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Randy Woodley to present Nov.10 Native American Heritage Month Lecture at Whitworth University

October 28, 2015
The Rev. Randy Woodley, Ph.D., will present a Native American Heritage Month lecture, “America Before Columbus and Now,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4215. Woodley’s books will be available for sale during the evening, and a short book signing with Woodley will follow his lecture.

Woodley will examine the history of European colonialism and Christian mission among native North Americans, providing an introduction to First Nations life and spiritualties from the past to present. He will also explore alternative models of coexistence that may be more effective than past efforts in understanding Native American values and worldview.
Attendees will be challenged to incorporate these values, worldviews and theologies into their own authentic lives.

Woodley was raised near Detroit, and he is a legal descendant of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He has mentored indigenous leaders for nearly three decades. Woodley, with his wife, Edith, cofounded Eagle's Wings Ministry; they are considered early missiological innovators in the Native American Cultural Contextual Movement. Woodley and Edith maintain Eloheh Farm and Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership Development, a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Ore. Woodley also serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and director of intercultural and indigenous studies at George Fox Seminary, in Portland, Ore. He is a founding board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, and he directs Portlan
d’s intercultural studies master’s-degree program.

As a distinguished lecturer, teacher, historian, and activist, Woodley addresses a variety of issues concerning American society, faith and Indigenous culture. His expertise has been sought in national venues such as The Huffington Post, Moody Radio and Time Magazine. Through dialogue, speaking engagements and blogging, he is active in ongoing discussions concerning spirituality, racial and ethnic justice/diversity, peace, eco-justice, inter-religious dialogue, Indigenous theologies, postcolonial theologies and Christian mission. Visit his blog, Ethnic Space and Faith, to read his posts.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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