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I am so honored to be the Oen Lecturer at Concordia College for the academic year 2016-2017 on October 27th at 7p.m. My lecture is entitled, “Embracing the Other”

I will also be speaking to ministers of Northwestern Minnesota Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on October 27th at 4pm.

Lecture and Discussion: Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

October 27 @ 4:00 pm8:45 pm

*To RSVP for the pastor presentation or dinner, please contact Rev. Dr. Ernie Simmons at simmons@cord.edu by October 24.

Event Description

4colorCustomAuthor of six books and Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion, Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be presenting on her book entitled “Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love” described below:

We live in a time of great racial strife and global conflict. How do we work toward healing, reconciliation, and justice among all people, regardless of race or gender?  In Embracing the Other, Kim demonstrates that it is possible only through God’s Spirit.

Working from a feminist Asian American perspective, Kim develops a new constructive global pneumatology that words toward gender and racial-ethnic justice. She draws on concepts from Asian and indigenous cultures to reimagine the divine as “Spirit God” who is restoring shalom in the world. Through the power of Spirit God, Kim says, our brokenness is healed and we truly love and embrace the Other.

The schedule of events including a presentation specifically to pastors, dinner, and lecture can be seen below. Note that all event locations are within the Knutson Campus Center building.

In preparation for this event, please read the first chapter of her book “Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love”.


October 27, 2016 – Concordia College, Moorhead

4:00-5:15 pm Jones C/D – Presentation for Rostered Leaders*

5:30-6:45 pmJones A/B – Dinner*

7:00-8:45 pmCentrum – Lecture

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

grace_kimGrace Ji-Sun Kim received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion.

Kim is the author of 6 books, Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love (Eerdmans); Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style”: A Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Critique (Palgrave Macmillan) co-written with Joseph Cheah; Contemplations from the Heart (Wipf & Stock); Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Power (Palgrave Macmillan);  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).

She is the editor of 3 books, Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice (Palgrave) co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen (Judson Press, forthcoming); and Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers (Palgrave Macmillan).

Presently, she is working on The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press) and with Hilda Koster, Planetary Solidarity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press).  She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”. Kim has also written over 70 book chapters, journal articles and book reviews. Kim is a much sought after lecturer and has given papers/lectures throughout the United States and in Korea, Myanmar, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, Peru and Canada.

Kim has recently been elected to the American Academy of Religion’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. She also serves on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) “Research Grants Jury Committee.” She is a co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group.” She is a steering committee member of AAR’s “Comparative Theology Group” and “Religion and Migration Group.”  She sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture and is a referee for 3 journals: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and The Global Studies Journal. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.

Kim writes for The Huffington PostSojournersEthicsDaily.com, Wabash Center and Feminist Studies in Religion (co-editor). She has also written for TIMEThe Feminist Wire, Feminism and Religion, The Forum for Theological Education, 99 Brattle and The Nation. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination.

*To RSVP for the pastor presentation or dinner, please contact Rev. Dr. Ernie Simmons atsimmons@cord.edu by October 24.


October 27
4:00 pm – 8:45 pm


Northwestern MN Synod
(218) 299-3019


Concordia College
901 8th St S
Moorhead, MN 56562 United States
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