Redeeming Racialized Identities - a Day of Learning With Peter Cha

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This March 25, join the Office of Race Relations and Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR) for a day of learning with Peter Cha! Peter Cha is Professor of Church, Culture and Society at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has been involved in youth and young adult ministry in Korean American churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic Asian American congregation. 

"Redeeming Racialized Identities" is a one-day learning experience at Madison Square Church (Grand Rapids) presented by Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR) and the Christian Reformed Office of Race Relations, with two sessions taught by Professor Cha. Lunch and a continental breakfast are included in the cost of registration. 

Learn more and register at petercha.eventbrite.com. General admission is $10 (including breakfast and lunch). Students pay just $5. 

Program Schedule

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Redeeming Racialized Identities - As Christians, we have spiritual identities and racial/ethnic identities. How should these identities relate to one another as we continue to grow as followers of Christ? In what ways can a church play a role in enabling their members to integrate these identities in such a way that all members grow as the citizens of God's Kingdom without losing their unique identities?

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch is provided

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Creating a New We: Becoming a Multicultural Kingdom Community - Cultural space of our faith communities that enables (or hinders) the formation of multicultural Kingdom identities (individual and corporate). Peter will present five different models of multicultural faith communities and critically assess each model.This session involves several small group discussions (encouraging conversations among those who come from same churches/ministries).

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Small group activity

4:00 pm: Conclusion

Peter Cha's bio: 

Peter Cha is Professor of Church, Culture and Society at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1997. Before earning his PhD from Northwestern University, Dr. Cha was involved in a number of different ministries, including youth and young adult ministry in Korean American churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic Asian American congregation. He has also served as a board member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Selected Publications: Dr. Cha is a coauthor of Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship (IVP, 1998) and a co-editor of Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP, 2006). He also contributed chapters to Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World (Wipf and Stock, 2014), Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson Press, 2012), Revitalizing Practice: Collaborative Models for Theological Faculties (Peter Lang Publishers, 2008), and This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2006).

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