Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Thanks so much for your ministry; your newsletters have been very informative and a blessing to read. For the past three years, we have been involved in a church ministry in __________, Canada which includes outreach to the Native population. I have found that many in the mission are using or condoning Native shaman rituals in their meetings, such as drumming; using a talking/prayer stick; eagle feathers; participating in sharing circles; smudging; water ceremonies; prayer circles; healing circles, etc. Some have dream catchers in their homes and vehicles, and some have also attended the sweat lodge ceremonies in the Native community.
I found all this very disturbing and have shared with a few at length, but to no avail; hence the copies I have ordered of Muddy Waters in the hopeful prayer that they might accept Scriptural correction from the author, a Cree Woman, who speaks from personal experience.
Ralph (not real name)
We share your concerns about these things. Nanci Des Gerlaise, the author of Muddy Waters, is the daughter and granddaughter of Native medicine men. Today, Nanci is a committed believer in Christ. Many of these practices you mention are being condoned and used today in many Christian circles. Below are a few articles that contain excerpts from Muddy Waters. Anyone is free to print these articles and share them with others.