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Community of Scholars Webinar
July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and the author of The Next Evangelicalism; Many Colors; Prophetic Lament; co-author of Forgive Us; Return to Justice; and Unsettling Truths. Soong-Chan received his BA from Columbia University; his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his ThM from Harvard University; his DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his ThD from Duke University. Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He has previously served on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association.
Andrea Smith is Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. She is also a faculty and board member of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. She has an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, a PhD from UC Santa Cruz and a J.D. from UC Irvine. She is the author of Native Americans and the Christian Right, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, and Unreconciled: From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism (Duke). She is co-editor of several volumes including: Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness, Native Studies Keywords, and Theorizing Native Studies. She is also the author of 61 peer-reviewed articles.
Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is in charge of the creation and development of a network of Hispanic Bible Institutes with the Association of Hispanic Theological Education. Before coming to AETH, she served as Vice-President of Education and Dean of Esperanza College. With three decades of experience in education, Dr. Conde-Frazier set the vision and strategic direction for Esperanza College, and provides leadership and management for the faculty and staff. Previously, she was a professor of religious education at the Claremont School of Theology and taught Hispanic theology at the Latin American Bible Institute in California
Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker
Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker has a Ph.D. in Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics (New Testament focus) from Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Parker’s book entitled Bodies, Violence, and Emotions: A Womanist Study of the Gospel of Mark is currently under contract with Wipf & Stock. Reading through the lens of womanist and postcolonial thought, Dr. Parker’s work addresses the issue of bodies falling as a result of imperial violence in the Gospel of Mark. The issue of fallen bodies is especially important for contemporary Christian communities who witness police violence against black and brown bodies.
Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Parker earned the Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University, a historically black institution in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ordained as a Baptist minister and well-versed as a teacher in the church, Dr. Parker seeks to bridge the gap between academy, church, and society in her identity as a scholar-activist.