2016 Bailey Lectures: “A Holistic Vision for Healing Our Fractured Past—Native American Perspectives on Faith”

Date and Time

Friday, November 18th - Sunday, November 20th
7:00 PM


All Saints Episcopal Church
209 W. 27th St
Austin, TX 78705


Join us on the weekend of November 18th-20th for the 2016 Bailey Lectures with Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley: “A Holistic Vision for Healing Our Fractured Past—Native American Perspectives on Faith.” Mark your calendars now for this All Saints’ tradition, now powered by the Front Porch!

Order of Events

Friday, November 18th

7:00-9:00 PM: “People, Place and Race: Embracing American Shalom” featuring Randy Woodley, with Texas Lipan Apache, Robert Soto, and music by Elmer Atlookan

9:00 – 10:00 PM: Wine and Cheese Reception in Masterson Lobby

Saturday, November 19th

8:30-9:00 AM: Pastries, Fruit, and Coffee

9:00-10:00 AM: Workshop, Spirituality and the Land” with Randy and Edith Woodley

10:00-11:00 AM: Music from Elmer Atlookan and Dancing from Robert Soto

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel Discussion moderated by Randy Woodley with Edith Woodley, Jimi Calhoun, Elmer Atlookan, Robert Soto

Sunday, November 20th

As is tradition, Randy Woodley will perform sermons at both the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM services at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. His theme will be “Three Parables that are One: Luke Chapter 15.”  In addition, Elmer Atlookan will speak at All Saints’ in between the two services (from 10:20-11:20) in Kinsolving Hall. Coffee and donuts are provided.

About Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley and Edith Woodley

Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley is an activist/scholar and distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture, faith, justice, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His expertise has been sought in national venues as diverse as The Huffington Post, Moody Radio and Time Magazine. Dr. Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural Studies at George Fox Seminary. His books include: The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (Friesen, 2016), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (Eerdmans, 2012) and Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity (Intervarsity, 2004). Randy was raised near Detroit, Michigan and is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Randy is also the founder of He is a member of the Oregon Dept. of Education American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Board.

betteredithEdith Woodley
is a speaker/mentor on issues concerning Native American Spirituality and Creation. As a full-time mother, grandmother and farmer, she has developed a unique relationship with the land and insights concerning how to raise a family on a small farm. Edith is an Eastern Shoshone tribal member who was raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. She graduated from Bacone Indian College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and is co-founder of several organizations with Randy Woodley. They serve together on the Greater Portland Native Climate Council.

Together, the Woodleys have been involved in mentoring Indigenous leaders and others, for almost three decades. As co-founders of Eagle’s Wings Ministry in 1999 (eagleswingsministry.com) they were considered early innovators in the Native American Cultural Contextual Movement. Their service for over 25 years to the most disenfranchised people in America led them to become serious about important issues such as racism and eco-justice. They have co-founded such organizations as Christians for Justice, Evangelicals 4 Justice (E4J) and CHCHEW (“chikoo”) The Coalition for Healing Chinook-Kalapuya Earth and Water. In 2004 the Woodleys became co-sustainers of Eloheh Farm (elohehfarm.com). Eloheh Farm & Seeds is a permaculture, regenerative teaching farm, school and community in Newberg, Oregon that propagates Open Pollinated, non-GMO, Farm-Direct Seeds (elohehseeds.com). Together, the Woodleys speak on a variety of topics concerning Indigenous people’s rights, racism and eco-justice and Indigenous spirituality.

About Elmer Atlookan and Robert Soto:

Native American flautist, Elmer Atlookan, a member of the Ojibway Tribe of Canada, is an accomplished flautist and teacher, story-teller, songmaster and dancer of the traditional Anishinaabe people. As an ambassador for Native American Arts for the past 2 decades, Elmer has toured worldwide, performing for Grand Chiefs, Tribal Councils, Dignitaries and official ceremonies. He offers workshops and classes in the Mountain Music Parlor at Nevada’s Indian Territory. Elmer’s passion to connect with others spiritually through Native Flute music will both enlighten and entertain you. Elmer makes Native hand-drums, native flutes, medicine pouches/necklaces, turtle rattles, gourd rattles, rawhide rattles, hand-drum sticks or pow-wow sticks, and woodlands style artwork. He also makes men’s traditional bustles and all styles of dance fans made to order.


Robert Soto, a Lipan Apache, has been dancing for 40 years, since he was 8 years old. He has been a feather dancer for 34 years and has won many awards for his Indian dancing and artwork. He also plays the Indian Love Flute and performs the Hoop and Eagle Dances.  When Robert dances, he dances in honor of his ancestors who danced before him, and for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has given him the opportunity to dance. Robert handmakes all his formal Native American Regalia himself.

Robert is presently the chairman of the South Texas Indian Dancers, a group which consists of about 45 dancers and 25 non-dancers from 16 different tribal groups. He also is the pastor of McAllen Grace Brethren Church and the Native American New Life Center in McAllen, Texas. Robert holds a B.A. in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College, and the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian School Administration from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Robert is an active member and serves on the council of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas as Second Chairman. He also is on the council of the United Apache Tribes of South Texas.

About the Bailey Lecture Series

The Bailey Lecture Series is the direct result of endowment funds given by the parishioners of All Saints’ Episcopal Church to honor the many years of outstanding service of The Rt. Rev. Scott Field Bailey to All Saints’ as Rector from 1951-1961 and then as Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas from 1977 until his retirement in 1987. Each year, this endowment fund is used to promote and bring in well-known speakers to All Saints’ and offer their insights and expertise to the parish and the community at no charge. The Rt. Rev. Scott Field Bailey died in San Antonio on April 9, 2005. He helped people realize the love of God within themselves and the love that God has for all people. It is with a special pride that we at All Saints’ Episcopal Church honor him with the Bailey Lecture Series.

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