The Common Good

Mark Charles

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant from Fort Defiance, Ariz., located on the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.

Mark consults as a resource development specialist for Indigenous worship through Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He is the primary investigator in a study conducted by Brigham Young University on the Navajo perception of time. Mark serves as a board member for Christian Community Development Association and the Christian Reformed Church of North America. He developed and coordinates the Global Discipleship Network project through Christian Reformed World Missions.

Mark served as pastor of the Christian Indian Center (Denver, Colo.) for two years and continues to preach in churches. He also engages communities and the nation on political issues in order to strengthen a national political voice for Native America (e.g. immigration reform and creating a 51st virtual Native American state).  Follow Mark on Twitter @wirelesshogan.

Blog Posts by Mark Charles

Posted by Mark Charles 15 weeks 2 days ago
They say a watched pot never boils. But that's not entirely true. Of course a watched pot boils—it's just that intently watching a pot of water reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit is not an incredibly...
Posted by Mark Charles 23 weeks 3 days ago
People know.Not just Americans, but the entire globe.People know that the founders didn't mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now. Sure, the words were written down, and our leaders frequently...
Posted by Mark Charles 31 weeks 6 days ago
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,In the Bible, there is a story of when Jesus was teaching a large crowd. At the conclusion his disciples observed that it was late in the day, they were in a...
Posted by Mark Charles 49 weeks 1 day ago
The other day I observed a Twitter exchange between Pope Francis and Miroslav Volf.Pope Francis (‏@Pontifex) Tweeted: “God does not reveal himself in strength or power, but in the weakness and...
Posted by Mark Charles 1 year 43 weeks ago
It was one week ago that I received the email I had been dreading. On Feb. 6, 2013, while in Washington, D.C., for the National Prayer Breakfast, Richard Twiss suffered a major heart attack. He...