The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community

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The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community

  1. 1. The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community Heather Lueke Smith
  2. 2. The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community  Licensed by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education to practice city, county, and local government law, Heather Lueke Smith has served Saint Lucie County as an attorney for more than 10 years at institutions including the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, the Saint Lucie County Board of Commissioners, and her private law practice, Heather Lueke Smith, P.A. Outside of her duties as a lawyer, Heather Lueke Smith makes financial contributions to St. Simon the Cyrenien Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce, Florida, which supports the outreach and development programs of The Episcopal Church, such as the Navajoland Area Mission.
  3. 3. The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community  Encompassing approximately 26,000 square miles across the southwestern states of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, the Navajoland Area Mission was established by The Episcopal Church in 1978. Members of the Navajo tribe have belonged to The Episcopal Church for more than 100 years. The mission is currently focused on serving this community through projects that develop and rehabilitate infrastructure used by tribe members and improve integration of Navajo people into both the clerical leadership and lay body of the Church. Donations from the greater Church go toward efforts to establish a self-sufficient Navajo community with an indigenous clergy .
  4. 4. The Episcopal Church Navajoland Area Mission Embraces Navajo Community  Among the Navajoland Area Mission’s activities to improve the facilities available to people in the region are renovations of rental residences that had fallen into disuse and collaborations with local governments to construct new low-income housing units. Navajo culture is being preserved with new education centers in the form of hogans, traditional Navajo residential structures made with wood timbers or stone walls packed with mud. The mission is also incorporating optimization of land use into its goals, and the Church is working with the community to develop plans for sustainable farming and aquaponics.

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