This year, we will have three guest speakers at 2013 Annual Conference Session, June 19-22, 2013: the Rev. Dr. Eric Law will be speaking throughout the annual conference session; the Rev. Dr. George "Tink" Tinker, will deliver an "Invitation to Prayer and Reflection" on our history and current relationship with Native People, on Thursday evening, June 21; and the Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, will preach for Ordination.
Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law
After traveling all over the world giving workshops and trainings for churches in all the major denominations, the Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law decided to found an institute to continue the ministry that he started back in the late 80s when he began a theological and practical journey through the landscape of diversity. His focus has always been: as a Christian, how can he follow Christ's call to seek and serve Christ in every person and respect the dignity of every human being? He has given lectures and workshops across the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has written six books on the subject, ranging from individual spiritual practice to systemic transformational applications. His first book, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, also appeared in a Spanish translation in 2005. The Kaleidoscope Institute is Rev. Law's effort to put system of theories, models, theology, and skill sets all in one place, so that individuals and groups that want to gain a deeper understanding and practice of this ministry resource may come and learn and share their experiences.
Rev. Dr. George E. "Tink" Tinker
The Rev. Dr. George E. "Tink" Tinker is a prominent American Indian theologian and scholar who is the author of many articles, the books Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation, Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Theology, and co-author of Native American Theology with Clara Sue Kidwell and Homer Noley. Despite being the son of a Lutheran mother and an Osage father, Tinker identifies more with his father's culture and spirituality than his mother's Lutheran background. Tinker's identification with his American Indian cultural and spiritual heritage parallels his academic career, which can be broadly described as a critique of Western intellectualism and economic, political, religious, and social systems. Tinker is professor of American Indian cultures and religious traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where he has taught since 1985. He earned his doctorate in Biblical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in 1983. He is also an ordained Lutheran pastor of Living Waters Episcopal/Lutheran Indian Ministry in Denver. Tinker is a member of the Osage Nation, and is also on the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado and director of the Four Winds American Survival Project.
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung was the first of three bishops elected at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2004 and was assigned to the Chicago Episcopal Area. Bishop Jung is one of only three people of Korean descent to be elected Bishop in the United Methodist Church, and the first non-Anglo bishop to serve as the head of this ethnically-diverse conference. Bishop Jung currently serves on the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), JustPeace, the United Methodist National Hispanic Plan and the Korean National Plan.