Eugene Cho

faith & gender pics and audio

As promised, here are the audios for Lauren Winner’s presentations and some pics from our church’s recent annual “Learning Conference & Conversation.”  I have mixed opinions on how things went but I’ll reserve that for my memoir later in life.

One observation I don’t mind sharing is the same one I have when we host many of these conferences.  We host these conversations because we believe them to be very important…ones that don’t happen enough or in the “mainstream” of the church.  We do it because we want to raise the consciousness of the church and invite people to dialogue and action. So, it was discouraging to see the female/male ratio at about 10 to 1 amongst the 200 participants.  If you were a single dude…you should have been there.  When we host our Faith & Race discussions, it’s always great to see the “people of color” at the classes but I can usually count my White Brothers in one hand.  Let me stop here before I incite something similar to the Where are the People of Color at the RNC discussion.

Lessons from Church Mothers: Presentation and Q/A

 Gender and the Triune God: Presentation and Q/A

You can also subscribe to the podcast here and d/l the files to your computer.  And here’s some bloggers I know about and their thoughts about the conference:

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6 Responses

  1. Jeff Lam says:

    cool — i think it’s interesting to put lauren winner’s talk on gender and the trinity in conversation with john stackhouse’s blog post where he makes the argument that few conclusions can be drawn re: gender from the trinity.

    http://stackblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/does-the-trinity-prove-anything-about-gender-not-much/

  2. eugenecho says:

    For some reason, the mp3’s aren’t loading right now but we’ll get it working soon. I’ll need to talk to our crew. Worked earlier today.

  3. lang says:

    after attending a more progressive seminary, the white straight males (in general) always hated the gender/race/sexuality discussion because they just get hammered in the discussion.

  4. dmowen says:

    Man, 10 to 1! I was out of town at a science conference that had pretty much the opposite ratio, but I look forward to listening to the podcasts 🙂

  5. Emily says:

    I was there for the Saturday portion, it was great! But you’re right, my husband was far outnumbered by the ladies. =(

  6. lang – so is being uncomfortable a good excuse to just ignore the issue?

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Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

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