ELCA Grand Canyon Bishop Steve Talmage calls for humble approach in working with tribe
Bishop Talmage acknowledges God was at work with Navajo long before missionaries arrived
(Rock Point, Arizona) – The fourth video on the Installation of Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Rev. Deborah Haffner Hubbard at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission (NELM) in Rock Point, Arizona by Bishop Steve Talmage of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Grand Canyon Synod.
Bishop Talmage installed the Hubbards on Sun., June 7, 2009.
In this video, Bishop Steve Talmage talks Navajo medical milestones like Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, who in 1994 was the first Navajo woman to be board certified in surgery. (See photo collage below)
I believe there is a need to maintain Jesus’s spirit of humility in seeking to discover the bridges that can be made and even crossed between the cultures and histories that exist in this place, Bishop Talmage told those gathered for the Installation Service.
In our less than perfect history of over 50 years of ministry at Rock Point, those who have come from the outside have struggled to be humble, patient and willing to recognize the need to discover how God has already been at work among the people here, Bishop Talmage said.
Love the stranger, love the neighbor and a friend with an open heart – with the open heart that Jesus has for all of God’s children,” said Bishop Talmage of the effect of the mission and school on those who do not know Jesus.
Bishop Talmage’s message of humility and realization that God has long been a part of the Navajo culture even before missionaries resonates with Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, who became executive director of the Navajo Lutheran Mission in the spring of 2009 and has a been an outspoken advocate for Christian respect for the American Indian culture and traditions.
While still following the original goals of the mission, Rev. Hubbard is taking a respectful and humble approach to the mission’s work in the Navajo community.
He believes the purpose of the mission is to minister with the Navajo not for the Navajo.
With the century-long horrors of the Christian boarding lasting to mid 1900s still fresh in elders’ minds, Hubbard believes we need to practice healing and reconciliation, not judge people whose path to the divine life might be different than ours.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, who sings and plays guitar, is planning a series of concerts starting in the fall of 2009 at churches and other venues in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, California.
The free fundraising concerts are to raise awareness about mission projects and the new Mission in Reverse model that the mission is operating under since he arrived in the Spring of 2009.
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National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health: Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord – Changing the faces of Medicine
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Captions to the photos of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord and her family that are used in video and in above collage:
Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman physician to be board-certified in surgery. courtesy: Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.
Lori Arviso Alvord in High School in 1975
Lori Arviso Alvord's father and paternal grandmother at her graduation from Stanford Medical School, 1985
Lori Arviso Alvord at age 1 with her father, Robert Cupp in 1959
Lori Arviso Alvord (rear, center) with five generations of her family
Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord performing surgery
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Widener Universigty): A Navajo Woman's Surgeon's Story
Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord: She Shines – YMCA of Rhode Island:
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