If you live near the Pasadena area, we would encourage you to come out and join us at the Pasadena Peace Source Fair on May 11th. This is a unique opportunity to see the various local community organizations who have been active in non-violent intervention and prevention initiatives. The Peace-source Fair will be held from 11am to 3pm. If you come, visit us at the ReconciliAsian booth and say hi. We hope to see you there!
Churches, non-profits and other organizations will have booths providing information regarding:
- conflict resolution training
- after-school initiatives, including mentoring
- mental and public health efforts
- parenting and family services
- prisoner re-entry
- economic causes of violence, such as lack of jobs and affordable housing
- legislative & policy issues
Organizations at the fair will include:
- Adopt a School
- All Saints Church Ministry
- Ambassadors for Peace
- Boys and Girls Club
- Brady Campaign
- Clergy Community Coalition
- Christopher Slatoff (sculptor)
- Day One Pasadena
- Family Promise
- Interfaith Communities United for Peace
- Jericho Road (Neighborhood Church)
- League of Women’s Voters
- Parent Project
- Pasadena Mennonite Church
- Pasadena Mental Health Advisory
- Peace & Justice Academy
- Peace Parade Coalition/Urban Village
- Team Pasadena
- Ten Thousand Villages
- Women Against Gun Violence
PSMC and ReconciliAsian cordially invite you to 1.5 ReconGeneration Table Talk
DATE: May 11, 2013
LOCATION: Pasadena Mennonite Church 1041 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, CA 91107
FOR: Pastors, youth pastors, parents, youth leaders grade 9 and up
Are you serving in a multi-ethnic church or an immigrant church? Have you witnessed the frustration between the first generation parents and their Americanized youth? What are ways that the church can promote conversation, respect, and deeper love for one another? We want to invite pastors, youth pastors, parents, and/or youth leaders who would like to explore ways to bridge the cultural and generational gap widening in the church.
The goal of the Table Talk is to come together and share each other’s stories of understanding our identity in America and our identity as Mennonites of color. What are the obstacles that we face as immigrants? What is our shared hope? How can we move together as God’s family and church?
We would love to have you attend this meeting. Please contact us by leaving a reply to this posting or contact Sue at 213-255-8883. Thank you!
The Spring 2013 issue of Panorama, the newsletter of the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, features ReconciliAsian on pages 7 and 10. Thank you, Doreen Martins, for getting the word out about our organization to the broader community.
April 12-13: Twenty people gathered for two days at Fuller Seminary to participate in the advanced conflict transformation workshop led by Dr. Ron Hammer. The first day focused on examining conflict not only as a personal conflict between people, but understanding the systemic structure behind the problem. Ron’s lecture was unique in that he integrated the family system theory as a tool for conflict transformation which then can be applied to the family and church context. He also introduced Bowen, structure, and communication theory to help us see conflict from multiple perspectives.
On the second day, the participants were encouraged to bring in real case studies from the Korean American Christian community. After Ron went through one case study extensively, the participants broke up into small groups to go through a case study as exemplified by Ron. The majority of the participants commented that the highlight of the two-day workshop was doing the case study and receiving practical feedback from Ron as they played the role of a mediator.
Some of the comments we heard included:
- I have a better understanding of what it means to be a mediator. This workshop helped me to have less anxiety about the role.
- The case study exercise was very practical.
- This kind of workshop should be taken by everyone in ministry.
- It was very new to me to learn that “Issues don’t create conflict; people create conflict”
I hope that we will be able to begin a small group after the workshop and continue to meet to research and practice becoming a mediator.If you missed the workshop, don’t worry! We will have the video of the workshop available soon.
Hyun’s article entitled “Heavenly Citizenship” was published by The Mennonite on April 1, 2013 as part of a Bible study series examining what it means to be “Citizens of God’s Kingdom.” As a ministry that aims to walk alongside immigrant churches, important questions of identity, belonging, and being a welcomer/stranger emerge.
What does it mean to be a citizen of God’s Kingdom to you? How does that impact your life right now? We’d love to hear your thoughts and insights!