The Symposium: The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of biblical and theological contextualization in Indigenous thought, history, and experience. Symposium planners hope that participants will bring together academic and practical approaches to the issues being addressed in the symposium.
The deadline for submissions of proposals for papers is midnight February 15, 2016. Please submit electronically to: NAIITS Symposium Coordinator at email@example.com
The NAIITS Symposium was co-hosted by the Tyndale Seminary at Toronto, Ontario. Check out their website for details, campus maps and more.
Download the full text of the call for papers here.
Symposium Schedule 2016 All sessions will be held in the Chapel.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Thursday
3:00 - 5:15 Elijah Harper Scholarship Fund Reception (by invitation) 4:00 General Registration 5:30 Dinner(All) 7:00 Opening Ceremonies 7:45 Christine Folch - “Reflections and Re-vindications: NAIITS Past/Future Wisdom” 8:30 Q&R 9:00 Close for the Day
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Friday
8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Gathering Song - Morning Reflection 9:30 Plenary – Ray Minniecon - “Where is our Starting Point?” 10:15 Q&R 10:45 Coffee Break 11:15 Talking Circles 12:00 Lunch 1:30 Plenary – Kelsey John - “Re-visiting Theological Questions for Decolonizing Education” 2:15 Q&R 2:45 Coffee Break/Talking Circles 3:15 Full Circle Conversation 4:00 Marketplace “Pitch” for the Evening Presentations 5:30 Dinner 7:00 Evening Presentations - Kyle Taylor - “Organisational Structures, Competitive Advantage and Blue Oceans”
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Saturday
8:00 Breakfast 9:00 Gathering Song – Morning Reflection 9:30 Plenary – Carla Nelson et al - “Tyndale: A Case Study” 10:15 Q&R 10:45 Coffee Break 11:15 Talking Circles 12:00 Lunch 1:30 Plenary – Kimberley Medicine Horn Jackson - “Logic and Reason: Native and Non-Native Relationship” 2:15 Q&R 2:45 Coffee Break/Talking Circles 3:30 Closing Circle 4:00 Closing Ceremonies
“Reflections and Revindications: Looking to NAIITS’ past for wisdom for the future”
Christine Folch serves as assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, where she researches environmental justice issues and energy politics in Latin America as well as writing on cuisine and foodways. She previously taught at Wheaton College (IL) and worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard-Radcliffe College.
Christine has been a friend to the NAIITS community for severl years now.
Kelsey Dayle John
“Re-visiting Theological Questions for Decolonizing Education”
Kelsey Dayle John is a Navajo Christian. She grew up in Oklahoma and is currently a Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Cultural Foundations of Education Department at Syracuse University. She uses poetry and narrative as a medium for theorizing the intersections of artistic, spiritual, scientific, and philosophical discourses. As an Indigenous Christian, she is committed to work which heals, empowers, and liberates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. She loves running, riding horses, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Born in San Francisco, CA, Kyle Taylor is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, also carrying Choctaw, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe heritage. Kyle and his wife Marcia Taylor (Creek/Euchee) have been married 29 years. They have four sons, Kyle, Steve, Chris, and John; a daughter-law Jana, and one grandson Kyle, Isaac Weeks. Kyle resides in Muskogee, OK.
Kyle is employed at Bacone College as Retention Specialist in the Office of Student Life, and Enrollment Management, and as an Assistant Professor in Religion, Arts and Humanities. Kyle holds a BA in Management, MA in Leadership, and is on task to defend his Doctoral Dissertation in Organizational Leadership in the Fall 2016.
Kyle currently serves as an officer for the American Baptist Indian Caucus of America, and the Oklahoma Indian American Baptist Association. He is pastor for Bacone College Baptist Church, and All-tribes Community Church of Tulsa. He has been involved in leadership development in Native ministry for 29 years.
Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and extended families, but especially his 82 year-old grandfather and 2-year-old grandson. Kyle also enjoys participating in Native cultural events throughout Oklahoma.
“Where is the Starting Point?”
Married to Sharon, Ray is the father of three children and two grandchildren. Ray loves writing, singing and song writing. He also loves music, sport, public speaking and travel. Ray is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South-East Queensland. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with deep connections to the people of Ambrym Island.
He holds a BA in theology from Murdoch University in Western Australia and is a pastor with the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship. He also has a Diploma in Christian Ministry from the Assembly of God Commonwealth Bible College. While completing full time studies at Murdoch University and working as the University’s first Aboriginal Coordinator in 1985-1989, Ray established Murdoch University’s Aboriginal Education Unit. While there he also helped establish the first graduate degree program in Aboriginal Studies, assisting also in the development of Murdoch’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy.
For the past thirteen (13) years Ray has worked with the survivors of Kinchela Boys Home to establish the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC). Beginning in the early 1920s, Kinchela Boys Home, near Kempsey, was where many Aboriginal male children were taken, and where they experienced brutal treatment under the Native Welfare Act of NSW. Ray also works with other Stolen Generations and has recently taken on the task of supporting the children of the Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home in Nowra, NSW to find justice and healing. Ray is also the Community Chaplain in the inner suburbs of Sydney.
Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson
“Logic and Reason in Native American Ministry: Building Relationship between Native and non-Natives”
Kimberlee Medicine Horn Jackson, Yankton Sioux, is an Adjunct English instructor with Kent State University, Geauga Campus, and teaches composition I and II. She uses this platform to teach the Reservation Boarding School Era to people who may not otherwise ever know of this hidden layer to history. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry with several works published in various places and considers herself an emerging writer. She holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a focus on Native Americans from the NAIITS program partnership with George Fox University Seminary.
“Tyndale’s B.Ed.: A Case Study With Students”
Carla Nelson is Associate Professor of Education and the Director for the B.Ed. program at Tyndale University College and Seminary. Under her leadership and together with her faculty, Carla has witnessed the Tyndale B.Ed. become a cutting edge program for training teacher candidates in the province of Ontario.
As part of her vision for a well-rounded program of instruction, Carla has overseen the introduction of a fully integrated Indigenous program Elder into Tyndale’s instructional context. This was done to ensure that the mandated requirement for Indigenous content in the Ontario curriculum is not simply course-based instruction, but significant integration within the classroom.
Our 1st Annual NAIITS Elijah Harper Scholarship Fund reception went very well last night at Tyndale. Thank you all for coming and supporting our amazing students.
Kelsey John presenting "Re-visiting Theological Questions for Decolonizing Education" at our NAIITS Symposium yesterday
Terry LeBlanc opening Friday's presentations with a Gathering Song at our NAIITS Symposium 2016
Taking our Talking Circles outdoors at our NAIITS Symposium 2016
Taking our Talking Circles outdoors at our NAIITS Symposium 2016
Ray Minniecon presenting "Where is our Starting Point" at our NAIITS symposium 2016. Ray came all the way from Australia to share with us.