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Mr. Dayton Edmonds

Dayton Edmonds is a retired United Methodist missionary and the son of a Methodist minister who tells stories that unite Native American spirituality with Christian thought and teachings.

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From the southern summer dance grounds of Oklahoma to the wildlife refuges of the snowy northwest; from stories of ancestral circuits and stories of the present-day struggles, Dayton Edmonds, a full-blooded Native American of the Caddo nation, has developed a fine diverse ministry, lifestyle and artistry.

Dayton is a commissioned United Methodist missionary, now retired. For 25 years he served as a professional community developer living in Southern Oregon and North Central Washington. He works ecumenically nationwide with church congregations, educational institutions, camps, community groups, libraries and others, using storytelling, puppetry, clowning, positive imaging and other skills to teach sensitivity and awareness. Dayton's art forms--drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking--blend with his storytelling abilities, and help him weave thought-provoking pictures for the mind's eye. Dayton has studied the lessons of nature as his grandparents taught him, and learned his philosophy from the inherited trials, wisdom and humor of native peoples.

His formal schooling includes music education in Jacksonville, Texas; business education in San Francisco, California; and theater and art education and internship in Ashland, Oregon. He draws his expertise from both an intrinsic understanding of the old values, customs and stories which comprise the collective memories of his culture; and the experiences of his past and present work. His lifestyle and daily work immerse him in community life and affairs, helping children, youth, elders, women, families, and people of color.

Steeped in traditions of countless generations of Caddo people, as well as two generations of traditions of the people called United Methodist, Dayton's stories, work, and lifestyle serve as a medium for fusing this country's important cultures and views.

Dayton says about his specialty, "My purpose is to tell the story, to pass it on so that others may hear, see, feel and enjoy. As a storyteller, I strive to give a voice to the voiceless. As an artist, I seek to give a perspective from a different part of life's circle. The stories I tell and the artwork I create are to gently challenge people to grow."

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Mr. Dayton Edmonds

Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent

Philippians 3:17--4:1; Luke 13:31-35

March 11, 2001

Mr. Dayton Edmonds (UMC)

Philippians 3:17-4:1

"Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. I have often told you of them and now I tell you even with tears that their end is destruction. Their god is their belly and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things but our citizenship is in heaven. And it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my Beloved."

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Mr. Dayton Edmonds

Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-11

February 04, 2001

Mr. Dayton Edmonds (UMC)

Grandma and Grandpa said there are four beings within our circle whom we need to nurture and feed. These four beings combine to make the individual. They are mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual; they all need to be taken care of if we are to remain in balance to grow to our fullest potential.

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January 07, 2001

Sermon for the Baptism of the Lord

Mr. Dayton Edmonds (UMC)