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Have you registered for the Women's Theology Conference at Trinity International University yet? On Saturday, February 23, a great mix of motivated learners from across the area will be gathering to explore the essential topic of identity from a variety of fresh, faithful perspectives. 

Esther Theonugraha is one of the keynote speakers. Her message will focus on identity in relationships. Here's what she told us about why the topic of identity matters to our lives and in our respective ministry contexts.  

Q: Why is the issue of identity so important? 

Esther Theonugraha: As our world becomes increasingly globalized, identity has emerged as a significant function of the modern world. In theological terms, our primary identity as humans is as image-bearers of God. 

But God has also made our world intentionally diverse. Understanding the diversity of identity is a complicated puzzle. It is a constructed, social and complex part of the way our world operates. Where we fit and function in society makes a difference in how we perceive and understand the world, and how the world perceives and understands us. 

Understanding identity from a multitude of angles helps us to minister to others better, and see ourselves in the spectrum of God's creation. 



Q: How has wrestling with the issue of your own identity shaped your life and vocation? 


Esther Theonugraha:  Understanding who I am has always been important for me as I've sought to truly understand others. And learning from others has helped me see myself more clearly. Understanding the importance of identity has helped me see where I fit in God's great Mission in this world. 

Q: What is your prayer for the women who will be attending the conference? 


Esther Theonugraha: My prayer is that as women we will first see ourselves with the tremendous dignity that is inherent as those made in the image of God. I am praying that we'll see in new ways the beautiful diversity present in humanity as a part of God’s design. Finally, that we might all pursue a priestly calling of building bridges in a way that glorifies God.

All women are encouraged to attend the conference, whether you are a student, on a church staff, or a lay person who wants to explore issues of faith more deeply.

Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL at the Waybright Center

  $60/$40 for students (includes continental breakfast and lunch). Limited number of scholarships available.

Sponsored by Trinity Society of Women
The Trinity Society of Women is a forum that exists to connect graduate women at the school in order to encourage community and develop spiritual growth.

Keynote speakers:

Identity in the Image of God: Dust and Divinity – Ingrid Faro 
Ingrid Faro speaks at conference and retreats, teaches Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is Field Education Coordinator for the school's Master's Programs. She has a Masters in Associated Medical Sciences from University of Illinois Chicago, a Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity, and is a PhD candidate in Theological Studies with emphasis in Old Testament at Trinity.

Identity in Relationships: Advocacy and Representation – Esther Theonugraha
Esther Theonugraha has served in children’s, youth, and adult education ministry for 18 years, and in various roles in Student Affairs, student government, co-editor of the student newspaper, and the Director of Events for Graduate Students at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. She has a Master of Divinity from Trinity, and is a PhD student in Intercultural Studies at TEDS with research interest in World Christianity and Theology. She is blessed to be the wife of Felix Theonugraha and mother of Isaiah (age 5) and Nora (age 3).

Identity in a World of Expectations: Beauty for Ashes – Dynitta J. Lieuwen
Dynitta J. Lieuwen has spent 18 years, working, living, and consulting in the inner-city of Cincinnati to help bridge spiritual, ethnic, and social-economic gaps. Ms. Lieuwen is currently a student in the Intercultural Studies PhD program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, Master of Arts in Ministry, and Masters of Divinity from Cincinnati Christian University.

There's More To You Than You Know: A Theology of Dignity – Dr. Rosalie deRosset
Dr. deRosset has been speaking to various groups, including colleges, churches, seminars, and conferences, for thirty-give years in multiple countries. She is a professor of literature, English and Biblical Message Preparation at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Her most recent book is Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in Young Women's Choices. Dr. deRosset has an M.A. in English, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The daughter of career missionaries, Rosalie was born and raised in Peru, South America. 

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