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Published on June 26th, 2012 | by ABCUSA

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Asian Conference, Caucus Convocation Planned For August

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/26/12)—The 2012 Asian Conference and Asian Caucus Convocation will be held Aug. 20-22 at First Baptist Church, Waltham, Mass. The event is sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and the Asian American Baptist Caucus (AABC). The theme is “Challenges and Opportunities for Asian and Asian American Churches.”

Diverse ethnic ministries are encouraged to participate to foster connections and to find common ground in mission and ministry.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Russell Yee and Dr. Sydney Park.

Author of “Worship on the Way: Exploring Asian North American Christian Experience” (Judson Press, 2012), Yee is an ordained American Baptist minister on the pastoral staff of New Hope Covenant Church, Oakland, Calif. He has been an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif., since 1999. A third-generation Asian-American, he has directed several groundbreaking contextualized worship projects.

An editor of “Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations” (Judson Press, 2012), Park is a biblical scholar and assistant professor at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Ala. She is co-author of “The Post-Racial Church: A Biblical Framework for Multiethnic Reconciliation” (Kregel, 2011).

Conference highlights will include an Intergenerational Café, Asian worship and presentations on ABHMS’ Intercultural Ministries and church administration. Convocation highlights will include a commemorative Judson tour and a presentation titled “Dialoguing at the Grassroots: Moving Forward in our Transitional Journey Toward an Alliance.”

Registration fee is $60 until midnight on July 31 and $80 after July 31. To register, visit www.abhms.org.

For more information, contact Florence Li, ABHMS national coordinator of Intercultural Ministries and Asian churches strategist, at florence.li@abhms.org or 1-800-222-3872, x2468, or the Rev. Marie Onwubuariri, AABC president, at mariecpo@gmail.com.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies—the domestic mission arm of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA)—ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on discipleship, community and justice.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with 5,500 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.


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