Canadian author urges theology emphasizing aboriginal beliefs
Discard the German theological textbooks, disengage from Greek philosophy, and look instead for spiritual wisdom right in your own backyard, a Canadian intellectual and writer urges church leaders and theological educators.
"The assumption in the word theology is that we're thinking about Christianity," says John Ralston Saul, who addresses a theological education conference in Winnipeg next week. "Maybe you (could) take into consideration other ethical and moral systems, for example, the ones which were already here.">>>
More than 150 people will be involved in discussions at Jindabyne about Aboriginal heritage in the Australian Alps National Parks, as well as the role of Aboriginal people in the management of the reserves.
Organisers say the Australian Alps were a meeting place for many Aboriginal language groups for thousands of years.>>>
A tall team of healers, plus a relatively short greeter, stand ready now at the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe's new health clinic.
It took about three hours -- under a mercifully rainless sky -- Wednesday to erect two totem poles, straight from the House of Myths carving shed in Blyn.
Installer Alan Jones and his Jamestown Excavating crew lowered them into their places in front of the clinic, heralding the fact that it's close to completion. >>>
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27, 2010 (IPS) - The blockbuster, critically acclaimed film 'Avatar' portrays the ruthless plundering of a pristine ecosystem on a distant planet by greedy corporate interests – a scenario that is all too familiar to many indigenous communities here on Earth.
IPS correspondent Marguerite A. Suozzi spoke to director James Cameron at a screening of the film during the ongoing ninth session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Excerpts from the interview follow.>>>
Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests.
The findings are from a study that tracked nearly 5,000 British adults for 20 years, and they highlight yet another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing more than three alcoholic drinks per day for men and more than two daily for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity per week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times daily.>>>