How Not to Serve the Native Church

Sometimes the right thing to do is ask for help, not give it. “What can we do to help the Native American Church?” That’s a question a lot of Cascadian Christians ask. Cascadia is home to many indigenous cultures, after all—and surely we should want to serve them, right? At a recent Christ & Cascadia conference my friend Corey Greaves, of the Yakama Nation, laid out his concerns about missionary efforts directed by mainstream churches toward his community. Well-intentioned Christians from outside the community, he explained, were focused on serving Native peoples at the expense of taking time to...

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