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Lecture — Invisible: Towards A Theology of Visibility
I graduated from the University of St. Michael’s College with my Ph.D. 21 years ago in 2001. I am so grateful and honored to be invited back to my alma mater to give a public lecture on my book, Invisible.
I was just a young mother of two kids when I graduated and was one of the first Asian Canadian women to get a Ph.D. in Theology in Canada. It was a very difficult program for me but looking back 21 years later, it really transformed my thinking and made me who I am today. For this, I am so grateful.
I am looking forward to walking around the beautiful green campus which informed my theology and started my theological journey as a constructive theologian. I am excited to meet some of my professors who have taught me and impacted my life. I am also excited to meet the new professors who have joined this wonderful theological institution. I also look forward to seeing some of my classmates who are now teaching and working at the Toronto School of Theology.
Please join me as I give a public talk on Invisible, September 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Invisibility persists throughout the Asian North American story. On the one hand, xenophobia has long contributed to racism and discrimination toward Asian Americans. On the other hand, terms such as perpetual foreigner and honorific whites have been thrust upon Asian Americans, minimizing their plight with racism, and erasing their experience as racial minorities. Invisibility is not only a racial and cultural issue, but also a profound spiritual issue. The Western church—and its theology—has historically obscured the concerns of Asian North Americans. Their experiences provide a window to understand how other groups and individuals are also made invisible and marginalized. This lecture will explore Invisibility as a theological and spiritual concept and see how we can work towards inclusion, liberation and embrace through a Theology of Visibility.
The in-person lecture by Dr. Kim will be followed by a reception and book signing.
I will also lead “Planetary Solidarity: A Conversation on Theology, Climate and Gender Justice” before my public lecture on Sept. 23, 12p.m.
Dr. Hilda Koster and I co-edited Planetary Solidarity and she is now the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Chair in Theology.
Other Future Events:
Join me at the Homebrewed Christianity Theology Beer Camp. Please use “madang” code to get 50.00 off registration
A speaker at Fuller Seminary’s “Power, Agency, and Women in the Mission of God: A Scholar-Practitioner Conversation”.
Next Ep. of Madang podcast is with Rev. Dr. Jemar Tisby. To support or sponsor, please contact me. It is going to be a very good episode…. Support Madang podcast here: https://anchor.fm/grace-ji-sun-kim