Meet your bloggers

Why a Potluck Pair?

Because one of the first distinctions you’ll find between us is our palettes. She likes spicy.  He likes sweet.  Yet together, we stir up more than just gastronomical sizzle.  We are a potluck pair of unique tastes, ways of thinking, experiences and personalities taken from two individuals who have been formed by more than one culture.  Our faith, our values, our third culture- betwixt and between identity, these are the salts that bring balance  to our common life, hope and point of view.

 Sung Yeon: I’m a TCK (a Third Culture Kid). I’m a TCK because I’m a MK (Missionary kid).  Born in Korea to koean parents, I spent much of my childhood either at my borading school where i spent 9 years of my life or in various parts of the world- mostly in South and Southeast Asia.  I loved growing up in various places and those years have definately shaped me to be the person I am.  I don’t really fit into a catagory.  My most favorite thing to do in the world is travel- see new places, taste new things, experience new ways of life.  In doing that I experience God.

I would say that my theology, my understanding of God in more informed by people I meet and the life Iexperience than anything I read, although I love to read.  There are many writers who have inspired and influenced me- to name a few… Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, Jhumpa Lahiri, Oswald Chambers, Rabindranath Tagore,  the list goes on and on. But you get the idea. I’ll probably write bits and pieces refering to these folks.

Joe:   I’m a Chicagoan.  Unlike Sung Yeon, I’m very much anchored to a specific place, grew up in the same house and went to the same school for almost all my childhood.   But don’t be fooled, it was anything but monotonous.  The urban/suburban landscape afforded me the opportunity to rub shoulders with people from all walks of life.  I was thrust from the cradle of a typical African American family into a neighborhood of Irish Catholics.   From grammar through high school, I attended the uber multicultural, multifaith Morgan Park Academy.  I took the passions for culture and politics cultivated in those early years with me to Washington DC, where I studied diplomacy at Georgetown University.

 I’ve been a globetrotter in my own way, living in Bretagne and studying in Tours, digging up bones in the Middle East.  At an age when many leave their faith, I found mine and joined the Presbyterian Church.  Following Jesus has launched me on a challenging adventure of faith which has taught me more about unity, difference, the character of love and the meaning of social justice than I knew before.  Having worked with faith communities in Chicago, Delaware, Guatemala, and Niger,  I have grown to understand my own third culture identity as someone who sees between the dualities of liberal and conservative, lives between the folkways of African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and the broader social heritage of the Western world.

My professional interests are in the areas of teaching, cultural studies, and international development.

3 Responses to “Meet your bloggers”

  1. Gaelord June 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    gyeonlord, you need major spell check on your intro…

  2. Kelly Parr November 6, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    You both are incredibly delicous! (hope I spelled that correctly!)

  3. John Sobert Sylvest December 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Saw a post of yours at Jesus Creed. WOW! Great blog!

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