Seven Literacies for Responsible Christians

Date(s) - 09/26/2015
9:00 am - 12:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Seven Literacies for Responsible Christians
Ninth Jean and Parker Wilson Seminar
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Namsoon Kang, Professor of World Christianity and Religions, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Stalcup icons_EventThere are many perplexing questions in our contemporary world that the teachings of Jesus do not mention. In this sense, Jesus’ teachings are more about questions than answers. Jesus poses us endless questions to work on such as who the hungry, the thirsty, the strangers, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned are today. Those who want to be faithful and responsible Jesus-followers would have to wrestle with Jesus’ questions with their “restless heart” as St. Augustine says. Becoming responsible as Christians is significant to make the teachings of Jesus relevant and alive in the contemporary world where war, violence, conflict, hatred, injustice, poverty, and inequality are daily realities of countless people. Religion is about responsibility and being responsible for the others and the world requires knowing critical issues that matter in the contemporary world. Seven Literacies are for this responsible knowing in search of living-well-together, of the messianic Kindom of God.

Namsoon Kang taught previously at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK and Methodist Theological University, South Korea. Her most recent books include Diasporic Feminist Theology (2014) and Cosmopolitan Theology (2013). Teaching and writing from transdisciplinary spaces, her scholarly interests are in discourses of deconstruction, postmodernism, postcolonialism, feminism, and cosmopolitanism. An acclaimed speaker who lectures throughout the world, she was a plenary speaker at the World Council of Churches 9th Assembly in Brazil in 2006, served as president of World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions, and has actively involved in various international organizations and programs. She received the Louise Clark Britten Endowed Faculty Excellence Award twice by vote of the Class of 2009 and of 2012, Catherine Saylor Hill Award of Faculty Excellence by vote of faculty in 2013, and Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar in 2014 at Brite Divinity School.