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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