Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Community

Native American Ministries

Worship and Liturgies

"Christians have always sought to honor the men and women whose lives represent heroic commitment to Christ and who have exemplified their faith even at the cost of their lives. Such witnesses, by the grace of God, live in every age." - From Lesser Feast and Fasts.

We have highlighted the life and work of four extra-ordinary Native Americans who are included in our Church Calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. 

They are:

Native American Commemorations

David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931
"God's warrior" is an epithet by which David Pendleton Oakerhater is known among the Cheyenne Indians of Oklahoma. The title is an apt one, for this apostle of Christ to the Cheyenne was originally a soldier who fought against the United States government with warriors of other tribes in the disputes over Indian land rights.

Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii
Within a year of ascending the throne in 1855, the twenty-year-old King Kamehameha IV and his bride, Emma Rooke, embarked on the path of altruism and unassuming humility for which they have been revered by their people.

Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902
Enmegahbowh was born among the Odawa (Ottawa) of Canada. He was raised in the Midewiwin tradition of his grandfather and the Christian religion of his mother. Entering Christian work among the Methodists, who gave him the name of John Johnson, he became a missionary in the Upper Great Lakes field, serving the Ojibway at Gull Lake, Minnesota.


Gospel-based Discipleship

A Disciple's Prayer Book in PDF format
A pastoral adaptation of The Book of Common Prayer meant to help disciples “hear the Gospel and see Jesus.”

Created from many sources. Special honor goes to the American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders who place the Gospel at the center of the sacred circle.

icon_pdf_sm PDF Liturgy Sampler

Document Description: This small sample of liturgies is but a taste of the work that is being done in Native communities throughout the Episcopal Church. In preparation for the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church the Executive Council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministry brought together this work in anticipation of the publication of a larger collection of liturgies in the coming years.  Download


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Un Libro de Oración para el Discípulo


Why Serve 2012
6/6/2012  - 6/10/2012    - Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA

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