Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


ISP-NTX1/501 – Pauline Texts and Teachings

July 8th-12th
9am-12pm (all) & 2pm-5pm (M.Div only)

This course will examine both disputed and undisputed Pauline texts, and place them into conversation with their sociopolitical contexts at the time, and in context of Native/First Nations communities today. We will examine various theological themes and their implications for Native/First Nations ministries. We will pay special attention to how race, class, and gender are treated in various Pauline epistles, and how they inform contemporary identity formation for indigenous peoples, and the struggle for social justice across communities.

Dr. Justine Wilson is a graduate student from Harvard Divinity School, concentrating in New Testament, early Christian origins, and Native American studies. Her specialization is in biblical translation—theory and method. She has worked extensively in the treaty rights/Native sovereignty movements and within environmental, social justice, and women’s health organizations. Smith is currently teaching with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Institute (NAIITS) and pastors the Norman First American United Methodist Church in Oklahoma.

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