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8th Annual NAIITS Symposium 2011
Co-hosted by Ambrose University College and Seminary, Calgary, AB
June 9-11, 2011
“Ways We Know Things: Exploring Indigenous Ways of Understanding”
Scope of Topics:

NAIITS invites proposals for papers and panels on the topic of “Indigenous Ways of Knowing.” 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 will also be considered:

  • Contrasting traditional Native North American ways of understanding, of knowing “truth” with those most often associated with Western thought
  • Spiritual and theological implications of Indigenous foundations of knowledge. As one example, how would a different foundation on which knowledge is built, modify our understanding of the Creator and the creation?
  • The meaning and implications of Indigenous understandings of truth on major Christian doctrine(s) Ie eschatology, the Trinity, redemption, sanctification, etc
  • Implications of indigenous knowledge on our understanding of Mission, in particular, the Missio Dei

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

Honoured to be a candidate for accreditation by:

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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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