Our First Women’s Circle is open to Native women and girls (and young male children) from every tribe, language and nation land. Inspired by the fire of the Spirit of God, First Women gather in St. Andrew’s Chapel on the first Fridays of every month from 4:00-6:00pm to share traditional medicine practices and prayers, followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments. Please feel free to bring a drum or rattle or other traditional instrument. For more information, contact Armida at Firstwomen.narizona@gmail. com
Our local ministry at St. Andrew’s grew out of the Diocese of Arizona’s Council for Native American Ministries annual retreat and quarterly gatherings, and the Resolutions passed at the 56th & 57th diocesan conventions. The resolutions were intended “To promote reconciliation and maintain awareness of and respect for the dignity of the original inhabitants of the land and Native peoples in our contemporary setting.”
The Mission & Vision for diocesan Native American Ministry is that of Remembrance, Recognition, Reconciliation and Relationship:
REMEMBER Native American history is not well-known but has had and continues to have an impact on the original inhabitants of the land. Learning the history of our diocese provides a foundation for living out the Gospel imperative and our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.
RECOGNIZE There are 22 federally recognized tribes in the Diocese of Arizona.
RECONCILE the history of the people of the land along with the history of the Episcopal Church.
RELATIONSHIP Develop relationships with people; knowing people, recognizing their gifts and struggles and allowing ourselves to form mutual communities led by the Spirit of God.