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The Rev. Chebon Kernell walks through the sanctuary at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta offering incense during the closing worship service for Global Ministries.  Photo by Hector Amador.

Expanding partnerships with Native Americans

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries uses its fall meeting to remember history and renew commitments with Native peoples.
Norman Mark (left) and the Rev. Fred Shaw, director of the Native American Course of Study, talk about why it is important for Native pastors to blend traditional language and culture in ministry. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

Program connects theology course work and Native traditions, helping graduates grow Native congregations.
The Rev. Allen Buck, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, relocated to Portland, Ore., to become the pastor of Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship in July of 2017. Since then, attendance has doubled. Photo courtesy of Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship.

Native ministry in Portland experiences rebirth

New pastor breathes new life into Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, the last identifiable Native ministry in the Oregon-Idaho Conference.

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