Northern Plains Anglicans
Fr. Tim,In reading what the Rapid City Journal posted, I see a tribal response to outsiders taking away their churches.When the Diné elders selected three young men to be educated by the outsiders for the Christian ministry, one of them was +Stephen Plummer, RIP. Steven attended Episcopal worship with his mother and sought to live out the calling of his Diné elders. The other two were associated with other branches of Christianity; yet, all three were always Diné, then clergy within a judicatory. +Steven told me this story.I remember when +Steven was made a deacon at Ft. Defiance, a Fr. Two Bulls from the Pine Ridge came with Bp. Harold Jones. The Lakota Oyate Episcopalian Church is a Lakota entity Which will have no problem with loyal Lakota clergy wherever their ordination is recognized on the outside.When the Navajo Area Ministry was formed, "815" and C-13 backed the move. With the present concern for control of everything "Episcopal" by the TEC PB and TEC GC, the Lakota Oyate Episcopalian Church may find itself litigated to drop the name or place themselves under the discipline and authority of +SD, both a mark and a requirement for faithful Episcopalians that live in South Dakota --as within any TEC territory. The Lakota Oyate Episcopalian Church will act for Lakota, not 815.Bob+, Church of Kenya. . . still ridin' for the brand
Fr. Montileaux is not a CANA...officially anyways. I agree with the poster "Bob" in that yes, we are Lakota, and we are located in a soveriegn nation. Montileaux is first and foremost Lakota and is a baptized member of the Episcopal church (his words). If you look at the Navajoland Episcopal group, you'll see how it works for them. Finally, the Lakota Oyate Episcopalian's didn't "quit" they were thrownaway. To put it simply, our poor Lakota people have spiritual needs that need to be met, and Robertson dropped the ball, we're just picking up and moving on.
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