Our American mission field has a complex history, distinctive people groups, and intersectionality. In this series of discussions we’ll learn how we can better serve people coming to our churches.

The fields are ripe for the harvest. John 4:35

Missions and Evangelism Director Thomaida Hudanish will facilitate each informative conversation, followed by a moderated Q&A with registrants. Come ready to learn and ask questions. 



Part 1 – Native American Heritage + Orthodox Parish Life with Dr. Rebecca Hernandez
Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific via Zoom

Register for the 11/4 conversation here!

We’ll begin by learning about Rebecca’s journey to Orthodoxy 26 years ago, her work focused on the public representation of Native culture and lifeways, as well as American Indian art. Finally we’ll discuss how we can grow in our understanding and ministry to Native Americans in our parishes.

About our Presenter:

Rebecca Hernandez, PhD is Mescalero/Warm Springs Apache and Mexican American. She holds an MA in American Indian Studies from UCLA and PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her academic work focuses on the public representation of Native culture and lifeways as well as American Indian art. She converted to Orthodoxy in 1995 and has written about the complexities intrinsic to Christian missions in what is now the United States. 



Part 2 – Classical Education + Orthodox Inquiry with Heidi White
Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. Pacific via Zoom

Register for the 11/18 conversation here!

In this session we’ll investigate why the Christian Classical Education renewal is opening people’s hearts to the ancient Church. Heidi will also explain how Charlotte Mason and Great Books fit into the mix, while exploring how our parishes can support inquirers who are making their way to the Church through close reading of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, as well as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Vodolazkin.

About our Presenter:

Heidi White, M.A., is a teacher, editor, podcaster, and author. She teaches Humanities at St. Hild School in Colorado Springs. She is the author of the forthcoming The Divided Soul: Reuniting Duty and Desire in Literature and Life. She is a contributing author, speaker, consultant, and Atrium instructor at the Circe Institute and a weekly contributor on fiction, poetry, and Shakespeare on the Close Reads Podcast Network. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Anselm Society as well the Academic Advisory Board for the Classical Learning Test. She writes fiction, poetry, and essays, and she speaks about literature, education, and the Christian imagination. She lives in Black Forest, Colorado with her husband and children.