CONAM: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

September 16, 2021

The New England Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) would like to draw your attention to the upcoming celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 11, invitation to honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples locally and nationally.

At the New England Annual Conference session in June, a resolution was passed titled Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Part of the commitment on behalf of NEAC is to "[encourage] local churches, the NEAC, and District offices to use the term Indigenous Peoples Day in lieu of Columbus Day in their communications, worship services, and event planning."

CONAM is offering this short prayer, written by Dianne Climenhage, as


Creator God,
We look at your world and praise you for the diversity all around us.
Thank you for the gift of relationships; our connection with people, animals and the land.
Help us, Lord, to see differences and diversity as strengths.
Help us to listen and understand; to meet one another with wonder and anticipation.
Help us to love as you love, without expectation.
Reveal to us your way of reconciliation and guide on us into right relationships with all living things.
Lead us to understand how Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be profoundly harmed by settler people and institutions.
Lead us to repent when we as settlers deny Indigenous peoples respect, dignity and fullness of life.
Help us to listen compassionately, to speak humbly and to act justly.
Help us to seek the peace, justice and reconciliation you desire among all your children.
Thank you for your mercy and grace.
Also, shared by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race: 

A Spiritual Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire will host an online event “Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Ritual, Prayer, Learning, and Conversation,” at 4 pm on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. All are welcome.
Learn more and register

Rolling Ridge's 'Voices and Stories' online series 
On Oct. 12, 2021, Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center will host an online program:  The HISTORY OF THE INDIGEONOUS PEOPLE OF NEW ENGLAND & THE APOLOGY Click the link to learn more.