Women in Leadership at Winter Talk

Women in Leadership at Winter Talk

by Patricia Heinicke, Member, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento and Intercultural Ministries Commission

The Province VIII Indigenous People’s Network held its annual Winter Talk in Reno, Nevada on January 16-18, 2015. Attending from The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California were the Rev. Lewis "Sitting Panther" Powell, Deacon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley and Indigenous Ministries Missioner, and Patricia Heinicke, member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. Both are members of the Intercultural Ministries Commission.

Participants came from all over Province VIII to share stories, worship together and learn. The focus and theme this year was "Women in Leadership." Highlights included presentations by Louise Aloy (Native Hawaiian), newly elected president of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for Province VIII from The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, who surveyed the many opportunities for action and leadership in the ECW; Sharon Pasula (Metis/Cree), Aboriginal Cultural & Educational Helper in the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Canada, who led a discussion about the Doctrine of Discovery and its implications; and the Rev. Debbie Royals (Pasqua Yaqui), Director of Native American Ministries in The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, who shared her story and talked about the work of the Indigenous Theological Training Institute (ITTI). Bishop Lydia Mamakwa (Oji-Cree) was also present, in the form of a video of her installation as Bishop of The Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, a new diocese of The Anglican Church in northern Manitoba, Canada, which serves as both model and inspiration for indigenous ministry in the United States, especially in its use of indigenous governance bodies within the church.

Four resolutions were passed at Winter Talk 2015:

(1) Expressing appreciation for the work of Bishop Dan Edwards of The Episcopal Diocese of Nevada on behalf of Native peoples
(2) Expressing appreciation for the creation of the position of Director of Native American Ministries in The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona by Bishop Kirk Smith and encouraging the creation of similar positions in all dioceses with significant Native populations
(3) Urging the commemoration of Queen Lili’uokalani as a Woman of Faith
(4) Urging the creation of employment opportunities for Native peoples through The Episcopal Church’s investment relationships with the business community

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