Why Water Matters

WhenThursday, November 16, 2017 to Saturday, November 18, 2017
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WhereEmbassy Suites Minneapolis by Hilton
7901 34th Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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ContactCarol Easton
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All faith leaders are invited to attend this time of learning, organizing, and celebration. 

This event will feature workshops, resources, and leadership from Native American traditions and practices to:

  • Provide a theological foundation for environmental action and to create an awareness of the relationship between racism and the environment
  • Teach faith and community leaders to engage in direct communication with government agencies and commercial companies that oversee the care of bodies of water, especially those which are the most vulnerable
  • Offer tools for creating effective solidarity with Native American spiritual and tribal leaders whose source/s of water has become threatened
  • Empower individuals to create an action plan for water advocacy and/or sustainability in their local communities.
  • Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Bishop Bruce Ough, Dakotas-Minnesota Conferences of The United Methodist Church
  • Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota nation)
  • Paula Horne, Water is Life activist, wife of Chief Arvol Looking Horse.
  • Dr. Randy Woodley, Professor of Faith & Culture, George Fox University (Keetoowah Cherokee nation)
  • Lionel Little Eagle Pinn (Mi'kmaq) 
  • John Hill, Assistant General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church
  • Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, General Commission on Religion & Race of The United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Paul Perez, Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Laura Pfeffer, Wisconsin Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

Registration starts Thursday afternoon Nov. 16th  (3:00PM-5:00PM).
The event begins with dinner Thursday (5:30PM).
Event ends Saturday Nov. 18th at noon.

In addition to speakers and worship, there will be two workshop sessions.

Workshop Options
(see full agenda for details)
  • Emiquon: Mother Earth Healing—Where environmental science and sacred ceremony come together: Lionel Little Eagle Pinn (Mikmaq).
  • Environmental Racism: Confronting the Powers and Principalities: Rev. E. Michelle Ledder
  • Sacred Land, Sacred Seeds: Edith and Randy Woodley 
  • The Power of Narrative: The Flint Michigan Water Crisis Response: Rev. Paul Perez
  • Why Water and Oil Don’t Mix: Water and Climate Justice: Laura Pfeffer

Additional Information

Cost: $175 before Sept 1, $195 Sept 1-Oct 15, $225 after Oct 15
Lodging: Embassy Suites Minneapolis by Hilton 7901 34th Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55425
Deadline: November 01, 2017 12:00 AM
Sponsor: North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries of the United Methodist Church

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058