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October 17, 2013
The Diocese of Los Angeles supports the activities of two traditional talking circles through the New Community Grant. The two circles are: First Women First Tuesday Gather-at-the-Fire (Los Angeles) and First Women First Wednesday Gather-at-the-Fire (Riverside). Each circle has about 20 active members who participate in a variety of activities in the cities. The group is led by the Rev. Mary...
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October 17, 2013
Good morning. My name is Elsie Dennis Dofelmier, and I am James’ mother. I felt it was appropriate for me to do the eulogy today. I brought him into the world, and I want my words to carry him out to the next world. Thank you, my family, and when I say that, I mean everyone here with us today to celebrate the life of our son James Thomas Dofelmier. By your presence, you are showing my...
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October 17, 2013
Dear Relatives, The Episcopal Church has always sought to work together with people of other faiths to encourage balance and understanding where all people are equal: the marginalized and the powerful, the poor and the wealthy, men and women, children and the elderly. Our mandate promotes mutual respect and acceptance among God’s people, and has always encouraged an atmosphere of...
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October 17, 2013
Thanks to a New Opportunities Grant, a new partnership between the Native American ministries of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Episcopal Church is starting to take shape in Oklahoma. The UMC has matched the funds offered by our own Office of Indigenous Ministries, enabling planning to move forward on an exciting new project: The Native Scholars Project. The Native Scholars Project...
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October 17, 2013
My name is Jim Kee-Rees, and I am the Native American Missioner for the Diocese of Oklahoma and Vicar of Whirlwind Mission of the Holy Family in Watonga, Oklahoma.  Whirlwind Mission was founded by the Rev. David Pendleton Oakerhater, and is named after members of the Whirlwind family, who donated land for the first mission. The Mission is on twelve acres and was designed by Hans Butzer who...
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April 10, 2013
Migel's small plot of maize crop appeared infested with weeds; tall green plants disrupted the ordered rows of corn stalks. But Migel explained that the green legume, indigenous to Chiapas, Mexico, functioned as a natural fertilizer by extracting nitrogen from the air and enriching the soil.   Migel then took us to his garden. He had interspersed basil and oregano plants among his...
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April 1, 2013
[Episcopal News Service] Military service is an historical tradition in Navajo culture. In Mike Bekis’ immediate family, for instance, 38 members have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. “Just like my five uncles before us, they were all World War II [veterans], all of us have stepped up,” said Bekis, in a telephone call from Farmington, New Mexico, with...
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January 23, 2013
Deacon LaCinda Hardy-Constant, Ranger Grace Roybal, the Rt. Rev. David Bailey, Deacon Catherine Plummer and Arnold Joe, an aspirant, holding hands in prayer during a November visit to the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner State Monument in New Mexico. ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson [Episcopal News Service]  Some of them died of broken hearts. While Union and Confederate soldiers waged war...