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AUGUST 26, 2023 at 10:00 am

More Information Coming Soon!

57th Diocesan Convention
(The M Building)

Fri, Oct. 6 - Sun, Oct. 8, 2023

Casper, Wyoming

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Convention Theme & Guest Speakers


Embracing Indigenous Wisdom to live well into the future

Together we will be challenged and inspired us to listen to Creation, Creator and each other afresh through Native lenses

Plenary Speakers

The Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, PhD has been referred to as farmer, author, activist, scholar, distinguished speaker/teacher, and wisdom keeper. He has been interviewed and quoted in venues such as The New York Times, Politifact, Time Magazine, Christianity Today and The Huffington Post. Randy addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, our relationship with the earth, spirituality and Indigenous realities. Dr. Woodley, recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture at Portland Seminary and Director of Intercultural/Indigenous Studies. Raised near Detroit, Michigan, he is a Cherokee descendant recognized by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Randy co-hosts the

Peacing it all Together podcast with Bo Sanders. Dr. Woodley and his wife Edith are Co-sustainers of Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice and Eloheh Farm & Seeds, a regenerative farm, school, community and ceremonial grounds in Yamhill, Oregon.  Dr. Woodley served for several years on the Oregon Department of Education, Native American/Alaska Native Advisory Board (2015-18).

His books include:

•Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnecting with Sacred Earth

•Mission and the Cultural Other: A Closer Look

•Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview: A Decolonized Approach to Christian Doctrine

•Decolonizing Evangelicalism: An 11:59pm Conversation

•The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community

•Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision

•Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity


A few examples of Randy's contribution of chapters to other's works include:

-"Povertyand the Poor Among North American Indigenous Traditions," (Poverty and the Poor Among the World's Religions)

-"How Indigenous Perspectives Offer Hope to a Besieged Planet," (Time to Act: Extinction Rebellion).


Edith Woodley is the co-founder and Co-sustainer of Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice and Eloheh Farm & Seeds. Edith is a member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe, having been raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. She has a degree from Bacone Indian College and has been a vital part of serving the Indigenous community with Randy for over thirty years. She mentors others in the spirituality of the land, farming methods, seed-keeping, how to raise a family on healthy food and is one of the teaching grandmas in the Decolonizing with Bad-ass Indigenous Grandmas co-hort. Edith and Randy served together as members of the Native Climate Council of the Greater Portland Metro Area, Advisory Board (2015-17) and in 2021 they were given the Ecumenist of the Year Award by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the first time given to a couple. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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