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A Theology of Women in God’s Mission
I was honored to be invited to speak at Fuller Seminary’s Missiology Conference last Fall 2022. It was an online conference and my lecture was called, “A Theology of Women in God’s Mission”.
I drew my talk from my book, Invisible where I develop a Theology of Visibility. Theology of Visibility is a new way of doing which will take us one step closer to eliminating the evils of racism, discrimination, sexism, and xenophobia. I use four Asian concepts to develop this theology.
4 Key Asian concepts:
1. ou-ri, meaning “our”
2. han, translated as “unjust suffering”
3. jeong, means “sticky love”
4. Chi, an Asian concept that signifies the spirit
God, who is hidden and invisible, is always with us in different ways. God’s presence in our lives makes us full, vibrant, and total. The reign of God never ceases; the reign of God defines us today. This empowers us, since we believe in a certain eschatology, and our destination in God’s reign reaches out for us now, in the present. This gives us hope that there is a sure end toward which we are moving in the world as we walk in the way of Jesus and work for God’s purposes.
Invisibility is a spiritual issue. People of color, women, and queer and disabled persons have been made invisible throughout much of church history, and even in our modern times, the marginalized still struggle. Being part of God’s kin-dom is being given agency, voice, and visibility so that all people are welcome into the church and kin-dom of God.
A Theology of Visibility reminds us that everyone is a child of God, and all life is sacred. As such, we should love and embrace one another—not stereotype, racialize, discriminate against, and hate. As we live with sacredness, dignity, and love, we will recognize God who is among us and embraces the invisible.
If we take a closer look at each other, we can see the hidden God becoming visible in us. The Spirit of God is breath. That breath is what keeps us alive. That breath is right in front of you. It is within you.
You can view my talk here:
In her lecture “A Theology of Women in God’s Mission,” delivered at the 2022 Missiology Lectures, Grace Ji-Sun Kim unpacks the challenges women face around the world and speaks about empowering women of faith in ministry and mission—particularly highlighting the importance of a “theology of visibility.”
May is #AAPI Heritage Month and I hope that you will get a chance to read my books.
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