Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky's Blog - Sand Creek Massacre Journey
During 2014, Bishop Elaine invites you to join her on a Journey of Healing. Through blog posts, she will share an account of her personal journey of healing, suggest ways for you to begin your own journey of healing, explain the context for this journey in the history of the Christian Church and of our nation, and offer ways you and your church can make this important healing work your own. To read her posts, please visit the blog.
Information on the Pilgrimage to Sand Creek
As we embark on a Journey of Healing, we will pilgrimage to the site of the Sand Creek Massacre during the 2014 Annual Conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the Massacre in 1864. For more information about the pilgrimage, download the PDF.
Pilgrimage Bus Schedule
We will have three groups of buses traveling to the Site of the Sand Creek Massacre on Friday, June 20. You will be receiving your group assignment for the Pilgrimage. Please download the schedule. (Updated 5-15-14)
Why We Are Going to Sand Creek in June
Rev. Charles Schuster, Chair of the Task Force on the Acts of Repentance, shares some reasons for why it is imperative that we make the trip to the site of the Massacre. For the full letter, download the PDF.
Meditation on the Pilgrimage to the Site of the Sand Creek Massacre
Conference Co-Lay Leader, Margaret Hotze, shares a meditation for the pilgrimage and invites everyone to come experience a time of healing. For the full letter, download the PDF.
Trail of Repentance and Healing (General Conference Petition 20510)
A petition adopted at the 2012 General Conference calling The United Methodist Church to begin a process of healing relationships with indigenous persons to continue throughout the quadrennium and beyond. For the full petition, download the PDF.
1864 Sand Creek Massacre (General Conference Petition 20767)
A petition adopted at the 2012 General Conference providing factual information about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre and replacing inaccurate or incomplete information from previous Resolutions. For the full petition, download the PDF.
A Statement from the Council of Bishops as We Embark on a Journey Toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
A 2012 Statement from the Council of Bishops about relationships with indigenous peoples that offers Scripture, Native quotes, a Statement of Repentance, and actions for the future. For the full statement, download the PDF.
Acts of Repentance: "A Journey Toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples" (Rocky Mountain Conference Petition 05)
A petition adopted at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session calling the local churches and the Conference to engage in acts of repentance. For the full petition, download the PDF.
A Joint Colorado Legislative Resolution on the Sand Creek Massacre
The Colorado Legislature unanimously passed a Joint Resolution concerning the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. For the full resolution, download the PDF.