Big Tent video on Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/216996005

 

It is not too late to register.  Please register at your earliest opportunity by clicking on the link below: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/big-tent-2017/

 

Dear Friends:

Remind you to register for NAPC, Big Tent, and Post Conference for Young Adult. More details in the attached files

NAPC will provide each person $300 scholarship for member of NAPC churches who attends both 2017 NAPC Annual Conference on July 5-6 and Big Tent on July 6-8 in St Louis (those who only attend NAPC conference will be $200).

Big Tent 2017
July 6 – 8, 2017

St. Louis, Missouri
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s  Big Tent is in St. Louis, July 6-8, 2017. Join us for worship, workshops, and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians.

PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS
Wednesday, July 5
National Asian Presbyterian Council
Begins at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 5, and ends before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6.
Fees: $100 (includes Wednesday lodging), $150 (includes Tuesday and Wednesday lodging) or $50(no lodging). Each fee includes Wednesday dinner and Thursday breakfast and lunch.
At this biennial NAPC Pre-Conference gathering we seek to help the Asian Presbyterian Church leaders, ordained and lay alike, understand the structure of the PC(USA) as it exists and as it pertains to our role as People of Color in the greater Church. We will have Judy Lussie of Presbyterian Women, and Mark Koenig, Coordinator for Leadership Development, Racial Justice and Networking at the Presbyterian Mission Agency come and speak with us about their expertise and experience also. At NAPC we acknowledge that we have much to learn from each other and we hope you come join us at this Pre-Conference Gathering with your stories of how you have come and stayed at the table. For more information contact email.napc@gmail.com

The 3 Workshops support by Asian Intercultural Congregational Support

1. Friday, July 7
10:15 a.m.−12:00 noon BIG TENT WORKSHOPS—SESSION AB
Racial Identity Formation of Refugees/Immigrants and the Challenges of Immigrant Churches
Changes in racial identity for refugees/immigrants as they enculturate, and forms of cultural adaptation will be discussed. Impacts of racial prejudice and internalized racism will be explored. This workshop will also address how these factors present challenges to immigrant churches and their ministries. This workshop will be presented in English in this session, and in Mandarin on Saturday morning. Led by Hsin-hsin Huang, associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

2. Friday, July 7
2:00−3:30 p.m. BIG TENT WORKSHOPS—SESSION C
75 Years On: Presbyterian Engagement with the WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans
Introducing the history of the mass incarceration of Japanese American residents and citizens during World War II, this workshop explores the ways that congregations, presbyteries, individuals, and the denomination responded or failed to stand up for justice. Ultimately, this experience was the engine for many Presbyterians to engage in what is called the “long Civil Rights Movement” and for Japanese Americans to help develop an Asian American liberation theology. Led by Rev. Beth Shalom Hessel, executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society and associate stated clerk, OGA.

 

  1. Saturday, July 8
    10:30−11:45 a.m. BIG TENT WORKSHOPS—SESSION D
    Racial Identity Formation of Refugees/Immigrants and the Challenges of Immigrant Churches – Presented in Mandarin
    Changes in racial identity for refugees/immigrants as they enculturate and forms of cultural adaptation will be discussed. Impacts of racial prejudice and internalized racism will be explored. The workshop will also address how these factors present challenges to immigrant churches and their ministries. This workshop will be presented in English on Friday morning. Led by Hsin-hsin Huang, associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology.Saturday, July 8
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Worship—Graham Memorial Chapel
    Preacher—Christine Hong, Assistant Professor of Worship and Evangelism, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary

    4:00 p.m. Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network Post Conference Theme: Race, Reconciliation and Reformation Begins at 4:00 p.m. ends after lunch on Sunday.
    Open to all young adults attending Big Tent at no additional fee (but advance registration is required). We are a testifying community who believes in transformative discipleship and the liberating healing of Jesus Christ. As young adults in the PC(USA), we come together to witness God’s good work in our lives both in and outside of the church. We recognize that our unity is enlightened by our different cultures and backgrounds, and from a mosaic of generational traditions and beliefs. We are committed to the work of the Holy Spirit, especially in being disciples and by making disciples of others for the establishment of the Realm of God.
    For more information, please contact Mei-Hui Lai (mei-hui.lai@pcusa.org).

    SUNDAY, JULY 9
    Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network continues, concluding with lunch.
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    Whoever wants to apply NAPC scholarship, please file the attached scholarship application form and email to me ASAP.

    Peace,
    Mei-hui Lai
    Asian Intercultural Congregational Support
    Racial Ethnic and Women Ministries
    Presbyterian Mission Agency
    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    424-303-9825