Winter Talk 2020
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, Center for Indigenous Ministries (DOC), 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 (Laguna & Zuni Pueblo) is the Museum Cultural Educator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Jon was born and raised on both Pueblos and began his career as a health care practitioner. He transitioned into education as an effort to assist Native students in the Albuquerque Public School system, working to improve their competencies in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Being a middle and high school educator and athletic coach, Jon also recognized the need for the inclusion of the Native narrative to be incorporated in helping Native students identify with their communities and Indigenous identity.  He is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a volunteer in numerous community organizations, and is a parent. Jon’s work is to “give a voice of resilience and authenticity for those who have come before us and our 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

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!

Continuing Education available: 25 Hours

Grants:  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:

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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

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)
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!