9th Annual NAIITS Symposium

“Giants in the Land: Metaphors for Native Evangelicalism”
Co-hosted by Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
June 7 - 9, 2012

Scope of Topics...

NAIITS invites proposals for papers and panels on the topic of “Giants in the Land: Metaphors for Native Evangelicalism.” Papers that utilize any of a broad range of research methodologies within a widely inclusive concept of evangelicalism will be considered. Submissions should address one or more of the following topics. Submissions on topics that relate clearly to the overall theme will also be considered:

Contrasting the varieties of Native North American Evangelicalism that present themselves in the present North American Native context. What differentiates them and, why? Is there a literal embrace of the notion that Native North Americans are a powerful force in the evangelical world?

Examining the Spiritual and theological implications of an Indigenous embrace of the notion that they are “Sleeping Giants.” As one example, how would an embrace of this statement of Dr’ Graham’s modify Native evangelical understandings of themselves?

Exploring Indigenous understandings of who they are in the broader Evangelical context with respect to the prophetic – either traditional prophecies or, those rooted in the contemporary evangelical context.

Implications of Indigenous metaphors of church and missional ecclesiology on our understanding of Mission.

Papers should strive to show how traditional understandings within Indigenous contexts and cultural perspectives might be strengthened and implemented, or how new ideas and practices of contextualization might further the goals of Native ministry and the advance of Native people in life, service, and ministry following Jesus. Papers could address themselves to both traditional and more contemporary ideas of Native faith in Jesus, as well as contemporary Native thought related to contextualization of Native faith in Jesus.

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Submission Guidelines

Submissions must include a brief personal bio and both an abstract of not more than 150 words and a proposal for the type of presentation intended of not more than 1000 words. The proposal must include a clear statement of your argument and enough context to show that you are aware of the basic issues and literature of the field. The proposal is the document on which submissions will be evaluated and selected. Abstracts and bios provided for selected submissions will be used in advertisements and symposium materials. Selected papers will be allotted 40 minutes for presentation. There may be respondents for the papers. Selected panels will be allotted 90 minutes.

Submission of Papers

Papers should be theoretically solid and practical. Submissions will be evaluated in light of their potential to contribute to the Symposium. To encourage dialogue we welcome submissions from various perspectives, from Native presenters as well as those from supportive non-Native presenters.

Finished papers must be submitted at the latest by April 27, 2012. Papers must adhere to Turabian Sixth Edition; in Times Roman 12 font; have complete footnotes and Works Cited. These may be distributed to selected respondents and will be published in the NAIITS Journal.

Submission of Panels

Submissions of panels (please be sure this is a panel!) are welcome and should include the same materials as those for individual papers (brief bio of the chairperson, abstract and proposal; both of which deal with the focus of the proposed panel). Also included must be a participant list with bios and abstracts for each.

Submission Deadline and Requirements

The deadline for submissions of proposals for papers and panels is March 1, 2012.
Please submit your proposal electronically by email to:


or, by mail to:

North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies 
Symposium 2012
PO Box 870
Evansburg, AB T0E 0T0