From time to time PACRC invites people to engage us on matters that inform and form our faith. Speakers have led us through the authentic steps to serving people who are homeless and living rough on our streets; others have encouraged us to incorporate active listening skills, rather than forcing a certain narrative, when interacting with those we meet.
We had the most wonderful time hearing from our last speaker at the "Healing, Hope, and Justice: From Racial Trauma to Restorative Justice” Faith (In)Forming event!
Jan 22, 2023: Russell Jeung, PhD, is a Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that addresses anti-Asian racism and xenophobia amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For his work with STOP AAPI Hate, he was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
Here are some of our previous (In)Forming Lectures
September 18, 2022: We featured Professor CarolynChen. Carolyn Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkley with a focus on the Asian American experience. She is author of Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience and Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley.
April 24, 2022: Film screening of “The Way Home” with Pastor David Shearin, Executive Director of Street Life Ministries
Feb 2020: Pastor Rickey Walker, First Step Ministries Oakland
Jan 2020: Ken and Jeannie Lee, Resonate missionaries in Japan
April 2018: Jenn Thompson, Head of School, San Jose Christian School “Becoming an Unexpected Community”
Feb 4, 2018: Donna Hecke and Becky Morales, RealOptions pregnancy clinic. “Creating a Culture of Life”
Jan 21, 2018: Film Screening: “Unrest” A recent documentary about ME/CFS - “When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she ﬁghts a disease that medicine forgot.” with Dan Hutt
Nov 12, 2017: Aaron Einfeld, Director of Admissions, Calvin Seminary: “Connected and Alone: Reflections on Life & Ministry in the Digital Age”
Oct 8, 2017: Dr Peter Choi, Pastor of Spiritual Theology, City Church, SF “Mountains, Valleys, and Plains: A Spiritual Topography”. A focus on the spirituality of the Psalter with some historical examples, especially from the history of revivals
May 2017: Paul Vander Klay, Pastor, Living Stones CRC “Changing Times, Charting Courses”
Feb 2017: Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMWare “Longing for Transformation in a World of Innovation”
In the Fall of 2019 there was an opportunity to hear the testimony of one of our deacons, Allison Hoeksema, who helped us share her perspective as a little person.