Come join us for CITIZEN, a series of gatherings (Cerritos/Long Beach) exploring the space between faith and culture. The apostle Paul wrote that we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom who must learn to live rightly in the time and place we find ourselves in (Philippians 3:20; 2:15). Each gathering will consist of speakers, Q & A, community dialogue and closing reflections on how the night’s topic intersects with biblical faith.
(FRI. NOV. 3RD) CITIZEN: “SPORTS & FAITH” – What role does faith play in the arena of sports? How do Christian athletes walk in integrity amidst the struggles, trials and temptations of professional sports? How can the gospel of Jesus Christ play a central role for the non-professional Christian athlete on the field of competition? Join us for a Q & A dialogue with two men whose ministries have intersected with both professional and everyday Christian athletics. SPEAKERS: Rocky Seto (Seattle Seahawks / USC / pastor) & Scott Shimada (www.play4him.org / pastor) TIME: 7:30-8:45 PM WHERE: East West Bank (Cerritos) (map). CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org. All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(EARLY 2018) CITIZEN: “RACE IN THE CHURCH” – A world in turmoil needs to look to the church as a community of different people groups reconciled together. What role should the church play in modeling a healthy view of race issues? How does the gospel of Jesus Christ change the human heart from hatred to love? How important is it for the church to demonstrate love for “the other” within her own house? If not, does she lose a measure of authority to speak to the world? What challenges face believers as we attempt to speak and model the way of Jesus to a fractured culture? SPEAKERS: TBD TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: TBD CONTACT: email@example.com. All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(EARLY 2018) CITIZEN: “YR. 2045: THE FUTURE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN” – By 2045, our world will be both a fantastic and frightful place. Advances in biotech, nanotech, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, etc. will redefine our concepts of aging, disease, intellect, recreation and innovation in ways that will challenge our current notions of human identity and capacity. What kinds of conversations are tech futurists having today as they look out, 20 to 30 yrs. into our futures? What role does spirituality play into this future, specifically the belief that people are made in the image of God with an eternal soul? SPEAKERS: TBD TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: TBD CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org. All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(EARLY 2018) CITIZEN: “THE WELLNESS/MINDFULNESS MOVEMENT” – The wellness and mindfulness movements are rapidly becoming the answer to many people’s search for inner peace and health. How should followers of Jesus Christ view these movements? Are there areas of diet, exercise, sleep. etc. that are helpful, but other areas within these movements re: spirituality that we should be discerning on, even warned against? How should we balance the desire for good health and good relationships on one hand with the commitment to the sufficiency of the Lord as the source of our spiritual strength/life on the other? SPEAKERS: Warren Smith (Lighthouse Trails), Courtney Toya (MS, RD), Matt Kamada (PharmD) + others TBD TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: East West Bank (Cerritos) (map) CONTACT: email@example.com. All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
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(WEDS, MAY 3RD) CITIZEN: “SOCIAL JUSTICE” – Panel discussion with those who have devoted themselves to serving the poor/oppressed. What should we seek to change, the heart or the system? What succeeded in helping vs. hurting those we serve? What role does faith and spirituality play in seeing people and situations from God’s perspective? SPEAKERS: Caroline Freer (Servants Asia), Richard Parks (USC School of Social Innovation), Lilly Tokuyama (Share & Do Good) TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: Share & Do Good, Long Beach (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(MON, MAY 8TH) CITIZEN: “DEPRESSION/SUICIDE & HOPE” – Depression & suicide issues have touched most of us in some way, either directly or through someone we know. To what extent does medicine offer solutions? How would we counsel those struggling in a way that offers hope and healing? Do God and the scriptures offer any help? SPEAKERS: Jenn Chen (PsyD), Jason Ho (M.D.), Tim St. John (ACBC), TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: East West Bank in Cerritos (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(THURS, JUNE 1ST) CITIZEN: “FAITH & THE WORKPLACE” – How do we find meaning/joy in our vocations? What happens when the workplace produces ethical conflicts for you? What does it look like to live faithfully in whatever work we find ourselves in? Come hear from various prospects from those who work in politics, art, business, the military and other fields as they share personal experiences living out their faith in the workplace. SPEAKERS: Various speakers from various professions TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: Solid Coffee Roasters/Cerritos (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(MON, JUNE 12TH) CITIZEN: “THE HUMAN SIDE OF CANCER AND (IM)MORTALITY” – Every one of us, in some way, has been touched by cancer. This night will explore the human struggle, doubt, pain, loss and hope that the journey of cancer evokes. Come hear the testimonies of a doctor, a chaplain, a cancer survivor, and a pastor as they share the human toll and/or spiritual strength they experienced when this disease entered their lives and the lives of those around them. SPEAKERS: Various speakers in healthcare + ministry fields TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: East West Bank in Cerritos (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(WEDS, JUNE 21ST) CITIZEN: “THE CHURCH IN A POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA” – The fastest growing spiritual group in America is not Christianity, Catholicism or Islam. It is those who would classify themselves as the “nones” or “I’m spiritual and a good person, I’m just not religious”. What are the implications of living in this current spiritual culture? Are we living in a time where “in those days (Israel) had no king, everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judg. 21:25)? What factors are defining the “I’m spiritual and good, I’m just not religious” movement? What voice should followers of Jesus have with a post-Christian spirituality defined largely by Gen-Xer’s and Millenials? SPEAKER: Pastor Chris Fukunaga (City Bible Church) TIME: 7-8:30 PM WHERE: Solid Coffee Roasters in Cerritos (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.
(MON, JULY 31ST) CITIZEN: “HOMELESSNESS” – The current homeless situation in L.A. is at it’s bleakest in perhaps the past half-century. Come hear a panel of chaplains and program graduates from the Union Rescue Mission off Skid Row on how their 125 yrs. old mission addresses issues of grace, healing, reconciliation, love, hope and the gospel to the most hurting among us. SPEAKERS: Chaplains from the Union Rescue Mission (Skid Row) + program graduates TIME: 7-8:45 PM WHERE: Made by Millworks in Long Beach (map). All CITIZEN events are free and open to the public.