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Call On Our Fathers – March 4

This post is a little overdue — but save next Sunday evening, March 4th — 9pm / 6pm (Eastern / West) for our monthly conference call.

The topic: Generational Issues in Asian American Churches.

To join in on the call, dial the following number:

Dial-in Number: 1-605-725-1900 (South Dakota)
Participant Access Code: 13712

Thanks to DJ for this starting point:

A launching point for the intergenerational issue can be the article in the Special Issue 2006 of Outreach Magazine, a piece about Pastor Daniel Kim and Sarang Church of Anaheim, California, titled “KingdomDreamers”, subtitled “A New Paradigm for Inter-Generational Ministry”. A PDF copy of the article is available at

Note, this will not be a “for” or “against” conversation. Actually, we are going to try to frame it a little more constructively using the “Six Thinking Hats” method. Here’s a couple of paragraphs as to why we’d like to try and approach this topic in this way:

Using the Six Hats

In most group contexts, individuals tend to feel constrained to consistently adopt a specific perspective (optimistic, pessimistic, objective, etc.). This limits the ways and extent to which each individual and thus the group as a whole can explore an issue. With the Six Thinking Hats, one is no longer limited to a single perspective in one’s thinking. The hats are categories of thinking behavior and not of people themselves. The purpose of the hats is to direct thinking, not classify either the thinking or the thinker. Indeed, by wearing a hat that is different from the one that one customarily wears, one may chance upon a variety of new ideas. Wearing a hat means deliberately adopting a perspective that is not necessarily one’s own. It is important that all group members are aware of this fact. A group member must clearly identify the color of the hat he is wearing while making a statement. Wearing a clearly identified hat separates ego from performance. The Six Hat Method is useful even for individuals thinking by themselves.

Hats may be used in some structured sequence depending on the nature of the issue. Here is an example agenda for a typical 6 hats workshop:

Step 1: Present the facts of the case (White Hat)
Step 2: Generate ideas on how the case could be handled (Green Hat)
Step 3: Evaluate the merits of the ideas – List the benefits (Yellow Hat), List the drawbacks (Black Hat)
Step 4: Get everybody’s gut feelings about the alternatives (Red Hat)
Step 5: Summarize and adjourn the meeting (Blue Hat)

Skypecast didn’t work out so well for the last call, so we will try for this scheduled call. More technical details to come throughout the course of the week.

Please understand that in order to participate, you will have to make a phone call (most likely) a long distance one, but there will be no other charges associated with the call.

Looking forward to some good conversation next Sunday…


About David Park

Christian 2nd-generation Korean American; Atlanta Georgia; more details to come.

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