10th Annual NAIITS Symposium
Call for Papers

Shaping Faith: How Language Informs the Journey
co-hosted by Tyndale University College and Seminary
June 6 - 8, 2013

The Symposium:

The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of Contextualization in Native North American history and experience. Symposium planners hope that participants will bring together academic and practical approaches to the issues being addressed in the symposium.

Scope of Topics:

NAIITS invites proposals from both scholars and practitioners for papers and panels on the topic of “Shaping Faith: How Language Informs the Journey”. Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topics:
  • Examining the implications of verb-based over against noun-based languages on the perceptions of the relationship of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How, if at all, does the nature and focus of the relationship change between the three persons of the Trinity when expressed in verb-based thought? What, if any, are the ways in which faith is framed differently as a result?
  • Unpacking the gendered language of faith. How does a gendered language describe the nature of the Creator, of faith and of faith's journey differently, if at all, from languages which are non-gendered? What do we need to learn about faith's journey from the clearly different linguistic and therefore social realities described in Indigenous non-gendered languages of thought?
  • Contrasting Native North American Evangelicalism and expressions of faith as framed by majority language usage where Indigenous language usage predominates. What social and/or structural differences are present? How do these differences influence relationships: between people and their Creator, with other people and with the rest of creation?
  • Exploration of Indigenous understandings of the teachings embedded in the First and Second Testaments of the Scriptures as experienced through the listening ear of the mother-tongue speaker. How do non-European languages affect doctrine – its perception and impact? What are the implications for the life of the one who seeks to follow the Jesus Way?
  • Identification of potential implications from encouraging Indigenous language use through and within missional ecclesiology. How would this/does this impact understanding the nature of the biblically framed Great Commission?
  • Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme will also be considered.
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Papers should strive to demonstrate how traditional understandings within Indigenous contexts and cultural perspectives might be strengthened, or how new ideas and practices of contextualization might be implemented to further the goals of Native ministry and the advance of Native people in life, service, and the spiritual journey with Jesus. Papers could address themselves to both traditional and more contemporary ideas of Native Christian faith, as well as contemporary Native Christian thought related to contextualization.

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  • Submission Deadline

    The deadline for submissions of proposals
    for papers and panels
    January 31, 2012

    Please submit your proposal electronically to:
    Karen Ward, Symposium Coordinator at
    symposium@naiits.com

  • Submission Guidelines
    Submissions must include a brief personal bio and both an abstract of not more than 150 words and a proposal for the type of presentation intended of not more than 1000 words. The proposal must include a clear statement of your argument and enough context to show that you are aware of the basic issues and literature of the field. The proposal is the document on which submissions will be evaluated and selected. Abstracts and bios provided for selected submissions will be used in advertisements and symposium materials. Selected papers will be allotted 40 minutes for presentation. There will be respondents for the papers. Selected panels will be allotted 90 minutes.
  • Submission of Papers
    Papers should be theoretically solid and practical. Submissions will be evaluated in light of their potential to contribute to the Symposium. To encourage dialogue we welcome submissions from various perspectives, from Native presenters as well as those from supportive non-Native presenters. Papers must adhere to Turabian Seventh Edition; in Times Roman 12 font; have complete footnotes and Works Cited. Papers may be distributed to selected respondents and will be published in the NAIITS Journal. Finished papers must be submitted by April 1, 2013.
  • Submission of Panels
    Submissions of panels (please be sure this is a panel) are welcome and should include the same materials as those for individual papers (brief bio of the chairperson, abstract and proposal; both of which deal with the focus of the proposed panel). Also included must be a participant list with bios and abstracts for each.