North America 2019 Regional Conference // Hidden Conversations

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NightLight Missouri and the ICAP North American Region will host a conference in Springfield, Missouri, May 13-16, 2019. 

Conference Fees are $225.  Early bird rate is $175 and ends March 1, 2019.


Agenda

Monday, May 13

4:00 - 8:30 PM // Check-In

7:00 - 8:30 PM // Opening Session

Tuesday, May 14

8:00 - 8:30 AM // Check-In + Coffee

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM // Session 1: Restorative Justice and the Heart of God

12:00 - 1:30 PM // Lunch (included in conference cost)

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM // Session 2: Applying God's Restorative Justice to Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM // Pastoral Session / Worship

6:00 PM //  Dinner (on your own)

Wednesday, May 15

8:00 - 8:30 AM // Check-In + Coffee

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM // Session 3: Applying God's Restorative Justice to Issues of Gender

12:00 - 1:30 PM // Lunch (included in conference cost)

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM // Session 4: Gender Issues & Restorative Justice + Process Groups

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM // Pastoral Session / Worship

6:00 PM - Dinner (on your own)

Thursday, May 16

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Check-In + Coffee

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 5: Bringing It All Together + Conference Closing

12:00 PM - Lunch (on your own)

Sessions

Session 1:   Restorative Justice and the Heart of God

American politics on both right and left tends to start with individualism, and sees all relationships as optional social constructs.  But God starts with a vision for relationship, because He is relational in His Triune being.  We'll explore the huge difference that makes for how we approach both personal and policy issues.

Session 2:  Applying God's Restorative Justice to Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Our modern challenges with race, culture, and political identity are the result of mostly Protestant heresies.  Prior to colonialism, Christians worked with a biblical vision for relationship.  They abolished slavery, embraced cultural and ethnic difference under the gospel, and honored God's vision of land and wealth as gift and not a reward for productivity.  We can recover that vision, so certain people and their suffering would not be hidden.

Session 3:  Applying God's Restorative Justice to Issues of Gender

God's original vision for women in creation was deeply empowering, and Jesus restored relationships in his mission to recover the power of women's voices, replace shame with honor, and equalize power dynamics.  We will examine a controversial but neglected passage, 1 Corinthians 11:2 - 16.  We will discuss ways Jesus makes visible our personal narratives and makes audible our voices - especially those of women - to proclaim his redemption and mission.

 

In an effort to protect attendees, Venue, Hotel & Transportation Information will only be provided after registration.

Hotel accommodations are walking distance from the venue. 

Rooms will cost an estimated $150 a night, will sleep four people and includes hotel breakfast.

Estimated roundtrip flights to Springfield are $650.

Additional food // Estimated 1 meal each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ $25/meal

 
 

Keynote Speaker

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Mako Nagasawa

Mr. Nagasawa is the Director of the New Humanity Institute (NHI) in Boston, Massachusetts. Mako grew up in Cerritos, CA and went north to Stanford, where he studied Industrial Engineering and Public Policy, with a focus on education.  He worked at Intel Corp for 6 years while serving a Spanish-speaking ministry to Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto, CA.  He married Ming in May, 1999 and left the Golden State for Boston, MA.  He then worked for two startup companies trying to bring technology and jobs to inner city communities.  Since 1999, Mako, Ming, and their two children John and Zoe have lived among friends in a Christian intentional community house in a mostly black neighborhood in Dorchester.  They enjoy their current church, Neighborhood Church of Dorchester, and do urban community gardening. 

 Mako co-authored the Lazarus at the Gate economic discipleship curriculum with Dr. Gary VanderPol.  He contributed to the Justice Study Bible as a commentator on Ezekiel

 He was a guest on the Almost Heretical podcast on the topic of atonement, called Beyond Penal Substitution.  He is currently working on Christian Restorative Justice curricula focusing on our use of political power, and combining it with being engaging to non-Christians.  Mako has done campus ministry since 2001 and founded NHI in 2014.  In addition to Christian ethics, theology, biblical studies, and early church history, Mako enjoys food, tea, and stories from around the world.   He misses the Pacific Ocean.