Vy Nguyen is Executive Director at Week of Compassion with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church). He places special emphasis on connecting younger generations to the faith-based humanitarian and development work. Vy formerly served as a CWS staff member in the fundraising office based in Northern California. A former refugee himself, he not only shares his experience of fleeing his country of birth Vietnam, but also asks us to imagine what a life would be during which you don't really know what tomorrow will bring.
The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla is executive director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Division for Global Mission and oversees a global program in more than 70 countries with 300 missionaries and volunteers, 47 division staff based in the US and annual expenditures of $29 million. Raised in Puerto Rico with Spanish as his first language, Rafael's life, faith and ministry have been shaped in the context of global mission. Rev. Malpica Padilla is an articulate theologian and he has served as associate executive director for the Division for Global Mission since May 2002. From 1993 to 2002, he was the division's program
director for Latin America and Cuba. He served as bishop of the ELCA Caribbean Synod from 1987 to 1993.. The synod's main office is located in Dorado, Puerto Rico. From 1981 to 1987, he was parish pastor of Iglesia Luterana Reconciliacion, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Rafael earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1977 and a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1981. In 1989 he received a doctorate in divinity "Honoris Causa" from Newberry College, Newberry, S.C. He and his wife, Luz D. Marzan, are the parents of three children Rafael, Felix Javier and Karla Marie. He is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill.
This is about alternative reality, naval gazing, don quixote and more.
Chris Dorsey currently serves as President of Higher Education & Leadership Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), based in Indianapolis, IN. An ordained Disciples minister, Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Chris has taught at a variety of academic and theological institutions and previously served as a local church pastor, university chaplain at Clark Atlanta University, and as the vice president of development and marketing at Chicago Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as assistant professor of theology and preaching at Western Theological Seminary, where he taught classes on Preaching Foundations; Race, Culture, and Reconciliation; Theologizing Violence; and the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. He currently leads a ministry that works with higher education and leadership development programs. Part of his work with young adults includes helping young people connect with opportunities to give and to serve the common good. He is also part of the CWS Incubation Lab and will be a board member of CWS in 2021. In this podcast, Chris shares his experience as a result of working with youth as emerging leaders and explains about re-coalescing i.e the need to be able to make room for previous and present perspectives and opinions. We discuss about the topics the younger generation is concerned about and we discover what Chris worries about and he would walk 100 miles for. Chris is rather pessimistic on building on our interconnectedness, but there is still a lot to be hopeful about after listening to his perspective.
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