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October 31, 2016

ECM to host three speakers working to address issues faced by Native American communities

Submitted by Sean Weston

Exploring how people of faith and conscience are to build meaningful lives while transforming the world, Ecumenical Campus Ministry, or ECM, an official student organization, will host three writers, speakers and activists working to address issues faced by Native American communities Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Charmaine White Face, George "Tink" Tinker and Kevin Hancock will speak at a variety of student and community events, including a public panel, "Native American Callings: Justice, Liberation, and Honoring the Sacred" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.

Charmaine White Face is an author and coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills, working to protect people of the northern plains from the toxic effects of abandoned uranium mines.

Tinker is Clifford Baldridge professor of American Indian cultures and religious traditions at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Hancock is a Maine business owner and author who experienced a spiritual awakening during many visits to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

David Jones, Ecumenical Campus Ministry's campus pastor, is excited to welcome these three speakers to Manhattan.

"Students and community members are increasingly aware of issues facing Native American communities, and how those same issues are closely related to challenges we are facing in this community," Jones said. "Informed by Native American spirituality, these three speakers will help each of us consider how to live our lives in light of the needs of the world."

"We're excited to host these three fantastic speakers here at K-State," said Erik Graefe, event coordinator. "Different as they are, each speaker brings a strong sense of purpose to their lives and work, addressing some of this nation's most challenging issues of social justice."

More information about the speakers and event can be found on the Ecumenical Campus Ministry website or by calling 785-539-4281. 

This event is funded with support from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Kansas Bible Chair Inc. of the Christian Church in Kansas and the K-State Diversity Programming Committee.

Ecumenical Campus Ministry is a cooperative ministry supported by the Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church.

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