Committee on Native American Ministries
In October 2005 a significant event occurred in the Florida Conference as the first conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) was formed.
This recent effort in Native American ministry was built upon the foundation laid by the Native American task force, chaired by the Rev. Eric Young during its tenure (1997-2000). Serving as the new CONAM founding chairman and member of the former task force, the Rev. Jeff Ramsland recruited several people, both Native American and Anglo, from across the conference to help form this unique Native American ministry group.
The First Annual Native American Gathering was organized by CONAM and held in March of 2006 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, near Leesburg, with about 50 people attending. At each annual gathering our attendance has increased with many repeat attendees each year. We are now preparing for our "Twelfth" annual gathering on April 21–23, 2017.
Registration for this event will be open in January of 2017.
CONAM is formulating its vision and direction, while already addressing several Native American issues and concerns. CONAM also lifts up to the conference the importance of each church observing Native American Ministries Sunday, which, while being observed by most churches in April, can be celebrated at any time during the year.
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For more information about CONAM's work in the conference or future events, accessing CONAM's speakers bureau relative to your church's celebration of Native American Ministries Sunday or any other other event, Native American issues, or any other questions, contact:
Ed Taylor, Chairperson
2115 Todd Rd.
Groveland FL 34736
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011