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First Mosaic Gathering of 2014-15 Features Interview with President Dockery

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More than 200 local pastors and community leaders, students, faculty, and staff all joined together for worship and food at the first Mosaic Gathering of the 2014-2015 school year.

The Mosaic Gathering takes place each week during the semester on Wednesdays at 11am in Melton Hall. It is a formative time of networking, prayer, worship, eating together, and biblical-theological reflection on reconciliation and the Gospel. Gatherings are facilitated by Mosaic Ministries, an interconnected network of people and groups whose goal is to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by equipping students, developing resources, and creating new networks.

Daniel Hartman, Mosaic Ministries Director, sees the weekly Gatherings as a unique opportunity for believers from various places to network and refresh one another. Speaking of the various divisions that separate people groups such as race, socioeconomic status, or denomination, he says Mosaic leadership “feels the increasing need to equip leaders and ministers of the Gospel to be able to cross all of these different lines with the Gospel.”

New TIU president Dr. David Dockery was interviewed by Felix Theonugraha, Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries. Dr. Dockery has twice been honored by local chapters of the NAACP for his work on racial reconciliation, and he spoke about this as well as about his experiences growing up as a child in Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement. Dr. Dockery emphasized his admiration for Trinity’s commitment to reconciliation and the diversity evident across all TIU schools.

Future Mosaic Gatherings will feature various leaders from within TIU as well as local pastors and community leaders. Visit the Mosaic webpage to learn more.

 

Explore New Bioethical Frontiers with The CBHD Summer Conference

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The field of bioethics is undergoing rapid change, and the boundaries of classical ethical questions in bioethics can no longer be taken for granted. The rapid pace and breathtaking scope of technological and methodological innovation means that all who desire to effectively engage bioethical questions from a Christian perspective need to continually refresh their information and engage with a wide variety of disciplines, topics, and trends. Bioethics in Transition the 21st annual summer conference of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, is designed to focus on the changing nature of bioethical engagement. The conference takes place June 19-21, 2014, on the Deerfield campus of Trinity International University. Bioethics in Transition will help you:

  • Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting global and societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.
  • Explore and discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.
  • Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of classic philosophical, religious, and care-oriented perspectives.
  • Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.

There are a variety of ways to benefit from this conference, whether by attending for a single day or by registering for the advanced institute. There are preconference and postconference seminars, and attendees can earn CME or graduate academic credit.

Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, executive director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, emphasized the need for engagement with these rapidly changing bioethical questions: “We are realizing that some of the traditional bioethical questions are not the questions being raised today, which means that we have to have new ways of thinking about how to answer these questions.” Watch her personal invitation, and register today for the 21st annual CBHD summer conference.

Contact Jennifer McVey, event & education manager, for more details: 847-317-4095 or jmcvey@cbhd.org.

TEDS 50th Celebration Highlight: Chapel Reflections

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As part of celebrating 50 years of God’s faithfulness to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School this spring, a group of TEDS faculty has asked various community members and alumni to share brief reflections in graduate chapel bearing witness to God’s faithfulness. (If you haven’t yet done so, RSVP for the May 1 celebration.) These reflections have been collected in their own section of the TEDS 50th website, teds.edu/50.

The voices and stories represented in these testimonies vary widely: a local pastor; the current head of custodial services at TIU; a current graduate admissions counselor; the assistant to the academic Dean. Men and women alike have told stories of unexpected blessings from conversations with faculty, of God’s sustenance through difficult periods of personal suffering or academic frustration, and of God’s continuing faithfulness to them long after they were a TEDS student.

Together these stories reinforce what current Dean Dr. Tite Tiénou always emphasizes when he addresses new students: TEDS is a “pan-evangelical” institution that welcomes evangelicals of all varieties and equips them for a wide variety of vocational contexts. This evangelical variety is made possible by a commitment to the centrality of Jesus’ life, death, & resurrection–the Gospel–as well as a commitment to the authority and inerrancy of Scripture and a deep connectedness to the local church.

These chapel reflections bear witness to God’s faithfulness to TEDS through faculty members who embody these commitments, through administrators & staff who serve students on the strength of these commitments, and through alumni whose vocations are enriched and enabled by their faithfulness to these commitments, which they often attribute to the deep and abiding impact TEDS has had on their lives.

Watch one below, and watch the rest at teds.edu/50.

 

Churches in China

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This Friday, April 11, the Trinity Chinese Fellowship is hosting a conference titled Churches In China: Now and Future. We asked the co-leaders of the Trinity Chinese Fellowship, Arthur Ang and Joshua Xie, to give us some insight on churches in China in advance of the conference.

1. Please introduce the upcoming conference. Give us an overview of what’s happening at the conference and what some of the main discussion topics will be.

The purpose of the conference is to give those who have a burden for ministry in Mainland China an overview of contemporary Chinese churches. The topics covered are: theological education (Dr. Joseph Yang), urban church (Dr. Ezra Jin), church-state conflicts and legal framework (Attorney Kai Zhang), and future prospect (Dr. Fenggang Yang). At the end of the conference, there’s a panel discussion that focus on the tension between Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) churches and House churches.

2. What are some myths about churches in China that you perceive many western Christians believe?

Many western Christians believe that (1) churches in China are still under severe persecution from government, (2) churches are more “spiritual” and mission minded. (3) Some believe that churches in China are charismatic, (4) some believe that a certain people (e.g. Brother Yun) is an outstanding leader for all house churches. In fact, China is so big and diversified that not any single figure or movement can represent it.

3. Do Chinese churches look very different from one another depending on where the church is located in China? What are some of the differences between various Chinese churches?

As mentioned, churches in China are very diversified. Due to the long-time segregation from the world and even separated from each other, churches in China have developed very different forms. Though all denominations were eliminated by communist party, some believe that every single church is a denomination and has her own culture and context.

4. How can western Christians pray for and support Christians in mainland China?

China is in great need of theological training and mission support, but the former ways of sending missionaries to evangelize and build the church might need to be changed. It’s wiser to pour financial and human resources to develop local leaders, sponsor them to get better theological training, or go into China to train local leaders.

For those at Trinity, if you are interested, you are welcomed to join the Trinity Chinese Fellowship activities (e.g. Friday Morning Prayer Meetings or Welcome Dinners) and learn more about Christianity and ministry in China. Contact us at: Arthur Ang (zuang@tiu.edu) and Joshua Xie (zfxie@tiu.edu).

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TEDS 50th Celebration Highlight: Graphic Design and the Kingdom of God

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This spring, TEDS has been celebrating fifty years of God’s faithfulness. The celebration will culminate on Thursday, May 1, with a special chapel service, afternoon celebration service, and evening reception. (Get more info and RSVP.)

We’ve heard many stories of God’s faithfulness this semester. For the month of April, we’re highlighting some of those stories each week leading up to the TEDS 50th Celebration, starting with Wayne Kijanowski, Design Director at Trinity International University and TEDS MDiv alum.

Design as Pastoral Ministry

Wayne’s story–which you can watch below–centers on a crisis of calling in the midst of working as a pastor. While engaged in pastoral ministry, Wayne was also working on various projects as a graphic designer, and “the Lord was blessing both.”

In the video below, Wayne relates that he came to a place of needing to choose between these two vocations. He loved design and felt that it was kingdom work, but he struggled with wondering if he would be wasting his education by pursuing graphic design rather than full-time pastoring.

At this point, a former TEDS professor, Wayne Grudem, gave him some very specific encouragement: “Wayne, walk in freedom. It doesn’t matter what shoes you wear; just make an impact for the kingdom.” Since then, Wayne has worked full-time as a graphic designer and graphic design professor at Trinity College, and has had the opportunity to teach and mentor hundreds of students, as well as build relationships with design clients who have been impacted by Wayne’s Gospel-centered love, care, and excellence in design work. Wayne truly approaches graphic design as pastoral ministry.

Creativity, Grace, and the Cross

In Andy Crouch’s recent book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, Crouch encourages Christians to shape culture through, among other means, faithfully harnessing their creative power in service of long-term cultural contributions. After describing some of his closest friends and their various vocations, Crouch writes:

Frederick Buechner writes that your calling is found “where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” In all those places, at the intersection of grace and cross, these friends of mine, who are just names to you but who are the greatest treasures in the world to me, cultivate and create.

Wayne’s graphic design is cultivation that takes place “at the intersection of grace and cross,” and the Trinity community is blessed by his ongoing testimony to God’s faithfulness.

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Michelle Van Loon on the Women’s Theology Conference

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Blogger & writer Michelle Van Loon, a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics, attended the Trinity Society of Women Women’s Theology Conference on Feb. 15. On her blog she offers an excellent summary of both the conference and the broader context in which it took place. An excerpt:

Though the event was called a Women’s Theology Conference, it might just as well have been called “A Gathering Of Thinking Women”. Women often have only had two basic corporate vehicle by which they could learn in community with other women: local church-based Bible study groups or big parachurch conference events where the focus is on motivational speech and testimonies. The team from Trinity’s Society of Women hoped to take a step in a third direction with an event that formed a footbridge between the seminary classroom and the lives of thinking women in local congregations who wished for a place to engage their mind and exercise their voice in conversation with others.

Read the full story at Michelle Van Loon’s blog.

Trinity Society of Women Spring 2014 Events

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This Saturday, February 15, the Trinity Society of Women is hosting a women’s theology conference featuring Dr. Scot McKnight, Dr. Arloa Sutter, and Dr. Lynn Cohick as featured speakers.

Additionally, TSW meets each Wednesday in the Lee Fireside Room from 11:00 – 12:15. The theme for the spring semester is “Voices”. Currently there are four speakers lined up to tell their story of how God led them to discover their voice and how he has used their voice in ministry/work/teaching:

  • February 12 – Rev. Amanda Rosengren, Deacon and Curate (Associate Pastor) at Church of the Redeemer in Highland Park
  • February 26 - Dr. Dana Harris, Associate Professor of New Testament at TEDS
  • March 26 - Paige Cunningham, director of Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
  • April 9 - Dr. Ingrid Faro

Light refreshments will be served each of these times.

Finally, the first and third Wednesdays of each month are spent in prayer. Sometimes the group prays through a Psalm, spends time in reflection on a verse or theme, or focuses on intercession for various needs on campus and around the world. Prayer times are student-led and people are free to come and go as their schedule allows.

For additional information or questions, email Kim Karpeles at zkkarpel@tiu.edu.