are led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection.

The tour will start in Mendota Heights, and you travel by personal vehicle. One stop is at Ft Snelling, and a state park pass is required for those vehicles. Note that this also includes some uneven ground walking.
The tour accommodates up to 33 people. Cost is $40 per person. Grace does have a scholarships available for anyone who would like to attend, but cost is a limiting factor. Please contact Theresa Schulz at theresa.schulz3@gmail.com if you are interested in utilizing scholarship. If weather is not accommodating, then we will reschedule to the spring (no cost obligation in this scenario).

Grace is partnering with All Saints Lutheran Church of Eagan to offer a great learning opportunity. Lindsay Bergstreser from All Saints will be coordinating the event. Please RSVP to Lindsay via email by clicking the button below by Oct 14 so we can plan accordingly.

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