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4th Institute of Multicultural Ministry

Building Inclusive Communities

February 16-18, 2012
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary

Participants will hear about and learn best practices of theological, ethical, social and pastoral frameworks for engaging multicultural ministry as Christian leaders and clergy, particularly in building dialogue and community in the areas of: interracial/ethnic relations and ministry, socio-economic disparities, and gender differences. The institute will close with a panel discussion lead by the leaders of the institute where leaders and the participants will have a chance to share their questions, concerns and hopes of an intentional diverse ministry.

Institute Leaders

Keynote Speaker:
The Reverend Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York

Workshop Leaders:

The Reverend Eric H. F. Law, Executive Director, Kaleidoscope Institute
“The Challenge to Build Inclusive Communities – Understanding and Challenging Systems”

The Reverend Douglas Avilesbernal, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Norristown, PA
“Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Community – A Gospel and Contemporary Imperative”

Program Agenda

Thursday, February 16

All Day- 1:00 p.m. Registration - Cooper Conference Center (Breakfast/Lunch tickets can be purchased for an additional fee)
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Conversation with The Rev. Raafat Girgis, Associate for Multicultural Support, Presbyterian Church, USA (Private Diving Room, tray breakfast)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Plenary - The Challenge of Building Inclusive Communities: What is culture and why does it matter to the Church? (Cooper Conference Room)
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Research/Library Workshop (Cooper Conference Room) - Ms. Skrebutenas
3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Workshops
Art Studio - Rev. Law
Clark Lounge - Rev. Avilesbernal
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Break and Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Worship (Chapel) - Dr. Lewis
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Reception (Gambrell Room in Scheide Hall) - hosted by the Office of Multicultural Relations and the Presbyterian Multicultural Network

Friday, February 17

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 - 8:30 a.m. BIble Study - (optional) (Private Dining Room, tray breakfast) - Dr. Tañón-Santos
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Plenary: The Challenge of Building Inclusive Communities: On Class Warfare (Cooper) - Dr. Lewis
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops
Art Studio - Rev. Law
Clark Lounge - Rev. Avilesbernal
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Research
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Plenary: The Challenge of Building Inclusive Communities: On Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (Cooper) - Dr. Lewis
4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Workshops
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, February 18

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
7:45- 8:30 a.m. BIble Study - (optional) (Private Dining Room, tray breakfast) - Dr. Tañón-Santos
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Panel/Group Discussion: Are we up for the Challenge? - (Gambrell Room in Scheide Hall) - Dr. Lewis, Rev. Law, Rev. Avilesbernal, Dr. Tañón-Santos
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Closing Worship and Plenary: The Challenge of Building Inclusive Communities: On the Generational Gap - Dr. Lewis


The fee of the 2012 institute is $195. It is inclusive of the program, materials, meals, and refreshments. Lodging is available beginning at $55/night.

Princeton Seminary is committed to providing an easy registration experience. To this extent, while in the process of upgrading the registration software, please use this fillable form. At the bottom of the form, please be sure to indicate your program’s name and which workshop you want to be enrolled in. Your completed form may be:

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All registrations will be processed on January 2, 2012, so it is possible to faithfully register for 2012 programs with 2011 funds.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.

Contact Info

School of Christian Vocation & Mission
20 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540-6824

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at scvm@ptsem.edu.