PANAAWTM 34th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
April 11-13, 2019
Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
Theme: Journey toward Justice
The conference began on April 11 (Thursday) with an opening panel on “Journey toward Justice: Disrupting Institutional Racism.” Dr. Haruko Nawata Ward, Professor of Church History at Columbia Theological Seminary, welcomed the participants and guests. About 120 people attended the event.
Dr. Helen Kim moderated the panel and speakers included Ms. Jessica Vazquez Torres, Dr. Christine Hong, and Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz. They spoke about the effects of white supremacy on theological institutions and churches, the need to develop multiple strategies for resistance, the importance of building interracial coalition, the cooptation of racial minorities in sustaining white institutions, the scarcity of imagination for change, and the challenge of long-term commitment to do decolonial and anti-racist work.
Participants were very grateful for the courage, honesty, and wisdom of the speakers. They continued to discuss the issues raised at the reception following the panel.
On Friday, April 12, Dr. Gale Yee, Sr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran and Dr. Nami Kim spoke on a panel” Embodying Knowledge and Asian and Asian American Women’s Contributions to Theology and Religious Studies. They shared their intellectual journeys and how their identities impacted their scholarly work and involvements in community. The panel on Saturday was on “Advancing the Rights of Asian Americans and the Politics of Coalition Building in the Deep South.” Dr. Eunbee Ham, Ms. Aparna Bhattacharyya, and Attorney Helen Kim Ho discussed the ways churches and civic groups can be involved in immigrant issues and political action.
schedule of the conference can be found Here.
Our Book on Wisdom Leadership
This book is coedited by Su Yon Pak and Jung Ha Kim, entitled Leading Wisdom: Asian and Asian American Women Leaders (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017). The book presents narratives of leadership experiences in the fields of social activism, parish ministry, teaching, U.S. Army chaplaincy, religious history, Christian denominational work, theology, nonprofit organization, theological social ethics, clinical spiritual care education in healthcare systems, and community organizing.
We have published an anthology entitled Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007).