Jefferson Ballew, Citizen of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi will be speaking at Hudson Lake Mennonite on November 11th, at 12/noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Jefferson Ballew belongs to the Bear Clan and is a Citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Jefferson has worked within Indian Country for over 20 years, holding different positions such as Tribal Council elect, Montessori Teacher, Cultural Specialist and coordinated the implementation of federal law to protect sacred and ceremonial lands.
Jefferson works with many of the school districts in both Michigan and Indiana, K-12 and Higher Education institutions to bring cultural awareness to many. Mr. Ballew spoke at the church in 2016 and is back by popular request.
In 2016, he taught about historical context, the Potawatomi understanding of the world, as well as some of their traditions. He also brought along native American regalia.
The community is invited to come for this presentation. Please plan to arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. EST.
Prior to Mr. Ballew’s presentation, the 10:00 a.m. (EST) worship service will focus on Lamenting the Doctrine of Discovery, listening to the voices of past and present Indigenous peoples who identify in various ways with Anabaptism and/or Mennonite churches.
Their voices bear testimony to the violence of 500 years of ongoing colonialism, as well as to the resilience of Indigenous peoples today.
The community is invited to join the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Between the worship service and Mr. Ballew’s presentation, there will be light refreshments.
Hudson Lake Mennonite Church is located at 7503 N. Walker Road, just north of Chicago Trail.