3 churches to honor American Indians on World Day

November 06, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Three Carroll churches will explore the sacred circle, the American Indian symbol for the interconnection of all things, as they celebrate World Community Day today.

"Indians have a lot of faith in circles," said Caroline Ingram, a member of Kirkridge Presbyterian Church in Manchester, where a service begins at 7:30 p.m. "We hope to find it."

Church Women United sponsors the annual ecumenical worship, during which congregations address concerns about peace and justice. This year's service corresponds to quincentennial of Columbus' arrival in the New World and its impact on American Indians.

"One reason Native Americans have survived is their close relationship with the land," said George Fisher, who will be a guest speaker at Kirkridge. "They understand how to live with nature rather than fight against it."

At Westminster United Methodist, the 1:30 p.m. worship will take the form of the traditional unbroken circle. "The Scripture and other readings will be about the impact of Europeans coming here and taking Indian lands," said Esther Whipple. "We will try some Indian songs in our prayer responses."

A team of American Indian women, from the Kiowa, Western Cherokee and Muskogee nations in Oklahoma, wrote today's service to give worshipers a sense of their culture and history. The women wrote of their people who, they said, "live communally and in harmony with the land."

"We will celebrate the life, spirit and theology of Native Americans," said Jackie Talley, president of the the United Methodist Women's Group at St. Paul's United Methodist in Sykesville, where the service will be at 7:30 p.m.

"We have invited other churches to help us with the parts of the service."

At Kirkridge Church, Charlotte Collette will talk about American Indians who once lived in Manchester and Hampstead. Mr. Fisher, a geology professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said he will rely on archaeological evidence to give a balanced view of American Indian history.

As a member of the North American Task Force, operated by the Presbytery, Mr. Fisher has made several trips to the Southwest. Ms. Ingram also asked for donations of quilts, blankets and layettes.

Information: 374-6112.

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