2024 Virtual Conference
Where Streams Join: Resignifying Complexity, Mutuality, and Healing
The acceleration of violence, intergenerational trauma, and interpersonal conflicts in recent years is affecting the mental, spiritual, and relational health of our communities. How will we seek collective healing when there seems to be no escape? How will we focus our theology and ministry during this time? This year’s virtual conference will bring together scholars, ministry leaders, and practitioners to provide insights and knowledge through panels and workshops. We will offer spiritual practices, art, and rituals of healing and rest. And we will encourage mutuality through interactive conversations and connections.
Intergenerational Trauma: Collective Trauma, Collective Hatred, and Collective Care
Thursday Panel - March 7, 8:00 - 9:30 pm EDT
The panel will center its discussions around solidarity and diverse perspectives, our objective is to explore complexities, foster mutual understanding, and collectively pursue healing and restoration.
**This opening panel is open to the public. Click this Zoom link to join!
Moderator: Grace Y. Kao
Wai-Chin Angela Wong is formerly the vice president and is currently the Senior Advisor to the President of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. She is also an adjunct professor and formerly professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she taught for over twenty years. She taught theology, religious studies, and cultural studies and served as the head of the Graduate Divisions of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies, the Gender Research Centre, and several Chinese University of Hong Kong academic programs.
Wongee Anne Joh is the Harry R. Kendall Professor of Christian Theology and Postcolonial Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Director of the PhD Studies Program as well as Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Religious Studies and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University and member of the research faculty cohort on Religion, Race and Global Politics of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, her publications include Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology and co-editor of Critical Theology Against US Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization, and Feminist Praxis Against US Militarism. Forthcoming from Fordham University Press is Trauma, Affect and Race.
Gabes Torres (she/they/siya) is a mental health practitioner, organizer, and journalist. Her work focuses on the intersection of international solidarity and collective healing, and is mainly organizing and coordinating a peer support network for human rights defenders and activists in the global South. Gabes began her journey of exploring collective trauma upon learning the dynamics of intergenerational/ancestral trauma while completing her postcolonial theology graduate program in Seattle, WA. She also went to seminary for her undergraduate program on theology and philosophy.
Myles Markham (he/him or they/them) is a queer and transgender Native Hawaiian/Japanese American born and raised in the American South. Myles has worked in LGBTQ+ education and advocacy across religious, non-profit, business, and education sectors for the last decade and currently works in documentary film as an impact producer, in non-profit management as the Director of Development for Trans Lifeline, and serves as the board president for Transmission Ministry Collective. Myles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies from Columbia International University 2013 and his Master of Practical Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2021.