Q#20 - Religion

Question #20: Are you Christian? What are your religious beliefs?

I am part of the Cherokee tribe of Talequah Oklahoma. I follow the coherent religious systems that included cosmologies—creation myths, transmitted orally from one generation to the next, which purported to explain how my societies had come into being.

I follow worship an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator or “Master Spirit” -a being that assumed a variety of forms and both genders.

As with most members of my tribe I believe in the immortality of the human soul and an afterlife, the main feature of which was the abundance of every good thing that made earthly life secure and pleasant.

I follow my tradition. I am a keeper of Mother Earth. I take care of her and in return she provides me with substance to live. I take care of my village, my family, my friends, my tribe. I shelter those who need a home. I feed those who are hungry. And, I clothe those who need clothing.

The Cherokee revered the Great Spirit, simply referred to as Unetlanvhi, or "Creator", who presided over all things and created the Earth. The Great Spirit is said to be omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. The Unetlanvhi was said to have made the earth to provide for its children. The Wahnenauhi Manuscript says that God is Unahlahnauhi, meaning "maker of all things" and Kalvlvtiahi, meaning "The one who lives above". In most myths the Great Spirit is not personified as having human characteristics or a physical human form.

I know the power of belief, the power of prayer, and the power of religion can be used for good and bad. I believe that religion can do good.

Just because I am not Christian doesn’t mean I won’t support your right to religion. I respect your choice and your right to choose. When elected into congress I will honor, respect, and acknowledge your religion.

I am running for office to be the change I want to see. Thank you for your support and VOTE#VoteWisdom4Congress

Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.

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