June 4 - 6, 2020
“Community Health and Well-being: Conversations on Wholeness”
NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community
17th Annual Symposium
The purpose of the symposium is to facilitate open dialogue about various aspects of biblical and theological contextualization in Indigenous thought, history, and experience.
The focus in 2020 will be on the overall health and well being of human beings with themselves, their Creator/Restorer, one another, the land, and the rest of the creation of which we are a part. Of particular interest will be those topics and presentations that describe a holistic and Asset-based, or non-disease based approach to dealing with historic and intergenerational trauma.
NAIITS (formerly North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of four divisions of Indigenous Pathways, a non-sectarian organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community to develop and articulate Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of written work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from within Native North American and other Indigenous perspectives. We do so in concert with partners of other ethnicities whom we have invited to speak into this context. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs.
With God’s grace and guidance, the NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES COMMITTEE will serve as the body that gathers to listen to and support fellow Native United Methodists, partners with all Native Peoples, educates non-Natives, and advocates for Native issues with our strong Native communities in the Northeastern Jurisdiction and beyond.