Restoring the Scared Circle
Jo Anne Hayden, a lifelong Alaskan, is completing her 8th year as a Director for United Methodist Women, representing the Western Jurisdiction and the Alaska Conference in that role. She has also had the honor during the last three years of this quadrennium to be a member of the Act of Repentance Working Group. This group has begun work at the national level of UMW to help us as individuals as well as members of the organization of UMW to better understand our shared history with Native Americans, the current realities of many of our native brothers and sisters, as well as the necessity for healing and recognizing our opportunities for building right relationships to provide hope for the future for all.
Glenna Brayton, PhD, grew up Choctaw in Oklahoma and learned at age seven it was not good to be Indian. That’s when she heard that Columbus discovered America and not the people who helped him survive. As a teacher in a New Mexico border town, she worked with Navajo students who taught her about their culture and language and helped her revisit her own. After earning a doctorate from NMSU in identification of disabilities of special needs students of Native American descent, Glenna continued her ministry with Native Americans. Past director of Lay Servant Ministries in Florida and chair of the Texas Conference Committee on Native American Ministries [CONAM], she currently sits on the board for McCurdy Ministries [a NMI] and Four Corners Native American Ministries, writes grants for Native American ministries, chairs the host district’s CONAM, and serves on the Program Advisory Group of United Methodist Women.
Karen Bueno is a native of Nebraska and a lifelong Methodist who has lived in Colorado much of her life. She has two adult children, and with her second husband, they claim ten grandchildren. Karen taught elementary students in the public schools until her retirement. She served with the Ecumenical Institute in various capacities. Currently involved in volunteer work with the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Karen is now President of the Metro (Denver) District of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Patricia (Tish) Herries’ mission journey began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She has participated in and taught Mission Studies, served on all levels of UMW, and has just served four years on the PAG. She is a teacher and an artist, and has lived and worked on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana for over 20 years. Tish is of Muscogee (Creek) descent, and comes from a mixed race family. Currently serving on the council of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula, Montana, she continues to be involved in issues concerning peace and justice.