The people of Good Shepherd, Irving have invited the people of the partnership dioceses to worship with them and visit the grounds of the former Thomas Indian School on September 11 during the Seneca Nation Fall Festival. Bishop Sean will attend and he encourages everyone in the partnership dioceses to join him for this event, which will be hosted by the Rev. Roland Cooper and members of the Good Shepherd congregation.
Faith Stewart, senior warden at Good Shepherd and a local school teacher, will hold an online program on August 30 at 7 p.m. People who have not yet had the opportunity to attend Sacred Ground or read “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” are especially encouraged to attend. To register for this program and to receive updates on the schedule for September 11, email Gabrie’l Atchison.
Last winter, nearly 40 people from across the partnership dioceses gathered online for a four-week study of the book, which tells the story of the school and the experiences of Indigenous children there, including many from the Seneca Nation in Western New York. Established by Presbyterian missionaries and later operated by the State of New York, the school housed 2,470 children, many of whom were forcibly removed from their families, from 1855-1957.
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