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Winnebago Water Walk
From Thursday, June 14, 2018
To Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Brothertown Indian Nation has invited The United Methodist Church to participate in the upcoming Water Walk around Lake Winnebago. The Indigenous-led walk honors water through Ojibwe ceremonial protocols, water offerings, singing water songs, and making petitions for our water to be clean and pure. A Water Walk is not a protest or a performance. It is a time to reflect on how we can protect our waters.

The walk will begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 14 and conclude at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 (this is the same weekend as Annual Conference. If you are attending Annual Conference, please consider coming for a portion of the walk).

A water summit entitled “Why Water Matter” was sponsored by the NCJ Committee on Native American Ministries of The United Methodist Church last November in Minneapolis. Many at that gathering became aware of Water Walking for the first time, but it has been happening for years. It’s a sacred ceremonial time when a woman carries water in a copper pail from before dawn to sundown. Water Walks of all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Mississippi River, and other waterways have drawn people who respect and honor the Water. We are called to care for creation. Our participation will build solidarity with Native nations to help protect vulnerable water sources. This is an important opportunity to engage and live into the words of creation care.

All individuals and groups are invited to attend: whole congregations, youth groups, justice and mercy advocates, UMM, UMW, and friends. You’re welcome to wear t-shirts that identify your group if you wish. Download the Winnebago Water Walk Flyer to read the Water Walking Protocols. Contact Becky Halstead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in attending.