This was part of my final project presentation for Kwok Pui Lan’s class, Third World Feminist Theology. I shared with my colleagues the thought process and research that went into creating this website.
- PANAAWTM stands for “Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry”
- Organization is about 30 years old
- Started by Kwok Pui Lan and some of her friends
- Leading organization for Asian feminist theologians
Adapted from a paper called THE FUTURE OF PANAAWTM THEOLOGY by Rita Nakashima Brock, Kwok Pui Lan, and Seung Ai Yang
- Struggling to uplift theological voices for the sake of justice
- Making use of hybridity and rich cultural resources – as the group spans continents and backgrounds – to develop religious paradigms
- Bridging academia and ministry needs
- Developing an “embodied way of knowing as well as practicing religious life”
- Learning together how to “mentor effectively, how to develop resources for scholarship, how to create models of successful leadership, how to utilize just and supportive methods for community-building, and how to befriend each other”
- Eventually the group wants to create and fund educational opportunities to build leadership for the future
How I chose this project
- Saw a need, sought to fill it.
- Often the best and most effective way to stand in solidarity with someone is to help them get a bigger microphone.
How can networking be seen as more than a methodology? Can we consider it a theological mandate?
Purpose of this project
To take site into “web 2.0” – cultivating dialogue – an extension of this organization’s mission
New site goals:
- Key challenge: developing public identity and presence for the organization, while creating space for internal/private connection and support among members
- Interactive 2.0 elements: blog, forum, membership (like Facebook)
- Personal touches allow for personal connecting
- Highlighting resources developed by members
- Creating a tool, not a nuisance (practical, easy-to-use)
- Building room for growth: proper architecture, infrastructure
- Training for members: project will wrap up with an instructional video and instruction sheets so the members have control over content management
- Keeping costs low (free!) adds to organizational sustainability