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Beyond Colorblind

BEYOND COLORBLIND took place January 28–February 1, 2013.

BEYOND COLORBLIND is a focus week to help start new conversations about race and culture on campus.  We hope the lectures and discussions help us consider how our racial and cultural identities and experiences shape our views of ourselves, others, and God.

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What do we mean when we use the term ‘colorblind’? 
What if being ‘colorblind’ sometimes hinders our ability to recognize, understand, and enjoy the richness of the diversity in our midst?
How can we build authentic relationships with others across racial / ethnic / cultural differences?
What does it mean to be “reconciled” to one another?
How do we understand, lament, and confess our nation’s sinful racial history while pushing forward to unity, justice, and reconciliation?

January 28–February 1, 2013

BEYOND COLORBLIND is a focus week to help start new conversations about race and culture on campus. We hope the lectures and discussions help us consider how our racial and cultural identities and experiences shape how we view ourselves, others and God.

Monday, January 28

8 a.m.—prayer time in OCE office—Lane 301
10:25 a.m.—Chapel—"Drumming, Chanting and Other Christian Things" Richard Twiss*
5 p.m.— ACD Mosaic Dinner with Richard Twiss—Lions Den
7 p.m.—Talk Back Session with Richard Twiss and Vince Bantu moderated by Greg Carmer—KOSC Chairman’s Room*
9 p.m.—student-led small group dialogue sessions – meet in Jenks 237

Tuesday, January 29

8 a.m.—Prayer time in OCE office—Lane 301
6 p.m.—"Future of the Urban Church: Ministering in New Cultural Realities" lecture by Soong-Chan Rah at Tremont Temple in Boston. Bus departs A. J. Chapel loop and 6 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m.*
9 p.m.—student-led small group dialogue sessions—meet in Jenks 237

Wednesday, January 30

8 a.m.—Prayer time in OCE office: Lane 301
10:25 a.m.—Chapel: ‘The Next Evangelicalism” Soong-Chan Rah and Vince Bantu
4 p.m.—Faculty Forum Reception, Alumni Reading Room
4:30 p.m.—Faculty Forum: “Beyond Colorblind” in the classroom; discussion with Soong-Chan Rah, Richard Twiss and Vince Bantu, Jenks 406 (all faculty and students welcome)
7 p.m.—“My Story:” ALANA program of worship, stories, and spoken word, KOSC large auditorium*
9 p.m.—Student-led small group dialogue sessions, meet in Jenks 237

Thursday, January 31

8 a.m.—Prayer time in OCE office, Lane 301
4 p.m.—“So I’m White…” workshop with Barry Loy VP of Student Life, KOSC Chairman’s Room
7 p.m.—International Student Organization Thursday Night Fellowship, KOSC Chairman’s Room*
9 p.m.—Student-led small group dialogue sessions, meet in Jenks 237

Friday, February 1

10:25 a.m.—Convocation: Gospel Choir + student reflections from Beyond Colorblind week, A. J. Memorial Chapel*
3:30 p.m.—"Diversity at Gordon" student presentation by Jorge Rodriguez, Jenks 406
7 p.m.—ALANA film and discussion, Barrington Cinema

*Denotes chapel credit

Speaker Biographies

Richard Twiss

Dr. Richard Twiss is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Richard and his wife Katherine have been married since 1976. They raised four sons in Vancouver, Washington, where they now live. They are Co Founders of Wiconi International and Richard serves as President. Richard is first a husband, father and grandfather. As an educator, university professor, author and respected community leader, he is actively engaged in local community building efforts in the Native American community in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, and Washington metro area. Additionally, he serves on several national boards, speaks nationally and internationally and is the founder of a new innovative internship program for young leaders named, The Salmon Nation.

Vince Bantu

Vince is a graduate student in Semitic and Egyptian languages at The Catholic University of America. Vince, his wife Diana, and their daughters Taina and Naniki live in SE Washington DC where Vince and Diana pastor DC Shalom Church. Vince has completed a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary in Church History and a MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Vince has served in urban, multi-ethnic pastoral ministry in Newark, NJ through World Impact and Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, MA. Vince’s primary interests include racial reconciliation, non-Western Christianity and theological education in under-resourced communities.

Soong-Chan Rah

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010); and co-editor of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson, 2012).Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Th.D. program at Duke University.

He serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Evangelicals 4 Justice and the Catalyst Leadership Center.Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.Soong-Chan, his wife Sue, a special education teacher and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.