Celebrating and Giving Thanks for Indigenous Peoples Month

November 4, 2020
By: 
The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

This November, UTO is partnering with the Racial Reconciliation staff to draw attention to gratitude and Indigenous Peoples Month. One of the gifts of the pandemic is that we have all gotten used to worshipping online, and it allows us to be digital visitors at congregations we might never physically travel to. Beginning November 8, a different Indigenous community will share a worship service with us on The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page (and on the UTO page as well). There will also be a short video available about the community gathered, as well as ways to learn more or connect more deeply with them. There will be three special videos midweek during which the Rev. Shaneequa Brokenleg, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation, will share three Indigenous stories for younger children that they might not hear otherwise. We’ll also have a new craft each week on the UTO page. Among the more problematic aspects of Thanksgiving are the decorations and crafts used for the holiday. We have awesome crafts for kids from Indigenous groups that better tell their stories and share their cultures, so we hope you’ll share those with the children in your lives. We are so excited to partner with the Rev. Brokenleg on this project during the month of November, and we hope you will enjoy the opportunity to visit these congregations virtually and to learn more about the Indigenous people of The Episcopal Church.