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Rosebud Rez Immersion Experience

Welcome: July 8-14, 2017 will be the 11th year of a cross-cultural immersion learning experience on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Our experience is conducted in a good way in friendship and partnership with the Sicangu Lakota people. It is deeply enriching learning experience for those who participate. The group is limited to the first twenty-five people who register. We will arrive as learners to be educated by Sicangu Lakota leaders/people, history and the ways of the people.

Cross-cultural Immersion Learning Experience;
Rosebud Sioux Reservation

July 8-14, 2017,
Sioux Falls Seminary, in partnership with Wiconi and Indigenous Pathways, is offering an experiential course in cross cultural immersion. July 8-14, 2017 will be our eleventh year offering this course on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Our experience is conducted in a good way in friendship and partnership with the Sicangu Lakota people. It is a deeply enriching learning experience for those who participate. The group is limited to the first twenty-five people who register. Join us as learners by immersing in the local culture and in dialogue with a team of instructors and local Sicangu Lakota leaders.

Professors:
Doug Anderson, PsyD, Sioux Falls Seminary – Dr. Anderson is a Licensed Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services at Sioux Falls Psychological Services. He is also an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Sioux Falls Seminary. He has been involved with this immersion course since 2010, and he and his wife commonly find their way to the Rosebud throughout the year. For more info, see www.offermehope.com and www.sfseminary.edu.
Casey Church, DMis, Wiconi (an arm of Indigenous Pathways) – Dr. Church is a Potawatomi Pipe Carrier and the Director of Wiconi. He has many years of personal and professional investment in contextual ministry and worship. For more info, see www.wiconi.com and www.indigenouspathways.com.
Jack Alexander, DMis (retired minister and professor, musician) – Dr. Alexander has 26 years of pastoral ministry in his background, and for the past 12 or 13 years he has invested his time and energy in Native American issues related to worship, education, and service.

Registration:
To register, please contact Sioux Falls Seminary at 605-336-6588 and ask for student enrollment.
For information about the course contact Dr. Anderson at danderson@sfseminary.edu or call Sioux Falls Seminary at 605.336.6588 to speak to someone in student enrollment.

Introduction:
There are certain aspects of ourselves, our own culture and faith, that we can only learn by deeply engaging in another culture. This immersion experience will expose and challenge you to a wider appreciation of Creator's creative wonder as you contemplate being fully human and fully a follower of Jesus.
You can participate in two ways. First, you can take this course for graduate level credit. In that case you would complete all course requirements and your work would be graded with graduate-level expectations. If you want to take this graduate level course for credit as an undergraduate, you will need to work out an agreement with the accrediting institution. There will be corresponding tuition costs for anyone taking this course for credit, and you will need registration agreement/approval as well.
Second, you can audit the course and simply attend and participate in all activities at the same level as those attending for seminary or university credit without any assignments and without the full cost of credits. There is an administrative fee of $150 payable to Sioux Falls Seminary for those auditing this course. Everyone who attends will pay a fee of $450 to Sioux Falls Seminary to cover food and lodging for the week, and assist with expenses for speakers and other activities of the week.

Course Description: A one-week immersion experience in intercultural studies. The location is the Rosebud Reservation in south central South Dakota. During this immersion experience, you will learn from various regional speakers, interact with community members, and participate in some traditional ceremonies. We will discuss critical aspects of what contextualization is, and we will explore what it might look like if applied on the Rosebud. The implications of contextualization for any cultural setting will become readily apparent. We will learn about the history of missions directed at the Lakota people on the Rosebud. We will consider how colonization and Christian mission developed in this part of the world, and we will critique this history while considering other options. We will consider how we might engage in a reorientation of the gospel of Jesus as story. We will strive to listen to the culture we experience around us and allow that experience to inform our thinking and our dialogue throughout the week.

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