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2023 PANAAWTM Annual Conference

Ecojustice Rising: Re-weaving Our Futures

March 16 -18, 2023

San Diego First United Methodist Church, CA

Earth has been the center of Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women's theological reflection. The gendered, sexualized, and racialized aspects of climate change challenge us to reflect critically on our relationships with the earth and re-imagine life-centric theologies, radical interconnectedness among all living beings, and liberation from anthropocentric capitalism and militarism. We invite you to critical conversations on the future of eco-spirituality, eco-feminism, eco-theology, and eco-eroticism, re-weaving our foremothers' wisdom and dreams.

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Conference Schedule


Thursday, March 16, 2023


2:00 pm Registration at First UMC


5:30 pm Dinner (only for PANAAWTM members)

6:45 pm Break

7:00 pm Opening Panel: Eco-Justice Rising: Asian American and Pacific Islander Eco-theology and Eco-spirituality

              Presider: Ahyun Lee (Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary)

              Panelists: Tammy Ho (University of California, Riverside)

                                Ban Htang (Union Theological Seminary in NYC)

                                Juliann Anesi (University of California, Los Angeles)

                                SueJeanne Koh (University of California, Irvine) 


8:30 pm Reception

9:00 pm Shuttle leaves for Hotel (Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego). The last shuttle leaves at 9:30 pm.   


Friday, March 17, 2023

7:15 am - 9:00 am PANAAWTM Board Meeting (First UMC)

  • Only for board members, a shuttle leaves for the First UMC at 7:00 am.

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast at the Church

  • Shuttle services between the hotel and the church for participants are offered every 20 minutes from 7:40 am to 8:40 am.   

9 am - 10:15 am Opening Ritual and Introduction

10:15 am Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Panel: Eco-justice, Climate Change, Collective Resistance

           Presider: Haruka Umetsu Cho

           Panelists: Linda Carlos (Claremont Graduate University), Gale Yee (Emerita Professor, Episcopal Divinity School), K. Christine Pae (Denison University)

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch & Interest Group Meeting 

  • How to Apply to Ph. D Program led by Jin Young Choi: If you are interested in applying to doctoral programs, you may consider attending this lunch meeting organized by the Mentoring and Nurturing Committee. 


Afternoon Workshops: If you choose an outdoor workshop, you cannot participate in the indoor workshops because of time constraints and transportation. 


1:45 pm - 5:45 pm          Outdoor Hiking Workshops


  • Hiking groups will be organized based on members’ interests (i.e., PANAAWTM Catholics, International participants, First-timers–Seasoned members, etc.)

  • Torey Pines Hiking Groups

  • Coronado Islands Groups


2 pm - 3:30 pm               Indoor Workshop I


  • Creative Non-fiction Writing Workshop by Angie Hong 

  • Christian Contemplative Life: Walking meditation/ Labyrinth/ Lectio Divina by Rita Nakashima Brock

  • Asian American resources for antiracist rituals, pedagogies, and activism by Eunbee Ham, Hyemin Na, and Lisa Asedillo


3:30 pm - 4 pm Break


4 pm - 5:30 pm           Indoor Workshop 2


  • Creative Non-fiction Writing Workshop by Angie Hong 

  • Christian Contemplative Life: Walking meditation/ Labyrinth/ Lectio Divina by Rita Nakashima Brock

  • Screening a Filim: Living Along the Fenceline


5:30 pm - 6 pm Break


6 pm Banquet & Gift Exchange


  • The shuttle starts leaving for the hotel every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 


Saturday, March 18, 2023


8 am - 9 am Breakfast at the church

9 am - 9:20 am Morning meditation 

9:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Discussion - Creating PANAAWTM regional chapters

  • Discussion Leaders: Kristine Chong and Hannah Ka

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break

 11: 15 am - 12:00 pm Business Meeting: Boyung Lee

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Closing Ritual

12:30 pm  Boxed Lunch and Departure

2 pm - 4 pm Mentoring Sessions (pre-registration required)

  • Doctoral Students

  • Early Careers: (1) Academic Track and (2) Non-academic Track


5 pm Dinner on Your Own

A glimpse of the 2023 annual conference... 

2023 Annual Conference Opening Panel
"Ecojustice Rising: Re-weaving Futures"
Morning Panel: Eco-justice, Climate Change, Collective Resistance
Outdoor Workshop
(Coronado Island)
Gift Exchange
Mentoring Sessions

A glimpse of the 2022 annual conference offerings...

2022 Annual Conference Panel Discussion:  "Embodying Antiracist Christianity and Cross-Racial Solidarity" by Dr. Sharon Jacob, Dr. Yuki Schwartz, and Dr. Jessica Wong
Altars created or shared
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An altar created at Candler School of Theology at a vigil for the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings. The paintings were created by artist Connie LaGoy (Kwok Pui Lan)

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Commenorating death, life, and heritages 

(Haruka Umetsu Cho)

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Giving honor to the comfort women    of Southeast Asia (Lynnette Li)

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