PSR hosted opening panel for 27th Annual PANAAWTM Meeting

March 23, 2012
Jake Stafford

On March 15, PSR hosted the opening panel of the 27th annual meeting of PANAAWTM (Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry).  PANAAWTM is the oldest and probably the most important organization for Asian American Women's Studies in theology and religion in North America.  PSR has been one of the strongest and the most faithful supporters of PANAAWTM with its financial support and many in-kind donations.   PSR has a long-standing history of engagement and partnership with Asian communities abroad and within the United States.

The theme of the 27th annual meeting of PANAAWTM was Abundant Life and Unjust Prosperity.  The organizers of this conference came up with this theme before Occupy Wall Street and now we see the prescient wisdom of the theme.

The opening panel held on Thursday at PSR's Chapel of the Great Commission started with greetings from Boyung Lee, PSR's associate professor, who is a member of the steering committee of PANAAWTM, and the chair of this year's organizing committee.  President Riess Potterveld graciously welcomed over sixty participants of this year's conference who traveled from all of the country and Canada.  

Three renowned PANAAWTM scholars spoke at the opening panel : Gale Yee,  Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA;  Nadinne Cruz, an independent scholar/consultant on Pedagogies of Engagement in Higher Education; Rita Nakashima Brock, the first Asian American woman to earn a PhD in theology. She is Executive Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, aneducational nonprofit that promotes the civic role of progressive religion.  The panel was moderated by Nami Kim, associate professor of religion at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

The rest of the conference was held at the conference center of SFTS with two more additional panels, eleven workshops, community building activities, and mentoring sessions for doctoral students.