Maori trip to South Dakota reservation highlights unity of indigenous Anglicans

Posted Aug 9, 2019

[Anglican Communion News Service] To mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Aug. 9, Anglican Communion News Service spoke with Isaac Beach, a youth representative on the Anglican Consultative Council from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Beach is a Maori of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rangitihi decent. He is is Kaikarakia (prayer leader) at Saint Luke’s in Paki Paki, a village on Aotearoa, New Zealand’s North Island.

“Recently, six indigenous youth from my diocese visited Pine Ridge Reservation in the Diocese of South Dakota, where we spent two weeks in cultural exchange and indigenous mission with the Red Shirt community of Lakota-Oglala Nation,” Beach said. “I strongly believe exposing our young people to international experiences through indigenous exchange is critical to informing how they can live a Christ-centered life. It is a wonderful tool for intentional discipleship.”

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