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Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent. He currently serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. (Ph.D. Intercultural Studies). Randy is active in ongoing concerns of emerging faith expressions, diversity, eco-justice, reconciliation, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, mission and indigenous peoples.
A former Pastor, he continues to be involved in grassroots ministry/activism and community organizing today, as he has for most of his adult life. Dr. Woodley is a founding board member of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. NAIITS, in partnership with George Fox Seminary, has begun a new Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree, which Dr. Woodley initiated and now directs. Randy and his wife Edith (Eastern Shoshone/Choctaw) are cofounders of Eagle's Wings Ministry (http://eagleswingsministry.com/).
Together, the Woodleys developed a uniquely holistic model of service among Native Americans called "Ministry in a Good Way" out of which grew in 2004, a 50 acre sustainable farm and Christian community called Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Ministry Development. At Eloheh the Woodleys taught sustainability, eco-justice, microeconomics, leadership and mission. In 2008 they gave up their farm and were forced to disband the community due to continued violence and political pressure from local White Supremacists. They now host a local Native American gathering at their small farm in Newberg, Oregon.
Blogs: Ethnic Space and Faith (http://ethnicspace.wordpress.com/) and Emergent Village Voice (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/emergentvillage/) and God's Politics at http://sojo.net/search/apachesolr_search/randy%20woodley