"One body, one spirit, one sisterhood" is the theme of the Native American Presbyterian Women’s (NAPW) Conference, which expands on the theme of the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women theme, "One body, one spirit."

Native women will gather June 17-18, 2015, prior to the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, June 18-21, in Minneapolis, Minn. Opportunities for worship, spirituality, networking and meeting together are offered at the NAPW Conference and at the Presbyterian Women Gathering. 

Because limited opportunities exist to gather together nationally, Native Presbyterian women look forward to joining together in one sisterhood at the upcoming conference. Native women from across the country will join together in community to discuss challenges and opportunities that Native American women have in connection with their congregations, communities and women’s groups. They will also exhibit leadership and empower each other in leadership, particularly some of the young women leaders who have moved to greater leadership roles serving in the church.

The conference celebrates the ways women traditionally have been strong leaders in their congregations, communities and families. It is also a time to celebrate the goodness of God in the lives of Native women and address concerns and joys in the midst of decline and diminishing resources throughout the church. At the conclusion of the conference, NAPW members will join with the national gathering of Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA) for the Churchwide Gathering held every three years. 

For more information please contact Stella Webster, LaVonne Looking Elk or Irvin Porter, associate for Native American Congregational Support in Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries, at www.pcusa.org/nativeamerican, or contact Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA) at www.presbyterianwomen.org.