February 3 – 5
Phillips Theological Seminary
901 N Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74116

The Seventh 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 Phillips Theological Seminary, 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.

2020 Speaker:
JonConstantContact2Jon Ghahate -is this year’s Winter Talk keynote speaker at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK.  Presented by the Center for Indigenous Ministry (DOC) and Yakama Christian Mission, Winter Talk will center on the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact on Pueblo people.

Jon Ghahate (Laguna & Zuni) is the museum educator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Jon was born and raised on the Pueblos and began his career as a health care provider. He then transitioned into education as an effort to assist Native high school students with working to improve their competencies in STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Being a high school educator and athletic coach.  Jon found the need for inclusion of the Native narrative to be incorporated in helping Native students connect with their communities and tribal identity.  Jon’s work is to “give a voice of resilience for those who have come before us and for future generations of Pueblo peoples.”

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


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:

Registration: (Online Registration is not yet up and running.  Please fill out the info below–let us know you prefer to pay online and well let you know when this is available!)
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If you would rather pay by check, please fill out the contact form below, click “Submit,” and send  your payment to:
Yakama Christian Mission
PO Box 547
White Swan, WA 98952

TBA–this is not confirmed yet…
Hampton Inn & Suites
3418 S. 79th East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74145

Hotel Front Desk: 918-779-4000
Link for $89/night rate

Tentative Winter Talk Schedule
Monday, February  3

9:00am Registration (coffee & tea)
10:00 Gathering
10:15 Acknowledging Sacred Space
10:45 Break
11:00 Review of Doctrine of Discovery & Work Done to Date
12:15pm Lunch and Conversation
1:30 Talk #1 with Jon Ghahate
2:30 Break
2:45 Discussion with Jon Ghahate
3:45 Break
4:00 Updates and Reports
5:00 Supper
6:30 Evening Talk: Community conversation
8:00 Blessing

Tuesday, February  4
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:30 Talk #2 with Jon Ghahate
10:30 Q & A with Jon Ghahate
11:00 Break
11:30 Chapel Service (PTS Community~Jon Ghahate, Preaching)
12:15pm Lunch and conversation
1:30 Talk #3 with Jon Ghahate
2:30 Q & A with Jon Ghahate
3:00 Break
3:15  Mid-Day Panel: Conversation with Ecumenical & Denominational Guests
5:00 Supper
6:00 Talking Circle
8:00 Blessing

Wednesday, February  5
8:45am Gathering (coffee & tea)
9:00 Welcoming the Sacred into Community
9:15 Gift Giving: Honoring the gathered folk
10:30 Blessing the movement of Sacred Space: Retrieving the Items of Home
11:30 Journey Home ~ Be well until we next meet again!