• 2012 Mahle Lecture

    2012 Lecture

    Mahle 2012
    Mahle Scholar in Residence 
    Dr. George 'Tink' Tinker

    Lecture Title

    World Balance vs. Personal Salvation in American Indian Postcolonial Perspective
    Dr. Tinker explored the worldview of American Indian peoples' respect for creation, the whole of the created realm, and for all our relations.  Respect emerges out of the perceived need for maintaining balance in the world around us.  Thus, American Indian spirituality is characteristically oriented toward the everyday and the ceremonial balancing of the world and our participation in it.  In contrast to the view of 'world balance' is the western commitment to 'individualism', and its impact on Christian theology and spiritual formation.  Dr. Tinker believes that given the reality of the eco-devastation threatening life today, the survival of American Indian cultures and cultural values may make the difference for the survival and sustainability for all the earth as we know it. 

    Additional Workshops
    "General Conference 2012 - Act of Repentance to Indigenous Peoples"
    A conversation with United Methodists

    “Year of the Dakota—2012: Remembering, Honoring and Truth-Telling”
    Panel Presentation

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    • Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa is a Dakota historian, elder, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Community) in southwestern Minnesota.  He is the retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies (INDS) at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.  Currently, he teaches as Community Faculty member at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul.

    • Dr. Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist committed to the pursuit of Indigenous liberation and reclamation of homelands. From the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota, Dr. Waziyatawin currently holds the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.

    • Dr. George "Tink" Tinker, a member of the Osage Nation (Wazhazhe), is the Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.