CommUnity: Mark Charles

Navajo leader to discuss Discovery Doctrine at Walla Walla University event

Mark Charles, speaker, writer, and consultant, from Fort Defiance, Arizona, located on the Navajo Reservation, will speak for the Walla Walla University CommUnity program on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in the University Church on the WWU campus. Charles’ presentation will focus on the Discovery Doctrine and its influence on American culture and concepts of race and religion.

As the son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in working with native communities. He is the Washington, D.C., correspondent and a regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the blog “Reflections from the Hogan.”

Charles provides consultation for indigenous worship through the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association. He was the primary investigator in a study conducted by Brigham Young University on the Navajo perception of time and serves as a board member for the Christian Community Development Association and the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

He served for two years as pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colo., and continues to preach in various churches. He engages communities and the nation on political issues in order to strengthen a national political voice for Native Americans. His areas of specialty are the Gospel of Mark, racial reconciliation, Native American/Navajo worship and culture, diversity, and time perception.

His presentation is free and open to the public. The Walla Walla University Church is located at 212 SE 4th Street in College Place.

Posted October 20, 2016