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Did you know that Native American Ministry Sunday offering has been around since 1988?

That Native American Ministry
Sunday offering has been
around since 1988?

In a petition to the 1988 General Conference, the Native American International Caucus proposed and delegates approved "Native American Awareness Sunday" to recognize and support the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to the church and the community. The 2000 General Conference changed the name of the observance to "Native American Ministries Sunday." Native American Ministries Sunday honors and empowers the Native Americans in the denomination through scholarships for seminarians.

 

ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (NAMS)


Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this special Sunday helps to ensure that Native American United Methodist leaders are recognized. It was officially recognized in 1988 and has been celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Easter since 1989. An offering is taken on this Special Sunday to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the Annual Conferences, Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries and communities relating to the General Board of Global Ministries. It also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology distributed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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Learn more about the agencies that oversee Native American Ministries Sunday
General Board of Global Ministries and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry