WNC-Adult Education Programs

Opportunities to grow in faith and learn about the life and mission of our church.  Program at 6:30—7:30pm

Thank you all for your enthusiastic support of WNC over the last year.  As you probably know, our Wednesday Night Programing is adjourned for the summer.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

To view our March 9th program on YouTube Click Here  Tom Dalluge, the Dougherty House gave a review of the history of the first Christian Missionary to this region (the Rev. Peter Dougherty, who was sent by the Presbyterian Board of Missions in 1839).  The impact of Rev. Dougherty’s work (from Tom’s knowledge and perspective) will be offered.  Other topics covered may include the Treaty of 1836 between the Ottawa and Chippewa and the United States and the removal of Native Americans from this region in 1850.  Tom Dalluge is currently serving as Vice President of Old Mission Historical Society, Financial Secretary of the OM Congregational Church and serves in several capacities at the Peter Dougherty House on Old Mission.  He is a very active volunteer, following his retirement as CFO of Global Transportation with UPS.  He and his family live part of the year on Old Mission.

To view our March 16th program on YouTube Click Here Mark Wilson will lift up our history from a local Native American leader as we trace past events and the impact to the Indigenous peoples following the arrival of Europeans to the area.  A discussion of how recorded history is shaped by who the authors of the history are and how the frontier history recorded by whites still serves as a roadblock to full recovery and renaissance in Native America today.  Mark will also discuss current relationships between the local tribal and other regional governmental bodies.  Mark Wilson is both tribal vice chair of the Tribal Council for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and a City Commissioner in  Traverse City

Our March 23rd program  Click Here  The Rev. Lucy Waechter Webb will present how Christianity is connected to the colonization of this land?  This week we will explore the Doctrine of Discovery, the missional movement of Presbyterians, and the implications for the church today.  Lucy is a local faith leader who is committed to mobilizing Christians toward the work of racial justice, and is grateful to be learning alongside this congregation about our local history and its impact on the land and the Indigenous people of this place.

March 30 – NO WNC – SPRING BREAK

Our April 6th program Click Here  Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Band will provide a review of regional boarding schools for Native Americans that were operated by the United States.  Eric will also speak to the efforts by Native Americans to discover and recover the remains of children from these schools for proper tribal burial today, and will invite us to think about our role in the work of healing and repair.  Eric Hemenway is Director of the Department of Repatriation, Archives, and Records of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.