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Friday, November 1 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Breakout 2.03: Addressing Trauma in Religious Education

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Crossing the Border: Religious Education of Coexistence for North Korean Refugees in the U.S.
Heesung Hwang (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Among many refugee groups who cross the borders for life, my research pays attention to North Korean refugees in the United States and their settlement process. As North Korean refugees enter this land of freedom and prosperity, are they provided adequate aids and education to redirect their mindset from communism to capitalism, from oppression and trauma to living together? What is the role of faith community and religious education? Based on the postcolonial feminist practical theology, this paper will explore their journey and offer a pedagogy of mutual transformation and coexistence.

Faith Groups Perceptions of Moral Injury
Joseph Lynch (United States Military Academy)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] Moral injury is an issue that has a growing interest within both the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Both military and VA chaplains are focusing more attention on members of the military and veterans who experience a moral injury. It can occur when a person does something that goes against his or her moral code or fails to do something that is in line with his or her moral code. Each major faith group has its perception and response to moral injury. It is the understanding of these perceptions and responses that can bring unity of focus on moral injury treatment.

“Get Home Safely”: A Pedagogy of the Sacred for Survival in a Divided Society
Karen Mosby (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] The 2015 video, “Get Home Safely,” addresses the reality that Black youth and young adults in the U.S. have disproportionately more encounters with police that result in physical violence, incarceration, and/or death. Historically, Blacks have prioritized survival in educating their younger generations for co-existence in the racially hostile and divided context of the U.S. This education has occurred formally and informally in homes, schools, community organizations, and in congregations. This paper examines aspects of a pedagogy of the sacred for the survival of Black emerging generations.

Keywords: black youth/young, capitalism, critical, grand rounds, interdependence, interreligious dialogue, moral injury, nones and nuns, pedagogy, pedagogy of the sacred, racism, refugees, safety, survival, trauma.

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Denise Janssen

Associate Professor of Christian Education, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Denise Janssen is a Christian educator, author, editor, and scholar. Her research focuses on faith transitions, particularly the transition from adolescence into young adulthood, using ethnographic research as a primary tool of inquiry. She also designs, writes, and consults in the... Read More →

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Heesung Hwang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Education, Chicago Theological Seminary
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Joseph Lynch

Director of Religious Education, United States Military Academy
I am a PhD candidate at Fordham University. My dissertation is focused on moral injury/moral damage.I am a director of religious education at West Point, the home of the United States Military Academy. I am retired United Methodist clergy.
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Karen Mosby

Student, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Friday November 1, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Algonquin B
  Breakout, Research Interest Group