CONAM closer to goal of having authorized tribal representatives

CONAM closer to goal of having authorized tribal representatives


Submitted by JuDee Anderson,
Chair, Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)

Yellowstone Annual Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) members met in Bozeman, Montana on Dec. 9, 2017. Dr. Eduardo Duran was present as a continuing consultant on intergenerational trauma. Dr. Duran is himself Native American and Italian and has traveled the globe multiple times in his work with Native American and other Indigenous peoples. He has written several books on healing trauma and also provides workshops and individual sessions.

He spent the afternoon talking about his learning, his work and his focus on healing. Yellowstone Conference is staying abreast of the current worldwide focus on healing and acknowledging that we are all one. Dr. Duran reminded us that we are all represented in the medicine wheel. CONAM has its mission and goals in place; guiding the church in learning the history and about repentance as well as creating authentic relationships with Native people from the tribes in the conference.

After a number of years of cultivating trust and relationship, CONAM's goal of bringing authorized tribal representatives onto the committee is within reach. There were questions that were posed to the CONAM members; however, after Dr. Duran's sharing and processing there was no time to divert to other topics. CONAM is in continued process with several tribes to bring tribal members onto CONAM and hopes to have at least two tribes represented and in attendance at Annual Conference.

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