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Exploring the relationship between identity and worship for Korean American churches. Presented at 2009 TG Conference and 2009 Korean Worship and Music Conference.

Exploring the relationship between identity and worship for Korean American churches. Presented at 2009 TG Conference and 2009 Korean Worship and Music Conference.

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  • ahree lee created this film by taking a picture of herself everyday for three years. and what you see here is over the course of 3 years, this woman change aspects herself. we see the evolution of her hair, her glasses, her clothes. in some sense, her identity is shifting and in process.
  • what does identity have to do with worship? <br /> this is the first half of a quote by the social theorist, marshall mcluhan. <br /> when God speaks a word, light is created, worlds are formed, order is shaped out of the chaos, and life orients itself around God. <br /> worship is all about that new orientation around God. but worship is an act of creation on our parts. it is where we put words together. our art, our architecture, our musical instruments, our voices and we create worship. which leads us to the second half of the marshall mcluhan quote...
  • the worship we create is for God and for the body of Christ in the church. but that worship also shapes us. it reflects us, it reveals us, it hides us, and it forms us. <br /> <br /> in a very real sense, worship forms our identity. and our identity forms our worship. and this is where the traditional understanding of worship in church has been deficient, because in many korean-american churches, our vocabulary in worship is quite limited. in fact, most of our worship vocabulary are borrowed words. our arts are imitated arts. our churches are growing, but in a hollow sense because we are unaware of how our worship is shaping us as a people.
  • so it seems a extended discussion on identity is necessary if we are going to explore emerging forms of worship. <br /> <br /> but let&#x2019;s try and get our heads wrapped around the concept of identity. what is it? what do we mean when we&#x2019;re talking about identity.
  • with distinct, multiple definitions of identity, you can see why a conversation on identity is hard to place. <br /> <br /> at the very least, we understand there are a multiple identities (here are just a few of the big ones). some of them you are born with, some of them you can change, some of them are nurtured in a community, but we have all of these within us. or do we?
  • the modern understanding of the self was that the individual was a blank slate, a tabula rasa. that your perceptions and your experiences fed your knowledge, and with knowledge, you are the one who formed your identity. Modernity assumed
  • in the modern mind, knowledge is power. power gives you control over yourself, your surroundings, over others. identity in the modern sensibility is about progress, advance, utilitarianism, manipulation, laws, order, hierarchy. the individual remains at the center.
  • the postmodern shift has also meant that we know that our identities represent different and competing narratives from different communities. our identities and our selves are &#x201C;fuzzier&#x201D; than before. we are torn. in dilemma. in crisis. dysfunctional. <br /> <br /> there are competing narratives and systems, various struggles for power and establishment of knowledge.
  • and these tensions exist over different dimensions as well. with the self in the middle. there are layers of global culture, popular culture, and subculture towering on them. <br /> <br /> but these different layers of culture, while they all influence and impact, the various identities and selves, there is a clash. there is an economy happening at a very real level. these narratives are trying to re-write one another.
  • and these tensions exist over different dimensions as well. with the self in the middle. there are layers of global culture, popular culture, and subculture towering on them. <br /> <br /> but these different layers of culture, while they all influence and impact, the various identities and selves, there is a clash. there is an economy happening at a very real level. these narratives are trying to re-write one another.
  • and these tensions exist over different dimensions as well. with the self in the middle. there are layers of global culture, popular culture, and subculture towering on them. <br /> <br /> but these different layers of culture, while they all influence and impact, the various identities and selves, there is a clash. there is an economy happening at a very real level. these narratives are trying to re-write one another.

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  • 1. identity / worship 8.6.09
  • 2. “we become what we behold...” Marshall McLuhan
  • 3. create “we become what we behold...” Marshall McLuhan
  • 4. “we shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” Marshall McLuhan
  • 5. define identity
  • 6. Noun identity (plural identities] 1. The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal. 2. The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind. 3. A name or persona—the mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known. This criminal has taken on several identities 4. Knowledge of who one is. I've been through so many changes, I have no sense of identity. This nation has a strong identity. 5. (algebra, computing) Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves. 6. (algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element
  • 7. 1 , , a case of mistaken identity an identity of interests 2a [ ] , ; , admit[reveal] one’s identity b , , lose one’s identity 3 · 4 ( )( ); 5 · 6[ old ~] · · ( )
  • 8. Identity may refer to: Philosophy Identity formation Identity (philosophy), the sameness of two things Identity (social science) Identity theory of mind, in the philosophy of mind, holds that the mind is identical to the brain Law of identity, a principle of logic Personal identity (philosophy) Mathematics Identity element, a special element in a set or structure with respect to an operator Identity function, a function that does not alter its argument Identity (mathematics), an equality that holds regardless of the values of its variables Identity matrix, a square matrix with ones on the main diagonal, zeros elsewhere
  • 9. Social science and psychology Cultural identity, a person's self-affiliation (or categorization by others) as a member of a cultural group Gender identity, the gender with which a person identifies (or is identified by others) Identity In Organizational Communication, organizational communication scholars look at how our membership in different organizations shapes our "selves", both in our workplace and in our group affiliations Identity politics, the focus of political debates around questions of group identity Identity (social science), stemming from cognitive theory, sociology, politics, and psychology National identity, belief in membership of a nation In some countries where there is more than one "nation" in the state or identity is otherwise confused, there may be a debate over what the nation's real identity is, see: Britishness, Scottish national identity Canadian identity, Québécois nation motion Online identity, established and used by computer network users (see also Digital identity in Computer Science) Psychological identity, an individual's unique identity that develops
  • 10. Business Accounting identity, a basic accounting relation that must hold by definition Corporate identity, the physical manifestation of a business brand False identity Identity theft, the deliberate appropriation of someone else's identity (without that person's permission) for criminal purposes Illegal resident, a spy assuming the false identity of a national Computer science Digital identity, the representation of identity in terms of digital information (see also online identity in social science) Federated identity, identity management with defined trust relations between independent principals Identity column in SQL Server, a database field whose values uniquely identify a row in the table Identity (object-oriented programming), a property of objects that allows those objects to be distinguished from each other Law of identity, laws that define a unifying identity metasystem Religion Christian Identity, a Christian religious movement
  • 11. gender nation profession culture race spiritual ethnic family economic age church a multitude of identities
  • 12. self the modern understanding of self
  • 13. gender nation economic race spiritual self culture age family ethnic church
  • 14. self self selects identity
  • 15. spiritual self self takes on master identity
  • 16. self identities serve the self
  • 17. the postmodern effect the individual self is no longer the center
  • 18. self self is not static nor individual; identities are not divisible
  • 19. self self self is not static nor individual; identities are not divisible
  • 20. self self self self is not static nor individual; identities are not divisible
  • 21. self self self
  • 22. crisis of identity occurs when we lose our voice and awareness of self; i.e. we lose the power to define ourselves or
  • 23. the korean american experience begins with this very sense of disorientation, loss, and haunting, just as much as it does success, prosperity, determination, and
  • 24. alvin lau : poet
  • 25. sense of loss similar to amnesia or other trauma
  • 26. do our churches address this loss of identity? or is ethnicity simply the platform for gathering?
  • 27. close your eyes open your ears
  • 28. audio 1
  • 29. audio 2
  • 30. audio 3
  • 31. “The primary concern of the Bible is our identity formation, that is, who we are in the grace of God rather than moralistic
  • 32. Asian American Biblical Interpretation must move beyond idealized and essentialist notions of culture and a tendency to utilize the immigrant experience of marginality and liminality as normative of all Asian Americans to emphasize particularity, contradiction, and complexity in order to counter oversimplified personifications of what constitutes Asian American.