All Central Seminary alumni are invited to join our new annual, fall alumni gathering: CENTRALIZE! In 2021, this gathering will be held virtually and will include worship, workshops, panel discussions, alumni receptions, meet and greet with Centrals' president and current students and more! We hope you will join us September 23 - 25 (schedule listed below).
Centralize 2021, Narratives of Courage: Storytelling for Social Change, will feature three Asian American women prominent in their ministry fields.
Shauw Chin Capps has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector delivering micro and macro level work. She currently serves as Foundation President & Chief Development Officer of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Foundation.
Workshop, Saturday September 25, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Show Me the Money: The Art & Science of Nonprofit Fundraising
Fundraising is often viewed as a necessity for most nonprofit leaders. We would prefer not to do it but it’s something we have to. Most nonprofit leaders fall into fundraising as opposed to having a plan to cultivate those skills. This session explores fundraising from a different lens – a spiritual one. The foundation of fundraising for people of faith is our faith in the one we call Lord. We will explore the importance of being mission focused, learn current trends/data that can guide our practice, and share practical fundraising tips for nonprofit leaders.
Young Lee Hertig’s passion involves knowledge-activism through transcribing, translating, and transmitting spiritual legacies. Transcribing refers to documenting spiritual giants' legacies, translating refers to contextualizing the transcribed legacies, and transmitting refers to creating a third learning space--intersectional, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary. She currently serves as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity (ISAAC).
Workshop, Friday September 24, 2:30 - 3:45 p. m.
Vashti and Esther as Change Agents
In light of two great queens, Vashti and Esther, this workshop seeks to address two different and yet convergent models of social change. Queen Vashti exemplifies overt courage against a patriarchal demand to reduce her into a prop at the peak of the patriarch’s drunken state. Her successor, Queen Esther, on the other hand, navigates the Persian palace system with covert courage. As a leader, there are times when we face a moment of having to exert overt courage against injustice. At other times, we are called to exert covert courage for the sake of people whom we lead. Examining the two queens’ courage, the workshop will cover contemporary examples of two different but convergent models of courage.
Sue Park is a practical theologian who is currently at Columbia Theological Seminary as the Director of Contextual Education and International Partnerships. She is a PCUSA minister who devotes much of her time to interfaith efforts both in and outside of Christian communities. Her research interests include interfaith/interreligious relations, contextual theologies (Asian American theologies; Korean American Christian theologies; feminist theologies), pedagogy, and praxis.
Workshop, Saturday September 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p. m.
Will the Church Change? Conversations about Change
In this session, we will continue the narratives of courage and include how we may bring change in our contexts. Change is hard. And changes in the church are even harder. We will review a few change theories and how the pandemic has changed our churches from membership and mode of worship to sacraments. This workshop is interactive and your participation will answer these questions: where is the church going and what will it look like in the future?
Tentative Schedule (all listed in central time)
Thursday September 23
Friday September 24
Saturday September 25