Winter Talk 2018
January 08 – 10
Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, Texas

The fifth annual Winter Talk is a three day conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) and its influence on Christian theology and polity, with an emphasis on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) relationship with Indigenous tribes and peoples. Hosted by the Yakama Christian Mission Council, and Brite Divinity School, Winter Talk is dedicated to furthering the conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its dismantling.

Winter Talk is an important time for American Indians and non-Indians, to gather and eat, learn, and talk about the impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery. This is a space of accountability to American Indians where the Indian voice is the principle voice in an exploration of the past, an understanding of the present, and a visioning of the future.

2018 Speaker:
Chase Iron Eyes (Photo via Last Real Indians)Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Lakota People’s Law Project and a co-founder of the Native American news website Last Real Indians.  During 2016 he ran for United States House of Representatives and for North Dakota’s at-large congressional district.

Raised on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Iron Eyes gave voice and footing to the Water Protector protest during the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline just north of the Reservation.


Past Speakers:
Lisa Dellinger-Chickasaw
Ron Gurley-Cherokee
David Bell-Scots
Richard Grounds-Euchee
Robert J. Miller-Eastern Shawnee
Sarah Augustine

Flint Talk. Flint talks are 2 to 3 minutes to speak to any subject the speaker believes important to the wellbeing of the landscape and her people. Flint is known for its ability to be knapped and the sharp edged tools created, as well as sparks created when struck by steel. Flint Talks may be as sharp and bright as the speaker the likes. If time allows, conversation will arise from a flint talk or two.  If you are interested in presenting a Flint Talk, please indicate below…we would love to have your voice!

Winter Talk honors the season of winter. The harvest is long past and spring soon to come. Winter is a time to think, tell stories, and eat. Winter Talk is a moment to come together as community and talk, eat, create new relationships, and then talk some more, eat some more, and come to know our new relations. Join the people of our landscape, renew old relationships and create new ones!

If you are Disciples clergy, please be aware that Disciples Home Missions offers Educational Grants for Disciples Clergy. DHM begins accepting applications on September 1 and continue through October 31. Grants max out at $500. More information may be found at Scholarships.

You will find Registration below.  If you have any questions, please contact:

Register securely online at
(a small fee is added at checkout)
or fill out the contact form below, click “Submit,” and send  your payment to:
Yakama Christian Mission
PO Box 547
White Swan, WA 98952



Holiday Inn Express
1111 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth , Texas 76102
Hotel Front Desk: 1-817-698-9595
$99/night – 2 Queens
$99/night – 1 King
1-817- 698-9595
Link to Hotel
These rate have expired.  However, Holiday Inn is going out of their way to make this event happen.  Please call Bobby Bedsoe directly at 817.665.4225 and let him know you are part of the “Landscape Mending” reservation.

Winter Talk Schedule (Final Schedule to be determined)
Monday, January 08
9:00 am Registration (coffee & tea)
10:00 Gathering, Welcome, Introductions
10:15 Acknowledging Sacred Space
11:00 Break
11:15 Gathering Questions
12:15pm Lunch and Conversation
1:30 Review of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its Relationship to Anti-Racism
3:15 Break
3:30 Community Exercise
6:00 Supper
7:00 Evening Talk: Community conversation
8:00 Blessing

Tuesday, January 09
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:30 Talk with Chase Iron Eyes
10:30 Break
11:00 Q & A with Chase Iron Eyes
12:00pm Lunch and Panel conversation
1:30 Break
2:00 Talk with Chase Iron Eyes
3:00 Break
3:15  Q & A with Chase Iron Eyes
4:00  Small Group Conversation
5:00 Supper
6:00 Talk with Chase Iron Eyes
6:45 Break
6:30  Q & A with Chase Iron Eyes
7:00 Talking Circle with Blue Eagle
8:00 Blessing

Wednesday, January 10
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:15 Gift Giving: Honoring the gathered folk
10:15 Break
10:30 Blessing the movement of Sacred Space: Retrieving the Items of Home
11:30 Journey Home