Dr. Michel Andraos Talks Trauma, Reconciliation and Healing at the 2023 World Mission Institute

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In recent years, Christian churches have become increasingly aware of their complicity in the oppression and marginalization of indigenous peoples around the world. Many churches have offered apologies, lamented their sinful collaboration with colonialism, and responded to calls to work for reconciliation and reparation. 

In his keynote address Dr. Michel Andraos of St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, will examine the work of Canada for Reconciliation churches with Canada’s First Nation People at this year’s 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.

About the keynote

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, 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.

About the speaker

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 is on the churches, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and dialogue with Indigenous spiritualities. Dr. Andros is a member of the editorial board of Concilium, has recently co-edited Christianities and Indigenous Peoples, and has edited The Church and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas: In Between Reconciliation and Decolonization.

Discussion panelists include:

Dr. Linda Thomas poses in front of the purple “The Geometry of Space and Time” sculpture in San Antonio in a matching outfit.

Linda Thomas

Professor of Theology and Anthropology
Director, Albert “Pete” Pero, Jr. and Cheryl Stewart Pero Center for Intersectionality Studies
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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Dr. Kevin Considine

Director of the Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology
Catholic Theological Union

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Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton

Associate Professor of Practical Theology
McCormick Theological Seminary

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This is the first of three events in this calendar year that will focus on various aspects of Reconciliation in today’s world. The Scherer Lecture at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) and the Louis Luzbetak, SVD Lecture at Catholic Theological Union in September and October 2023 will be given by noted scholars Emmanuel Katangole of the University of Notre Dame and Stan Chu Ilo of De Paul University in Chicago.

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