OIEX Annual Lecture

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Since Autumn Quarter 2022, the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Biology Department have cohosted a three-year quarterly lecture series focused on faith, diversity, and science. This lecture series has been sponsored by a grant from the Supporting Structures: Innovative Partnerships to Enhance Bench Science at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities member institutions. The grant is supported by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, the UK subsidiary of the CCCU, with funding by the John Templeton Foundation and the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.

Dr. Randy Woodley

Autumn Quarter 2022

“Indigenous Spirit: Weaving Justice and Peace in a Wounded Land”

Randy Woodley, PhD
Monday, Oct. 10
7 p.m., Upper Gwinn Commons

For this public lecture in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley will present his lecture, “Indigenous Spirit: Weaving Justice and Peace in a Wounded Land.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding ourselves and each other again. There is joy in understanding our human purpose on earth, our place on the land, and our own sense of indigeneity. Dr. Woodley will assist us in finding the joy of place through an Indigenous perspective and give us tools to live with the land, not just on the land.

Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is the distinguished professor of faith and culture at Portland Seminary, and he is recognized as a Cherokee descendent by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. He is a teacher, poet, activist, former pastor, missiologist, and historian. His books include Mission and the Cultural Other: A Closer Look (Wipf & Stock, 2022), Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview: A Decolonial Approach to Christian Doctrine (Baker Academic, 2022), and Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (Eerdmans, 2012). He has authored numerous book chapters and contributed essays and articles in compilations such as the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic). He received a bachelor’s degree from Rockmont College, an MDiv from Eastern Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and a PhD in intercultural studies from Asbury Seminary.


In 2020 and 2021, the Office of Inclusive Excellence hosted annual diversity lectures. To view recordings of these lectures, please visit the Library Digital Commons here.