Dr. Richard Twiss (1954-2013) was a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. His mother was Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud and his father was Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD. He was married to an amazing woman from 1976 – 2013, and was the father of four remarkable sons. He was President of Wiconi International and was committed to pursuing a life of peace, justice and wholeness, inviting others in a journey to walk in meaningful relationship with Creator, creation and all others – in the Spirit of Jesus. Richard was a widely traveled and popular speaker, activist, educator, author and networker among innovative thinkers within the Native North American and Indigenous community internationally.
See Richard elsewhere:
• Richard on Twitter
• Wiconi International
• The Native American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS)
A Theology of Place
“We want to do theology in place,” says Dr. Richard Twiss, Author and President of Wiconi International, “we want to do theology in the earth, versus a modernist, enlightenment-era way of considering learning and education.” Place-based theology […] is a way of thinking about God and theology with history and location in mind. “We’re freeing Christianity from Western cultural captivity […] as indigenous scholars we’re trying to free theology from those same kinds of notions.”
Are missions trips to reservations a waste of time? (strong language)
“Don’t go to the res unless you’re willing to go back three consecutive years with the same family or the same community, so you give genuine friendships a realistic opportunity to form,” says Dr. Richard Twiss, Author and President of Wiconi International. So many Christians visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation to do short-term missions work, that sometimes the missions workers outnumber the local population.
On Native American Sports Mascots
“The offense is at several different levels,” says Dr. Richard Twiss, Author and President of Wiconi International. “It’s not the word [Indian], but […] the images and the caricatures and the characterizations.” America’s situation is unique because our Native peoples have suffered centuries of disenfranchisement and dehumanization by the dominant white culture. “To have those values extracted from our sense of being and identity […] is very offensive.”
More Richard Twiss Videos
How can Caucasians build authentic relationships with Native peoples?
How should Christians relate to Earth and the environment?
Is a truly multicultural church possible?
My Personal Christian Journey
The Colonization of Consciousness
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