2021 Lilly Conference

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Schedule for Day 1 (May 26)
Time Session
8-9:15 a.m.

Welcome: Azusa Pacific University President Paul Ferguson

Keynote: Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies, Yale University Divinity School

Followed by Live Q&A

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Anti-Racism Invited Panel

Reflected and Reflexive Experiences of Racialized Women of Color

Facilitated by: Kirsten Oh, Professor of Practical Theology, Azusa Pacific University


  • Deborah Rogers, VP for Academic Affairs, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
  • Michelle Ami Reyes, VP of the Asian American Christian Collaborative
  • Alexandra Zareth, Board Certified Chaplain, Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
10:40-11:40 a.m.

Healthcare Presentations

Reimagining Religion in Psychology: Amanda Riedel, Doctoral Student, George Fox University

Racial Divides and COVID-19: Exploring Social Determinants of Health: Robin Pickering, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Whitworth University

Laboring for Justice: Sacred Co-Creation and Profane Inequity: Shelby Powers, Doctoral Student, George Fox University

Academic Health Centres and their Responsibility Towards Equity: Cameron Visagie, Lecturer, Department of Information Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and LA School of Mentorship

Followed by Live Q&A

Socio-Politics Roundtable

Facilitated by: Nori Henk, Professor of Sociology, Azusa Pacific University

Space is Limited

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Socio-Politics Invited Panel

Christian Nationalism and the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Facilitated by faculty from Azusa Pacific University:

  • Nori Henk, Professor of Sociology
  • Jessica Wong, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Alan Oda, Professor of Psychology
  • Chris Christopherson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Global Studies, Sociology, and TESOL
1:40-2:40 p.m.
(Choose One)

Economics Presentations

Ambivalence in Christian Scholarship Support for Human Flourishing: Samuel Zalanga, Professor of Sociology, Bethel University

Consumption and Capitalism: Critiquing the industry of “fast fashion”: Jennifer M. Buck, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Azusa Pacific University

Koinonia as Development: Towards an Economic Ethic of Investment: Walter Augustine, Director, Intercultural Education & Research, Biola University

Actively Constructing a “Character and Customs” Perceptual Map for Ethical Marketing in the Wake of Social, Political, and Medical Crisis and Unrest: Rachel Bodell, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Azusa Pacific University

Followed by Live Q&A

Anti-Racism Roundtable

Facilitated by:

  • Grace Kao, Professor of Ethics at Claremont School of Theology and Visiting Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University
  • Hannah Lee Sandoval, therapist at Oak & Stone Therapy based in Los Angeles, serving mainly AAPI clients addressing issues of trauma, identity, transition, and relationship conflict

Space is Limited

Schedule for Day 2 (May 27)
Time Session
8-9:15 a.m.

Welcome: Azusa Pacific University Provost Rukshan Fernando

Keynote: Jane Lee Hong, Associate Professor of History, Occidental College

Followed by Live Q&A

9:30-10:30 a.m.
(Choose One)

Interdisciplinary Presentations

Session A

Testimonios: Social Justice in the Elementary Spanish for Health Care Class: Marcela Rojas, Associate Professor of Spanish, Azusa Pacific University and Students: Ashley Abalos, Abbigael Aday, Marni King, Lily Montaya, Haley Rogers and Rachel Schuberg

The Role Of Pancasila In Facing Radicalism And Social Exclusivism In The Era Of Globalization

  • Juliana Tirza Mangilaleng, Lecturer of Liberal Arts Study Program
  • Wiputra Cendana, Lecturer of Primary Education Study Program
  • Budi Wibawanta, Director of Academic Standards & the Head of Social Sciences Education Study Program, Pelita Harapan University

Session B

Human Rights Ideals as Founding Principles of the Nation: Camelia Raghinaru, Associate Professor of English, Concordia University Irvine

Christian Employers and the Ministerial Exception: Theology, Policy, and Law: Patrick Hornbeck, Professor of Theology and Special Faculty Advisor to the Provost for Strategic Planning, Fordham University

Dialogue as Pedagogy and Spiritual Practice: Abby King-Kaiser, Director, Center for Faith & Justice, Xavier University

Both Sessions Include Live Q&A

10:40-11:40 a.m.
(Choose One)

Anti-Racism Presentations

A Matter of the Heart and Policy:Angela Jackson, Core Faculty of the Masters in Counseling Program, Concordia University Irvine

Reimagining Responses to Anti-Asian Racism Beyond Exposure: Kathy Chow, Doctoral Student, Yale University

Addressing the Deadliest Virus: Hate in America: Andrea Michelle Ortega, Doctoral Student, George Fox University

Reevaluating the Category of the Human: An Anti-Racist Approach to Scholarship and Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts: Natalie Reynoso, Doctoral Student, Fordham University

Followed by Live Q&A

Interdisciplinary Roundtables

Reckoning & Reimagining First-Year Seminar: Equity, Anti-Racism, and other recommendations for the future of GE

Facilitated by: Terry Dobson, Professor in the Department of Design, Azusa Pacific University

Equality versus Equity on Campuses

Facilitated by:

  • Celeste Gaynair, Psychology and Honors graduate, Azusa Pacific University
  • Tatyahna Costello, Social Work graduate, Azusa Pacific University

Space is Limited

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Healthcare Invited Panel

Co-Creating a Caring Community through an Inclusive Ethics of Care

Facilitated by faculty from Seattle Pacific University:

  • Joel Jin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Paul Youngbin Kim, Professor of Psychology
  • Munyi Shea, Associate Professor and the Director of Doctoral Programs in the School of Education
1:40-2:40 p.m.
(Choose One)

Socio-Politics Presentations

Reckoning and Reimagining Abortion Rhetoric and Policies: Anna Disser, Social Work Student, Azusa Pacific University

Educating for Faithful Presence in the Midst of Pluralism: Emily Wenneborg, Doctoral Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Beyond 2020: The Rhetoric of Faith and Politics: Christopher Leland, Department Chair and Professor of Communication Studies, Azusa Pacific University

Why Do I Go to Extremes? Using Political Beliefs to Signal to In-Group Members: James Van Slyke, Associate Professor of Psychology, Fresno Pacific University

Followed by Live Q&A

2:40-3 p.m.

Wrap-up and acknowledgements

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