Vancouver School of Theology

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Courses

Fall 2017

cclirscispIPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations

IPI5/700—IIS Integrating Seminar: Valued Wisdoms, New Conversations


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Rev. Raymond C. Aldred  Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan 

This seminar addresses the “inter” in “inter-religious studies.” Together, we will respectfully explore multiple approaches to understanding connections between the beliefs and practices of four world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Indigenous North American. Approaches may include deep ecumenism, awareness of social complexity, shared study of sacred text, and exploration of shared action on shared . . .

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cclTH5/714 – Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies

TH5/714 – Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies


ccl  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 . . .

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Spring 2018

cclirscispIPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions


cclirscisp  View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan 

This course will provide an introduction to sacred scripture and oral narrative in four traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Traditions. For each tradition, we will read selected primary and secondary sources in order to consider the content of these sacred teachings, their history and development, techniques of transmission, interpretive practices, and cultural significance. Together, . . .

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Summer 2017

isp M. Div.  NMC – ETHX500 Ethics in Intercultural Context

NMC – ETHX500 Ethics in Intercultural Context


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 10th to July 14th 9AM-12PM (Lecture) & 2PM-5PM (Tutorial) Rev. Dr. Terry LeBlanc, Mi’kmaq/Acadian; Adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary, Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, and founding chair and current Director of the North American Indigenous Institute of Theology (NAIITS). With an inter-cultural approach, this course will address the study of the relationship of Christian . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – SPX514 / ELECTIVE Pilgrimage and Indigenous Journey

NMC – SPX514 / ELECTIVE Pilgrimage and Indigenous Journey


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 17th to July 21st 9AM-12PM (Lecture) & 2PM-5PM (Tutorial) Dr. Matthew Anderson is affiliate assistant professor at the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University, Montreal and a Fellow of Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability. His research interests include pilgrimage, Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies, and New Testament. Matthew just finished co-editing the book . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – PTX650 (Field Education) Ministry in the Midst of Trauma

NMC – PTX650 (Field Education) Ministry in the Midst of Trauma


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 10th to July 14th 9AM-12PM (Lecture) & 2PM-5PM (Tutorial) Rick and Linda Martin, Sioux Lookout and Cree, are responsible for the development and facilitation of peer counselling and training programs in My People. They also lead workshops and small groups dealing with life’s issues in First Nations communities, issues such as abuse, family crisis, . . .

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isp Cont. Ed.  NMC – THX103 The Doctrine of Discovery, “A Christian Empire,” and the Colonization of a New World

NMC – THX103 The Doctrine of Discovery, “A Christian Empire,” and the Colonization of a New World


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 10th to July 14th 2PM-5PM Mark Charles, Navajo; A dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. Founder and Director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial reconciliation, member of the Board of Directors at the Christian Community Development Association, and the Resource Development Specialist for Indigenous Worship at Calvin Institute of . . .

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isp Cont. Ed.  NMC-THX113 Knowing the Creator through creation

NMC-THX113 Knowing the Creator through creation


isp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 17th to July 21st 2pm-5pm Dr. Cheryl Bear. Bear clan, Nadleh Whut’en, Dakelh First Nation. She is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life—the joy, sorrow, faith, and journey. Cheryl travels to First Nations communities around North America sharing songs of healing and songs to the Creator. She has a doctorate . . .

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Fall 2016

ccl TH6/700 – Christology

TH6/700 – Christology


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

The centre of Christian theology is Jesus Christ. Therefore, this course will focus on thinking through the scriptural and ecclesiastical traditions concerning the person and work of Christ. This will provide the basis for a discussion about the implication of Christology for the present and future Church. Thus, the course will seek to engage the . . .

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Spring 2016

cclirscisp IPT/C5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions

IPT/C5/712 – Sacred Texts & Oral Traditions


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course will provide an introduction to sacred scripture and oral narrative in four traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Traditions. For each tradition, we will read selected primary and secondary sources in order to consider the content of these sacred teachings, their history and development, techniques of transmission, interpretive practices, and cultural significance. Together, . . .

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Summer 2016

isp Cont. Ed.  NMC – SPX101 North American Indigenous Spirituality

NMC – SPX101 North American Indigenous Spirituality


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 11 – 15 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, United Keetoowah Band Cherokee; Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Indigenous and Intercultural Studies at George Fox Seminary and co-founder, Eagle’s Wings Ministry, and founding board member of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies). One of the unfortunate . . .

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isp Cont. Ed.  NMC – IPI101 Reconciliation, Recommendations & Self Renewal

NMC – IPI101 Reconciliation, Recommendations & Self Renewal


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 18 – 22 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm Arlene Roberts, Nisga’a/Tsimshian, fourth generation residential school survivor, 33 years sobriety, Resolution Health Support Worker for the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society. This class is a great opportunity to reflect on, and discuss what the ‘Truth & Reconciliation 94 Recommendations Calls to Action’ mean to First Nations . . .

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isp Cont. Ed.  NMC – IPI101 Reconciliation, Recommendations & Self Renewal

NMC – IPI101 Reconciliation, Recommendations & Self Renewal


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 18 – 22 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm Arlene Roberts, Nisga’a/Tsimshian, fourth generation residential school survivor, 33 years sobriety, Resolution Health Support Worker for the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society. This class is a great opportunity to reflect on, and discuss what the ‘Truth & Reconciliation 94 Recommendations Calls to Action’ mean to First Nations . . .

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isp Cont. Ed.  NMC – THX102 The Land is Sacred: An Indigenous Theology of Land

NMC – THX102 The Land is Sacred: An Indigenous Theology of Land


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

July 18 – 22 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm Rev. Ray Aldred, Cree, Professor of Theology, Director of the Indigenous Studies Centre at the Vancouver School of Theology, and current Chair of the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies, as well as the Aboriginal Ministries Council for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. This course is . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – SPX511 Indigenous Spiritualities and Contemporary Issues

NMC – SPX511 Indigenous Spiritualities and Contemporary Issues


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 11 – 15 | Full day course Adrian Jacobs, Cayuga and member of the Six Nations Iroquis Confederacy. Artist, writer, Indigenous advocate; founding member of the Indigenous Christian Alliance; and is currently Keeper of the Circle/ Principal of Sandy- Salteaux Spiritual Centre. Patricia Vickers, Ph.D. Tsimshian, Heiltsuk, Haida and British heritage Currently  Director of Mental . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – HBX698  Reading the Hebrew Bible Through Postcolonial Eyes

NMC – HBX698  Reading the Hebrew Bible Through Postcolonial Eyes


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 11 – 15 | 8:30am – 11:30am (Mandatory afternoon tutorial for M.Div. students) Dr. Ira D. Mangililo, Indonesian, lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Feminist Theologies at the Faculty of Theology of Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Indonesia. Ira holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, United Kingdom. This course . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – HISX600 First Contacts in Contexts

NMC – HISX600 First Contacts in Contexts


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

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 . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – PTX551 Encountering the Spiritual and Emotional Needs in Native & First Nations Communities

NMC – PTX551 Encountering the Spiritual and Emotional Needs in Native & First Nations Communities


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 18 – 22 | 8:30am – 11:30am (Mandatory afternoon tutorial for M.Div. students) The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, Oglala Lakota, Vicar, All Saints Indian Mission, Minneapolis and Missioner, The Department of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. As future priests and pastors much of your work will be . . .

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isp M. Div.  NMC – PTX551 Encountering the Spiritual and Emotional Needs in Native & First Nations Communities

NMC – PTX551 Encountering the Spiritual and Emotional Needs in Native & First Nations Communities


isp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

July 18 – 22 | 8:30am – 11:30am (Mandatory afternoon tutorial for M.Div. students) The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, Oglala Lakota, Vicar, All Saints Indian Mission, Minneapolis and Missioner, The Department of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. As future priests and pastors much of your work will be . . .

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Spring 2015

irsc IPI/PT510—Nurturing Strong Youth

IPI/PT510—Nurturing Strong Youth


irsc   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg, OSBCn

For a century, the positive youth movement has been using the best psychological and educational practices to create strong youth, no matter the youth’s background or ethnicity. What many in this movement do not say is that it is deeply spiritual work that creates resilient youth and adults. This course will review positive youth practices . . .

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January Interterm 2015

cclirscisp LS510—Sacred Ceremony and Ritual

LS510—Sacred Ceremony and Ritual


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Private: Rev. Dr. Paula Sampson

Human beings of all cultures use ceremony and symbol to communicate with the divine, mark important life events and form communities. This course will explore a variety of understandings of how sacred ceremony and public ritual operate in various cultures and religious traditions. It will employ theologies of imagination, ritual and the semiotics of culture . . .

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Summer 2015

cclirscisp M. Div.  Indigenous Theologies: A Hermeneutical Approach

Indigenous Theologies: A Hermeneutical Approach


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Dr. Randall Furushima, Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, Pacific Rim Christian University and the John P.C. Makuakane Institute of Christian Leadership (Hawai’i). Week of July 13 to 17 8:30am to 11:30am This course introduces diverse interpretive principles from an Indigenous theological perspective, rooted in cross-disciplinary contextual studies. We will learn about post-colonial . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Preaching in an Indigenous Context

Preaching in an Indigenous Context


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, (Oglala Lakota), Vicar, All Saints Indian Mission, Minneapolis and Missioner, The Department of Indian Work & Multicultural Ministries, Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota. Week of July 13 to 17 8:30AM – 11:30AM In this course we will study, read and preach on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Let’s Indigenize our Worship Experience!

Let’s Indigenize our Worship Experience!


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo (Ho Chunk), Minneapolis, MN. Ordained Lutheran Pastor of All Nations Indian Church. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Council for American Indian Ministry of the United Church of Christ. George Maurer, Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Performer. In his work, George integrates music with characters, emotions and actions. Week . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Let's Indigenize our Worship Experience!

Let's Indigenize our Worship Experience!


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo (Ho Chunk), Minneapolis, MN. Ordained Lutheran Pastor of All Nations Indian Church. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Council for American Indian Ministry of the United Church of Christ. George Maurer, Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Performer. In his work, George integrates music with characters, emotions and actions. Week . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  An Introduction to the Emerging World Wide Movement of Indigenous Peoples

An Introduction to the Emerging World Wide Movement of Indigenous Peoples


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald (Wyandotte), National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada, former Bishop Diocese of Alaska, Episcopal Church USA. Currently the World Council of Churches president for North America. Week of July 13 to 17 2:00PM to 5:00PM This is a critical time for Indigenous Peoples. Because of their unique inter-connected relationship with the . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts

Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Dr. Roberta Clare, director of the Presbyterian Church of Canada Elders’ Institute, St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver. Roberta has served as a minister, ruling elder, university chaplain, high school teacher and university instructor. Week of July 20 to 24 8:30AM to 11:30AM Christian educators take on many roles as they practice their art and craft in . . .

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cclirscisp M. Div.  Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism


cclirscisp   View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, Interim Director, Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre, Vancouver School of Theology. Week of July 20 to 24 8:30AM to 11:30AM Canada today practices “inclusive secularism,” welcoming multiple religious traditions into the public sphere. How should ministers working in Indigenous contexts, rooted in particular traditions, and confronting a history of oppression, participate . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  Creating Culture and Community in a Preschool Setting

Creating Culture and Community in a Preschool Setting


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Jenny Cross (Haida). Jenny is an Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Educator in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii where she grew up. She credits the ongoing enhancement of her cultural and language fluency to her Haida elders, particularly one with whom she works. Week of July 20 to 24 2:00PM to 5:00PM This course will focus on . . .

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cclirscisp Cont. Ed.  The Battle of Indians, First Nations, and Other Indigenous Peoples to Win Their Human Rights and Places in the World Community

The Battle of Indians, First Nations, and Other Indigenous Peoples to Win Their Human Rights and Places in the World Community


cclirscisp Instructor(s): Jason Brown

Robert T. Coulter (Potawatomi), Executive Director of the Indian Law Resource Center, he is an attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience in the field of Indian affairs. He has published numerous articles in the field of Indian law, and was the primary author of the initial draft of the UN Declaration on . . .

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