Convergence Symposium - Geneva College
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Convergence 2022

Saturday, November 5 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"The Discomfort of Conversations on Race"

The one-day symposium is hosted by Geneva College's Diversity & Inclusion, Center for Student Engagement and the CCO.

Online Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend, registration will be available at the door, prior to the event.

Location

Geneva College
Student Center, Skye Lounge
3200 College Ave. Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Cost

  • College student: $10
  • General Admission: $25
  • CCO Staff, Geneva Students, Faculty and Staff (Free)
    • If Geneva student, faculty or staff, please submit Geneva email address (geneva.edu)
    • If CCO staff, please submit CCO email address (ccojubilee.org)
  • Lunch will be available for $6.75 in the Alexander Dining Hall.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Geneva College will be adhering to CDC recommended COVID-19 guidelines.

 

Convergence Symposium Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Registration

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote Address - Dr. Mitch Nickols

The Uncomfortable Side of Conversations on Race and the Language of Inclusion

It is important that the church learns how to take the lead on conversations on race that have a tendency to divide our society. Learning language and ways of communicating based on biblical principles can encourage dialogue and understanding.

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session #1

  • Where Do We Begin?
    Speaker:  Susan Layton

    We know that the scriptures speak often of God's justice, but our newsfeeds, podcasts, and blog posts sharply disagree regarding the best way for the church to seek His justice in our time. What if not having the answer is the best place to start? Using the book, Weep With Me as our guide, session attendees will learn how lament can prepare our hearts to do the work of reconciliation. We will look at Biblical examples and practice the steps of lament together, taking the humble posture of listening and learning from one another as we come before the Lord together.

  • Doing Good to All: Transforming Community
    Speaker:  Dr. Kenya Johns

    This presentation will focus on Galatians Chapter 6 verses 1 – 10, Doing Good to All. Throughout history it is recorded that there have been groups that have been wronged and crucified. The purpose of this presentation is to begin the conversation regarding restoration and building community to support these people and communities. We will discuss some of the barriers to doing good to all and strategies to better serve our communities to reflect our mission of doing good to all and ultimately positively transforming community as Christ has called us to do.

  • Imagining a More Just Future
    Speaker: Christine Kroger

    As God’s people, we want “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God,” (Micah 6:8) but often, these vessels of clay fall short of what God envisions for his people. Drawn loosely from Soong-Chan Rah’s thoughts (The Next Evangelicalism) on the power of multiethnic ministry in racial reconciliation, this interactive and conversational session will focus on identity, liminality, and the journeying experience. We will explore how to apply curiosity and imagination as effective tools for equipping God’s people with the ability to acknowledge and overcome barriers to reconciliation and help to build a more flourishing community.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Q & A with Keynote Speaker during participants' lunch (Dining Hall, President's Dining Room)

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session #2

  • Where Do We Begin?
    Speaker:  Susan Layton

    We know that the scriptures speak often of God's justice, but our newsfeeds, podcasts, and blog posts sharply disagree regarding the best way for the church to seek His justice in our time. What if not having the answer is the best place to start? Using the book, Weep With Me as our guide, session attendees will learn how lament can prepare our hearts to do the work of reconciliation. We will look at Biblical examples and practice the steps of lament together, taking the humble posture of listening and learning from one another as we come before the Lord together.

  • Doing Good to All: Transforming Community
    Speaker:  Dr. Kenya Johns

    This presentation will focus on Galatians Chapter 6 verses 1 – 10, Doing Good to All. Throughout history it is recorded that there have been groups that have been wronged and crucified. The purpose of this presentation is to begin the conversation regarding restoration and building community to support these people and communities. We will discuss some of the barriers to doing good to all and strategies to better serve our communities to reflect our mission of doing good to all and ultimately positively transforming community as Christ has called us to do.

  • Imagining a More Just Future
    Speaker: Christine Kroger

    As God’s people, we want “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God,” (Micah 6:8) but often, these vessels of clay fall short of what God envisions for his people. Drawn loosely from Soong-Chan Rah’s thoughts (The Next Evangelicalism) on the power of multiethnic ministry in racial reconciliation, this interactive and conversational session will focus on identity, liminality, and the journeying experience. We will explore how to apply curiosity and imagination as effective tools for equipping God’s people with the ability to acknowledge and overcome barriers to reconciliation and help to build a more flourishing community.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address - Dr. Mitch Nickols

The Language of Love is the Language of Inclusion

The Scriptures teach us how to treat one another if we are willing to extend beyond what is comfortable.