Vancouver School of Theology

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NMC – HISX600 First Contacts in Contexts

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July 18 – 22 | 8:30am – 11:30am (Mandatory afternoon tutorial for M.Div. students)

Dr. Susan Neylan, historian, professor and author, currentlyAssociate Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University with specialization in Canadian History. Member of Laurier’s History department since 2000, focusing on Indigenous –Missionary encounter and Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations generally on Northwest Coast Of North America in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Any understanding of Christianity should include the concrete ways in which a community embodies the faith at the local level. Through conversation and research the student will collect and record their memories of the individuals, institutions, and rituals, both Native and Euro-American that have shaped the Christian identity of their community. “First Contacts in Contexts” adopts two approaches for doing this. First, centered on case studies from across Canada, students will examine the Indigenous-Christian encounter in historical perspective using primary documents, interpretative literature, and personal reflection. Second, we will engage in an oral history of the NMC summer school itself, and explore it as a manifestation of Christianity at the community level.

This course meets the requirements for the M.Div. degree program, but is open to everyone.

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