‘Gathering at Horseshoe Bend’ Nov. 15

Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers

Native American dances will be performed at a North Alabama Conference event Nov. 15 by the Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers from Choctaw, Miss.

DAVISTON, Ala. — Saturday, Nov. 15, the North Alabama Conference Native American Ministries Team will host Gathering at Horseshoe Bend, a time of remembering, storytelling, dancing and sharing of an authentic Native American meal.

Horseshoe Bend, Davidston, Ala.

Saturday, Nov. 15, the North Alabama Conference Native American Ministries Team will host Gathering at Horseshoe Bend, a time of remembering, storytelling, dancing and sharing of an authentic Native American meal.

November is Native American Heritage Month. The year 2014 marks the 200th anniversary the battle at Horseshoe Bend.

The Rev. Anita Phillips, the Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell Jr. and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett will be among those participating in the event.

Phillips is executive director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan and author of On this Spirit Walk: The Voices of Native American & Indigenous Peoples.

Kernell is executive secretary of Native American & Indigenous Ministries, Justice & Discipleship at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.

Beginning steps

The Rev. Dale Clem, chairperson of the North Alabama Conference Native American Ministries Team and Dr. Richard Stryker, executive director of Ethnic Ministries, expressed excitement at having these national United Methodist leaders in North Alabama. “This is just the beginning steps on the road to reconciliation and intercultural understanding,” Stryker said.

Anita Phillips

Glen Chebon Kernell

Native American performance dances as well as social dances will be provided by the Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers from Choctaw, Miss.

The public is invited to be part of this gathering from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend. This event reaches out to the whole family.

To register for the event click here or send email to dmccullers@umcna.org. Organizers will provide lunch for those who register ages 13 and older for $5. Lunch will be free for registered children 12 and under.

Other activities

Friday, Nov. 14, persons of Native American heritage in North Alabama Conference, Native American Ministries Team members and delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences have been invited to a dinner presentation and conversation with Philips and Kernell at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham. Any Native American United Methodists not contacted are asked to contact dmccullers@umcna.org to make reservations for the dinner.

The community is invited to worship with Highlands and Saint Mark United Methodist Churches Sunday, Nov. 16. Kernell will preach at Saint Mark UMC in Vestavia Hills at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Phillips will preach at Highlands UMC in Birmingham at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

More information is available at Gathering at Horseshoe Bend.

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