This workshop will examine & critique the use of Native American imagery and culture as sports mascots. The UMC engages several initiatives to raise awareness and education about the complex issues related to using Native American imagery, icons, or mascots as a part of schools, amateur, or professional sports teams. If this is an unfamiliar topic for you, come with open ears and an open heart in order to discover underlying history, attitudes, and meaning of these mascots.
The Reverend Glen Chebon Kernell Jr. is the executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. In this role, he spends half of his time serving as the coordinator for the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ effort to fulfill the General Conference resolution mandating an ongoing process to improve relations with indigenous persons through dialogue, study, and local or regional acts of repentance. The other half of his time is spent raising awareness, increasing advocacy, and supporting the empowerment of Native American and indigenous communities globally. Reverend Kernell is an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.
July 11, AM1, AM2
July 12, PM1, PM2