Monthly webinar series: Mission beyond COVID-19

Global Ministries' monthly webinar series, "Mission Beyond COVID-19," examines aspects of mission theology in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series features panel discussions between global leaders, missionaries, teachers and clergy and is facilitated by Dr. David Scott, mission theologian at Global Ministries.

All are invited to join these monthly conversations.

Learn more and register for the following upcoming conversations:


Asian Americans, COVID-19 and Race
September 17, 10 a.m. EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has been associated with an increase in discrimination against Asian Americans. How is the church responding to this form of racism? How do these anti-racist efforts intersect with the anti-racist efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement? What have been other significant features of the Asian American community’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? How have these experiences been shaped by differences within the Asian American community, such as ethnic background, language, economics, and immigrant status?

Panelist:
Rev. Dr. Grace Pak, Consultant on Inclusion and Diversity
Rev. Dr. Eleazar Fernandez, Professor of Constructive Theology, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Rev. Dr. Roger S. Nam, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Candler School of Theology

Register here: https://gbgm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtceqrrj4vE9w-KSHLRSfMsf9LQ2cGpuTW


Watch previous conversations:

COVID-19: Hindrance or Help to Peacemaking?
August 12

The COVID-19 pandemic has enforced national borders through travel bans and disrupted planned peacemaking events for 2020, such as those associated with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. But it has also led to new calls for a cessation of hostilities world-wide, such as the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2532. Will the pandemic lead to more separation and conflict as groups seek to secure their own health and other interests? Or is the pandemic an opportunity to redefine peace and security in terms of people, human life and value, and the importance of (re)securing relations with one another?

Panelists:
Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams, General Secretary, World Methodist Council
Rev. Dr. Jin Yang Kim, Global Ministries global missionary and coordinator of Korean Peninsula Dialogue and Peacebuilding of the World Council of Churches


Mission beyond COVID-19: Evangelism
July 13

How can we effectively engage in practical evangelism in the context of COVID -19 and this "new normal" context? What does it mean to share the Good News/Gospel of Jesus Christ in a vulnerable and broken world that has become doubly vulnerable due to COVID-19? What challenges are we facing due to protracted social distancing and the "new normal" requirements?

Panelists:
Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson, Claremont School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Wesley de Souza, Candler School of Theology




Mission in the Infected Body of Christ
June 15

God’s world has been wounded by COVID-19, and so has God’s church. As Paul says, the Church is the "Body of Christ," so we can think of the Body of Christ as being infected with COVID-19. What is the mission of the vitiated Body of Christ in a world that is hurting so badly? How can mindfulness of this image feed into the missional responsibility of the church?

Panelists:
Bishop Mande Muyombo, North Katanga Episcopal Area
Rev. Dr. Carmen Scheuerman, Global Ministries global missionary and professor of Theology for the Davuilevu Theological College in Fiji
Rev. Dr. Jerome Sahabandhu, former theologian in residence at Global Ministries