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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