McCormick Days 2012

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Global Churches - Local Ministry


Save the Date: October 15-16

The ecclesial landscape of the United States is shifting and the voices of Christians from around the world can be heard not only in far away lands but also in our own backyards. Whether you are in Columbus, GA, or Chicago, IL, it is not hard to find vital worshipping communities of immigrant Christians. How have the major shifts of the last 30 years impacted the global Church? What are the implications and opportunities of these changes for local ministry?

Join us October 15-16 for McCormick Days, McCormick Seminary’s annual alum gathering, for fellowship, education, and inspiration on how to better partner with our neighboring immigrant congregations. Our featured faculty this year – Dr. David Daniels and Dr. David Esterline – will host us as we consider how the seismic shifts in the global church are impacting the work of local ministry.


Hotel/Housing and Parking Information

Gold and Silver Alumni/ae Banquet
Member of the 1962 and 1987 class, are you planning to attend the reunion banquet? R.S.V.P. Here

Gold and Silver Alumni/ae
What have you been up to and what are you doing now? Tell us about yourself!



Silver and Gold* Reunion
The evening before we kick off McCormick Days, we will be celebrating with a silver and gold reunion at Ida Noyes Hall on the campus of the University of Chicago. If you graduated in the class of 1962 or 1987, you should come! 

*Members from the class of 1962 will have a number of optional activities to participate in, including events on the morning and afternoon of 10/14, as well as the afternoon and evening of 10/15. See the schedule to the right to learn more.

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at McCormick Theological Seminary

9:30am – Worship

10:30am – Break

11:00am – State of McCormick: Conversation with the President
The Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada

Frank Yamada

11:30 - Break

11:40am – State of McCormick: Workshops
McCormick in World Mission – Rev. Hunter Farrell, Director of World Mission for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Sabbatical Reflections – Dr. Ken Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Church History

1pm – President's Recognition Luncheon
Held at Hyde Park Union Church

Tricia Dykers-Koenig | 2012 Distinguished Alumna
Join us in celebrating the work and ministry of Alumna Tricia Dykers-Koenig (M.Div., 1980)!

3pm – Alumni/ae Association Meeting



9:00am – Morning Devotions

9:30am – Plenary I: Global Trends, Local Realities
Dr. Daniels and Dr. Esterline will offer an overview of demographic changes and illustrations of the new reality in Christianity around the globe and in the United States.

10:45am – Break

11:00am – Plenary II: Local Realities, New Ministry

Putting flesh to the data, this plenary will feature a panel of scholars who have researched the ecclesial contexts of Asian/Asian American, African, and Latin@ communities. They will share their findings and observations about immigrant congregations in the United States.
Panelists: Edwin Hernandez, Carolyn Chen, Jehu Hancheles

12:15pm – Box Lunches

1:00pm – Workshops

• Called as Partners
Featuring a panel of pastors of immigrant congregations, this workshop will offer insight into the pastoral realities of ministering to immigrant congregations as well as how non-immigrant congregations might partner with and/or support immigrant congregations.
Panelists: Young Taek Oh (M.A.T.S., 2006), Jonah Salim (D.Min., 2010), Prophetess M. Tabila, Herman Perez

• Toward a Theology of Migration
Dr. Luis Rivera, Dean of Faculty at McCormick, will lead a discussion around Biblical portrayals of (im)migration and constructing a theology around migration.
Presenter: Dean Luis Rivera

• Globally Conscious Worship
Alums Mark Koenig (M.Div., 1980) and Theresa Cho (M.Div., 2001) will lead a workshop on how to craft worship that is attentive to global concerns.
Presenters: The Rev. Theresa Cho and The Rev. Mark Koenig

2:15pm – Break

2:30 – Plenary III: Borrowed Sounds, Joyful Noise
Join us for a time of learning new songs from around the world and making a joyful noise as we celebrate the new possibilities for partnership and ministry. Hear and sing the vibrant theological visions born by these exciting tunes and lyrics composed by Christians from an array of Christian communities from different continents.
Leader: Diakonda Gurning

Schedule is subject to change!