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Screen Shot 2012-12-11 at 10 20 04 AMThe first inaugural meeting for the “Society of Race Ethnicity and Religion” took place April 26-28, 2013 at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary.

We had a large gathering of graduate students, professors, scholars and activists who attended, participated and contributed to this inaugural meeting.

This society meeting emerged with a vision from Drs. Miguel De La Torre, Stacey Floyd-Thomas and Anthony 931255_568682246495719_828626277_nPinn who wanted to create a space where communities of color can gather to discuss to advance their scholarship though the power of synergism.

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They wanted to create a space where we can engage, learn, and be challenged from communities of color other than our own.

The plenary speakers were Drs. James Cone, M. Shawn Copeland, Barbara Mann, Kwok Pui Lan, Fernando F. Segovia and George E. “Tink” Tinker.chicago-2 004

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Some of the presenters were Drs. Andrea Smith, W. David Nelson, Santiago Pinon, Patrick Cheng and myself.

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We held several business meetings to discuss the future of the society as well as small committee meetings to discuss how to proceed forward from this inaugural meeting.

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In the midst of all the plenary sessions, papers and business meetings, there was also time to meet new friends, catch up with old friends and eat some delicious food in and around Chicago.chicago-2 007chicago-2 013

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[read also:  Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion: Schedule & Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion]

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blog1Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology and the Director of the MATS program at Moravian Theological Seminary. She is the author of Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press).

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