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The General Conference 2008 charged the GCCUIC with 1) providing materials to annual conferences and local churches for helping them build relationships with indigenous persons and 2) "with the necessary study and preparation of resources for the process of listening, repentance and reconsiliation to occur." These resources will then assist the General Conference 2012 in its Service of Repentance and every annual conference to do the same in the following quadrennium. In order to fulfill Resolution #3323, the GCCUIC appointed an Ad Hoc Task Force for the Act of Repentance. Below is their mission statement and goals.
Ad Hoc Task Force on Healing Relationships with Indigenous Persons
Mission Statement and Goals
Engage in and facilitate a process of conversation, learning, and healing between the people called United Methodists and Native and indigenous people living in historic and contemporary locations where The United Methodist Church is in ministry.
(1) Develop and implement a plan to engage The United Methodist Church in a process of healing relationships with indigenous people that will be launched in 2012 and continue through the 2012-2016 quadrennium and beyond.
(2) Create guidelines for effective listening sessions with indigenous peoples that have the potential for productive collaborative planning and problem solving at all levels of the life of The United Methodist Church.
(3) Convene an Advisory Council comprised of Native Americans, other indigenous persons and additional members, as called for, to work with the GCCUIC General Secretary.
(4) Develop and demonstrate models of relationship-building between and among Native and indigenous peoples and people called United Methodists.
(5) Build a repository of insights and information gleaned from and learned through listening sessions with Native and indigenous peoples that will provide a basis for denominational planning, General Conference legislation and an examination of policies and practices of The United Methodist Church regarding Native and indigenous peoples.
(6) Create a resource and research data base identified by the Acts of Repentance Task Force, staff and Native and indigenous peoples and others, for use in learning, growth and the development of policies and practices in The United Methodist Church.
(7) Produce and publish educational resources and materials for use across the church by boards and agencies, local churches, annual conferences, laity and clergy.
(8) Facilitate the preparation and implementation of an Act of Repentance Liturgy for 2012 General Conference that will launch study, dialogue, and acts of repentance in all annual conferences.
(9) Develop resolutions to submit to the General Conference session of 2012 and 2016 resulting from listening sessions, emerging processes of healing and reconciliation as well as research and collaborative planning with Native and indigenous peoples.
(10) Report to the 2016 General Conference a summary of the progress in the healing process inaugurated in 2012, and make recommendations for further actions.
Click Next to read Resolution #3323. Healing Relationships with Indigenous Persons from General Conference 2008.