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Winter Talk 2014

December 3, 2013


Winter Talk 2014

February 3-5, 2014
Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK

Winter Talk is the first annual Talk to offer a time for Native Disciples of Christ and friends to gather, study, share accomplishments, explore new ways to minister and educate within the church and propose resolutions that impact the life and spiritual health of American Indian communities and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This year’s activities are focused on the impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery on American Indian peoples of the North American continent (Mexico, United States, and Canada) and its impact on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Our guest speakers are Lisa Dellinger, Chickasaw and Methodist, who is working toward a PhD in Theology and Ethics with a focus in Post-Colonial Theology. Lisa has written and lectured on, “The Christian Doctrine of Discovery: Illusions of Grandeur,” and “Re/Membering Indigenous Women: Ghost Stories and Imago Dei.” Lisa will talk about the development of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (CDOD).  Ron Gurley is Cherokee and specializes in Native American programs, youth development, and community education.  Ron will talk on how to develop conversation between dominant culture and American Indians. David Bell is non-native and Director of the Disciples of Christ Yakama Christian Mission.  David has focused on Landscape Theology and the Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racist movement. David will talk about how the CDOD has influenced the development of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) polity and theology.

Winter Talk is a time of conversation. A time to gather, to eat, and to talk. Our speakers are only a catalyst to conversation. The most important talk of Winter Talk is the conversations held between the participants! Please find more info and registration on the Winter Talk 2014 link above.

The shaping and development leading to Winter Talk has taken years. This includes the adoption of Resolution GA-1324 at the DOC 2013 General Assembly. If you would like to read the resolution and attain more background please explore this site.

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  1. Philip P. Arnold permalink
    April 25, 2014 11:29 pm

    We are having a conference on the DoD on 24 May. Details below. Please circulate!

    Doctrine of Christian Discovery: After Repudiation, What Next?
    First annual conference in Onondaga Nation Territory, Syracuse, NY, on 24-25 May 2014 (Immediately following the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, NYC)
    From initial contact over 520 years ago, Indigenous leaders have brought into discussion the insidious role that Christianity has played in colonization and environmental destruction. Over the last several decades the Doctrine of Christian Discovery has been seen not only in historical and contemporary subjugation of indigenous Peoples rights and land rights, but also in the ongoing devastation of the environment we all share. The World Council of Churches and many faith–based denominations, including Society of Friends meetings, Unitarian Universalists, United Methodists, Disciples of Christ, Episcopalian, Anglican Church of Canada, and United Church of Christ, have taken on the work of examining this doctrine in its various manifestations, and have embarked on actions to repudiate this doctrine at local, national, and international levels.
    We seek to bring together people who have worked on addressing and repudiating this doctrine so that we might learn from each other, and develop strategies for moving forward with this work. How can we use the momentum from repudiation to change the colonial paradigms that drive decisions in our settler-immigrant based society? What are core issues that will benefit from alliances between Indigenous Peoples and Faith-Based Communities? What have we learned about people and what impacts their understanding of this foundational religious problem?

    Sponsors: Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs, Skä noñh–Great Law of Peace Center, Religion @ Syracuse University, Doctrine of Discovery Study Group, Neighbors of Onondaga Nation, and others.

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