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Whitworth Welcomes Randy Woodley for Emmaus Scholars Lecture on “Decolonizing Our Faith and Theology”

February 16, 2022

Whitworth University’s Emmaus Scholars Program and campus ministry, in partnership with Whitworth Speakers & Artists, are excited to welcome Randy Woodley, Ph.D., as the 2022 Emmaus Scholars Lecturer. He will present on “Decolonizing Our Faith and Theology” on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Beeksma Family Theology Center.

Woodley is an award-winning author, distinguished professor at George Fox University/Portland Seminary, and co-founder of Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice. 

His expertise has been sought in national venues as diverse as Time Magazine, Christianity Today and HuffPost. As both a Native American and a Jesus follower, Woodley identifies strongly with issues related to racial justice, eco-justice and diversity. 

Woodley earned a Ph.D. in intercultural studies and remains active in ongoing discussions concerning spirituality, earth care, racial and ethnic identity, diversity, peace, Indigenous studies, agriculture, and missiology. 

A former member of the Oregon Department of Education’s American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Board, Woodley has taught Theological Education by Extension (TEE) for Cook Indian School, at Bacone College, and was a founding board member of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. For more information about Woodley, click here

The event is free and open to the public. Masks are required during the presentation, and physical distancing is encouraged.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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