Vancouver School of Theology

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INT510 – Indigenous Awareness 101: Becoming Indigenous Friendly in your Life and Ministry

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

Class Dates: July 15-19, 2019 – 9am – 12pm

New comers to North American have been captivated by Indigenous people. This course aims at helping build a healthy respect for Indigenous identity as “other” neither vilifying or idealizing but seeking to become an ally. To this end the learner will be guided to explore the topics of Indigenous religion and spirituality (Indigenizing theology); treaties ancient and contemporary (Indigenous Story and Land and the role of preaching); a brief history of the interaction between the Church and Indigenous people (The Indigenous Christ); finally, the history of reconciliation in Canada (Indigenous conceptions of identity and evangelism). The learner will develop a healthy respect for Indigenous people to help build a climate of collaboration within the learner’s life and that of their community.

Ray Aldred is the director of Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology.

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