"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9
EMERGE CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP
Four ABSW seminarians attended the Orientation to American Baptist Life and National Ministers Conference, January 6-9, at Doubletree by Hilton Orlando. The theme for the event was EMERGE: Baptist Witness in the 21st Century. The students attending and representing ABSW were Anthony Aboagye, Phoebe Jeter, Charles Johnston, and Mawonshang Vashum.
Reflecting back on the event, Mawonshang Vashum shared, “[I am] proud to be American Baptist after learning and exploring the work we are doing locally and globally. It is amazing to see how diverse we are, but come under one umbrella to do God’s work.”
While in Manipur, Jonathan will also be a representative of City Team International, providing church-planting training for Christian Hindu leaders. This year Jonathan celebrates his twenty-year anniversary of ministry with City Team, where he currently is the Recovery Program Manager at their San Francisco branch.
Another purpose of this trip is to visit two ministries that he began with his wife, Rev. Khan Lolly (MDiv ’05): PreK-5th Grade Elementary school for orphans and impoverished Naga and Burmese children in nearby villages (founded in 2005), and the Spring of Hope HIV/AIDS Center which houses twenty-one orphans (founded in 2006).
For more information about Jonathan and Khan’s various ministry efforts, you can contact Jonathan at City Team at (415) 861-8688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Jim-George (2010) ABSW alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate has been named the recipient of the 2013 “Shine the Light Award” by American Baptist Women's Ministries. The award will be recognized on Sunday July 28, 2013, at the National Conference of American Baptist Women's Ministries in Phoenix, AZ. The award is given to an outstanding light-bearer for Christ iin mission and ministry and specifically for Rev. Jim-George's research on mitigating the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Oakland, CA. This is also the topic of her DMin dissertation. In 2011 the American Baptist Women's Ministries national board created the “Shine the Light Award” to recognize one American Baptist church woman each year who has made outstanding strides in sharing the gospel. Congratulations, Rev. Jim-George!!
Tripp Hudgins has been invited to present his paper entitled, "From The Sky Down" at the 'Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives' conference taking place at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford in August, 2013. This conference seeks to explore the multifaceted interaction between local and global dimensions of Christian congregational music by drawing from perspectives across academic disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, history, music studies, and theology. This paper will focus on localized liturgical acoustemologies and the challenges, both theological and logistical, faced by congregational music makers by positing an eschatological aesthetics for congregational musicking.
"We sing ourselves into The Kingdom. Song, the music, the words, the movement, the hearing, the singing...it's all potentially symbolic of the eschaton, the emmanent God, the God With Us.” T.H.
Tripp is a GTU PhD student in Liturgical Studies affiliated with ABSW and serves as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Palo Alto, CA.