First UMC Madison holds Acknowledgement Ceremony for
The First United Methodist Church acknowledged that it resides on the ancestral homeland of the Ho-Chunk people.
An acknowledgment ceremony was held Monday at the church, which sits at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Dayton Street. As part of the event, a red granite stone embedded with a plaque marking the ancestral homeland was unveiled.
The acknowledgment is the culmination of the work within the Racial Equity and Justice class at the church. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was one of the guests at the ceremony and spoke as part of the event. Other speakers were Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, Pastor of First Church, Marlon WhiteEagle, President of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Elliot Funmaker, Sr., leader of the Wisconsin Dells Singers, Janice Rice, Elder, and Dr. Jack Daniels III, President of Madison Area College.
In addition to placing the granite stone, church members and friends crafted a land acknowledgment statement which was read at the ceremony, and funded an endowed scholarship for an Indigenous student at Madison Area College.
President White Eagle with Bishop Jung and White Eagle Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Ada Deer and Wisconsin Singers