Indigenous Theology Units 2018

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A unique opportunity to study the Bible, theology and ministry from an Indigenous perspective, taught by Indigenous scholars

Traditionally, Native People did not talk about spirituality or faith, nor did they build complex theologies. They simply lived what they believed. It was expected that one would live in such a way as to acknowledge and honour their Creator. Theology was practice!

In the 21st century, much has changed. We still focus our energies on helping people walk out life in a good way. Now however, it is a path centred in the person, work, life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus that is also rooted in Indigenous cultures and histories. Whether in the development of new theologies or in our forums for dialogue and teaching, it is this understanding that we speak of as our path toward wholeness.

In these units, you are invited to:

  • Learn about the Bible when reading it using the insights of an Indigenous Perspective
  • Discover perspectives on history and church history from the experience and perspective of Indigenous peoples
  • Engage in the process of doing theology led by Indigenous Scholars
  • Reflect on the implications for ministry practice, not only amongst Indigenous communities but in all of our church and ministry contexts

Following on from the success of last year’s initial offerings by NAIITS scholars, we are proud to be extending the offering of these units in both Melbourne and Sydney in September 2018, introducing new units and offering the introductory units once again. In this partnership with NAIITS and in cooperation with United Theological School in Sydney, Whitley offers these units to all interested students.

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Accredited Study Options 

Units can be taken as part of the following internationally recognised awards within the University of Divinity:

This are the first units in a suite which is building towards creating a unique Masters degree, and ultimately to begin to offer an Indigenous PhD program supervised in partnership with NAIITS.

If you’re currently enrolled in another course (postgraduate or undergraduate) and would like to include one or more of these units, please contact Gary Heard (Dean) on 03 9340 8100 or gheard@whitley.edu.au.


    Melbourne Units Overview 

    Further Methods in Theological Discourse


    Extend your understanding of the tasks and tools of Christian theology, and gain insight into Indigenous theological terminology as a bridge to further studies in Indigenous approaches to theology, culture and ministry.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period Sep 21 - 30
    • With additional subsequent online component
    • Whitley College, Parkville

    Indigenous Practical Theology Symposium

    An introduction to a range of issues facing Indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, and to a variety of ideas and points of view in response to these issues. Explore skills, ideas and techniques that will equip you for cross-cultural work.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period Sep 21 - 30
    • With additional subsequent online component
    • Whitley College, Parkville

    History of Christianity I: Origins to Us

    Examine Christian history from the perspective of, and with attention to the socio-spiritual location of Indigenous peoples, affirming the importance of local histories for growth in and witness to the gospel.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period Sep 21 - 30
    • With additional subsequent online component
    • Whitley College, Parkville

    Sydney Units Overview 

    Introducing the New Testament Narrative

    Examine the New Testament texts and traditions describing the continued work of the Creator to redeem the creation and people of God in the ministry, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as recorded and lived out in the earliest communities of followers.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period  Sep 21 - 30
    • With additional subsequent online component
    • United Theological College, North Parramatta, NSW

    Indigenous Theologies and Methods

    Investigate unique Indigenous theological contributions to the meaning of Christian faith and life. Explore the intersection of one’s experience with the Creator, the nature of the spiritual, the Gospel story, redemption and redeemer in contrast with customary Western theological methods.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period Sep 21 - 30
    • With additional subsequent online component
    • United Theological College, North Parramatta, NSW

    Indigenous Practical Theology Symposium

    An introduction to a range of issues facing Indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, and to a variety of ideas and points of view in response to these issues. Explore skills, ideas and techniques that will equip you for cross-cultural work.

    Postgraduate level and Audit

    To apply see below

     

    Dates and Location

    • Teaching sessions during the period Sep 21 - 30
    • With subsequent additional online component
    • United Theological College, North Parramatta, NSW

    How to Apply 

    The chart below shows the usual enrolment pathways:

    • Download and fill out the application form. You can enter information directly into the form using Adobe Acrobat.
    • If you are enrolling as an audit student (not for credit), please download this form.

    Enquiries:
    Contact Dorothy Morgan (Registrar) on 03 9340 8100 or registrar@whitley.edu.au.


    Meet the Faculty 

     

    Terry LeBlanc

    Areas of specialization: Intercultural Studies, Mission, Theology, Community Development, and Ethics

    Terry has been active in full-time vocational ministry with the Native North American community since 1978. He is currently CEO and Director of Indigenous Pathways overseeing the programs of My People, iEmergence, and NAIITS. He has been the recipient of three fellowships and the Student of Highest Distinction award. He completed his Ph.D. at Asbury Theological Seminary and was awarded the D.D. honoris causa by Acadia University in 2015.

     

    Casey Church

    Areas of Specialization: Intercultural Studies, Indigenous Spirituality

    Casey is a Pokagon Band Potawatomi member of southwest Michigan. His Potawatomi name is Ankwawango, which means, “Hole in the Cloud”. His wife Lora, their five children and he live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where they have lived for the past fifteen years.

    Casey and his wife Lora have pastored a Native church plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1996 to 2000 which would become one of the first contextualized worship services in the country.

         
     

    Susie Patrick

    Susangeline Patrick is a PhD candidate in Intercultural Studies. She has an MA in Intercultural Studies and an MA in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Her cross-cultural mission experiences are twelve years in Central Asia and in the United States, and the historical theologies of the visual arts on a global scale since 2012. She authored a few articles focused on mission history, theology, and art. She is also a prolific painter and vocalist. She illustrated a recently-published book Born to Fly. She enjoys hiking and traveling adventures with family and friends.

     

    Danny Zacharias

    Areas of Specialization: Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages

    Danny is a graduate of Acadia Divinity College, with both his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Theology). Previous to this Danny resided in Winnipeg where he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Providence College. He currently teaches Introduction to Greek, Introduction to Hebrew, along with other classes in biblical studies, alongside his administrative responsibilities relating to technology at ADC.

    More than any other achievements, Danny is most proud to call Maria his wife, Lex and Jack his sons, and Ella-Rose his little princess.

         

    What is NAIITS?

    The acronym NAIITS stands for the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. NAIITS is dedicated to working together with Indigenous communities in the development and articulation of Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice.

    For more information about NAIITS visit their website.