Another Path of Jesus
The phases of my journey have looked very different. I pastored an Anglo congregation for 13 years and worked for the International Bible Society. I've led Native cultural performing arts groups to places like Tibet, China, Pakistan, and Peru. Along the way, I've had the privilege of seeing many commit to follow The Way of Jesus.
More recently I have lived out my commitment to Jesus at Portland State University, as an adjunct professor, teaching "Native American Religion and the Sacred." I also lived The Way as a traditional Northern Style Powwow dancer, performing my prayers for the people—or while sitting in the inipi or "sweat lodge ceremony" where we confess our faults and celebrate our successes, seeking to become better human beings in the spirit of Jesus.
I began this journey in Christ 38 years ago. The process of growing spiritually has led me to want simply to be ikce wicasa in my local community, following Jesus in the context of Native cultural ways, such as music, dance, drumming, and ceremony.
As a Lakota follower of the Jesus Way, I endeavor to walk in the light of the Creator's presence. I desire something akin to what the Navajo call hozho "the way of beauty," where we live in harmony with all of creation in order to enjoy the beauty around us.
Richard L. Twiss is president of Wiconi International and lives in Vancouver, Washington.
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