Special offering during charge conferences to benefit Circle of Indigenous Ministries, honor Bishop Stanovsky

Rev Allen Buck handing out gifts
Rev. Dr. Allen Buck hands out gifts during the Wallowa UMC land return ceremony to the Nez Perce Tribe on April 29, 2021.

The cabinet of the Greater Northwest Area announces that a special offering will be taken at all charge conferences across the area this year to honor the ministry of Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky as she prepares to retire at the end of the year. Upon invitation of the cabinet to name a ministry to be the recipient of these funds, Bishop Stanovsky has identified the GNW Circle of Indigenous Ministries*. Throughout her ministry, and especially during her episcopacy, Bishop Stanovsky has held a special place in her heart for ministries and initiatives with our indigenous siblings. As bishop of the Denver Area, she led the denomination in repentance for our role in the Sand Creek Massacre.

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky preaches at GNW AC 2022.

The creation of the Greater Northwest Area Circle of Indigenous Ministries in 2021 represents the shared GNW priorities to become more intentional about ministry with Indigenous peoples and to dismantle racism. Its work includes resourcing for Indigenous Ministries across the area through consultation, coaching, friendship, relationships with local Tribes and people(s), grant writing support for Native American ministries, and leadership development. Rev. Dr. Allen Buck is the director of the Circle. Learn more about the GNW Circle of Indigenous Ministries on its webpage where donations can also be made. Visit https://greaternw.org/circle

*If you give via check at your charge conference, please make it out to your local church with the note “Circle” in the memo. Local church treasurers and finance administrators are asked to send the final collection to their individual Conference treasurers’ offices.

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Kristen Caldwell
A mom, a writer, a wannabe runner, Kristen Caldwell calls Vancouver, Wash., home and loves getting to tell stories of the people and places that make up the Greater Northwest Area.

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