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Remembering Richard Twiss

He did much for indigenous Christians and the wider Church. But there is much left to do.
Remembering Richard Twiss
Image: Courtesy of Wiconi International

As many of you have heard, Native activist and theologian Richard Twiss died suddenly last Saturday. Twiss was a powerful leader, a challenging theologian, a pastor at heart, and one of the best men I've ever met.

Others closer to Richard have reflected on his contributions to indigenous peoples and to the church. If you're not familiar with his life or work, you need to do some catch up—it's well worth your time.

I knew him, but only as a dot in his peripheral vision: first as a pimply college student introduced to him in passing at a Portland university; then as a face in the crowd during speeches and community workshops; later as a handshake and a few jokes at a conference coffee station; finally, as a name in his email inbox asking him to tell his story for Leadership's pastoral audience. Another email I sent (an hour before he collapsed in Washington, DC) asked for advice on how to connect pastors with their local Native communities in sensitive and empowering ...

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