American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association
We, as an association of American Indians and Alaska Natives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, created in the image of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, are called to serve. We affirm the inherited gift of spirituality from our ancestors, and commit ourselves to grow in faith. We uplift, support and nourish one another in ministry in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through word and sacrament and by the Grace of God. We commit ourselves to promote healing and wholeness within ourselves, the church, society and the Earth. We honor, recognize and appreciate the diversity of all native people. We are proud to be Lutheran, because we treasure the reformation emphasis that we are redeemed, delivered and freed by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The mission of the American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association of the ELCA is:
- Advocate for the rights of all indigenous people.
- Provide cultural learning experiences for ourselves and others in appreciation and understanding of our heritage as Native people.
- Serve in its mission and ministry to and with Native people in faithfulness to the Gospel.
- Provide opportunities for fellowship.
- Provide leadership training.
- Work in conjunction with the whole body of the ELCA.
- Work towards unity in the community of faith by pledging ourselves to promote the understanding that many traditional Native spiritual practices are inherently Christian and are accepted forms of worship.
For further questions or interest in joining, please contact Elizabeth Gaskins, AIAN-LA President at email@example.com