Intercultural Ministry Education Event in October

Awkward Conversations 2019

The Intercultural Ministry Network of Chinook Winds and Northern Spirit Regions and the Edmonton Area Intercultural Ministry Working Group present:

Intercultural Continuing Education and Learning Day Event
October 16 – 18, 2019
Korean Minister’s/Lay Leaders Gathering 2019
October 18-19, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta

Presenters (see biographies below):
Rev. Dr. Eric H.F. Law
Rev. Dr. Andrew Sung Park

For more information and to register email Kathy Jackson, Northern Spirit Region Office or call 780-435-3996. Download Registration Form HERE

This education event will be held at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, Alberta.

Following the success of last two Education and Learning Day events – “An Awkward Conversation in the Church” (2017) and “The Church’s Struggle to see Jesus from Intercultural Eyes” (2018), we, the Intercultural Ministry Network (Northern Spirit & Chinook Winds Regions) along with Edmonton area Intercultural Ministry Working Group, are pleased to welcome you to this year’s Continuing Education/Learning Day event on October 17-18, to further this awkward but necessary conversation to understand better and respond effectively to the issues that our church and society is facing.

The Formal Opening of the event will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7.00 PM at Grace United Church, 6215 – 104 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB. T6A 0X9.

The Intercultural Education Event will take place at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton on October Thursday, October 17 til Friday, October 18 Noon.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019 we will be having Potluck Supper followed by a Cultural Evening (6.00 – 8.00 PM) at Grace United Church, 6215
– 104 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB. T6A 0X9. We encourage those who can, to bring an ethnic dish to share at the supper.

Following the Intercultural Education Event, there is a gathering of Korean Ministers and Lay Leaders. (Friday, October 18, 2019 – 2.00 PM to Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Noon). It will be led by Rev. Dr. Andrew Sung Park under the Theme: Wholeness & Good News.

The Korean Ministers and Lay Leaders’ Gathering is designed primarily for the four Korean United Churches in Western Canada to support lay education. However, others are also welcome.

It will be held at Korean United Church, 9624 – 74 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB. T6E 1E6. There is no registration fee for this event. Food will be provided. Those who wish to attend the Intercultural Education Event and then continue to attend the Korean gathering are requested to please email Rev. Jun-Hyok Chon or phone (780) 465-9202.

The Main Speakers for the Intercultural Education event are:
Rev. Dr Andrew Sung Park and Rev. Dr Eric H. F. Law.

Dr. Andrew Sung Park

Andrew Sung Park is Professor of Theology and Ethics at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He had served churches in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in Beloit, Kansas, and in San Francisco, California and then taught at Claremont School of Theology. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
Sung Park serves as a chaplain in the Dayton Rehab Hospital and Woodhaven Drug-Addiction Treatment Center. Andrew’s research interests are church transformation, holistic healing, spirituality and liberation, Christian mysticism, Christology, global wholeness, theology and sciences, inter-religious dialogue, multi-culturalism, and ethnic-racial relations. His publications includes Listening to Suicide Stories: To understand and Be Proactive (CreateSpace, 2019), A Big Picture of Heaven and Hell: Near-Death Experiencers and Christian Mystics (CreateSpace, 2018), Triune Atonement (Westminster John Knox 2009), From Hurt to Healing: A Theology of the Wounded (Abingdon, 2004), The Other Side of Sin (SUNY 2001), Racial Conflict and Healing (Orbis Books, 1996, a Gustavus Myers Award for an outstanding book on the subject of human rights in North America in 1997) and The Wounded Heart of God (Abingdon Press, 1993). He and his wife, Jane, have been married 33 years and have two grown sons.

The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is founder and executive director of the
Kaleidoscope Institute in Los Angeles, California. The
Kaleidoscope Institute provides resources to equip church leaders in creating diverse and sustainable communities. Law has been a consultant and trainer for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Churches in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.  He is the author of over 10 books including Finding Intimacy in a World of Fear, Holy Currencies, Drawing on Holy Currencies, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (also available in Spanish), and Inclusion: Making Room for Grace. Law is an Episcopal priest, a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright.  He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist:  Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World: