Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will continue its 163rd academic year with its Spring Convocation, which will take place Thursday, February 2, 2017. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will take place at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel located on Louisville Seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The public is invited to attend.
The Rev. Dr. Christine Hong (pictured), an Assistant Professor of Worship and Evangelism at Louisville Seminary, will be the Convocation speaker. Her Convocation address, Tell me your stories: The transformative power of story in times of conflict
, will draw on Mark 8:27-9:1 and will center on how our identities, spiritualities and our communities are co-formed in our encounters with one another’s stories, particularly within the intentionally vulnerable and sometimes conflictual spaces of religious life.
“How might narrative sharing cultivate spaces of empowerment, create opportunities for resistance, and encourage the creation of justice, especially in the face of conflict?” asks Hong. “The stories we hear, learn and share shape our communities and identities. Narratives speak of our deepest commitments. Stories flesh out our religious beliefs and practices both personal and communal. Our identities are threaded with narratives that are simultaneously fragile and resilient, particularly in times of conflict. They have the power to divide and the power to heal.”
Hong’s current research interests include de-colonial approaches to worship and the critical examination of historical and contemporary forms of evangelism within the context of a multi-religious world. As a practical theologian, her interests also include interreligious learning, Asian American spiritualities, and the spiritual and theological formation of children and adolescents among communities of color.
Prior to joining Louisville Seminary's full-time faculty in 2015, Hong served as the Associate for Theology: Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Her office focused on promoting interreligious learning among Presbyteries and congregations and facilitating interreligious relationships on behalf of the PC(USA).
Hong is a Teaching Elder in the PC(USA) and has spent time as both as a religious educator and young adult minister in New York and Southern California. She continues to serve the wider church outside of the Academe and is currently the co-convener for the Interreligious Table of the National Council of Churches of Christ and co-convener of the NCCC’s Muslim Christian dialogue. In addition to ecumenical service, Hong is committed to national interreligious efforts and serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life.
Hong’s first book, Identity, Youth, and Gender in the Korean American Church
(Palgrave Pivot, 2015) was released in July of 2015.