Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was recently privileged to host a groundbreaking series of conversations between Hispanic and Asian North American pastors and theologians. Officially dubbed the HANA Consultation, the three-day gathering brought together sixty men and women on our Deerfield campus for dialogue centered on the themes of identity and calling. Under these broad headings, participants discussed issues such as racialization, immigration, intergenerational relationships, lament, and other cultural-theological topics that tend to uniquely characterize Hispanic and Asian North American church contexts.
This consultation represents an unprecedented level of collaboration and constructive pastoral-theological engagement between two of the most rapidly growing groups of evangelicals in North America. It was sponsored by the Henry Center and organized by Dr. Peter Cha (Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, TEDS), Juan Martínez (Fuller Theological Seminary), Dr. Linda Cannell (former Dean of North Park Seminary), and Armida Belmonte Stephens (PhD Candidate, Systematic Theology).
In a subsequent interview, Dr. Cha explained the title “consultation” by contrasting it with a conference: “At a conference, we come to listen to experts read their papers, and then we ask questions. But Hispanic- and Asian-Americans are extremely diverse…a few speakers could not capture all of it.” Their solution was to invite one Hispanic- and one Asian-American participant to present ten-minute summaries of pre-distributed papers at each large group session. The other attendees were seated in discussion table groups, and afterwards there followed an hour of constructive dialogue at each table focused on the two presentations. These larger sessions were complimented by more specific tracks such as “Nurturing the Next Generation,” “Public and Local Witness,” and “Migration and Global Mission.” (For summaries of all HANA Consultation sessions, see Jennifer Aycock’s detailed blog coverage.)
One important takeaway from this consultation, according to Dr. Cha, is the way in which HANA church communities find it easier to seamlessly interweave the preaching and living-out of the gospel with social justice concerns. Majority-white North American evangelicals have often bifurcated the two, as Carl Henry famously criticized in The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism in 1947; while much has changed since that book’s first edition, much work remains to be done within Henry’s target demographic. Dr. Cha noted that churches that focus on only “spiritual” concerns can be viable in a sense for predominantly white communities, “for whom public institutions, such as the police, public education, and the justice system typically function quite well. But this is not the case for blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities. For minority pastors, just doing your job means needing to become involved with these realities.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2060 there will be no single majority racial group in the United States. Furthermore, “Hispanic and Asian North American churches are overwhelmingly evangelical,” noted Dr. Cha, and the currents of thought running through HANA churches give us a picture of what that 2060 reality will look like for North American evangelicals.
The HANA Consultation is slated to happen again at Fuller Seminary in two years, providing an ongoing opportunity for key leaders in these communities to dialogue with and support one another. This consultation also provides an opportunity for majority-white North American evangelical communities—which remain very racially segregated—to listen, in humility and openness, to the concerns of evangelicals whose presences in the United States continue to increase and become more influential.
Look for a book to be published in 2014, edited by Peter Cha and Juan Martínez, containing essays from the 2013 HANA Consultation sessions.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School offers two degree programs that provide intentional engagement with issues such as social justice, urbanization, and racial segregation in the church: the Master of Divinity focus on Compassion & Justice and the MA in Urban Ministry.
Lauren Hough, 20, a senior at William Jessup University’s School of Public Policy, is the first recipient of Trinity Law School’s God and Governing Award for her thesis project, “Addressing Persecution of the Church as a Human Rights Concern.”
The God and Governing Award is presented to a graduating senior in the William Jessup University School of Public Policy who demonstrates an exemplary understanding of current global issues and presents solutions to such problems that are innovative, realistic, and promote Christian values and beliefs. The winner is determined through evaluation of their thesis paper, presentation, and defense, which took place during William Jessup University’s 8th Annual Public Policy Lecture Series.
“Human rights has been a concern of mine since coming to William Jessup. I found out that Christians are the most persecuted religion in the world, and I thought, ‘someone needs to do something about this,’” Hough stated.
Hough received a $2,000 cash prize at the ceremony on Thursday night. Should Hough choose to attend Trinity Law School in the future, she will receive an additional $2,000 and a 50% scholarship towards annual tuition.
A native of Grass Valley, California, Hough will be graduating on May 18 with her Bachelors degree in Public Policy with a minor in Bible and Theology. Following graduation, she will be traveling to Cambodia with a team of students from William Jessup University to work with Agape International Missions through the month of June.
Founded in 1980, Trinity Law School is a distinctively Christian law school located in Orange County, California. It is one of four schools in the Trinity International University system. TLS is accredited regionally by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners.
In early February, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services requested comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that offered draft and amended regulations concerning mandated coverage in health plans of controversial preventive health services for churches and faith-based organizations who object to including some or all of the coverage. The comments from Trinity International University on the proposed rule-making argue that the proposed “accommodation” for faith-based organizations such as TIU does not resolve the religious freedom concerns originally created by the mandated coverage.
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, the bioethics center at Trinity, flagged the ethical concerns, provided background research, briefed executive leadership of the University, and provided guidance to the comments submitted by TIU.
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The Trinity shuttle will be operating on a limited shuttle during the summer starting Monday, May 13th. The shuttle service does not operate on Saturday or Sunday.
The times of shuttle operation Monday – Friday are:
- 6:45 AM – 9:00 AM
- 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Have a great summer!
Trinity Athletics has announced the recent hire of Laurel Wartluft as the new head women’s basketball coach. Wartluft comes to Trinity with extensive experience as a collegiate basketball coach, having served at Kent State, Moody Bible Institute, and, most recently, at Walsh University, where she was the head women’s basketball coach and assistant athletics director.
“As a highly successful coach at previous institutions, Coach Wartluft has the background and experience necessary to develop a highly successful program at Trinity International University,” said TIU Director of Athletics Dr. Tony Ladd.
She has career coaching achievements that include consecutive trips to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament in 2010 and 2011, as well as a Final Four appearance in 2011. Coach Wartluft is replacing Summer Fine who resigned the position earlier this year.
The Fitness Center will be open normal hours through Thursday of finals week.
The Fitness Center WILL BE CLOSED Friday, May 10-Monday, May 13th.
The center will begin SUMMER HOURS Tuesday, May 14th.
The center SUMMER HOURS are
Weekdays from 3PM-7PM.
There will be certain weeks toward the end of July when the center will be closed. The specifics will be announced when the time approaches.