The "circle of life" is a powerful cultural and religious symbol for Native Americans. A cross is formed at the intersection of the lines. When peace, wholeness and harmony exist, Native Americans view the circle to be in balance.
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|Native Americans within The United Methodist Church believe that only through the cross of Jesus can balance, wholeness, peace and harmony be achieved. Because of its symbolism, the plan focuses on the four compass directions of the circle of life.
Three years ago, the Desert Southwest Conference began developing plans and a model to establish Northern Arizona Native American Ministries within the rural settings of the Navajo-Hopi Reservations. This ministry was partially funded from the Native American Comprehensive Plan.
The purpose of the ministry was to create a witness faithful to the Christian gospel and affirming of Native-American culture and traditions. The congregational director is the Rev. Shirley Montoya. Community outreach includes social services for older adults, dealing with domestic violence, minor home repair, training opportunities and church development.
"We bring a sacred fan of hope to keep aflame the sacred lights of faith and love."
The Rev. Shirley MontoyaThe Native American Comprehensive Plan links churches and ministries across the United States. The plan develops United Methodist Native American ministries by:
Your sacrificial gifts through the Advance for Christ and His Church will assist Native Americans in the crucial task of reclaiming and reaffirming their spiritual heritage, bringing the circle into balance.