Knowing God through Indigenous Values, Worldview and Spirituality
Dr. Cheryl Bear-Barnetson, Bear Clan, Nadleh Whut’en, Dakelh First Nation, Coordinator for First Nations Ministry in the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada
Week of July 7 to 11
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Topics will include an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. We will begin with an overview of First Nations Theology including the Native views of Creator, the Holy Spirit, the Incarnation, a Theology of Land and a Theology of Missions. Various Native practices, traditional gatherings and ceremonies will also be studied.
Students will need to interview an Elder (or Elders) in order to learn; 1) A Creation story, 2) A Creator story, 3) A cleansing ceremony. We will also discuss the First Nations view of Creator/spirituality from various Nations and compare these to Christianity.