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Race, America and the Church - Undenied

Location: InPerson and Online Via Zoom

Undenied: No Longer Willing to be Unheard

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Rev. Chebon Kernell shares insights and learning related to indigenous communities’ history, present work being done, and how we can be in solidarity as we prepare for the future.
In-person and via Zoom

Speaker: Rev. Chebon Kernell, Executive Director of the UMC Native American Comprehensive Plan

Moderator: Rev. Pamela Pirtle

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About the Speaker:

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Rev. Chebon Kernell

Rev. Chebon Kernell

Rev. Chebon Kernell is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and of Muscogee Creek heritage. Rev. Kernell is the current Executive Director of The Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church and formerly served as Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries.  

Rev. Kernell is an ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. He has worked with the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops assisting in a denominationally mandated effort to improve relationships with Indigenous communities through dialogue, study and local or regional acts of repentance acknowledging harms inflicted upon Indigenous communities.

In 2016 he was honored by receiving the Religious Literacy Award sponsored by the Westar Institute “for his tireless efforts to educate the general public, including not only mainstream American Christians but also native peoples themselves, about the ‘deep and broad religious riches’ of Indigenous peoples in the context of reconciliation work and the recovery of native practices. “ 

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary.  He is a cultural practitioner and member of the Helvpe Ceremonial grounds.  He is married to Sara and has five children Kaycee, Josiah, Raylen, and Solomon and niece Cali.

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Rev. Pamela Pirtle

Rev. Pamela Pirtle

Rev. Pamela Pirtle is the Senior Director of Leadership Development and Accountability for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW). She is the assistant pastor for St. Mark UMC Chicago. She serves on the Conference Committee on Finance Administration and is a former United Voices for Children board member. She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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