How indigenous cultures can demonstrate true sustainability
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is an activist/scholar and distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American history and culture, postcolonial theology, community-building, faith, social-justice, diversity, regenerative farming, climate-change and our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. Dr. Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox University/Portland Seminary.
Randy’s books include: “An Introduction to Postcolonial Theologies”; “The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community”; and “Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision.” Randy is a legal descendant of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oregon Dept. of Education American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Board, Greater Portland Native American Climate Council and other service organizations. Randy and his wife are co-sustainers and co-hosts of the Eloheh Indigenous Center For Earth Justice.
Randy and I spoke on March 23, 2020. We started with the subject of his PhD dissertation, “The Harmony Way,” and this led to a wide-ranging discussion of issues that are rarely mentioned in western society. Every time I talk to Randy, it stretches my brain—and my heart. I hope this interview does the same for listeners.
Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice
Photo of Randy courtesy Leanna Woodley Photography