Sheridan First UMC Native American Ministry continues healing work on Sand Creek

Sheridan First UMC Native American Ministry continues healing work on Sand Creek

12/8/2017

Submitted by JuDee Anderson
Member, First United Methodist Church, Sheridan, Wyoming


Sheridan, Wyoming's Native American Ministry (NAM) group attended the Sand Creek Annual Spiritual Healing Run for the 10th year in a row. During the run, we recalled our first visit to the site in 2007, the dedication of the site as a National Historic Site, and our first Healing Run in 2008.

Sheridan First United Methodist Church's NAM began its relationship with the descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre by listening and learning. Initially, we were asked to prepare and feed people at various events and quickly became much more involved. As a result of our relationship with the descendants of the massacre, we submitted a petition to General Conference in 2012 that resulted in a book being written about the Methodist involvement in the massacre and a commitment by the Council of Bishops to create a memorandum of understanding between the descendants and the church.

The healing work of the Sand Creek Massacre originated with Sheridan First UMC's NAM, but this year we also requested the Yellowstone Conference Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) support of $1,000 to fund several youth runners. In addition, to continue participation in the healing run, our NAM has invested in several new projects (at the request of descendants) including a book about our own learning and focus on the Doctrine of Discovery.


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