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9th Annual NAIITS Symposium
“Giants in the Land: Metaphors for Native Evangelicalism” Co-hosted by Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
June 7 - 9, 2012
Scope of Topics:

NAIITS invites proposals for papers and panels on the topic of “Giants in the Land: Metaphors for Native Evangelicalism.” Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies within a widely inclusive concept of evangelicalism 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 the varieties of Native North American Evangelicalism that present themselves in the present North American Native context. What differentiates them and, why? Is there a literal embrace of the notion that Native North Americans are a powerful force in the evangelical world?

Examining the Spiritual and theological implications of an Indigenous embrace of the notion that they are “Sleeping Giants.” As one example, how would an embrace of this statement of Dr’ Graham’s modify Native evangelical understandings of themselves?

Exploring Indigenous understandings of who they are in the broader Evangelical context with respect to the prophetic – either traditional prophecies or, those rooted in the contemporary evangelical context.

Implications of Indigenous metaphors of church and missional ecclesiology on our understanding of Mission.

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.

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