Native American Ministry
During his first Pastoral Address, given at the 215th Annual Council in 2010, Bishop Shannon noted the need for ministry with Native Americans, highlighting it as one of his priorities for the Diocese. Bishop Shannon encouraged churches to get involved, especially with Native American tribes located in Virginia. Out of that was born the Native American Ministry team, which is comprised of members of the Diocese who are interested in and passionate about Native American Ministries.
"To keep alive the rich heritage of our ancestors; to keep the flames of peace, love and fellowship with our Indian brothers and sisters forever aglow; to give glory to the Great Spirit - our Lord Jesus Christ."
Churches who work in Native American Ministries:
Abingdon Church, White Marsh, Sent their youth group to assist the renovations of St. Mark's, Beazley, and to visit the Mattaponi Indian Reservation with youth from St. John's, West Point.
Calvary Church, Front Royal, Has nearly 20 years of experience with the Pine Ridge and Porcupine Reservations in the Dakotas.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke, Visited the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland with their youth.
Church of the Incarnation, Mineral, Established a relationship with the Monacan Indian Nation on Bear Mountain, VA.
Grace Church, The Plains, Is continuing to explore their relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.
Historic Christ Church, Alexandria, Brought a vacation bible school to St. John's Episcopal Mission Church in Montezuma Creek, Utah, Navajoland, paired with outreach to the community and participation in a traditional feast.
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Supports the ministry of the Kelly Foundation and the Center Pole on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.
Immanuel Old Church Mechanicsville, Gathered school supplies and money for winter fuel to serve the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD.
Leeds Church, Markham, Has a long history of mission trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
St. George's, Fredericksburg, Assisted in the rebuilding and renovation of St. Mark's, Beazley, and continues to nurture a relationship with the Reservation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
St. John's, West Point, Helped renovate the old school house on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation and supported the Mattaponi Indian Reservation through Spirit Rising. Along with youth from Abingdon Church, White Marsh, the youth of St. John's visited the Mattaponi Indian reservation.
St. Luke's, Alexandria, Has a particular interest in supporting the vocational indigenous farming program for developmentally disabled youth and the development of a formation program for indigenous deacons and priests. They have taken a pilgrimage to Porcupine, South Dakota, to be with the Lakota people, and have a relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.
St. Mark's, Alexandria, Has an established relationship with the Good Shepherd Mission in Navajoland.
St. Mark's, Richmond, Visited the Pamunkey Indian Reservation with Trinity Church, Fredericksburg.
St. Matthew's, Richmond, Visited the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.
St. Peter's, New Kent, Visited the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.
St. Stephen's, Catlett, Has visited the Monacan Indian Nation at Natural Bridge, working in partnership with them in the spirit of mission.
St. Timothy's, Herndon, Has an ongoing relationship with the Lakota people at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Trinity Church, Fredericksburg, Visited the Pamunkey Indian Reservation with St. Mark's, Richmond. They also have a relationship with the Rappahanock Tribe.
- Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe
- Chickahominy Indian Tribe
- Chickahominy Indians Eastern Division Native American Tribe
- Mattaponi Tribe
- Monacan Indian Nation
- Nansemond Indian Tribal Association
- Nottoway Indian Tribe
- Pamunkey Indian Tribe
- Patawomeck Indian Tribe
- Rappahanock Tribe
- Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe
- The Episcopal Church Office of Native American & Indigenous Ministries offers a regular newsletter.
- Virginia's First People: Past and Present is a website sponsored by Prince William Network, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia Council on Indians, equipped with various instructional resources on Native American Tribes in Virginia.
- The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail is a trail of historically significant sites to Native American Tribes in Virginia.
- Virginia Pow Wow Schedule displays all known dates of Pow Wows and Tribal Heritage Events in Virginia.
- The new Navajoland website provides some history about the diocese and news from the bishop, as well as resources about how to help those living in the Navajoland Area Mission through donations and volunteering.
Tell Us More
Are you interested in getting involved with our Native American ministries? Do you have an existing ministry or connection? Send your comments to Jean Mary Taylor (540) 660-1579 and Nellie Adkins, (540)-869-0579.