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Intercultural Ministry – a review


Grace Ji-Sun Kim and I led a workshop on Disrupting Racism: Building the Intercultural Community at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Big Tent Conference. Her books can serve as helpful resources for congregations and communities in their efforts to become the communities God intends. Here’s a brief review I wrote of her most recent book, Intercultural Ministry: Hope in a Changing Worldon Amazon.

Thanks to Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton for this timely and important book. They have assembled and curated the work of a number of scholars and pastors to provide a vision of intercultural ministry as well as ideas, tools, and practices for creating and sustaining that ministry. In a world that tells us we should live separation, Intercultural Ministry provides an alternative–that we can live together. Kim, Aldredge-Clanton and their authors provides hope. And community is built on hope.

See you along the Trail.

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Big Tent 2017: Race, Reconciliation, Reformation — Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Hope to see you at the Big Tent where I will be working with my friend Grace Ji-Sun Kim.


I look forwarding to participating at the Big Tent, held at Washington University, St. Louis, July 6 -8th, 2017. I will be co-leading a Workshop with Rev. Mark Koenig, “Disrupting Racism: Building the Intercultural Community”

via Big Tent 2017: Race, Reconciliation, Reformation — Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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Adventures with the bandanna – running with a friend

The bandanna ran with a friend today. Running after a friend would probably be more accurate. Thanks to Laura VanDale who went to the Tennessee Recreation Center for Students under the Big Tent with me. She lapped me several times, but I did the running.


31 July 2015

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Adventures with the bandanna – running

Under the Big Tent, the bandanna went to the Tennessee Recreation Center for Students and ran 30 minutes around the indoor track.


29 July 2015


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Turning the Tables

In early August, the Trail will take me to Louisville. Come join me there!
screen_shot_2013-05-31_at_7.29.48_pm_big590.Under one roof, the 2013 Big Tent will combine 10 national Presbyterian conferences and a single theme: “Placing God’s First Things First” (Matt. 6:33–34). It will take place August 1–3 at the Kentucky International Convention Center and nearby hotels in downtown Louisville.

The Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry will hold a Summit under the Big Tent.

Turning the Tables, a hands-on conference will focus on food justice and how it relates to other broken systems in our society and will provide:

  • Visits to local community gardens and environmental justice sites
  • Community organizing training
  • Creative worship service
  • Interactive workshops
  • Art and play
  • Skills to take back home


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: Apply through registration and select “scholarship” when asked for payment. Scholarship deadline is June 15, 2013.

Register now!
**Early bird registration ends June 28!**

Learn more about the “Turning the Tables” conference.

Please contact Rebecca Barnes for more information.

Follow the Twitter hash tag: #TurningTables13

See you along the Trail – in Louisville!

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Of large tents

I have been offline a lately since I have been under the Presbyterian Church’s Big Tent in Indianapolis A pretty good time was had. Lots of good folk seen. Tomorrow brings vacation – travel to Colorado – then to Ghost Ranch.

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Big Tent Two

There will be another Big Tent – a gathering of at least ten Presbyterian conferences – a family reunion – a time of learning – a time to worship and pray together.

Big Tent Two will take place in Indianapolis, IN from June 30 to July 2, 2011.

At our recent General Assembly, those of us who will have conferences taking place under the tent (and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program will) were asked to wear promotional shirts.

I am told I looked like a young Don Johnston.

(Photo by Joann Lee.)

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