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Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend: October 9-11, 2015, Minneapolis
About the ConferenceThe earth faces an unprecedented ecological crisis that threatens the survival of countless species, including our own. Alienation from the land rooted in settler colonialism causes nature to be treated as mere commodity. The effect is poor health, impoverished spirits, fractured communities, and lost identities.
We invite all committed to the journey of decolonization – indigenous peoples, colonial settlers, and others – to explore a theology of restorative solidarity, ecological sustainability, and connection to place. The Mississippi Watershed (3rd largest watershed in the world) will serve as a case study on how we can reinhabit, fight for, and begin to heal ourselves and the land that we depend on for life.
|Ched Myers is an activist theologian, biblical scholar, popular educator, author, organizer and advocate who has for 35 years been challenging and supporting Christians to engage in peace and justice work and radical discipleship.|
|Elaine Enns has been working in the field of restorative justice since 1989. She recently completed her Doctor of Ministry on barriers within Settler communities in building solidarity with their Indigenous neighbors.|
|Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is an award winning artist and writer. As an environmental activist, she has walked the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, Seneca Lake, Pokegama Lake, and the St. Louis River, as well as the 4 Directions Water Walk. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force.|
|Jim Bear Jacobs is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, serves as Parish Pastor at Church of All Nations, and is convener of Healing MN Stories, a committee that advances dialogue and education within faith communities around American Indian causes and injustices.|
|Jin S. Kim is founding pastor of Church of All Nations and most recently founder of Underground Seminary, which focuses on decolonizing Christian leadership. He writes and speaks widely on the ministry of reconciliation in a post-colonial, post-supremacist world.|
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- Register online
- Make payment:
- Pay by mail: Mail in a check or money order, payable to Church of All Nations (4301 Benjamin St. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421), or
- Pay online: Please note that there will be an additional administrative fee charged by the site
Friday (Oct 9)
- 12:00: Registration opens
- 1:00: Tour options – Sacred Sites Tour or Dream of Wild Health Farm Tour
- 5:30: Dinner
- 7:00: Plenary #1: Identity
- 9:00: Fellowship
- 7:00am: (Optional) Sunrise liturgy/ceremony on shore of Silver Lake.
- 7:30: Breakfast
- 8:30: Plenary #2: Theology
- 10:30: Break (coffee and snacks in the Corner Cafe)
- 11:00: Workshops
- 12:30pm: Lunch
- 2:00: Plenary #3: Place
- 3:30: Break (coffee and snacks in the Corner Cafe)
- 4:00: Workshops
- 5:30: Dinner
- 7:00: Plenary #4: Reinhabiting the Mississippi Watershed (panel discussion)
- 9:00: Fellowship/bonfire (Underground Seminary House backyard)
- 9:30am: Faith Mennonite Church – Elaine Enns
- 10:00am: Church of All Nations – Ched Myers
Date & Location
The conference will be held at Church of All Nations (CAN), 4301 Benjamin St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421, from Friday Oct 9 at 1:00pm to Sunday Oct 11 at 1:00pm. Meals provided throughout. The schedule includes Sunday morning service focused on the conference theme at participating churches in the Twin Cities. Details will be provided during the conference.
Those flying should book flights to the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport, about 25 minute drive from CAN. We can provide transportation to and from the airport if requested in advance. If driving, see our Location page for directions and maps to CAN.
Attendees can reserve hotel rooms at a special discounted rate at the Days Inn Roseville for $65/night if booked by Oct. 1. Or Radisson Hotel Roseville for $109/night if booked by Sept. 25. Both are just 4 miles from CAN. Let the hotels know you are with the “Watershed Conference” when booking. Morning and evening shuttles will be available to the conference and back for those staying at these hotels. Lower cost housing options within the church community for those in need will also be available on a first come, first served basis.
Questions?Contact us for more information about registration or the conference in general.