2023 World Mission Institute

Join us in-person or virtually on Thursday, March 9, 2023, for this annual event. It begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner in the Common Room at McCormick Theological Seminary followed by a program 7:00 p.m. at in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, both located at 1100 East 55th Street in Chicago.

Keynote Address

Churches and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples With a Special Focus on Recent Developments in the Canadian Context

Traumas caused by the “evangelization” of Indigenous Peoples around the world are still open wounds in many places. While many churches over the past decades have been apologizing to Indigenous Peoples and engaging in processes of reconciliation and healing, there is still a long way to go. After presenting an overview of this situation, the Dr. Andraos will discuss the ongoing challenges of reconciliation and offer some theological and pastoral insights, mostly based on Indigenous sources, that could open new horizons for the churches’ path toward reconciliation and healing.

Dr. Michel Andraos taught at Catholic Theological Union from 2000 to 2020, and then became the dean of the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. His main areas of teaching and research include intercultural theology and theologies of inter-religious dialogue. His current research and engagement are on the churches, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and dialogue with Indigenous spiritualities. Michel is a member of the editorial board of Concilium, and has recently co-edited Christianities and Indigenous Peoples, and edited The Church and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas: In Between Reconciliation and Decolonization.


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