The Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley and his wife Edith are co-sustainers of Eloheh Farm, a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Oregon. Dr. Woodley, a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, is an activist/scholar, distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, diversity, racism, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His work has been featured nationally in diverse venues such as Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, Moody Radio and Time Magazine. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox University/Portland Seminary. His books include: The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (a children’s book), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision and Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Randy joins me to discuss:

  • What white missionaries and pastors need to do to minister to native people today

  • The complexities of ministry in native american contexts

  • What self-theologizing is and why it is so critical for gospel contextualization

  • How Christian missionaries separated native people from God

  • A brief history native communities and whiteness in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

  • Shalom as “The Harmony Way,” and how native communities practice it

  • Why we need another term for the “kingdom of God”

  • What America’s true original sin is



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.