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Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim Lecture — Invisible: Towards A Theology of Visibility
September 23, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
“Invisible: Towards A Theology of Visibility.”
Invisibility persists throughout the Asian North American story. On the one hand, xenophobia has long contributed to racism and discrimination toward Asian Americans. On the other hand, terms such as perpetual foreigner and honorific whites have been thrust upon Asian Americans, minimizing their plight with racism, and erasing their experience as racial minorities. Invisibility is not only a racial and cultural issue, but also a profound spiritual issue. The Western church—and its theology—has historically obscured the concerns of Asian North Americans. Their experiences provide a window to understand how other groups and individuals are also made invisible and marginalized. This lecture will explore Invisibility as a theological and spiritual concept and see how we can work towards inclusion, liberation and embrace through a Theology of Visibility.
The in-person lecture by Dr. Kim will be followed by a reception and book signing.
About the Speaker
Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a Korean-American liberation theologian, who serves as Professor of Theology on the faculty of the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana (USA). She is the author and editor of 20 books and is a much sought-after lecturer. Among her most recent publications are Invisible: Theology and the Experience of Asian American Women (2021); Hope in Disarray: Piecing our Lives Together in Faith (2020), and Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide, co-authored with Susan Shaw (2018) and Planetary Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Gender and Climate Justice, co-edited with Hilda P. Koster (2017).
Dr. Kim regularly writes for Baptist News Global, Sojourners, Faith and Leadership and Wabash Center and have published in TIME, The Huffington Post, Christian Century, US Catholic Magazine and The Nation. She is the host of Madang podcast which is hosted by the Christian Century and an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister.
Born in Korea, Dr. Kim is a graduate from University of St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology (PhD, 2001) and Knox College (MDiv, 1995). For further information on Dr. Kim see https://esr.earlham.edu/faculty-staff/grace-kim/