30th Annual PANAAWTM Conference

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A Celebration on the Occassion of the 30th Anniversary of the
Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry

30th Anniversary Celebration

Schedule of Events - March 12, 2015

(All events are in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful)

Moderated by Dr. Su Yon Pak, Union Theological Seminary

5:30 p.m.     Welcome

6:00 p.m.     Dinner

7:15 p.m.     30th Anniversary Celebration Opening Plenary
                    Moderator: Dr. Min-Ah Cho, St. Catherine University






Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Founding Director of The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. The daughter of a veteran of Korea and the stepdaughter of a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, Dr. Brock was raised in a military family. 



Jin Young Choi holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University. She is a Louisville Institute fellow and serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.



Jung Ha Kim is a Sociologist at Georgia State University and the Director of the Asian American Community Research Institute at CPACS. She takes her bridge-making role seriously as she straddle among the academy, the grassroots community, the non-profit organization and foundation, and the federal agency. She has published and conducted studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Louisville Institute, and the United Way.  



Elizabeth S. Tapia Filipina preacher, teacher, church women organizer, and a missiologist. Founding member of PANAAWTM and the Association of Women in Theology (Philippines) After finishing Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, she taught Systematic Theology and Feminist Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Cavite, Philippines.



Haruko Nawata Ward, PhD, is Associate Professor of Church History, Colombia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. She is an Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament/Teaching Elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is a historian of the Reformations period and especially its missionary impact on women in early modern Asia, as her monograph Women Religious Leaders of Japan’s Christian Century, 1549-1640, Series Women and Gender in the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2009) shows.





PANAAWTM brings together Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian women who are interested in theology and ministry. Our goals are:

  • To facilitate the development of theologies in our own voices;
  • To provide a group in which we are able to support one another and exchange ideas;
  • To support our ministry and leadership in our churches, our educational institutions, and the larger society;
  • To increase our contribution to the development of Third World and other liberation theologies;
  • To participate actively in the feminist theological conversations in the United States and Canada.

 You can learn more about PANAAWTM at www.panaawtm.org.


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