On Sunday, April 10, 2005 the West Scarborough United Methodist Church will be celebrating Native American Sunday, and Patricia Parent will be the special guest speaker. Ms. Parent is a teacher and storyteller with many years of experience, and a lifelong student of Native American culture and spirituality. Her family history includes Penobscot and Western Abenaki heritage. For the past five years Ms. Parent has taught Northern Woodland culture in schools and at Camp Mechuwana, the United Methodist camp in Winthrop, Maine. For the past two years, she has been touring churches in Maine and New Hampshire, sharing the beauty of the First Nations spiritual model. “I believe that the Native model of humility, silence, and personal vision has a great deal to offer those of us who are part of the Eurocentric model of faith,” Parent has said. She is the wife of the Rev. Peter A. Parent, a United Methodist elder presently serving in Northern New Hampshire. They have one son, Aaron.

There are two worship services on Sunday mornings at West Scarborough United Methodist Church, an 8:30 a.m. Celebration Service and a 10:45 a.m. Traditional Service. Ms. Parent will be participating in the 10:45 a.m. service. A professionally staffed nursery is available during both hours of worship. For more information, please call the church office at 883-2814.


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