BUSTH Students participate in UMC Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Immersion Experience

The following is an excerpt from United Methodist News article “Native immersion explores culture, horrors” originally published on March 22, 2023 by Jim Patterson, featuring current BUSTH students Ebiye Seimode (STH‘23), Yewon Park (STH‘23), Felix Jibrin (STH‘23), Alec Vaughn (STH‘23) and KMarie Tejeda. Click here to read the full article. 

[Yewon] Park, a student from South Korea at Boston University School of Theology, was one of eight participants from the university taking part in the five-day Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Immersion Experience. In addition to students, the group of almost 30 included pastors, laypeople and church officials. Most were United Methodist.

The group traveled more than 500 miles in central Oklahoma over five days with hundreds of tall, white, tri-pronged windmills as the main attraction along the interstate highways.

Stops included museums, modest United Methodist Indian churches and battlefields — or massacre sites, depending on a person’s interpretation of the history. In addition to Mann, they heard from Native American United Methodist pastors, tour guides and a child psychologist who spoke about the abuse suffered by Native American children at boarding schools.

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