Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy
Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Mato Wasté Winyan (Good Bear Woman), is the mother of Ciaran, and has grounded her life in the Holy Spirit and the deep spiritual practices woven into her Lakota identity and Christian beliefs. Kelly is a proud member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe of South Dakota, devoted to social justice, racial reconciliation, trauma and healing, and Indigenous leadership, serving in ministry for over 20 years. Kelly's doctoral work has focused on Lakota Spirituality, History, and Culture, and the ways in which these forms inform Christianity and lead to healing by using a Lakota Gospel Narrative methodology. Kelly is active in a number of aspects of her community; she provides guidance and training for cultural awareness, Native thought, philosophy, and theology; somatic and cultural healing methods, she is a liturgist, author, and convener of the Twin Cities Interfaith Movement Chaplains, and serves on the boards of the ELCA American Indian Alaska Native Lutheran Association, and the Executive Board of the Minnesota Council of Churches, and the ELCA Youth Ministry Network and the Coordinating Manager for MYLE 2024. Additionally, Kelly is the Minister of Social Justice and Advocacy at Nativity Lutheran Church.
"As a leader of MYJ I believe in the power of healing stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The listener and storyteller are both healed by their acts. I am excited to experience this hybrid youth event with everyone! In this process, the MYJ team knows that churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history by listening and learning to the stories of our BIPOC youth in the ELCA. This is something new, and we hope you will all enjoy it. A lot of love has been put into this planning."
MyJ22 is going to be a hybrid space that we hope will inspire and create liberating relationships with all attendees, wherever they are. These relationships should be rooted in equity, difference, mutuality, communion, and oneness. Our mission is to be an inclusive, Spirit-inspired community that all can be a part of. As we celebrate our cultures together, we'll literally breathe Spirit into our healing.