NMC Summer School

Native Ministries Consortium 

NMC Summer School 2014

Training for Leadership in Ministry

July 7 – 18, 2014

Vancouver School of Theology


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NMC SUMMER SCHOOL 2014               

NMC MISSION:  To empower and facilitate leadership, spiritual expression and justice to enable Indigenous people to exercise self determination with the Christian Church and in society.

Under NMC initiation and active participation, the Indigenous Studies Centre at Vancouver School of Theology offers a Master of Divinity degree by extension for people in Native Ministries.

NMC PARTNERS:  Anglican First Nations Council of Caledonia, Cook Native American Ministries (Tempe, AZ), Episcopal Church in Navajoland, Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, Henry Budd College for Ministry (The Pas, Manitoba), Hummingbird Ministries (BC Presbytery of Westminster), Indigenous Theological Training Institute (Episcopal Church), John Makuakane Institute for Christian Leadership (Hawaii), Native Ministries Council, BC Conference (United Church of Canada), Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre (MB) and Vancouver School of Theology.




Week of July 7 – 11

MORNING:  8:30am to 11:30am


1) 21st CENTURY THEOLOGY: Modern, Post-Modern and Indigenous
The Rev. Dr. Wendy Fletcher, Ojibwe, Lakota, Haida, Professor of the History of Christianity, Vancouver School of Theology

This course introduces the student to the major theologians and theological movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  It will include the perspective of liberation, feminist and indigenous theologies as branches of theological development within the family of Protestant liberalism, in relation to its conversation with neo-orthodoxy, and through the lens of our post-colonial context in North America.  This course meets the requirements for the M.Div. degree program but is open to everyone. (Note:  this is a full day course)

The Rev. Ray Aldred, Cree, Professor of Theology, Ambrose University College and Seminary, Chair, North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies, Director, My People International

The centre of Christian theology is Jesus Christ. Therefore, this course will focus on thinking through the scriptural and ecclesiastical traditions concerning the person and work of Christ. This will provide the basis for a discussion about the implication of Christology for the present and future Church. Thus, the course will seek to engage the ideas represented by the councils, creeds of past theologians, and then move to examine the theological praxis that resulted in a colonial and post-colonial context. All this in hopes of the learner developing a shared praxis based upon a renewed indigenous Christology.  This course meets the requirements for the M.Div. degree program but is open to everyone.

AFTERNOON:  2:00pm – 5:00pm


21st CENTURY THEOLOGY: Modern, Post-modern and Indigenous – continued from morning session

The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg, Lakota, Haida, Vice-President, Reclaiming Youth International and former director of the Native Ministries Program, Vancouver School of Theology

Reconciliation is the process of bringing two things to the same place.  Just now, Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people are coming together in our post-colonial world.  This course will first, explore the inner work one must do to be an effective reconciler. It will then explore how we begin to live out our lives in justice and peace.  Students will be expected to read a bibliography, view video resources, and dialogue with others in the course.

4) INDIGENOUS KNOWING: Knowing God through Indigenous Values, Worldview and Spirituality
Dr. Cheryl Bear-Barnetson,  Bear Clan, Nadleh Whut’en, Dakelh First Nation,  Coordinator for First Nations Ministry in the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada

Topics will include an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. We will begin with an overview of First Nations Theology including the Native views of Creator, the Holy Spirit, the Incarnation, a Theology of Land and a Theology of Missions. Various Native practices, traditional gatherings and ceremonies will also be studied.

Students will need to interview an Elder (or Elders) in order to learn; 1) A Creation story, 2) A Creator story, 3) A cleansing ceremony. We will also discuss the First Nations view of Creator/spirituality from various Nations and compare these to Christianity.

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Week of July 14 – 18

MORNING:  8:30am – 11:30am


The Rev. Dr. Clifford Canku, Lakota, Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University

Students will review and translate Old Testament stories into their own Indigenous events and experiences that attract them to their own walk of faith and their own roots of spirituality.  Stories in the Old Testament which reveal the way God the Father worked in the actual experiences of crisis, a daily walk of dependence on God to meet the needs of each individual, their families, extended relationships of the community and Nations.

Required course for M.Div students entering NMP since May 2010, and highly recommended for those who are at the beginning stages of Biblical Studies.  This course is open to everyone.

Dr. Jeff Corntassel, Cherokee, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria, Faculty of Human and Social Development, and The Rev. Dr. Paula Sampson, Nisga’a, Director, Indigenous Studies Centre and Assistant Professor of Ethics, Liturgics and Indigenous Studies, Vancouver School of Theology

Amidst the forces of globalization, how are Indigenous nations in Canada and around the world honoring longstanding relationships to their homelands, cultures and communities? What are some Indigenous approaches to the concept of sustainability and how are communities fulfilling their responsibilities to the natural world? This course will look at the spiritual, economic, political and social dimensions of Indigenous nationhood and how Indigenous peoples approach questions of food sovereignty, defense of the land and water, and community resurgence.

The course is available for M.Div credit in Ethics, but is open to everyone. 

AFTERNOON: 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Donn McGuirk, Micmac, former Administrative Assistant at the National Teacher Education Program, former Christian Education Instructor and Director of Educational Program at Cook College and Theological School

To develop a life of mature spirituality, effective teaching is important, but only the beginning.  In many parts of the Bible, Jesus tells us to be teachers of His Words, and challenges us to instill in others the desire to share these teachings.  We will examine the act of teaching and ways to teach all ages of Native and non-Native folks, inexpensively and in places or areas not designed for teaching.  Participants will develop materials and in turn, be challenged to teach the Word at home.

Ginny Doctor, Mohawk, Coordinator for Indigenous Ministry, Anglican Church of Canada

In ancient times, Catechist’s were very important to the growth of Christianity. They went from house to house, community to community teaching the faith and leading prayer. Our traditional teachings are also ancient and important to us as indigenous people. The teachings vary from First Nation to First Nation but they are all in concert with our Christian values. These values were taught through example, story, song, and dance. It is also important to point out that giving thanks daily for all the Creator has given us is important to our spiritual wellness. This training puts two ancient teachings together to make something new. Students will learn about the importance of the catechism or “outline of faith” in making disciples. The teaching of the catechism incorporates the “Seven Traditional” teachings: love, respect, humility, honesty, truth, bravery and respect.


Native Ministries Summer School courses are nonsectarian and interdisciplinary.  Courses examine historical and social data, literary-oral traditions, artistic and other cultural aspects of Indigenous religions.  Courses also examine the philosophical and theological dimensions of aboriginal thought.  Daily attendance and the keeping of a journal are usually the requirements for those taking the course for NMC credit.

Native Ministries Summer School courses may be taken for transfer credit.  Please contact the Native Ministries Program office to inquire about transferable degree credit.


A $35 (Cdn) non-refundable fee is due with your registration.  This is in addition to other fees.


Tuition is $275 (Cdn) per course for NMC credit (1.5 contact hours).  Auditors pay full tuition.  Spouses of students registered in the NMC program pay a fee of $25 per course to audit a course.  Tuition fees can be paid in advance.  All fees are payable in Canadian dollars at registration.  We accept MasterCard and Visa.


In the event of low registrations, some courses may be cancelled.  Information on course cancellation will be available on our website in early June.


This year, St. Andrew’s Hall is giving priority to students attending NMC Summer School.  Please contact them as early as possible to arrange your accommodation.
Phone:  604-822-9720 or email housing@standrews.edu

Summer Housing room types and costs available at:

Carey Centrewww.careycentre.com  Phone: 604-224-4308
A good option for couples.  Single or queen rooms with en-suite bathrooms and linen service.  Also a limited number of fully furnished apartments.

UBC Conferences and Accommodationwww.ubcconferences.com/
Phone:  Toll free: 1 888 822 1030 / 604 822 1000
A variety of accommodation across UBC campus


NMC offers breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday at a cost of $125 per person, per week.  Lunch only $75 per person, per week.

NOTE: Our ability to respond to special dietary needs is limited.


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NMC Financial Aid Application Form
MacMillan Fund Application Form

Limited funding is available from the H.R. MacMillan Fund for those who are ordained.  Application forms are available by following the link in the online NMC brochure or above, by email request to nmconsortium@vst.edu or by phoning the NMC office. Deadline for applications is June 2, 2014


Limited funds are available to assist students attending summer school.  Application forms are available by following the link in the online NMC brochure, by email request to nmconsortium@vst.edu or by phoning the NMC office.  Deadline for applications is June 2, 2014


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    noting if course is for M.Div Credit, Regular Credit, Audit or Spouse Audit
  2. Please note: M.Div category only applies to students registered in the VST Native Ministries Program.
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  5. Week 2 Morning Session
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