February 27, 2020
Tikanga Maori opens world for budding theologians
Anglican Archbishop Don Tamihere has been honoured by a Catholic university in the United States for a programme that brings students to Te Tairāwhiti to learn about theology from a Māori world view.
He says the relationship with Loyola Marymount in Los Angles grew from a friendship formed in the 1990s when Daniel Smith-Christopher did a stint at St John’s College in Auckland as a visiting professor of Old Testament.
They created a programme that has brought more than 250 students to Te Tairāwhiti over the past 20 years over their summer vacation.
“Even though the citation is in my name it’s a recognition really of all the whanau, the marae communities, the church communities that together have helped to host these students, invited them into their marae and their world, and have done really good work transforming the lives of young people living in Los Angeles,” Archbishop Tamihere says.
The course has given the students from an extraordinarily diverse and multicultural society an insight into how to be cross-cultural, and many of them have taken aspects of tikanga Māori to apply to their own practice.
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