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Saturday, November 7 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
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Connecting, Disrupting, and Transforming Stories through Imaginative Weaving: Asian and Asian American Women’s Power of Imagining in Their Postcolonial and Diasporic Reading of the Bible
Sung Hee Chang (Union Presbyterian Seminary)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] This paper examines Walter Brueggemann’s understanding of biblical imagination, provides examples of Kwok Pui-lan’s imaginative story-weaving, and intends to model how Asian and Asian American women connect, disrupt, and transform stories, both biblical and other, in their postcolonial context and diasporic social location. It is this paper’s contention that Kwok’s use of “critical incidents” and her “parallel processing” reading strategy will offer a theoretical as well as practical roadmap for the development of narrative religious education.

Identity and Faith in the In-Between: The Power of Imagination in Adolescent and Emerging Adult Development
Melissa Brandes (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Colloquium. [Notes] Adolescents and emerging adults traverse many in-between diasporic spaces as they attempt to develop identity, faith, and meaning in their lives. This paper will explore what light Kwok Pui-lan’s notion of diasporic imagination sheds on both young peoples’ work of identity/faith formation and religious educators’ work of supporting that formation. Imagination in the in-between has the power to open up new directions by reframing stories and allowing stories that don’t fit to remain, even in tension. These more authentic life narratives offer wholeness and freedom in identity/faith development.


Melissa Brandes

Ph.D. Candidate, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Sung Hee Chang

faculty, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dahlonega (Conference Center)

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