From June 4th - June 6th the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies held their 6th conference at Trinity Western University.
On hand to welcome the over 100 conference guests was TWU president Dr. Jonathan Raymond. Says Raymond, "I'm pleased that TWU could co-host this exciting event. It was an honour to share words of welcome with this wonderful group of scholars, writers and artists."
The North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, or NAIITS, is "an international institute dedicated to the development of an increased capacity in the Aboriginal evangelical community to research, develop, articulate, educate and write about mission and theology from a Native North American perspective."
Each day of the conference began with a "Gathering Song" including morning reflection and prayers. Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees heard from an array of keynote speakers and presenters, were part of discussion groups and heard musical selections from singer/songwriter Cheryl Bear.
NAIITS offers symposiums once every 18 months which are designed to "address topics of present concern in Native North American ministry, mission and theology related to evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development, is clearly evangelical yet fully contextual in its approach."
The conference, co-hosted by Trinity Western Seminary, was co-sponsored by: Asbury Theological Seminary, Canadian Mennonite University's Concord College, First Nations Alliance Churches (C&MA) of Canada, Inter-Varsity Canada, George Fox University Seminary, Inter-Varsity USA, My People International, Providence College and Seminary, The Salvation Army Ethics Center, Wiconi International and William & Catherine Booth College.
For more information on the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies visit www.naiits.com
Trinity Western Seminary's website can be found at www.acts.twu.ca
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-06-08