On Nov. 15, 2014, the North Alabama Conference Native American Ministries Team will host Gathering at Horseshoe Bend, a time of remembering, storytelling, dancing and sharing of an authentic Native American meal. November is Native American Heritage Month. The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary the battle at Horseshoe Bend.
Rev. Anita Phillips, Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell Jr. and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett will be among those participating in the event. Rev. Phillips is the executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan and author of On this Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples. Rev. Kernell is Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, Justice and Discipleship at the General Board of Global Ministries.
Native American performance dances as well as social dances will be provided by the Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers from Choctaw, MS.
The public and particularly United Methodists are invited to be a part of this gathering from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend. This event reaches out to the whole family. Click here or email email@example.com to register for the event. Park is free . Organizers will provide lunch for those who register (ages 13 and older) for $5. Lunch will be free for registered children 12 and under.
In addition to the Gathering at Horseshoe Bend, Reverends Phillips and Kernell will participate in a conversation time on Friday and worship on Sunday of that weekend.
On Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, persons of Native American heritage in North Alabama Conference, Native American Ministries Team members and the Delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences have been invited to a dinner presentation and conversation with Rev. Philips and Rev. Kernell at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham. Any Native American United Methodists not contacted are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations for the dinner.
The community is invited to worship with Highlands UMC and Saint Mark UMC on November 16. Rev. Chebon Kernell will preach at Saint Mark UMC in Vestavia Hills at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Rev. Anita Phillips will preach at Highlands UMC in Birmingham at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dale Clem, chairperson of the North Alabama Conference Native American Ministries Team and Dr. Richard Stryker, Executive Director of Ethnic Ministries expressed excitement at having these national United Methodist leaders with us in North Alabama. Dr. Stryker notes that “this is just the beginning steps on the road to reconciliation and intercultural understanding.”