Skip to main content

Photos at the WCC: November 4th

I have spent the last three days basically in committee. Drafting a document meant to guide a huge global fellowship of churches for the next seven years in a group of 40 can really take a lot of time. So you're getting some random pics.


Me, waiting for the train, looking windblown.

The president of the Lutheran World Federation brought greetings, and some of my best friends are Lutherans, so...

I don't have a photo of the rabbi who is the president of a large consortium of Jewish communities working on interreligious issues. And obviously I don't even have the name written down. But he said something that really struck me: Jews and Christians are partners in waiting. Jews wait for the Messiah to come, and Christians wait for the Messiah to come again. We tend to demonize each other, but we are actually partners. And he got a lot of applause when he said it is important to continue working for a two-state solution: a Jewish state of Israel, and a Palestinian state.

Teatro Ekumenical with the National Council of Churches of the Philippines.

I never drink regular soda unless it's Mexican coke mixed with rum, so let's just say today's committee meeting represented a break-down for me. Roasted vegetable sandwich without the bread, fruit, and Korean Coke.

Then we were in committee meeting from 12:15pm until 6pm, so we missed the workshops and ecumenical conversations. But we made it through. Then there was a closed session on election of WCC presidents (click here and see how many women presidents there are!!!). After electing presidents, we had a contentious conversation about nominations to the Central Committee. It was closed, so I can't really say anything, except that perhaps some churches feel entitled to more seats than there are available. That is all.

After business session, McCormick alumni/ae and students dinner hosted by David Esterline!
Beautiful fruit. Best buffet of my life.

Alumni Woo Jin Seong (we overlapped by a year before he and his wife went to Claremont School of Theology for PhD programs... now he teaches at Hanshin University and is on faculty for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute at the WCC GA) and Raafat Zaki (on synod staff).

I totally tricked them into taking this photo. I'm terrible.

Dessert. Beautiful dessert.
\



Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Racial Justice Resources, Chapter 4: History & Poetry

You may read previous chapters here. Chapter 1: Disclaimers, Baby Steps, Intersectionality, and Critical Race Theory Chapter 2: For Church Study, Feminist Work, & Theology Chapter 3: News Sources & Organizations, Whiteness & White Supremacy I love reading history. I love that history is not only definitive story, but also threads of narrative told from a variety of perspectives. Here's a brief selected bibliography. History A People’s History of the United States , by Howard Zinn A Larger Memory: A History of Our Diversity , With Voices, by Ronald Takaki Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong , by James W. Loewen Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong , by James W. Loewen An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Revisioning American History) , by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008 , by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Martin & Malcolm &

Sex Happens. Even Among Christians.

It’s hard to figure out how to write a blog post on sexuality, when you work for the church. Here goes. Most humans are sexual beings. And in my experience, the church is mostly terrible at being honest about sex and sexuality. I did an informal social media poll of Christians, asking what messages they received from church growing up. Here are a few examples: “Nothing” “<crickets chirping>” “I was going to hell” (from a gay man) “Not to do it until you’re married” “That it was shameful… all of it” “Sex is bad – save it for the one you love”   “If I had relied on church teachings, instead of the streets/cars/books, I still wouldn’t understand where my children came from” “DIRTY BAD!” “Nothing, except sex waited until marriage!” “Evangelical youth group: No sex, no Disco (b/c it’s all about sex), sex is the DARK side, and: don’t talk abt it” Here’s a great characterization of this stream of responses. Plenty of respondents had other experien

The Rev. Charlene Han Powell

Welcome to the blog series celebrating the 2015 Asian Pacific American Hertiage Month, inspired by the "Our New Day Begun" series celebrating Black History Month by the Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson. This month, you will read profiles of Asian Pacific American Presbyterian leaders, spanning many generations and ethnicities. Check back throughout May for more profiles! A look at other posts: Presbyterians Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month The Rev. Phil Tom The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow The Rev. Yena Hwang The Rev. Joann Haejong Lee The Rev. Shawn Kang The Rev. Neal Presa The Rev. Jim Huang The Rev. Charlene Han Powell of New York, NY, is the Associate Pastor for Education and Engagement at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church . Are you a “cradle Presbyterian,” or did you come to the tradition later in life? Both.  I grew up going to a Korean church but would attend a “white” Presbyterian church as well. However, I didn’t truly come into my Pr