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NAIITS Symposium 2009
Indigenous Church: Expressions of Community
Location: Trinity Western University
Langley, BC Canada
Dates: June 4 – 6, 2009
Scope of Topics:

In anticipation of this symposium NAIITS invites proposals for papers and panels on the topic Indigenous Church: Expressions of Community. Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topics. Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme also will be considered.

¥ Traditional Native North American ideas and practices of community and their relationship to the Church in both positive and negative ways
¥ Indigenous Leadership: movements toward autonomy
¥ Communal healing from historical trauma interjected by the church
¥ Examples of positive wider community involvement in contemporary contexts
¥ Spiritual and Theological understandings of the church and its roles in Native life
¥ Decolonizing ecclesiology – making the church truly indigenous

Papers should strive to show how traditional practices within the Native North American contexts and cultural perspectives might be strengthened and implemented, or how new ideas, understandings and practices of church might further the goals of Native mission and the advance of Native people in life, service, and ministry following Jesus. Papers should address themselves to traditional missional ideas of Native Christian faith, as well as contemporary Native Christian thought related to contextualization.

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NAIITS - An Indigenous Learning Community
NAIITS an Indigenous Learning Community ( formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of two members of Indigenous Pathways (IP), a nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community. NAIITS’ focus within IP is the development and articulate of Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from Indigenous perspectives. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering graduate, and post-graduate degree or award programs.
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