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Being a Native American Christian in 2018: Reckoning With the Church’s Past to Create a More Hopeful Future

Kaitlin Curtice

Fri Noon | Greater Things
As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, I often feel a lot of tension within the institutional church. As a result, many people ask me what it’s like to be a Native American and a Christian. Because we are a country that has swept crimes done against indigenous peoples under the rug, the church is still trying to figure out how to have the conversation about where we go from here to truly build a community of shalom across racial and cultural divides. Addressing issues of our time, misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding indigenous peoples and our history as a country, I want to describe what it’s like to be a Potawatomi woman and Christian in America in 2018 and my hope for the future church.

Kaitlin Curtice

Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author, speaker and worship leader. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Native American spirituality, mystic faith in everyday life, and the church. Her recently released book is Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places. She is a regular contributor to Sojourners, and was most recently a speaker at the Why Christian? Conference and the Lynchburg Revival. You can also find her story featured on CBS Religion’s Race, Regligion and Resistance documentary. When she isn’t work on her second book or spending time with her family in Atlanta, Kaitlin writes at

105 Being a Native American Christian in 2018

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