This is a short list of references designed to prepare Conference members for an Act of Repentance. It is recommended and annotated by the Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett, retired, who will be guest preacher at the New England Conference Act of Repentance on Thursday, June 18, at the 2015 Annual Conference session. Read the news story.
Fassett, Thom White Wolf, Giving Our Hearts Away: Native American Survival, 2008 Mission Study, United Methodist Women. Also available as an audio book. (This book is an overview of the relationship between the Federal Government and Christian Churches tracing the impact of both on Native American peoples and cultures in what became the United States.)
Mann, Henrietta & Phillips, Anita, editors, On this Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American and Indigenous Peoples, Native American Comprehensive Plan, 2012, The United Methodist Church. (A collection of readings and reflections written by Native American writers and spiritual leaders in The United Methodist Church. A good resource for personal and group study).
Deloria, Jr., Vine, God is Red, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, 2003. (This classic is the definitive reference for understanding Native American Spirituality in its many contexts and exploring Native American culture and tribal life.)
Apess, William, A Son of the Forest and Other Writings (Native Americans of the Northeast), University of Massachusetts, 1997.(William Apess was a Pequot Indian, living in Massachusetts between 1798 and 1839. He was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1829.This volume contains his writings which document not only rich personal information about his childhood but his relationship with the Methodist Church, his treatment by the church and his legendary advocacy for Native peoples in New England.)