Centenary's "Religion Matters" speaker series presents Dr. Tink Tinker


March 3, 3017

SHREVEPORT, LA — On Thursday, March 9, Centenary College will host Dr. Tink Tinker, professor of American Indian cultures and religious traditions at Denver’s Iliff School of Theology. Tinker will deliver a lecture entitled "American Indians, Language, and Religious Interpretation" at 6:30 p.m. in Centenary’s Kilpatrick Auditorium as part of the College’s “Religion Matters” series.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Tinker here at Centenary,” says College Chaplain Maegan Habich. “His knowledge of American Indian Culture, Christianity, and colonialism will be invaluable to our students.”

Tinker has been a member of the Iliff faculty since 1985 and teaches courses in American Indian cultures, history, and religious traditions in addition to exploring cross-cultural and Third World theologies and justice and peace studies. He is a frequent national and international speaker on these topics and is the author of several books, including American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty (2008), Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation (2004), and Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Genocide (1993).

In addition to his scholarly work, Tinker has been a committed volunteer with both Native American and ecumenical faith organizations for two decades. He is past president of the Native American Theological Association and a member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians and has volunteered in Denver’s Native American community as a traditional American Indian spiritual leader through the Four Winds American Indian Survival Project. He has also volunteered with the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches and is currently an “Honorary Advisor” to the International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR).

Tinker holds a B.A. from New Mexico Highlands University, a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union.

The “Religion Matters” lecture is generously underwritten by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture Program.

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