Saturday, June 9, 2018

Vancouver-area church uses Christian, indigenous traditions

From San Francisco-

The Rev. Joe Scheeler thinks Christian and Native American spiritual journeys aren't so different from one another, nor are they incompatible.
"The closer you look, the more alike we are," he said.
God. The creator.
 Hymnals. Native songs with drums and flutes.
Holy communion. Sacred pipe ceremonies.
Confession. Sweat lodges.

Scheeler, 67, is the vicar at All Saints Episcopal Church, a west Hazel Dell church that blends Christian and Native American traditions in its services. Scheeler belongs to the Lenape tribe. His family's "ancestral stew" also inlucdes Ojibwe, Cree, Northern Cheyenne and Assiniboine tribes, in addition to being Irish, French and German. All Saints has families that are Mohawk, Yakama and Nez Pearce.

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