Our second meeting was with the new Director of Wiconi International. This meeting also provided a deeper understanding of the value of sharing knowledge from different cultural backgrounds. Pastor Casey is Native American and has been active in contextual ministries in New Mexico and actively assisting the United Methodist Church with their goal of reconciliation with our indigenous people. Past treatment has resulted in a lack of trust between our two cultures, that can only be rebuilt by coming together, as equals, to work on issues and concerns we share. We believe working to educate our youth on how to live in balance with our planet's resources can provide a bridge to a longer future for all humanity but, will require working together. I am reminded of the Navajo grandmother who explained to her grand daughter that we all bleed the same red blood when cut. Yes, although we are individuals, we share more similarities then differences. Please consider what you might contribute to help develop a better appreciation of our connection with our natural surroundings.
May you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.