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Whitworth Ministry Summit to Focus on Lament and Hope

June 16, 2020
The Whitworth Office of Church Engagement is bringing the 46th annual Whitworth Ministry Summit (formerly WIM) to you online from June 23-25.

Now more than ever, people are looking to explore and understand the biblical notions of lament and hope and the ways these concepts can transform how we interact with our communities and world.
This redesigned virtual conference, via Zoom, will feature keynote addresses with additional panel discussions and live Q&A sessions.

Each session will help participants consider how to engage more creatively in the essential practice of lament while facing suffering on the local, national and global scale. At the same time, the sessions will enable participants to embrace Christian hope while confronting the overwhelming problems in our communities and world.

Speakers will include Eugene Cho, president-elect of Bread for the World and founder and former senior pastor of Quest Church in Seattle. He is also the founder of One Day’s Wages. Cho travels throughout the world engaging with churches, nonprofits, pastors, leaders, missionaries and justice workers.

Cho is the author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? and Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging in Politics.

The Rev. Soong-Chan Rah, D.Min., Th.D., will also be speaking. Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism, Many Colors and Prophetic Lament, as well as the co-author of Forgive Us, Return to Justice and Unsettling Truths.

Rah has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching and is the founder and former senior pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.

The Rev. Randy Woodley, Ph.D., is the third featured speaker. Woodley is an activist, scholar, distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American history and culture, post-colonialism, community building, spirituality, faith, social justice, diversity, regenerative farming, climate change, humans’ relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities.

Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith & Culture and director of intercultural and Indigenous studies at George Fox University and Portland Seminary. His books includeThe Harmony Tree, Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision, and Living in Color: Embracing God's Passion for Ethnic Diversity, as well as a forthcoming book, Decolonizing Evangelicalism: An 11:59 p.m. Conversation.

“When we chose our theme for this year’s conference, we had no idea how fitting it would be for such a time as this,” says Mindy Smith, associate director of the Office of Church Engagement. “As followers of Christ, we are being invited to lament for our broken world. We believe the Whitworth Ministry Summit will renew a deep sense of hope in the coming days.”

Registration is $25. The deadline to register is Monday, June 22. Learn more and register at

About Whitworth University

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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