We are very happy to announce
Fort Worth theologian, author, teacher
Dr. Namsoon Kang
As our Annual Spring Conference Presenter
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Dr. Namsoon Kang’s global experiences prompt her to identify herself and us all as cosmic citizens whose future depends on living well together. Her interest is to engage us to recast the message of Jesus in practical terms -- often with newly minted terms -- of love, responsibility, and hospitality to others.
Namsoon Kang is professor of Theology and Religion at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, since 2006, and taught previously at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK and Methodist Theological University, Seoul, South Korea.
She served as the president of WOCATI (World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions). An acclaimed speaker actively involved in various international organizations and programs, she has given lectures and speeches across the globe.
Her most recent books include Diasporic Feminist Theology: Asia and Theopolitical Imagination; Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Neighbor-Love, Hospitality, and Solidarity in an Uneven World; The Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity (co-edited).
She received the Louise Clark Britten Endowed Faculty Excellence Award twice by vote of the Class of 2009 and of 2012, Catherine Saylor Hill Award of Faculty Excellence by vote of faculty in 2013, and Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar in 2014 and 2016 at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
Dr. Namsoon’s theme in her own words:
Working Toward Jesusian Kindom of God:
Living-Well-Together as Cosmopolitan Christians.
Cosmopolitanism emphasizes the cosmic belonging of all individual human beings regardless of one’s nationality and citizenship, origin of birth, religion, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, or ability.
I would like to use a new term that I coined, Jesusian rather than Christian, to emphasize the teachings of Jesus. Being Jesus’s disciples, Jesusians, should be about love, responsibility, and hospitality to others in our individual and collective lives.
The core message of Christianity, loving one’s neighbor as oneself, is not merely a spiritualized or romanticized rhetoric that people chant in church. We must rigorously wrestle with the hard questions, such as who one’s neighbors are and what constitutes loving oneself and neighbors.
Please join us for this interactive workshop. Box-lunches provided.
Registration details under Events.
Recognizing the responsibility to follow informed conscience and impelled by the need for justice, compassion, inclusiveness and dignity for all persons, the members of Voices for Renewal: A Vatican Council III Community have come together to be church in the Spirit of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ and the Second Vatican Council.
¨ Along with Vatican Council II, we assert the equality of all the faithful that flows from a common baptism.
¨ We intend to promote vigorously true collaboration and consultation in the church, religious freedom, dialogue and ecumenism, a free flow of information, recognition of the giftedness of all believers and their common priesthood, and a greater voice in decision-making for the laity.
¨ We call on all the church to embrace once again the hope, the promise, and the prophetic vision of Vatican II.