Culturally Diverse Christian Communities: Impact and Implications

Laidlaw College and Missions Interlink (NZ) invite you to attend a conversation around Culturally Diverse Christian Communities: Impact and Implications on Friday 5 July, 10 am – 3 pm, at our Henderson campus.

Presentations in the morning will be followed by a panel discussion after a light lunch.

The keynote topics will be:

World Christianity as Multicultural Community 
Dr Sebastian Kim

So the World Will Know: Cultural Diversity & Mission
Dr Jay Matenga

Panel Speakers:

Dr Sebastian Kim

Dr Jay Matenga

Rev Dr Hyeeun Kim

Dr Terry Pouono

Yukiko Wakui-Khaw

Rev Dr Stuart Vogel

Speaker bios

Dr Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim

Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim is a world leader in the research of public theology, world Christianity, theology and peace building, and Asian expressions of faith. He is Professor of Theology and Public Life and Assistant Provost for the Korean Studies Center at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before joining the Fuller faculty in 2017, Dr Kim held the chair in Theology and Public Life at York St John University in the UK for 12 years. He has taught world Christianity at the University of Cambridge and at the Union Biblical Seminary in India.

Dr Kim is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and former Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology. He has authored four books: A History of Korean Christianity (CUP, 2015), Theology in the Public Sphere (SCM, 2011), In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (OUP, 2005), and Christianity as a World Religion (2008 & 2016). Books he has edited include A Companion to Public Theology (Brill, 2017), Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2014); and Christian Theology in Asia (CUP, 2008).

He is married to Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity in Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. They are the proud parents of two grown children.

Dr Jay Matenga

Jay Matenga is the Director of Missions Interlink (NZ), the association of missions passionate organisations and individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand, and an Associate Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, the global association of missions alliances, networks, movements and organisations.

Over 25 years involvement in the global missions scene, Jay has been exposed to a wide variety of expressions of faith in Christ and that has led him more recently back to his indigenous roots. Jay enjoys Maori heritage from his father’s line, connecting him with Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Kai Tahu, and Ngati Porou iwi.

Jay’s awareness of his genetic hybridity developed alongside his missions experience, collaborating with Industrial (Western/Individualist) and Indigenous (Majority World/Collectivist) Christians. In these interactions he often found himself bridging understanding between the two groups. This led to his doctoral research, seeking a way to harmonize these two great value-domains in culturally diverse groups of Christ-followers—whether in missions, ministries or churches. He believes the way forward can be found in a mutual commitment to what he calls, “intercultural growth”.

Event Details
StartJuly 5, 201910:00 amEndJuly 5, 20193:00 pm
Organizer
Laidlaw College, Henderson Campus
80 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Auckland
Auckland

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