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Reformed Identity and Global Christianity: The Case of Asia

May 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

The Reformed Institute and the John Leland Seminary are hosting Rev. Dr. David Chao of Princeton  Theological Seminary for a morning lecture, discussion, and light breakfast on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 8:30 am to 11am.  His address is titled: Reformed Identity, Christendom, and Global Christianity: The Case of Asia. 

It will be held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. For people in town this is an IN-PERSON event (out-of-town participants may have virtual access). Join us to learn about the ways that the identity of Reformed Christians is shifting away from old models of Christendom to a new realities of global Christianity–especially in Asia.   We are grateful to the John Leland Seminary for co-sponsoring this event!

David C. Chao is director of the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on Asian American theology and organizes academic programming in Asian American theology and ministry. His research and writing focus on Asian American theology, the uses of Christian doctrine for liberation, the convergence and divergence of Protestant and Catholic dogmatics, and the theology of Karl Barth.

He is grant co-author and project editor for a translation grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Karl Barth Translators Seminar. He is co-leader of a Henry Luce grant project titled “Religiously-Inspired Asian American Coalitional Justice Work.” He is principal investigator of a Louisville Institute-funded project titled “Stories of Faith, Resilience, and Politics: First-Generation East Asian American Christians.” Dr. Chao is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian American Studies. Chao has a wide range of pastoral experience with Chinese American, Korean American, and Pan-Asian churches and ministries and is an active member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Select Publications

  • Special issue of Theology Today (January 2023, “Lived Theology in Asian America: Race, Justice, and Politics in Transpacific Context”).
  • Asian American Christian Theology: An Introduction and New Perspectives (under contract with Wiley-Blackwell).
  • Concursus and Concept Use in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Providence: Nature, Grace, and Norms (under contract with Routledge).

Registration for this event has closed. Thank you for your interest.



May 11
8:30 am - 11:00 am
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Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean VA
1125 Savile Lane
McLean, VA 22101
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