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Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley
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Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley grew up in the multiracial Willow Run district of Ypsilanti, Mich., during the turbulent 1960s. He is the youngest child from a working class family with deep southern roots.

Currently, Dr. Woodley serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Woodley is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and has been active in service among America’s indigenous communities since 1984. He is a teacher, writer, missiologist, activist, poet, historian, former pastor and missionary.

Blog Entries by Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Live by the Gun, Die By the Gun: But Can We Make Peace Living With the Gun?

(96) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 4:24 PM

Full disclosure: I am a committed peace activist who often hunts for his food and has valid concealed carry permits recognized in 36 states. I have never been a member of the NRA.

I won't take the time here to explain the details above except to say they are...

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The Thanksgiving Myth: Not A Bad Start

(261) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 8:44 AM

The first feast related to our current national holiday, which we call Thanksgiving, was celebrated in either October or November of 1621. The feast included around 50 English Separatists (of Mayflower fame) held at their Plymouth Plantation, and nearly 100 Wampanoag Indians. In addition to Wampanoag oral history, there are...

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The Truth About the Trail of Tears and Christianity

(356) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Recently, Indian Country Today Media Network ran the headline, "Bible-Based Curriculum Says the Trail of Tears Was a Path to Christ." The story was borrowed from a well-deserved negative critique of "Wacky Facts" by Mother Jones concerning the Bob Jones University Press' "Bible-based," A Beka homeschool curriculum. The...

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Native American Christianity: Through Bullets and Arrows to Peace

(133) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 9:12 AM

When I came to faith at age 19, I learned to ignore my ethnic heritage because I was told it was "of the flesh." My experience is consistent with the colonial history of those living in a land where the dominant culture is associated with one particular faith tradition. Because...

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