Vancouver School of Theology

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TH5/714 – Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred

This course is an exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The course foci include Indigenous identity, Indigenous ways of teaching,  ceremony and their implication for the practice of theological reflection. The course focuses primarily upon North American Indigenous groups through dialogue, media, assigned reading and an extended retreat.

Students will meet for 5 weekly sessions to talk about Indigenous identity and its development within dominate society.

This course will assist students with inquiring into the Indigenous mind as a way of thinking and being rather than a concept of identity and separation. Throughout discussions and writings, all are supported to explore personal and collective experiences past and present.

Throughout all exploration, the emphasis will be on foundational spiritual teachings from Indigenous thought and protocol and the teachings of Christ.

Class dates: Mondays 2-5pm Sept 9 & 23; Oct 7; Nov 4 & 18

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