Well, the new year (and the new decade) is in full bloom. I’ve been swamped with a couple of major writing projects which has meant little to no blog (and twitter and facebook) activity. Still under the gun, but wanting to get a few things out there.
Some things to look for on this blog. During the Deadly Viper controversy, a number of guest bloggers chimed in with some of the best insights on the topic. I am hoping to see more guest blogs on this blog. If you have any blog posts to share on the topic of urban ministry, social justice, racial reconciliation, please share so I can link to the blog and to the website. I am particularly interested in featuring young emerging leaders of color. I was thrilled to give my friends Vince Campbell and Jose Morales a platform for their work. In the coming months, expect to see more emerging leaders with incredible things to say. Towards that end, if you haven’t had the chance, go check out TIN magazine: http://tinmagazine.wordpress.com/. Tramaine Stallworth, former North Park University student is part of a start up journal that has great possibilities.
For the profrah.com website: continue to check in to see videos that will be uploaded on the youtube channel from October’s CCDA conference, a short documentary, as well as other media. www.profrah.com should be able to link you to a wide range of resources. Hoping to debut a discussion board at some point this year.
In the fall of this coming year, look for my next book: Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody Press).
A few highlights in terms of speaking: Speaking at Westmont College Chapel on Friday, January 15th / Speaking at Calvin College’s January Series on MLK day (January 18th) / Speaking at our denomination’s Midwinter Connections Conference (end of January) / Speaking at Catalyst West this spring in Irvine, CA on April 21,22. (Also scheduled: Eugene Cho) — Should be interesting to the crowd that was adamant that Deadly Viper continue. / Headed back to Boston to speaking at the Ethnic America Conference in April.
If you are in the Chicago area, a major event is scheduled at North Park University called 4days4justice. From April 14-18, the conference will feature Native American theologians (Richard Twiss, Ray Aldred, et.al.) speaking on environmental justice, a presentation by Andrea Smith (Native American professor at UC Riverside and a member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence) speaking on the non-profit industrial complex), the Nyvall Lectures on the topic of Race, Gender and Justice (featuring Peter Heltzel and Mimi Haddad), a justice fishbowl discussion with close to twenty participants (including Carl Ellis and Gabriel Salguero), a presentation on immigration, workshops on community development, organizing, activism, and advocacy (featuring Lisa Sharon Harper, Mae Cannon, among others). Whew! Should be a very exciting event.
This year will be the year of the Boards. I’m planning to continue my long-standing involvement with the Catalyst Leadership Center (a ministry geared towards ministry in the Asian North American context) and Sojourners. I recently joined the Board of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). In the upcoming year, I’ll be joining the World Vision board. That’s too many boards, but given my interests, I can’t think of four other organizations I’d rather be a part of.
I have a sabbatical coming up starting in the Fall of 2010. Hoping to do some further study. I may be in another part of the country (or maybe even out of the country) during my sabbatical. Speaking of further study, I’m taking a few classes this spring. One that I’m particularly excited about: K.K. Yeo (author of What Does Jerusalem Have to Do with Beijing) is teaching a class on Cross-cultural Reading of Romans at Garrett Seminary.
Coming sometime this year: non-prof Rah.com. Stay tuned