Making Disciples and Catechists: An Indigenous Perspective
Ginny Doctor, Mohawk, Coordinator for Indigenous Ministry, Anglican Church of Canada
Week of July 14 to 18
2:00pm to 5:00pm
In ancient times, Catechist’s were very important to the growth of Christianity. They went from house to house, community to community teaching the faith and leading prayer. Our traditional teachings are also ancient and important to us as indigenous people. The teachings vary from First Nation to First Nation but they are all in concert with our Christian values. These values were taught through example, story, song, and dance. It is also important to point out that giving thanks daily for all the Creator has given us is important to our spiritual wellness. This training puts two ancient teachings together to make something new. Students will learn about the importance of the catechism or “outline of faith” in making disciples. The teaching of the catechism incorporates the “Seven Traditional” teachings: love, respect, humility, honesty, truth, bravery and respect.