Indigenous People's Sunday
The second Sunday in October is Indigenous People's Sunday. On Native American Sunday in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, we honor the unique and beautiful contributions of our Native American brothers and sisters by lifting up the American Indian/Alaska Native ministries of the ELCA. Indigenous People's Sunday provides congregations in the synod the opportunity to give generously through a special offering set aside for the ministry of Together Here Ministries and the synod staff called to finding meaningful and authentic way to lead our synod in this ministry effort.
Presiding Minister: The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin (Wazhazhe/Osage)
Preaching Minister: The Rev. Joann Conroy (Winyan Wakan, Lakota)
Drumming- Imnizaska Dakota Drum Group
Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine
At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members designated June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. On the Sunday closest to June 17 each year, ELCA congregations in Northeastern Minnesota Synod join our siblings in Christ from the AME Church to host the Commemoration of Emanuel Nine Sunday. Resources for this Sunday are compiled by Together Here Ministries.
We give you thanks, Holy God, for the faithful life and witness of Clementa, Cynthia, Susie, Ethel, DePayne, Tywanza, Daniel, Sharonda, and Myra, the Emanuel 9. May their faith and witness to your saving love in the Lord, Jesus Christ, inspire all people to ensue paths of justice, courage and self giving love.