Monday, September 12, 2016

Episcopalian leader visits Oklahoma to honor a 'remarkable man'

From Oklahoma-

Shaking a colorful gourd rattle and moving his feet to the rhythm created by an American Indian drum circle, the head of the Episcopal Church USA found himself immersed in Oklahoma culture.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the nation's Episcopalians, was a guest of honor Saturday at the 30th anniversary of the Oakerhater Honor Dance held annually at the Oakerhater Episcopal Center in Watonga.

The event, which drew about 300 people, was held to recognize the life and ministry of David Pendleton Oakerhater, a Cheyenne warrior who converted to Christianity and became a missionary and deacon in the Episcopal Church. Oakerhater devoted much of his ministry to teaching and preaching the Gospel to Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians western Oklahoma, where he established what became known as the Whirlwind Mission. He was named to the Episcopal Church's calendar of saints in 1986.

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