Pastor Mark Charles, Navajo
We are privileged to receive the offering of Pastor Mark Charles, Navajo, who will give the sermon at our worship service on Dec. 11th along with a special presentation about the Doctrine of Discovery following a short break after service. Let's prepare our hearts for this day as well as a second offering for him during service.
Mark Charles, a graduate of UCLA, BA History, is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog "Reflections from the Hogan." He serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and is a former Board of Trustee member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), has served as the pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver CO and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” (CRU, IVCF and CICW) Mark is currently writing a book about the Doctrine of Discovery along with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, a theologian and professor at North Park Theological Seminary. The proposed title of the book is "Truth be Told: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Root Cause of Racial Injustice."