JDIP Ministry Network

Journey of Discovery with Indigenous Peoples (JDIP)

Journey of Discovery with Indigenous Peoples (JDIP) is a network of Indigenous Peoples and their allies in ECCT seeking to bring the Church and Indigenous tribes and individuals into right relationship through story-telling, listening, and discerning God’s call for their lives together.


JDIP seeks to come along side Indigenous Peoples, specifically of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and more generally the tribes in the State of Connecticut, to hear stories of their history, experience, and memories in an effort to facilitate healing and justice for all who suffered at the hands of the Church and the State. We pray that this ministry can be a blessing, a promise, and a hope for greater understanding and respect between Indigenous People and the dominant society and might eventually become a platform for collaborative action towards common goals.

The network is made up of parish clergy, non-parochial clergy, lay persons and lay Indigenous People.

Regular Meeting Information:

Meer Irregularly, on Zoom.

Primary contact for Ministry NetworkThe Rev. Robert Bergner
Contact phone Number(475) 228-6707
Contact email addressrobertbergner@yahoo.ca
Secondary contact for Ministry NetworkThe Rev. Tara Shepley
Contact phone Number(203) 228-4746
Contact email addresstbshepley@gmail.com

Active ECCT Parishes:

  • St George’s Middlebury
  • St Peter’s South Windsor
  • Grace & St. Peter’s Hamden