Episcopal Church Donates $45k to Translate the Book of Common Prayer Into Native American Lakota Language

The Episcopal Church has approved a project to translate the Book of Common Prayer into the Native American language of Lakota.

The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota recently received a United Thank Offering grant of $45,000 to translate the BCP into contemporary Lakota.

Archdeacon Paul Sneve of the South Dakota Diocese told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday that they were in the beginning stages of the translation project.

“Episcopal Congregants from our nine reservations are submitting names of fluent speakers [and] writers who are also familiar with the English BCP. We have decisions to make especially in regard to how best to accommodate the three dialects spoken here, as well as what to include in book,” explained Sneve.

“It has become evident early on that the finished book will be different than the English BCP in that we have liturgies that we use that aren’t included in the 1979 book.”

The $45,000 grant will be used to fund the work of the Translation and Editorial Committees, Formatting, as well as the printer preparation work and the eventual printing.

Before receiving the UTO grant, the diocese had been gradually translating parts of the BCP, yet they were unable to oversee a concentrated effort to make a BCP containing materials that were consistently translated.

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Source: Christian Post