IHL representative in Canada

IHL representative Tobias Schuckert participated in CCSCF conference “Indigenous People and the Christian Faith: A New Way Forward”

From May 2 until May 7, IHL LIMRIS (Lie­ben­zell Insti­tu­te for Mis­sio­lo­gi­cal, Reli­gious, Inter­cul­tu­ral and Social Stu­dies) rese­arch asso­cia­te Rev. Dr. Tobi­as Schu­ckert visi­ted the part­ner uni­ver­si­ty Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty of Edmon­tonin Edmon­ton (CUE), Canada.

Tobi­as Schu­ckert was shown around on cam­pus as well as being able to meet with for­mer CUE pre­si­dent Rev. Prof. Dr. Gerald Krispin who also stu­di­ed at Lie­ben­zell for two years. In the first ses­si­on of the con­fe­rence, Prof. Dr. Bill Ander­son, direc­tor of the Cana­di­an Cent­re for Scho­lar­ship and the Chris­ti­an Faith, which hos­ted the con­fe­rence, empha­si­zed the vivid part­ner­ship bet­ween IHL and CUE.

During the con­fe­rence, a varie­ty of issues con­cer­ning the cul­tu­re, spi­ri­tua­li­ty and life of indi­ge­nous peo­p­le were dis­cus­sed, and new ways of an encoun­ter bet­ween the peo­p­le groups were suggested.

Tobi­as Schu­ckert pre­sen­ted on “Post­co­lo­ni­al Con­side­ra­ti­ons on Shu­s­aku Endô’s Silence and Indi­gen­ei­ty”. In his paper, Schu­ckert pro­po­sed a post­co­lo­ni­al rea­ding of Silence and thus, gave per­spec­ti­ves from Japan. He intro­du­ced indi­ge­nous Asi­an views on mis­si­ons, eccle­sio­lo­gy, and Chris­to­lo­gy based on insights from Endô’s famous novel, rele­vant for a glo­bal theo­ry on indi­gen­ei­ty. Thus, he pro­po­sed not only new ways of inter­cul­tu­ral encoun­ters of Chris­ti­ans from dif­fe­rent cul­tures, but also deli­ver­ed new indi­ge­nous forms of Chris­ti­an living based on a Chris­to­lo­gy that starts from Christ’s weak­ne­ss rather than his vic­to­rious cha­rac­ter. Moreo­ver, the paper attempt­ed to fos­ter cul­tu­ral iden­ti­ty of indi­ge­nous groups as it rela­ted cru­cial theo­lo­gi­cal insights from Silence to cur­rent glo­bal issues of indi­gen­ei­ty. By doing so, it led to a theo­ry of church in pover­ty cha­rac­te­ri­zed by hos­pi­ta­li­ty and inclusivity.

In the evening of Satur­day, Schu­ckert atten­ded a ban­quet which ended the con­fe­rence whe­re he met also with stu­dents of CUE. Schu­ckert sum­ma­ri­zes this trip with the fol­lo­wing words: “It was an ama­zing time with new insights on cul­tu­re and mis­si­ons from the per­spec­ti­ve of indi­ge­nous peo­p­le. Moreo­ver, I am thank­ful for the hos­pi­ta­li­ty of the facul­ty, stu­dents and staff of Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty of Edmon­ton, and hope to advan­ce our part­ner­ship even more. I am thank­ful for fri­ends like Prof. Dr. Bill Ander­son and Prof. Dr. Jona­than Strand, and their end­less efforts to advan­ce the Chris­ti­an edu­ca­ti­on at Con­cor­dia and elsewhere.”


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