Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Korean American Pastor, African American Neighborhood, Body of Christ

A nice article in the Post on Saturday about the pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in NE. The pastor, Peter Chin, is a second generation American who grew up in Chicago. The article speaks about the differences in Pastor Chin's role in the tight-knit local community and church community, as well as of his experience of America in general and African Americans in particular as compared with his parents' generation. In doing so, it has become part of a very small but growing public discussion of relations between Koreans and African Americans within the church.

Chin posts some excellent follow-up thoughts on his blog here. One highlight:

I appear to have become an unwitting and flabbergasted pioneer in the discussion of race in the Christian community, particularly the dynamic between Koreans and African-Americans.  The conspicuous silence on the subject allows any yahoo to speak his mind and get noticed.  And that does nothing but sadden me. ... My voice should be one of thousands, instead of one of a few.
[H]onestly, next time I ask the Post to do a feature on the subject, I hope that they scoff and turn me down because there are just too many people who are doing too much good work on the topic to include my silly opinion.

While Rev. Chin's opinions are very far from silly, let's hope he gets his wish in terms of the many voices. Praise God that we are one in Christ Jesus.

"So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off, and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone."
- Ephesians 2.17-20

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My People Pray: Joint Prayer on Saturday, September 15

My People Pray is a time for all Christians to join in prayer to the Lord our God. Saturday, September 15, please join your brothers and sisters in Christ for a day of prayer on the Mall. The event is non-partisan and non-political (see agenda below), and seeks to take up the privilege and responsibility given to us by God to communicate with Him and intercede for the world.

John Marienau Turpin

10:00 am Opening Music, Worship Time & the Lord's Prayer
Welcome by Moderator, My People Pray 2012
10:30 amPrayer of Adoration and Praise
Annie Roberson - Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX 
11:00 amPrayer of Confession & Repentance
Father Steven Dart -Christ Anglican Church, Carefree, AZ   invited
11:30 amPrayer for the Church
Rev. Ricky Creech, D.C. Baptist Convention, Washington, DC invited
12:00 noonPrayer for Families
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
12:30 pmPrayer for the Lost and Missions
Kurt Nelson, President, East West Ministries, Plano, TX invited
1:00 pmPrayer for Our Nation and World
Dr. Ron Jones, Something Good Radio, Pres. & Teacher, Fairfax Station, VA
1:30 pmPrayer for Our Leaders & Military
Bobby Little, Executive Director, Christian Embassy, Arlington, VAinvited
2:00 pmPrayer for Righteousness in Business
Jerry Elliott, CFO Leap Wireless, Darien, CT invited
2:30 pmPrayer for Education & Teachers
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
3:00 pmPrayer for Media, Entertainment & Sports
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
3:30 pmPrayer for Reconciliation, Healing & Peace(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here) 
4:00 pmPrayer for the Poor & Persecuted
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
4:30 pmPrayer for Revival
Bill Dotson,Founder and President, DREM Ministry, Dallas, TX
5:00 pmPrayer for Christ's Kingdom to Come
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)
5:30 pmBenediction and Concert of Praise
(Speaker or Church/Organization Name Here)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Science and Faith Discussion: Matters of the Mind 8/21 6:30pm

Church of the Advent and Trinity Forum invite you to The University Club (1135 16th St. NW) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 21 for an Evening Conversation on "Science and Spirituality in Conversation: Matters of the Mind" featuring psychiatrist and neuroscientist Curt Thompson and theologian James K.A. Smith. This promises to be a fascinating conversation on the links between neuroscience and spirituality, and the insights of our faith into understanding our minds and ourselves.

This is the second Evening Conversation in a three-part series entitled "Science & Faith in Conversation: Our Place, Self, and Soul" and sponsored by the Templeton Foundation "Scientists in Congregations" Initiative

To register, visit